Best Hustle Award
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Monday, January 22, 2018
FAFSA Completion

Recognized by the organization Alabama Possible for successfully growing the number of seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, during the early window between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, Benjamin Russell was among 180 high schools across the state to be given the Best Hustle Award. Alabama Possible seeks to remove barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education and collaboration with other agencies. One campaign the group manages, Cash for College Alabama, promotes encouraging high school students to apply for financial aid to continue their education at the post-secondary level. More than 300 schools participate in Cash for College, and during the period between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, students at these schools filled out more than 10,000 FAFSA forms, according to a press release from Alabama Possible.

“I’m extremely proud to win the award,” Benjamin Russell Principal Dr. Anthony Wilkinson said. “This goes back to all the hard work our counselors, our senior teachers and our staff do to promote this. We do stress to the students to go ahead and fill out the FAFSA, whether or not they are planning on going to college, since they might change their mind and decide to go. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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