First Week of President’s Tour Ended with Awarding Hefty Scholarships

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

On the last leg of the first week of the ASU President’s Tour, the bus tour “buzzed” into Phenix City/Columbus on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The “Moving ASU Forward with Hornet Pride!” tour (Feb. 5 and Feb. 24-March 7) hopes to give prospective students and their communities a chance to take a closer look at Alabama State University and to award some hefty college scholarships to deserving students not only in the Phenix City/Columbus area, but also in Greene County (the kickoff city for the tour), Atlanta, Decatur/ Huntsville, Birmingham, Selma/Marion, Mobile and Montgomery areas.

A week into the bus tour, President Ross said he is excited about the welcome the University has received.

“I’m looking forward to the tours’ continuation in the remaining cities.” he said.

On the tour, Ross and his road team of students, faculty, staff, administrators and recruitment advisers visited highs schools, media outlets and hosted alumni and scholars’ receptions.  

They were able to share ASU’s story, the University’s transformation and its strategic globalization initiative.

“Many high school students don’t have an opportunity to visit ASU, and this is an opportunity to take the University’s story and message directly to them,” Ross said.  

Visiting Schools

The bus tour made stops at Central High and Shaw High Schools in Phenix City/Columbus.

Continuing the tour’s hallmark, students attending the tour had a chance to qualify for potential scholarships and some were awarded on-the-spot scholarships.  

Mkiyah Conner, a senior at Central High School, was one of the students who received a surprised scholarship. She hopes to major in political science at ASU in the fall.

“I was shocked when I received the award,” Mkiyah said. “But I feel blessed over all, because I didn’t know this could happen to me.”  

Mkiyah said the President’s Tour was personal for her.

“It made me feel more wanted than any other school that I ever talked to,” Mkiyah said. “Most times it would be a simple email that you received a scholarship or just sending something in the mail, but being this big makes a difference.”

Mkiyah said she’s can’t wait to become part of the Hornet Nation.

“I’m nervous because I know there’s a lot of competition there in my field, but I’m excited and I’m ready to become a Hornet,” Mkiyah said.  

Staff at each stop said the bus tour is beneficial to their students because they can see up-close what an outstanding HBCU looks like.

“I’m glad the University came here to share what it has to offer and give our students the opportunity to see it firsthand,” said Central High School coach Mark Hurt (Class of ’92, ’98).  “The tour coming here is an excellent way for students in other areas to see ASU. The fact that ASU is giving out scholarships is wonderful.”

As an ASU alumnus, Hurt said he’s proud to see his alma mater reaching out to students.

“This makes me feel great that we are actually giving students opportunities and helping them achieve their dreams,” said Hurt, who has been teaching for 28 years.  

ASU received red-carpet treatment at each of the stops, including at the evening’s Horne Alumni and Friends Reception, the last event of the day.

Ross noted the first week saw crowded schools eager to engage and be a part of the Hornet Nation.

“We are excited that we had a record number of students for this year event,” Ross said. “We look forward to exposing them to the life-changing educational experiences provided by The Alabama State University’s faculty and staff,” Ross said.

The second week of the bus tour will kick off in Decatur/Huntsville on March 2, and the last leg of the tour will end with a Hornet Extravaganza on March 7.

Though all the Hornet Alumni and Friends Receptions are free, registration is required. To register, please visit  

For day-by-day updates, follow the tour on ASU Facebook page (alabamastateuniversity) or visit the University’s website at .

The tour’s complete schedule is listed below:

Monday, Feb. 5 -- Greene County

School Visit – All Times Central

10 a.m. -- Greene County High School


Monday, Feb. 24 -- Atlanta

School Visits – All Times EST

9:30 a.m. -- North Clayton High School

1 p.m. -- Frederick Douglas High School

Hornet Alumni and Friends Reception

5 p.m. -- Ivy Community Foundation, 3850 Stone Road SW, Atlanta, Ga. ​​​​​


Wednesday, Feb. 26 -- Columbus / Phenix City

School Visits – All Times EST

8:30 a.m. -- Central High School

Noon -- Shaw High School

5 p.m. -- Hornet Alumni and Friends Reception

Warehouse #9, 920 9th St., Columbus, Ga.


Monday, March 2 -- Huntsville / Decatur

School Visits – All Times Central

9:30 a.m. -- Decatur High School

1 p.m. – Mae Jemison High School

5 p.m. -- Hornet Alumni and Friends Reception 

Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive, Huntsville, Ala.


Tuesday, March 3 -- Birmingham

School Visits – All Times Central

8:30 a.m. -- Huffman High School

11:30 a.m. -- Midfield High School

5 p.m. -- Hornet Alumni and Friends Reception 

Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, Ala. 


Wednesday, March 4 -- Selma / Uniontown

School Visits – All Times Central

9 a.m. -- Selma High School

1 p.m. – R.C. Hatch High School

5 p.m. -- Hornet Alumni and Friends Reception 

Wallace Community College, 3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway, Selma, Ala.


Thursday, March 5 -- Mobile

School Visits – All Times Central

9 a.m. -- LeFlore High School

10 a.m. – Mattie T. Blount High School

5 p.m. -- Hornet Alumni and Friends Reception 

The Bright Spot, 2501 E I-65 Service Road, Mobile, Ala.


Friday, March 6 -- Montgomery 

School Visits – All Times Central

9 a.m. -- Park Crossing High School

1 p.m. -- Sidney Lanier High School

5 p.m. -- Hornet Alumni and Friends Reception

ASU Stadium Club Lounge, Montgomery, Ala.


Saturday, March 7 – Montgomery

Noon -- Connection Day: Hornet Extravaganza at ASU Stadium

Please continue to check the ASU website for updates on times and locations of Alumni Receptions and School Stops so that you can make your plans to show up with Hornet Pride!