On the Road to 100 . . . 2024

American Baptist College is ON THE ROAD TO 100 YEARS!

American Baptist College is celebrating its 98th year beginning in October 2022, and we invite you to join us in this recognition. We have survived and thrived since 1924. We have molded great leaders, and our current students are following in their footsteps, becoming agents of social change and looking at the world through the S.E.A.L. lens: Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership. And the institution continues to stand strong. We strive to touch the souls of our students, who can and will change the world. Be a part of this journey in our 98th year, on the Road to 100 in 2024.

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President Harris to Receive Radical Change Agent Award

In commemoration and continued celebration of the racial integration of the former Scarritt College by two African American women in 1952, the Radical Change Banquet honors that milestone event.

The 70th Anniversary event will also celebrate the contributions of members of the community and organizations that embody the four tenets of Scarritt College and Scarritt Bennett Center:
Racial Justice, Spiritual Formation, Transformative Education, and Women’s Empowerment.

ABC President Forrest Harris will receive the Radical Change Agent Award along with five other honorees, 
  • Mike Hodge, Organizing Director, NOAH and Scarritt College Alumnus
  • Clemmie Greenlee, Founder, Mothers Over Murder
  • Cecilia Prado, Co-Director, Workers Dignity
  • Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
  • Jim Polk, Scarritt Bennett Center Board Member, and Scarritt College Alumnus
The Inaugural Radical Change Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 6 p.m. on the beautiful Scarritt Bennett Center campus in the Laskey Great Hall. Visit for more details.

Keeping Our Focus on Health and Safety

Since the initial onset in early-2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed focus to maintaining our overall wellness. At American Baptist College, that has included special initiatives for students and staff, such as enhancements to the on-campus wellness center, support through mental health counseling, meal stipends for students, and much more.

Recently, the College announced it would be providing YMCA membership to faculty and staff through June 2023 as part of its ongoing emphasis on keeping healthy. Information on student memberships will be shared soon.

“COVID-19 is something we know we will be dealing with for the foreseeable future,” said ABC Executive Vice President Richard Jackson. “It’s been found that certain underlying conditions may make a person more likely to get COVID-19 or have more serious effects, so our hope is that our ABC students and staff will utilize their YMCA membership to be proactive in establishing and maintaining good health habits.”

Several students and staff also completed American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED training and certification in September, yet another step toward ensuring a safer campus and community. The training covered basic first aid for medical emergencies and injuries, as well as instruction on how to properly administer CPR and utilize AEDs.

Funding for these activities is provided by the U.S. Government to address and/or mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Act.

File Your FAFSA Early!

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Student Debt Relief

On August 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a Student Debt Relief Plan that includes one-time student loan debt relief. 

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers with loans held by ED are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 (or $250,000 for households). Learn more at

California Students Tour Campus

Students participating in the Pathways in Education tour program through the C.R.E.W. Mentoring Group (Sacramento, CA) experienced the ABC campus in September. If you would like to schedule a tour of the “Holy Hill,” visit us on the web or contact the Admissions Office at

Annual Safety Report

For more than a decade, American Baptist College has built a reputation as one of the safest college campuses in the nation. The College had only one minor crime reported over the past decade, including zero incidents from 2010-2017.

In the coming years, ABC will continue to engage in a safety plan and measure assessments to identify and prioritize the infrastructure and safety needs of the campus.

To view the safety data on our website, visit (web link).

ABC Financial Partner Welcomes Institutional Advancement Team

Fourth Capital Bank opened its downtown Nashville offices for the ABC Division of Institutional Advancement, Marketing, and Communications’ annual team retreat. As the College’s bank, Fourth Capital has provided valuable services to the school and students alike, and the bank’s president and chief executive officer, Brian Heinrichs, personally welcomed the team.

In addition to the Institutional Advancement Team, ABC President Forrest Harris, Executive Vice President Richard Jackson, and National Alumni President Breonus Mitchell were on-hand to experience Fourth Capital’s hospitality.

Election Day is Nov. 8 . . .
Register Today 

As part of its commitment to Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership (S.E.A.L.), American Baptist College always has encouraged our students and others to exercise their right to vote.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. If you’re not already registered to vote, visit to learn what you need to do to ensure your voice is heard.

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American Baptist College has survived and thrived for 98 years. Established out of a desire to train African American preachers, it now is a full-fledged Historically Black College/University and offers both Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Nestled on the “Holy” Hill in North Nashville, this College is a treasured institution in teaching, guiding and developing leaders of social change for the 21st century and beyond. Our work places a SEAL (Social Justice, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership) on the world. 
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