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UNA announces large donation for new financial literacy center

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By Nick Lough - bio | email

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF)- Wednesday, the University of North Alabama announced the school's largest donation ever by a corporation.

Lister-Hill Credit Union is donating $625,000 to the university for a new financial literacy center.

This is another big announcement for UNA president Dr. William Cale, who revealed earlier this year a record-breaking 6 million dollar grant for a new science and technology center.

"This is the largest gift ever received by UNA from a corporation or a business," said Cale.
School administrators say the new literacy center, or "Hill", will provide much more than just a learning facility.

"There will be students who are majoring in business who will be trained to work in the credit union, who will provide not only credit union services, but educational training to other students on campus," said Cale.
Lister-Hill's director will be a part of the school's business program, and students like UNA senior Brian Hall, are excited take advantage of the resources the center will have to offer.
"Most students get 20-grand in debt without knowing how to pay that off, without having any money to save to begin with. That's going to be a big part of it," said Hall.
The "Hill" will begin taking applicants this fall, and will start operations this August.

The plan is for the credit union to be placed in a building along with a new commons area and food court in the center of campus at UNA.

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