Student Loan Debts Wiped Out: 34 Howard University Students Get Their Loans Paid In Full
Alfred Street Baptist Church decided to wipe out the debt of 34 Howard University students that had a balance of $100-$3000 and have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher. In most churches at the beginning of the year the pastor asks their parishioners to “fast” from something for 30-days. Fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food and drink. This year this particular church added some additional things to fast from such as social media, purchasing things that were not needed etc. Since church members were able to save money they decided as a church to find a charitable cause and donate to it. They were told by church leaders they would find a worthy cause or participant and make the donation on the churches behalf.
Because it is Black History Month and the majority of their congregation attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities it was only right to donate the money to one. This decision came in the from of a prayer from Rev. March Lavarin who said “What better way to celebrate Black History Month than investing in the young, black heroes of HBCU’s?” The church also donated money to Bennett College in North Carolina one of two women-only colleges and universities. The students that were receiving the money to pay off their financial burdens were informed via an email stating that there was a “special financial aid opportunity” and that they had to report to the Interdisciplinary Research Building to claim their prize. We hope that this act of kindness spreads throughout and people understand that helping others is just as rewarding as receiving.