Alumna Spearheads $30,000 Scholarship Initiative for ASU 

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

Die-Hard Alabama State University Hornet Lamuriel Peagler Adams had an idea that became a reality when she recently spearheaded a successful effort to raise scholarship money for her beloved alma mater.

Adams, who is the chairperson for the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter (MAAC) Black and Gold Committee, said she wanted to give back to the school that has given so much to her.

“I brought the idea of a Scholarship Fund to the Committee at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. They stepped right in and helped me all the way.  So, we decided to launch the campaign in January 2021. We care deeply for our beloved O’ Mother Dear and its 154 years of excellent tradition in education and wanted to do something for the institution, especially during the pandemic.”

Adams, a retired high school teacher, said with a total of 115 alumni contributing, the chapter surpassed its goal of $25,000 and raised $30,000 during the campaign that she named the 2021 ASU Challenge: Loving, Sharing, Giving, Caring – The Ole Bama State Spirit. The check was presented on the field during the Turkey Day Classic, pitting the ASU Hornets against Tuskegee Golden Tigers. ASU beat Tuskegee 43-9.

“We raised the money within a year. I am grateful for the wayCheck presentation the MAAC family and friends stand behind our students,” Adams said.  “We united to give back to ASU and to assist our Metro Atlanta students in need so they can reach their career goals and become productive citizens. ASU has provided me, all of us, with such wonderful experiences, and we wanted to show our appreciation for what we have accomplished because of the training we received at ASU.”

A native of Greenville, Alabama, Adams challenges the 2022 ASU Senior Class to give back and show ASU how much they appreciate the opportunities and experiences ASU provides.

“As graduates, we have a responsibility to share with O’ Mother Dear and thank her for the opportunity to be successful in life and be able to retire and live a life of gratitude for the learning, friendship and memories while attending ASU,” she said.

Adams, 74, said she would like to see the  Class of 2022 present a check to Alabama State University to leave the school a legacy.

“We encourage all ASU graduates to keep the Ole Bama State Spirit by giving back and leaving a legacy for the future Hornet generation.”

Adams noted that graduates can give back not only by donating their resources, but also by volunteering and sharing their experiences, skills or talents.

“Giving is not just about giving a donation, it’s about making a difference,” Adams said. 

The MCCA scholarship fundraiser, Adams said, will become an annual event.  

“That speaks volumes about the Ole Bama State Spirit being alive and well among graduates of this great institution,” she added. Today, I feel like James Brown’s baby sister, 'I Feel Good' and the MAAC Family should feel the same way.” 

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Celia Griffith, left, assisted  Adams during the campaign.