The effects of the April 2011 tornadoes still linger for many Birmingham families, especially as they balance a variety of needs — including support for young people pursuing higher education. Limited scholarship assistance is now available through the Higher Education Assistance Project, administered by JCCEO (Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity), funded by a grant from the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund of the Community Foundation.
Students can apply between now and Feb. 28, 2013, for a one-time Educational Assistance Award that is available on a limited basis to students whose Birmingham resident families suffered verifiable losses resulting in financial hardship due to the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. Educational assistance can support study at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or equivalent).
“JCCEO has experience in tornado recovery, educational support and collaboration with the Long-Term Recovery Committee to assess unmet needs,” said Gus Heard-Hughes, who has been working in tornado recovery for the Community Foundation. “That experience makes JCCEO well positioned to help families that, due to the tornadoes, face challenges keeping their children in college.”