Albany State University has received a contribution totaling $10,000 from Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church to be earmarked for scholarships.
"Reverend Lorenzo Heard and the Greater 2nd Mt. Olive family are an excellent example of how the faith community and the educational sector can work together to improve the lives of young people in our community," said ASU Vice President for Institutional Advancement Clifford Porter Jr in the release. "Their generosity will assist us in preparing young people for careers in the global marketplace. We extend our sincere appreciation for their support and vote of confidence."
Heard credits several ASU professors who are members of his congregation for providing the incentive that helped him complete a bachelor's degree in business at Albany State. In last summer's issue of the alumni magazine called Aspire, Heard said, "I was much older than most of the students and so many people at Albany State were part of the church's ministry. It was hard for me to make the decision to go back. The younger students helped me deal with computers and other technology."
According to the release, Heard partnered with Robert Skinner, the women's basketball, volleyball and softball coach at ASU to have athletes join students majoring in education to tutor children who attend the ministry's afterschool and summer programs. The church also provided housing for several students who live off campus.