Special President’s Tour Wraps Up Giving $395,428 in Scholarships to Atlanta High Schoolers
Students at Duchtown High School in Atlanta receive scholarships from Alabama State University.
By Hazel Scott/ASU
A special one-day Alabama State University President’s Tour in Atanta, Ga., wrapped up on Wednesday, Aug. 24, by awarding $395,428 in scholarships to high school students.
“This was a great opportunity for us to connect with our students from the Atlanta area. We had an opportunity to engage our alumni, who came to a lot of the events at the schools that we visited and worked with ASU faculty, staff and students who were on the trip. It was like a family affair across the board. Everybody helped to recruit the best and brightest out of the Atlanta area,” said Freddie Williams Jr., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Enrollment Management/Admissions and Recruitment.
A busload of the ASU team brought its special 2022 tour to two Atlanta high schools: Dutchtown High School, where the former Miss ASU Nicole Shaw is the principal, and South Cobb High School, where T.J. Perry is the principal.
Like the University’s spring President’s Tour, a special moment of the event was the awarding of scholarships, including on-the-spot and academic scholarships, Black and Gold scholarships, as well as the President’s Promise Scholarship, valued at $8,328 annually, which was awarded to out-of-state students.
“Onsite transcripts were also collected so prospective students could have a chance to qualify for potential scholarships,” Williams added.
At each school stop, the University hosted college fairs so students could get a closer look at ASU and its degree programs. The students and residents also learned about ASU's story: that it is America’s oldest state-sponsored HBCU, founded in 1867 by nine formerly enslaved men and that the University is continuously transforming as a world-class institution of higher education and scientific research.
Because of health and safety concerns, the tour did not include an alumni reception or signing of a historic MOU agreement with area community colleges.