Rideshare corporation Lyft has announced an exclusive collegiate partnership with Paul Quinn College, committing to donate one percent of all rides to and from the campus towards the school’s work program.
Officials say the partnership will improve personal and professional development opportunities for students and community members, as the program will provide rides to specific sites throughout the metroplex region for work internships. Lyft will also serve as a transportation consult to the college, which is working to encourage rideshare and other entrepreneurial opportunities for community members in the surrounding area.
“We are incredibly excited to combine our innovative higher education practices with Lyft’s groundbreaking leadership in the transportation space,” stated Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College. “We have had great respect and admiration for Lyft ever since Adrian Fenty (former Mayor of Washington, DC) and Veronica Juarez (Head of Enterprise Initiatives at Lyft) introduced us to the company several years ago.”
Paul Quinn is the first historically black college to implement a federally supported work program, connecting students with surrounding corporations and industries to spur development of workplace skills and experience. The program reduces student loan debt and encourages professional marketability for graduates.
“We are thrilled to partner with Paul Quinn College to provide students of the Work Program affordable and reliable on-demand rides when they need them,” said Gyre Renwick, head of enterprise partnerships at Lyft.”