PRESS RELEASE                                         Saturday, December 19, 2020

Contact: Kim Garner

Phone: 205-254-2036


On Monday, District 8 Councilor Steven W. Hoyt is inviting the media to join his office as they present a select number of former Birmingham City School students with scholarships for the 8th Annual Education With A Purpose program. Some of the participants will receive their scholarship checks during Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Councilor Hoyt knows that when trying to further one’s education every single dollar counts. For the last eight years, Hoyt’s “Education with a Purpose” scholarship program, working in conjunction with community leaders, has helped provide over $88,000 in scholarships to Birmingham students.

Education with a Purpose provides the opportunity for every high school senior in Birmingham City Schools (including Holy Family Cristo Rey) to apply for the scholarship funding. They are required to submit an essay detailing how they can make a positive impact in their community.

Due to complications from COVID-19 this year, the students were interviewed virtually. Also, Hoyt said that during these difficult times he wanted to make sure that every student who qualified received some scholarship money instead of just the top finalists — the top 25 students will receive a cash scholarship in the amount of $400.00 each, the remaining 29 students will get a $100.00 cash scholarship.

“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. “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. I’m honored to work with our community partners and Mr. Anthony Marino, Chairman of Education With a Purpose, who has been an invaluable part of its success.”

“This is what education is about,” Anthony Marino 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 thankful to have been asked to help make this happen over the last eight years.”

The press conference will take place Monday, December 21st at 12:00 p.m. in front of City Hall. Councilor Hoyt will be giving remarks and will be available to answer questions from the media about his ongoing education initiative.  Several of the scholarship recipients will also be in attendance.

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