Three students at Birmingham City Schools are getting help with college costs, thanks to donors who support scholarship funds at the Community Foundation. Tom and Julia Crawford take particular pleasure in supporting outstanding graduates of their alma mater, Ramsay High School, through the Award for Excellence Scholarship. Tom went to the high school on April 30 to meet seniors Sierra Barham-Upshaw and Brian Glaze, each of whom will receive $5,000 per year for four years of college through this scholarship fund of the Community Foundation.
James Deese of Huffman High School also will receive support from Community Foundation donors — in his case, $1,500 per year for four years of college through the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Scholarship. Funding for this scholarship comes through the I have a Dream Foundation Fund, Herman E. & Eva E. Sellers Helping Hand Fund and Bessie Estell Fund, all funds of the Community Foundation.
For 2011, the Community Foundation awarded $445,750 to support college costs for 119 students through scholarships established by individuals, families and businesses. Since the scholarship program began, donors have supported almost $3 million total in college costs for students through the Community Foundation.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to support college scholarships through the Community Foundation, contact Erin Stephenson. Or give on-line to support the Community Foundation Scholarship for students in all Birmingham City Schools. Students seeking scholarships can find out more here.