Miles College Awarded Grant for Student Emergency Assistance

The George T. French Jr. Student Activity Center at Miles College

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has awarded a $25,000 Rapid Response Grant to Miles College to provide emergency assistance to students with financial needs, including housing, food, childcare, transportation and learning technology.

“We are grateful for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for recognizing our needs and supporting the Covid-19 emergency student relief fund,” said Miles College President Bobbie Knight.

“Covid-19 has exposed societal fault lines that disproportionately affect under-resourced populations resulting in financial and emotional hardship for many college students across our region,” said Christopher Nanni, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We were happy to support the work that Miles College is doing to help meet the needs of students who have been affected by this pandemic.”

Founded in 1898, Miles College, located in Fairfield, is a liberal arts institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees. It is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It serves approximately 1,500 students.

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham was founded in 1959 by a group of generous leaders. It works to take on the fundamental issues that challenge growth and success of the people in its five-county region around Birmingham, including Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties. The Rapid Response Grants address immediate, basic needs related to the Covid-19 crisis and are awarded in amounts up to $25,000.

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