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AT&T provides Aspire initiative grant for scholarships to Voices of Hope students in long-term recovery

AT&T and Voices of Hope are working together to support area students in recovery from drug addiction. The initiative will benefit students in recovery from addiction by providing college scholarships funded in part by AT&T’s $10,000 contribution. AT&T supports the project as part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative to help provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

“We believe that technology can help students learn anytime, anywhere, and in this instance learning also supports recovery,” said Hollie Spade, director legislative affairs, AT&T Kentucky. “Voices of Hope has a successful track record of removing barriers to connect students with the skills they need, and AT&T is proud to support their efforts to reach even more central Kentucky students.”

The Voices of Hope “Living Proof” scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student in long-term recovery who is currently enrolled at a trade school, college or university in central Kentucky. Additionally, students who have an immediate family member who is dealing with a substance abuse disorder may also receive financial support through the “Next Generation Scholarship” to help them enroll in a trade school, college or university in central Kentucky.

“Thanks to AT&T we are in a position to expand our scholarship opportunities for central Kentucky students impacted by addiction,” said Amanda Fallin-Bennett, vice president, Voices for Hope. “This is important to us because we know the impact addiction can have on the family. The essays of the applicants so far speak to their resilience and potential and we are grateful to play a small role in their future success.”

“Voices for Hope has been a tremendously helpful resource for those fighting drug and alcohol addiction across central Kentucky and I am proud to see the business community supporting such a worthy effort,” said Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr.

AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company – and our country – for the future. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T helps provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, we’ve committed $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. AT&T Aspire brings together the power of our network – our employees, our technology and organizations – to connect people to opportunities through education and job training.

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