Alabama State University in Montgomery has entered into partnerships with the African countries of Malawi, Nigeria, and Botswana to bring more students from these countries to the university. Both Nigeria and Botswana have agreed to sponsor the education of students from their countries at Alabama State.
Freddie Williams Jr., director of admissions and recruitment at Alabama State, said, “The beauty of these two partnerships is that if we can get the students to come to ASU, the government will pay for their education. They will be fully funded students, and that will be a great opportunity for ASU to increase diversity on campus.”
Also, with funding from the Joyce Banda Foundation, Alabama State is offering 25 scholarships to students from Malawi to come to Montgomery for their higher education. “We are really looking at expanding our international reach, so this was a tremendous opportunity for us,” Williams said. “ASU was founded as a college for people who were denied access to educational outlets. Malawi is an extremely poor country and a lot of those students would not otherwise receive an education if not for these scholarship opportunities; so, we are fulfilling a need.”