JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (October 17, 2019) – Edward Waters College (EWC) is pleased to announce that Florida Blue has made a financial investment in the “Level Up” Annual Giving Campaign for Emerging Eminence at EWC. This campaign provides a range of critical support to the college’s scholarship, programmatic and operational initiatives.

“At EWC we want to provide a high-quality 21st century undergraduate education consisting of a reinvigorated, practical and engaged liberal arts curriculum buttressed by an array of comprehensive academic services to support high academic scholarship, achievement and overall student success. This gift will assist us in this effort,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President and CEO of Edward Waters College.

Correspondingly, the Annual Giving Campaign for Emerging Eminence supports the institution’s vision of creating a culture of philanthropy that will energize EWC’s constituency and stakeholders (both internal and external). This campaign also drives the expansion and diversification of the College’s philanthropic support.

“Florida Blue is a strong partner of EWC because we understand that its students’ success translates to uplifting the city and its business community,” said Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith. “EWC has a long-term strategic plan to achieve academic eminence that includes student populations who are currently underrepresented on the college campus. Diversity in education will deliver a strong workforce to Jacksonville and help Florida Blue deliver on our mission to help people and communities achieve better health.”

“Edward Waters College is a destination institution for philanthropic investment because donors are confident in their realization of a high return on their investment in our students and EWC,” said President Faison.


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.