Jacksonville, FL – October 22, 2019 – Edward Waters College (EWC) has received a significant $150,000 gift from Sissine’s Office Systems that will be used to support the Annual Giving Campaign for Emerging Eminence at EWC. The focus of EWC’s Annual Fund is to provide institutional financial support to further the creation of exceptional high-quality 21st century undergraduate educational opportunities and experiences for students. Furthermore, this gift will ensure that EWC is able to meet its commitment to academic excellence and its ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of EWC students.

“We are grateful for Sissine’s generous investment of $150,000 in support of the Annual Giving Campaign for Emerging Eminence,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. “An investment in the annual fund assists in setting a foundational pathway leading to our College’s long term viability, sustainability, capacity and enhanced prominence in the coming years.”

Sissine’s Office Systems investment will build upon and enhance EWC’s Emerging Eminence trajectory as a premier urban, private, Christian (African Methodist Episcopal – AME), historically black, liberal arts college offering high quality four-year baccalaureate degrees and preparing students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of an intellectually stimulating academic experience.

“As part of our local involvement in the community, Sissine’s along with the Leb Family are very excited to partner with Edward Waters College through providing financial support over a five-year duration as part of an agreement in the amount of $150,000,” said Sissine’s Office Systems, General Manager, Robert Ache.
This gift serves as another major investment by the Jacksonville business community in its partnered effort to engender a culture of new institutional philanthropic support to the College and establish the Edward Waters brand as a best-in-class institution of distinction and Emerging Eminence.

“We believe in the mission of Edward Waters College and the work President Faison is leading in expanding educational opportunities for students who will become our city’s next generation of leaders. We very much welcome this long term partnership,” said Ache.


About Edward Waters College
Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida.