Hank Aaron Continues Support of Atlanta Technical College and Students
By Atlanta Technical College
The Atlanta Technical College Foundation has received a historic and institutionally transformative gift from Mr. Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron. This gift will be used to establish the Henry “Hank” Aaron Endowed Gap Fund, which will support academic and non-academic student success needs. To commemorate this very generous gift and his status as a supporter of education in the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Technical College has renamed the Academic Complex in honor of Mr. Aaron. The building is now named the Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron Academic Complex.
Hank Aaron has always made an impact in Atlanta, whether it is as a Hall of Fame baseball player or as an advocate for change and social empowerment. A gift of this nature makes a generational difference for the Atlanta Technical College students and Metro Atlanta, creating an opportunity for real change to be made through the College’s commitment to technical education. This is only the latest example of the generosity and dedication to higher education that has cemented Mr. Aaron’s place as a pillar within the broader Atlanta community.
The purpose of the Gap Fund program is to satisfy students’ needs or unexpected expenses that financial aid does not always cover. These funds will positively affect the students who need help with resources to cover tuition, books, supplies, childcare, or public transportation. This serves as a continuation of the mission of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation to promote youth development by providing funding to programs to develop their talents and pursue their dreams.
Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron began his baseball career playing in the Negro Leagues before moving to the Minor and Major Leagues of the MLB. Mr. Aaron played for the Braves franchise for the majority of his career, and during his tenure in the MLB, he established himself as one of the best home-run hitters of all-time, culminating in his surpassing MLB legend Babe Ruth’s then record of total home-runs hit. Throughout his career and after retiring, Mr. Aaron has been a supporter of civil rights and educational empowerment, co-founding the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation with his wife, Mrs. Billye Aaron. He has been extremely active in the Fulton and Clayton County communities as well as a member of the Atlanta Technical College Local Board, making his patronage of higher education opportunities even more important for the surrounding area.
Student Success Story: Kevin Little
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kevin Little decided to move to Atlanta with his sister in order to pursue a change in his environment and gain a fresh start. Finding employment with the Georgia Aquarium after it first opened in 2005, Mr. Little worked in multiple roles during his time, gaining many new skills but never finding a passion. He decided the time had come to find a new path, and began his search in his neighborhood of East Point and the surrounding areas.
Choosing to attend Atlanta Technical College, Mr. Little found a commute that worked for him, a cost efficient option to gain an education, and a support system that made him feel welcome from the moment he walked onto campus. Receiving a scholarship from the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation and developing a connection with the Hank Aaron 4 for 4 Organization, Mr. Little developed a relationship with Mr. Hank and Mrs. Billye Aaron that has continued to this day, including them in his ever-growing network of supporters.
“Atlanta Technical College gave me confidence, a large network, and helped me be a leader in a lot of ways. I was a member of Phi Beta Lambda and worked in Hospitality and Marketing Management, and I had an amazing experience. I was even nominated for the GOAL Student of the year in 2016 and 2017!”
Mr. Little is currently serving as the General Manager of the Stockbridge branch of Chicken Salad Chick, a restaurant chain focusing on healthy eating options which started in Mobile, AL. At the recent opening, members of the Stockbridge City Council and Chamber of Commerce were present. Mr. Little feels that his impact is best represented in the positive changes he has made in his community and in his life.