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Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt Awards Over $10,000 in Scholarships to Area Birmingham

Scholarships are often a lifeline toward continual accomplishments to many students who aspire to further their education. According to 2010 Trends in College Pricing report by College Board, since the year 2000 public four-year tuition and fees have increased more than 5 percent annually above inflation. Tuition at public two-year colleges and private four-year colleges has also increased by 3 percent above inflation. Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt has joined the community and sponsors to contribute funding towards those inflated costs through Education With A Purpose Scholarship Awards, a sub-committee of the Annual District 8 Party With a Purpose Neighborhood event.

Education With a Purpose began in 2013 and has since gained ground as the focal point for engaging youth in the community to excel in their academics. Students qualify by submitting an application that is submitted to all Birmingham City Schools through their school counselors. Along with an application, students must provide a written essay on “How I Can Make A Positive Difference In My Community”, in addition to their transcripts and ACT scores. After applications have been submitted students must complete an interview with a panel of judges. This year Councilor Hoyt awarded over $10,000 to 12 participating students. Sharing the proud moment with appreciation, he awarded the final scholarship presentation today to Jaylin Russell a senior at Holy Family Cristo Rey High School, the highest ranked student who participated in Education With a Purpose.

“Our children are the heartbeat of our communities and we have to encourage and nurture their lives in every way possible, especially by investing in their education,” Councilor Hoyt said. “Students need to know that their community is proud of them and values their success. Part of the mission of Education With A Purpose is to instill in them the importance of striving to achieve their goals through hard work and perseverance. I’m just glad that we have the opportunity to contribute to their journeys.”

Councilor Steven Hoyt launched Party With a Purpose in 2005 and it has since earned the Best Neighborhood Program Award in 2011 from the Neighborhoods USA conference. Each year thousands of neighborhood citizens attend, along with hundreds of community volunteers who participate in the family friendly event adding to the event’s continued success.

A special luncheon and check presentation to all students will be held on June 7, 2016 at the Regions Center.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.