Chambers County grant should bolster postsecondary, economic development efforts

$2.1 million grant has been awarded to Unite Inc.

In its college prep program, Unite Inc. takes high-school students on college tours.

Unite Inc., an organization dedicated to increasing college access for Black students in rural Alabama, has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant “will greatly enhance our mission to improve postsecondary education and economic development in rural communities, particularly in Chambers County,” Unite said in a press release.

The funding will increase the number of students served by Unite from 60 to more than 600 in Chambers County.

“We are honored to receive this grant from the Department of Education,” said Travis Smith, founder and executive director of Unite Inc. “This funding will enable us to make a meaningful impact in rural communities, providing students with the resources they need to succeed and helping to drive economic growth. We look forward to working with our partners to implement these initiatives and make a positive difference in the lives of many.”

Among Unite’s college prep initiatives are free ACT test preparation and supporting high schools with supplemental resources for students.

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