Local schools win ‘Best Hustle Award’


Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit that breaks down barriers to prosperity, announced that five Blount County schools will receive the Best Hustle Award for successfully improving its early Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion by at least 10 percent from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1.

This year, 120 Alabama high schools earned this recognition, including: Hayden High School (12 percent increase), J.B. Pennington High School (67 percent increase), Oneonta High School (25 percent increase), Susan Moore High School (53 percent increase), and Southeastern School (48 percent increase).

All the schools participate in the Cash for College Alabama campaign coordinated by Alabama Possible. Cash for College works with school counselors, career coaches, and other educators across the state to equip students to continue their education after high school by completing their financial aid form.

“It’s crucial that high school seniors fill out the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize their financial aid,” said Kristina Scott, executive director of Alabama Possible. “We are excited for all the schools that have received the Best Hustle Award and congratulate them on their success in encouraging early FAFSA completion among students.”

Cash for College is a partnership of Alabama Possible, Alabama State Department of Education, Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama, and the Alabama Media Group. Additional collaborators are the Alabama Community College System and Alabama Commission on High Education.

For more information on Alabama Possible and Cash for College, visit alabamapossible.org and cashforcollege alabama.org.