Virginia Church Gifts $2.1 Million in HBCU Scholarships
Many students headed to Historically Black Colleges and Universities this fall received fantastic going away presents last week.
Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia gave away more than $2 million in scholarships to high school students on their way to HBCUs later this year.
The event held at T.C. Williams High School, the school made famous by the movie Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington, hosted the 14th annual HBCU College Festival where more than 3,000 students, parents, and volunteers attended.
More than 60 HBCUs were represented at the festival and many students attained full ride scholarships to an HBCU.
Over $40,000 in application fees were waived, and in addition to the full scholarships given, close to 170 students received merit scholarships on site.
With over 5,000 students registered to attend, the event was the largest in the festival’s history. While students from Virginia were there, others came from areas such as Florida, New York, Illinois, and other places.
It was, to say the least, a resounding success. The event showed why HBCUs are so important and how the community may come together for a great cause.
Some students who received scholarships and money for college at the event may have received a once in a lifetime opportunity as the cost of college tuition and fees continues to rise.
State legislators have cut into budgets for higher education and Congress has attempted to curtail the available dollars for Pell Grants.
But the great news for students who may see a bleak future due to current events is that we still have organizations and churches that are willing to provide support for students who need it, and for those who deserve it.
Next year’s festival is likely to be just as successful, and with more than $2 million given out in scholarship money this year, hopefully more is handed out in 2017.