AT&T Donates to BSC's "Southern Exposure" to Aid Future Generations
On June 27, 2018, Birmingham-Southern College was awarded $25,000 grant from AT&T’s Aspire Initiative. This program, started by AT&T in 2008, has invested approximately $400 million to outstanding educational and job training organizations all over the world with a mission of providing opportunities for broadening and diversifying the present and future workforce.
According to the press release from BSC, this grant will be used to support BSC’s “Southern Exposure” program, which works to mentor first-generation and underrepresented college students. Founded in 2016, “Southern Exposure” is a BSC program that takes place in June of each year where first-generation students are provided with the opportunity to explore both BSC and Birmingham attractions such as Vulcan Park and Regions Field. During this time, students are introduced to BSC faculty who are also first-generation students and given the chance to gain wisdom about the tools needed for college success.
Wayne Hutchens, President of AT&T Alabama, says, “AT&T is committed to bringing together the power of our network – our employees, our technology and our community support – to connect people to opportunities and resources that make life more fulfilling. We are proud to support Birmingham-Southern...and other organizations as they work to help youth – our future – achieve success.” This national recognition highlights BSC’s strong example of how important it is to provide students of all backgrounds with the chance to work hard and achieve their highest potential both in academia and in their future careers.