Anonymous gift fuels new AP scholarship program at UAB

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A $4 million gift handed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham has led to the creation of a new Advanced Placement Scholarship Program for Birmingham City School System seniors.

UAB President Carol Garrison was proud to announce that students will first be eligible for the scholarship in the fall of 2011. Garrison adds that full tuition and fee scholarships will be available for up to 20 students and one-time awards of $1000 are available to up to 50 students.

"UAB is delighted to offer this sort of opportunity to the ambitious and college-ready young men and women of the city we call home," Garrison said. "They are the leaders and scholars of tomorrow."

Birmingham Mayor William Bell was quick to applaud the scholarship as the positive effect from UAB and Birmingham City Schools working together. "The City of Birmingham recognizes that educating our young people today will equip them for whatever their tomorrows hold," Bell said. "We have long been proud to point to UAB as an incredible resource for our community, and this is yet another example of the leadership and commitment to Birmingham shown by the university."

The anonymous gift was given to UAB in May of 2009. $1 million of that money is used for strategic initiatives for the university's future.

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