FLINT, MI — Alonna Tipton felt a sense of community, earned a degree and gained an experience of a lifetime when she attended an HBCU, or historically Black college and university.

She wants to help give students in her community the same opportunity that she was granted.

Tipton, a Jackson State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, started a nonprofit organization called the ACTion Foundation to provide scholarship opportunities for returning college students in the Flint area who are actively attending a HBCU.

“I was thinking when I went off to school I had a great support system that helped me throughout my four years of being away,” Tipton said. ” I just wanted to be an assistance to my community.”

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