Virginia Union University Receives Gift from Universal Leaf to Support Mentoring Programs

March 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

Virginia Union University Receives Gift from Universal Leaf to Support Mentoring Programs

  • Award covers supplies for mentoing
  • Universal Leaf  has committed $25, 000 to Virginia Union

RICHMOND, VA – Universal Leaf is investing 25,000 to advance mentoring programs available to ensure the next generation of students will have access to a quality education at Virginia Union University.

“We are thankful to Universal Leaf for this investment in our future students,” said Dr. Hakim Lucas, President of Virginia Union University. “The funds will assist the university in purchasing necessary supplies to ensure the best possible experience for these new learners.

“We know that mentorship is critical to ensuring social and economic justice and social mobility,” said Ralph Dickerson, SVP of Institutional Advancement at Virginia Union University.  “We’re honored to be a part of Universal Leaf’s commitment to building a more just society by investing in mentorship programs that create a pipeline to higher education.

About Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advance liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit https://www.vuu.edu/ for more information.

About Universal Leaf
Universal operates throughout the world and positively impacts thousands of people every day. We are committed to helping the communities where we operate benefit and thrive from our presence. Our business directly and indirectly supports the communities and regions in which we operate by providing local tobacco farmers efficient access to the global tobacco market and offering our employees and those of our contracted farmers fair treatment and a safe work environment. Universal further supports its farmer and employee communities through specific financial investments, programs, projects, and volunteering opportunities aligned with local business activities and the overall needs of the community###


Angela Hayes

Director, Communications

Virginia Union University