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MillerCoors — the North American marketing arm of Colorado’s Molson Coors Brewing Co. — said Wednesday it has donated $1.3 million to support 47 historically black public colleges and universities.

The donation is to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which raises money for the colleges, and will be used to support leadership development, programmatic support, scholarship and capacity-building at the 47 schools.

The fund has awarded about $100 million in support of students attending the colleges over the last 22 years.

“As the founding corporate sponsor, MillerCoors recognizes the importance of supporting the next generation of political leaders, entrepreneurs and CEOs,” Larry Waters, TMCF board member and MillerCoors director of multicultural relations, said in a statement. “And this donation is just an example of our continued and unwavering commitment to encouraging the dreams and aspirations of students.”

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