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Councilor Steven Hoyt’s Education With A Purpose awards additional scholarships to Birmingham students

PRESS RELEASE                                                                         Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL—Educational inequality between low-income communities and the rest of the country has been on the rise in recent decades. It’s a problem faced by too many of Birmingham’s residents. District 8 Birmingham City Councilor Steven Hoyt knows that when trying to further one’s education every single dollar counts. For the last six years, Hoyt’s “Education with a Purpose” scholarship program, working in conjunction with community leaders, has helped provide over $50,000 in scholarships to Birmingham students.

Anthony Marino, owner of Marino’s Market in Ensley, said Education with a Purpose provides the opportunity for every high school senior in Birmingham City Schools to apply for the scholarship funding. They are required to submit an essay detailing how they can make a positive impact in their community.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to give back to the community and our youth who are trying to get an education and push themselves forward,” Hoyt said during the scholarship presentation in the City Council chambers earlier today.

Last month, students from six of Birmingham’s high schools received a total of $8,500 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. Moved by the presentation, Council President Valerie Abbott pledged $500 for Education With a Purpose scholarship fund in her brother’s honor — the James S. Anderton Scholarship.

Abbott’s gesture sparked a spirit of giving as Marino and the owner of Green Acres restaurant followed by pledging an additional $1,000 for next year’s James S. Anderton scholarship fund.

“This is what education is about,” Hoyt said. “If we are participating and helping these young people to one day change the world, we have to make sure they have what they need to succeed. I thank everyone who played a part in making this happen.”

During the presentation, seven more students received additional scholarship funding, including a scholarship given in the honor of Mike Anderton. Abbott pledged $500 to the fund. “The spirit is moving in here,” Hoyt said. “It’s just a beautiful thing to see.”

This press release is a contribution from Cody Owens in the Office of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council. For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Interim Director of Public Information Chiara Perry at 205.383.8432.