ASU tapped for grant

Published 6:51 pm Wednesday, December 3, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Funding opportunities are getting harder to come by with current economic conditions. However, the Southern Normal campus of Alabama State University is getting a special pre-holiday gift, courtesy of AT&T.
ASUSN has been tapped to receive an $80,070 High School Success Grant from AT&T with a special presentation planned for noon today at the campus on Kirkland Road.
Dr. RoseMary Watkins, headmaster and executive director of ASU's Brewton campus, is excited about the possibilities the grant will provide for area high school students.
Watkins said the High School Success project at the facility will help motivate and encourage students who may be having a difficult time with studies at the high school level.
The grant presentation will be held during the ASUSN Holiday Luncheon and Open House today. The event is expected to host area dignitaries as well as staff and faculty at the campus. Those who support the project at the facility, Watkins said, will also attend the noon ceremony.
The grant comes to ASUSN as part of AT&T Aspire, a $100 million philanthropic program to help strengthen student success and workforce readiness. The program focuses on helping students see the connection between education and their future.
The company has committed $100 million in philanthropy through 2011 to schools and nonprofit organizations that are focused on high school retention and better preparing students for college and the workforce.

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