University of Alabama Partners with Restoration Academy, Ernst & Young to Offer Summer Camp

Jun 29, 2012 11:00 PM ET

(3BL Media) Tuscaloosa, AL – June 29, 2012 – Rising high school juniors who attend Restoration Academy in Fairfield will have the opportunity to participate in a summer camp at The University of Alabama July 8-13.

“I am excited to work with students from Restoration Academy,” said Dr. Lowell K. Davis, assistant dean of students and assistant to the vice provost for academic affairs at UA, who will be directing the summer program.

Restoration Academy is a small, private school supported by families and area churches to serve the needs of an urban student population.

“It is important to help individuals understand they have the ability to succeed in life. Through various programming initiatives, camp participants will have a keen understanding of what it takes to be successful in college and beyond,” Davis said.

Ernst & Young LLP has partnered with UA and Restoration Academy for this program.

“We believe that one of the best ways that we can invest in the underserved communities in our area is by helping young people gain access to higher education,” said Nick Wade, Birmingham College MAP executive sponsor at Ernst & Young LLP. “We are proud to join both Restoration Academy and the University in working to achieve this goal,” Wade said.

Some 35 high school students will be selected to attend the camp, which will include a series of college preparation workshops and other enrichment activities on and off campus.

“Many students who enroll at Restoration Academy do not think that college is an option, but we expect all our students to attend,” said Molly Stone, director of student affairs, advancement and volunteer services for Restoration Academy. “Our relationship with the University of Alabama and Ernst & Young LLP exposes our students to university life, college expectations and prepares them for their future career. This opportunity shows them that college is a viable option,” she said.

With support from the Restoration Academy, Ernst & Young, volunteers and UA faculty and staff, the high school students will learn about the college experience and will also be provided with personal, financial and educational support.

For more information, contact Davis at 205/348-3326 or