Founded in 1803 in Old Town, Alexandria, The Alfred Street Baptist Church opened the Foundation in 2002 to make possible college scholarships for high-achieving, financially challenged students – because education may be the great equalizer, but only if it is financially accessible. The predominantly African American board approaches this educational effort with a special sense of purpose. Applicants must have a low expected contribution from their families and high academic achievement. Many recipients attend Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs). Because the same hurdles also exist in immigrant populations, the Foundation reaches out to diverse ethnic populations as well. Since its inception, it has awarded $1.7 million in scholarships ($1000 to $20,000) to over 400 students and offers ongoing mentoring to support them on their educational journey. Demand is greater than capacity: your support expands the outreach of this critical effort.
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