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(BPRW) Alfred Street Baptist Church is the nation’s largest denominational donor to HBCUs

$1 million check presented to Jackson State University during halftime of 2022 comeback game

(Black PR wire) Alexandria, Virginia – Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) has become the largest denominational financial supporter of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the nation, through a combination of direct donations, contributions, scholarships and/or Fee waivers awarded to students at their annual HBCU College Festival exceeding $42 million over the past 20 years.

On Saturday, October 22, 2022, the ASBC continued its generosity in support of Black people pursuing higher education by presenting a check for $1 million to Jackson State University during the institution’s homecoming celebration. This donation is a grant from Alfred Street Baptist Church‘s Tithe the Tithe Initiative that will reimburse Jackson State University up to $1,000,000 for expenses related to the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi.

This donation follows the highly successful 20th Annual ASBC HBCU College Festival, where $4 million in scholarships and fee waivers were awarded to thousands of students.

In addition to the $1 million donation to Jackson State, ASBC donated and/or was responsible for the following:

  • Over $40 million awarded in scholarships and fee waivers to over 60,000 students since 2003 through the ASBC’s annual HBCU College Festival
  • $250,000 to Paul Quinn College
  • $250,000 to Virginia State University
  • $250,000 to the United Negro College Fund
  • $250,000 to the National Association for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education
  • $100,000 to Howard University
  • $50,000 to Bennet College
  • $50,000 to Dillard University
  • $25,000 to Hampton University
  • $25,000 to an HBCU each year for the past 20 years

“HBCUs produce nearly one-fifth of all black college graduates and serve the needs of low-income and first-generation students,” said Reverend Dr. Howard-John Wesley, senior pastor of Alfred Baptist Church. Street and Chairman of the United Advisory Board of the National Initiative on Faith and Education of the Negro College Fund. “We are pleased to support these essential institutions which produce graduates who play essential economic roles as professionals, entrepreneurs, consumers and investors. »


About Alfred Street Baptist Church
Founded in 1803, Alfred Street Baptist Church is home to the oldest and largest African-American congregations in Alexandria, Virginia. With more than 10,000 members, the church is a leading religious, educational, and cultural organization in the Northern Virginia community. Alfred Street Baptist Church currently offers four online services, Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well as an in-person service on Sundays at 10 a.m.
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