On Tuesday, Alice Lloyd College was featured on the Apple Podcast “Freedom from Addiction – Share You Mission” hosted by Reverend Winn Henderson, M.D. Reverend Henderson’s podcast is the longest-running, single hosted, spiritual podcast in the world. For 20 years, his desire has been for his listeners to discover their purpose and mission in life. The program was a special simulcast with Neil Haley. The co-hosts interviewed President, Joe Stepp, Director of Development, Allison Southard, and ALC senior, Dalton McCown, on how Alice Lloyd College provides light and purpose for the Appalachian region.
The mission of Alice Lloyd and June Buchanan is over 100 years old. While other colleges across America have strayed from their Judeo-Christian service beliefs, ALC holds onto its roots. President Joe Stepp stated, “We are trying to stay true to our mission.” The mission that does not turn a student away due to their inability to pay, where service and work go hand in hand, and where students are set up to achieve their goals and be the leaders Appalachia needs.
ALC achieves its mission by guaranteeing the cost of tuition for all students who live within ALC’s 108-county service area. While some may find the College’s goal as another free service for the less fortunate, Director of Development Allison Southard stated, “Alice Lloyd College is not a handout, but a hand up.” Over 95% are accepted into professional or graduate school, or are employed, six months after graduation, and 83% of graduates return to the region. The purpose of Alice Lloyd College filters into a purposeful life for ALC students.
Senior Dalton McCown had several opportunities to attend public colleges across Kentucky. Still, he chose Alice Lloyd College for several reasons, the main one being he felt the College truly cared for him and his goals. ALC wants its students to walk the Purpose Road for their four years of college and carry it throughout their lives. ALC believes, as Reverend Winn Henderson believes, “A purpose and mission in someone’s life can change it for the better.”