Going to college in Alabama provides numerous wonderful opportunities for great educational experiences. Relying on scholarships is a great way for a number of students to afford their college education.
For the most part, scholarships happen to be based on merit, which is another way of saying academic achievement as well as pursuing certain extracurricular activities, including community service.
There are many different colleges and universities throughout the State of Alabama and below is a list of numerous scholarship opportunities students may wish to pursue.
What to know about filling out an application for scholarships in Alabama.
Filing an application for scholarship in Alabama is no different than in of the any other state in the U.S. The student needs to be very clear on the requirements for the particular scholarship he or she may be applying for. It can take a considerable amount of time to apply for each scholarship. As a result, if the student begins filling out the application and then realizes they didn’t qualify, either because their grades weren’t high enough, they didn’t meet certain financial thresholds, or anything else, it can be frustrating, to say the least.
Make sure you go through each scholarship, determine your eligibility, and if you have any questions consult your school camp counselor.
Allie Bates Jolley Scholarship
This scholarship is provided to students attending classes full-time at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students need to be able to demonstrate a financial need for assistance. They can not be University of Alabama athletes.
As part of the application process for this scholarship, students need to fill out a FAFSA form and submit it by March 1. The deadlines for applying to this particular scholarship are as follows: December 1 for any incoming freshman and January 15 for transfer students.
The amount of scholarship awards can vary, as well as the number of scholarships awarded each year. For more information, visit the website here.
Alabama Commission on Higher Education ACHE
This is a need-based state/federal grant that can vary in range from $300-$2,500 every academic year. The limitation on this particular scholarship opportunity is that it is only for undergraduate work.
In order to be eligible for these grants, the undergraduate student needs to be a resident of the State of Alabama and also be attending eligible Alabama institutions, which generally include accredited two and four-year colleges and universities. There are almost 80 different institutions throughout the State of Alabama that participate in this particular program.
In order to learn more and determine whether or not you qualify for this scholarship program, visit their website here.
Dabney E. Weatherford Scholarship
Even though this is provided through the University of Southern Mississippi, it is available to students in Alabama. Preference is provided to students from the Birmingham metropolitan area. After that, students from Jefferson County and then any student in the State of Alabama may be eligible for this particular scholarship.
The amount of scholarship awards can vary from one year to the next. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students need to exhibit a true financial need for assistance and maintain at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average from high school or their previous college credits.
If eligible candidates are not found within the State of Alabama, then the award may go to students from any other state considered a ‘southern state.’
Students who are interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity are encouraged to visit the website here.
Elite Scholars Scholarship
Interested candidates need to be residents of the State of Alabama who will be entering Jacksonville State University as a freshman. They need to have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and also have a minimum ACT score of 32, or a minimum SAT score of 1390.
Those students who plan to attend Jacksonville State University should look into this particular scholarship as a way to help them pay for tuition, books and supplies, and other expenses related to their college education. The amount of the scholarship awards can vary, so visit the website here for more details.
AmSouth Bank Endowment Scholarship
For students who are planning to go to the University of Alabama in the next academic year, who will be entering freshman, may be eligible for these scholarships. The amount of the scholarship can vary depending on the year. It’s made available through the University of Alabama and is based on academic and leadership ability and capabilities.
This particular scholarship is made available through the National Alumni Association and you can fill out their application form by visiting the website here.
American Legion Scholarship Program
This is a grant that is intended to be used for tuition, room and board, fees, books and supplies, and other related educational expenses associated with attending a public postsecondary educational institution in the State of Alabama.
In order to be eligible for this particular scholarship, students need to be attending an accredited two or four-year college or university in the State of Alabama and be relying on on-campus housing.
To learn more about this particular scholarship opportunity, students are urged to visit the website here.
There are many other scholarships and grants that can be provided to students attending a college or university in Alabama or residents of the state. The best thing any student can do is visit their high school guidance counselor, contact their college or university, or contact the department head where they have declared a major to find out if there are any specific scholarships they may be eligible to apply for. The more scholarships somebody applies for, the more likely they will get the financial assistance they need to make their academic dreams a reality.