Birmingham Promise recently treated Huffman High School students to lunch with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin to celebrate their participation in the Birmingham Promise scholarship program.
The lunch May 11 recognized Huffman for submitting the highest number of scholarship applications among any graduating class at Birmingham City Schools. It also was a chance to applaud Huffman’s principal, Dr. John C. Lyons Jr., and senior counselor, Dr. Beverly Hackett, for their leadership and for making the celebration lunch possible.
In addition to boxed Chick-Fil-A lunches, students were able to meet the mayor and share their plans with him – and Mayor Woodfin was impressed with what he heard. “These young people are taking control of their future, and I’m so proud of them,” he said.
Those sentiments were echoed by Samantha Williams, the executive director of Birmingham Promise.
“These students are absolutely incredible,” Williams said. “They’re out here achieving their dreams and making their entire community proud, and we’re so happy to be even a small part of their success.”
Birmingham Promise provides up to four-years of college tuition for graduates of Birmingham City Schools to attend any public two-year or four-year college or university in Alabama. Since the program was initially launched by Mayor Woodfin’s administration in 2020, it has assisted more than 1,000 Birmingham graduates with college.
Birmingham Promise also offers Birmingham City Schools students an opportunity in high school to get paid internships with local businesses. For more information, visit www.birminghampromise.org.