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$100k to keep student debt away

Photo courtesy of Alfred Street Baptist Church

Through the generosity of individual members, a church in Virginia raised $100,000 to allow 34 Howard University seniors to graduate debt-free.

For the last few years, the Alfred Street Baptist Church has asked its members to fast each January and abstain from spending money on non-essential items so they could donate the money to an important cause instead.

Those efforts came to fruition this year as they raised a total of $100,000 and decided to use it to help dozens of students graduate without any financial burdens. Said church pastor Dr. Howard-John Wesley, “We decided to come to Howard University to find some students who are about to change the world but have some financial concerns, and let them know we’re going to take care of it for them.”

Howard University took to Twitter to recognize the incredible gesture.

"Thank you @AlfredStreetBC for paying the balances that stood between 34 graduating seniors and their graduation in a few short months. We appreciate your investment into our students and the priority placed into supporting the HBCU community."