SELMA – Alabama’s Black Belt region, often last in economic and educational statistics, is getting a helping hand from an Ivy League university.

It’s being done through the auspices of the Princeton University Alumni Association of Alabama and the Black Belt Community Foundation, which was created a decade ago to pump new life into the struggling region.

Former Lt. Gov. George McMillan, an emeritus board member of the organization, said the connection should go a long way in helping the Black Belt.

“This is the first time that entities in all 12 counties of the Black Belt can make contributions to boost communities that need help the most,” said McMillan, following a Friday morning meeting at the foundation’s office in Selma.

The meeting was called, in part, to solidify the partnership between the foundation and Princeton’s alumni group while also providing details about the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

The prize will be open to high school students across the region taking part in volunteerism or projects that promote understanding and mutual respect among all races.

The student selected for the prize will receive a cash award as well as an all-expense paid trip to visit Princeton’s campus in New Jersey and take part in an awards symposium. Read More