Huffman High School Graduate Receives Four-Year College Scholarship
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A deserving, 2012 graduate of the Birmingham City Schools received a four-year college scholarship, this summer, as part of the Brasfield & Gorrie / BLOC Global Group Scholarship Program. The scholarship program was created in 2009 as part of the two Birmingham-based firms’ community commitment as Construction Management Team joint venture partners for the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Terminal Modernization Project.
In the second annual scholarship initiative, Brasfield & Gorrie and BLOC Global Group, awarded the scholarship to Arlando Laster, a 2012 graduate from Huffman High School. This four-year scholarship will cover the majority of tuition and educational fees for Arlando, who plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama.
Arlando, the son of Ms. Dayatra Laster, was selected from an extremely competitive crop of applicants. After a challenging selection process, including a panel review of applications, transcripts, test scores, essays, and finalists’ interviews, Arlando is recognized for his scholarship, service, and leadership. Arlando Laster, ranked # 3 in his graduating class, has accomplished the following: 3.7 GPA, AB Honor Roll, National Honor Society, captain of the Black History Team, finalist in the Birmingham City Math Team, a Future Business Leader, a scholar of AP Biology, AP History, AP Chemistry, and AP Calculus, and a community volunteer.
“Arlando has worked extremely hard in his studies, despite many challenges,” Herschell Hamilton of BLOC Global stated. “His dream has been to attend the University of Alabama and major in Mechanical Engineering. Brasfield & Gorrie and BLOC Global Group will help him make that a reality. We are committed to the educational and professional success of our scholarship recipients.”
The 2012 Brasfield and Gorrie / BLOC Global Group Scholarship awards presentation took place at a recent Birmingham Board of Education Meeting. This year, the program received 13 applications from talented students from the following Birmingham high schools: A. H. Parker, Carver, Huffman, Jackson-Olin, Ramsay, and Wenonah.
Present for the award presentation were Arlando Laster’s mother, Ms. Dayatra Laster; Supt. Dr. Craig Witherspoon; Deputy Supt. Dr. Sharon Bell; Huffman High School Principal John Lyons, and Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Flora Giles.