Food Lion ended its partnership with the 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA) Tournament Feb. 28, again showing customers and attendees they can count on Food Lion every day.
The CIAA is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletic conference consisting mostly of historically African-American institutions of higher education.
"We are 21 years into our partnership with CIAA and we are excited about it because it fits closely with our commitment to education, with men's and women's athletics and definitely with diversity and inclusion," said Millette Granville, director of diversity and inclusion for Food Lion. "We also found wonderful talent with the CIAA graduates."
Food Lion President Meg Ham presented an $110,000 oversized check to CIAA officials and Dr. Ronald Carter, President of Johnson C. Smith, so that students could have more money for scholarships to attend CIAA schools.
The grocer also presented its 2015 Food Lion Miss CIAA title to Miss Chowan University, LaTarryl Hall. Hall is a native of Columbia, S.C and attends Chowan University, where she is a senior majoring in criminal justice. She received a $1,250 scholarship from Food Lion.
The Food Lion Miss CIAA competition winners are given scholarships based on their grade point average, community and school involvement, biography, essay and online popular vote. The first runner up was SA'Keithia Hammond, Miss Johnson C. Smith University. Second-runner up was Miss Winston-Salem State University Leah Darby.
Food Lion also held various events throughout the week for CIAA presidents, special guests and students, to show the company's appreciation for their patronage to Food Lion stores as well as their support for this year's tournament.