Announcing the 2020 Humanitarian of the Year


The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) of Alabama Commemorates Yet Another Year of Success With Its 2020 Celebration of Service

Recognizing the Accomplishments of the 2019 Alabama Schweitzer Fellows and the 2020 Alabama Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year

CONTACT: Kristin Boggs, MSW, Executive Director,, (205) 202-0695

Mayor Hollie Cost selected as Humanitarian of the Year by ASF of Alabama for 2020
Mayor Hollie Cost

Birmingham, AL, Feb. 21, 2020 — The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) of Alabama announced today their annual Celebration of Service event, where the achievements of the 2019 Alabama Schweitzer Fellowship class and the 2020 Alabama Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Mayor Hollie Cost of Montevallo, Ala. will be recognized.

Throughout the 2019-2020 year, 12 Alabama Fellows from the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, and the University of Montevallo designed and implemented service projects aiming to improve health and well-being throughout the state with assistance from community-based site partners. At the 2020 Celebration of Service event, these Fellows’ projects and their successes will be recognized by the public, their colleagues, and other invited guests: 

  • Autumn Beavers, UAB, School of Medicine
  • Domecia Brown, Samford University, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Cayla Bush, University of Alabama, School of Social Work
  • Rahul Gaini, UAB, School of Medicine
  • Amber Ingram, University of Alabama, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Heather Johnson, UAB, School of Public Health
  • Jessica McKenzie, UAB School of Public Health
  • Jason Perry, University of Montevallo, College of Education
  • Tammy Ruffin, UAB, School of Education
  • Edgar Soto, UAB, School of Medicine
  • Larissa Strath, UAB, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rachel Tindal, UAB School of Medicine

As the 2020 Alabama Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Mayor Cost will be celebrated alongside the 2019 ASF Fellows for her commitment to service that has elevated the city of Montevallo.

“The Schweitzer Fellowship aims to work for and with communities that are oftentimes underserved or undervalued. Mayor Cost has elevated the voice of youth in Montevallo through the creation of the Montevallo Junior City Council, empowering them to serve and lead. It’s a wonderful example of how leaders can work towards equity, whether in government, healthcare, education, or another sector. Our Board of Directors was pleased to select her, therefore, for the example that she sets not only in Montevallo but throughout the state.”

Kristin Boggs, Executive Director

The Celebration of Service event will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at the Hoover Randle House, located at 2255 Tyler Road, Birmingham, AL 35226. For more details, please visit 


About The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Alabama

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) of Alabama is preparing the next generation of professionals who will serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities in Alabama. To date, 58 Alabama Fellows have contributed over 12,000 hours of service at a value of over $295,000. Nationally, more than 3,500 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered nearly 500,000 hours of service to nearly 300,000 people in need domestically, while over 100 Fellows have provided care at the 100-year-old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa. Through this work and through the contributions of Fellows whose professional careers serve their communities, ASF perpetuates the legacy and philosophy of physician humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. ASF has 13 program locations in the U.S. and one in Lambaréné, Africa. The national nonprofit is located in Boston, MA.