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Students Surprised with Rainbow PUSH Scholarships

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin and Kenneth Mullinax

Release Date: May 03, 2018

Hyundai officials join with ASU president Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. in awarding $40,00 in scholarships to two deserving students.

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Alabama State University President Dr. Quinton Ross, Jr. surprised two students today with $20,000 scholarships.

Jailyn Swann and Mitchell Reed are the first recipients of the Hyundai-sponsored Rainbow PUSH President's Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship.

The scholarships are for students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) or a business-related fields.

"Hyundai Motor America is a vital part of our local economy, and we value this new partnership with the company. We feel that it is the beginning of a relationship that could be greatly beneficial to both ASU and Hyundai," Ross said. "We are especially excited that two of our students will receive this generous award."

"It's a lot to take in," said Swann, a sophomore accounting major from Birmingham. “It means that I can focus more on my studies.”

Reed, a freshman, computer science major from Montgomery, thanked God for the blessings.

“The first thing I’m going to do is move in the dorm so I can stay focused on my studies. All the resources I need are right here on campus,” Reed said. “Twenty thousand dollars is a lot of money. I never expected I would receive this much.”

“The selection process was tailored to ensure that the awards are given to two of our 'best and brightest' from among an impressive group of students representing our College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or the Percy J. Vaughn, Jr., College of Business Administration,” Ross said.

The scholarships have a total award renewal potential of $60,000 per student, including the 2018-19 award, as Rainbow PUSH and Hyundai track these two students through graduation. The selected students must reapply annually.

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