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Tennessee State University, based in Nashville, has a long-standing partnership with Regions Bank.

Category: Community Engagement

Regions and HBCUs: The Partnership Continues

The overwhelming majority of HBCUs are located within Regions’ footprint.

For years, Regions has been a financial and community partner with some of the most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Across the footprint, Regions has celebrated accomplishments and worked to be a trusted partner in financial education for HBCU students.

An overwhelming majority of HBCUs are located within the company’s 15-state footprint, so for Regions, working with HBCUs is a natural fit.

“Regions is proud to partner with such well-respected institutions in our communities,” said Paul Hodges, Head of Corporate Sponsorships. “These colleges and universities have deep histories, and, more important, help mold our region’s future. By working together, we can have a positive impact on our next generation of leaders.”

In addition to the support provided at local and area levels for various HBCU efforts, Regions also has corporate sponsorship agreements with several schools within our footprint. Those schools are:

  • Alabama State University
  • Alabama A&M University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Jackson State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Tennessee State University

Sponsorship programs center on grass roots, on-campus activation opportunities. Examples include orientation, career day, speaker series, homecoming, graduation and financial literacy programs.

Regions also maintains its designation as the “Official Bank” of two HBCU college football rivalries — the Magic City Classic and the Florida Blue Florida Classic. This commitment involves sponsorships and in-person engagement with the participating schools, and it goes way beyond just writing a check or being at an event.

“Whether we’re providing financial education, cheering on the athletic programs, or speaking to students about potential career opportunities, our HBCU partners continue to make us feel at home each and every time we step foot on their campuses,” said Jelicia Mallory, Corporate Sponsorships.

In honor of the fierce loyalties to these schools, Regions offers co-branded debit cards for alumni and fans of Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Florida A&M and TSU.