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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Awards Miles College a $25,000 Grant

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Awards Miles College a $25,000 Grant


Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Awards Miles College a $25,000 Grant for COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund 

FAIRFIELD, ALABAMA - The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has awarded a $25,000 Rapid Response Grant to provide emergency assistance to students with financial needs, including housing, food, childcare, transportation, and learning technology in support of President Bobbie Knight’s COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund.

The Rapid Response grant, which was awarded on May 18, 2020, is one of several gifts the College has received to bring immediate relief to the student body. 

“We are grateful for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for recognizing our needs and supporting the COVID-19 emergency student relief fund,” said Bobbie Knight, President of Miles College. “For us to overcome these unprecedented times, we must continue to make progress together.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham was built on and continues to thrive on, the idea that together, we have the power to create transformational change. 

“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 & 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. In addition to providing for basic needs like housing, food, and transportation, this grant will provide resources for remote learning so that students can continue their education throughout this crisis.                                                                        


Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

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