Spring Hill College awarded grant to help Mobile's underserved students get ready for college

Thu, 10/07/2010 (All day)

Mobile, Ala. – Spring Hill College has received a $50,000 grant that will fund initiatives designed to help Mobile area students from low- to moderate-income families get ready for a college education. The grantor, TG, made the announcement this week. The grant specifically supports the college’s programs that assist low-income public high school students with college entrance exam preparation and applying for financial aid.

TG has awarded more than $23 million in grant funding since 2005 through its Public Benefit Competitive Grant Program. Awards serve the needs of first-generation college students or students who are from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in undergraduate and graduate education, which may include nontraditional or adult learners.

Spring Hill has developed a new program called the College Access Initiative designed to increase the percentage of Mobile’s low-income, public school students who apply to college and to assist students and their families with ACT test preparation and financial aid workshops. All interested students and families, however, are invited to participate in the program.

The college’s Foley Community Service Center will lhughesister the ACT program at Vigor and LeFlore high schools. Spring Hill student volunteers will travel to the sites to offer after-school tutoring sessions. Since 1992, the Foley Center has managed service opportunities for Spring Hill students with high-need populations, especially in the Mobile public schools.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops will capitalize on efforts of the College’s admissions and financial aid staff to offer college counseling tailored to low-income, first-generation students in 13 public high schools. On-campus workshops will be held to assist high school seniors and their families with filing the FAFSA, the document required for federal financial aid. Attendees will also gain a clearer understanding of other details relevant to applying to college, including deadlines, required application materials and the overall process.

TG's Public Benefit Competitive Grant Program recognizes that nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions are in the best position to determine and propose specific solutions to address issues of college access and success for the students and families they serve.

For more information, contact Dr. Samantha Church at (251) 414-3208 or schurch@shc.edu.