Earning a university degree is a dream that eludes many for lack of sufficient financial aid. However, there are several scholarships available to Alabama state residents that help to off set the rising prices of college tuition fees. Many aspiring students take advantage of these scholarships that have specific requirements for a variety of people groups. Here is a list of 25 popular scholarships, a brief description about them, and important contact information.

ADAM GAY SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April 1

Graduating seniors of Northview High School, Dothan High School, and Houston Academy who exhibit academic and athletic excellence often apply for the Adam Gay Memorial Scholarship worth $1000.00. This scholarship fund was founded in honor of a young student athlete who was killed in an automobile accident. The Southeast Alabama Community Foundation (SACF) accepts applications for this scholarship that has a submission deadline of 1 April annually. SACF requires students to submit their academic transcripts that must show maintenance of a “B” grade average, references that confirm good character, and an essay that describes athletic and community service participation.

Contact:
Adam Gay Scholarship
111 Adris Place, Suite 8
Dothan, AL 36303
(334) 446-0247
[email protected]

AILEEN LEE SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: September 6

The Aileen Lee Scholarship offers out-of-state students like those from Alabama up to $500.00 in funding to attend the University of Oregon as incoming freshmen. These students must have demonstrated a consistent commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and community service throughout their high school years. The scholarship committee only selects three women and three men as award recipients from all applicants who submit their applications by the annual September 6th deadline.

Contact:
AILEEN LEE SCHOLARSHIP c/o The Holden Center
Erb Memorial Union, Suite 17
1228 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-1153

ALABAMA FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: 30 days prior to AFDA mid-winter meeting

The Alabama Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) Scholarship offers aspiring morticians in Alabama up to $1000.00 toward tuition assistance for those participating in accredited mortuary science degree programs. Qualifying students submit their application to the AFDA along with transcripts indicating minimal grade averages of 2.5, letters of recommendations, and a 500 word essay about careers in funeral service in Alabama. The deadline for application submittal is 30 days before the organization’s mid-winter meeting, and applicants must be sponsored by a member of the AFDA.

Contact:
Alabama Funeral Directors Association Scholarship
PMB 380, 7956 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL 36116
(334) 956-8000
http://www.alabamafda.org/Members/Scholarships.aspx

ALABAMA POWER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: March 1

The Alabama Power College of Engineering Endowed Scholarship is a merit-based award provided by Auburn University. The funds are set aside for Alabama residents who attend the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Auburn University students who have an interest in this scholarship must submit their applications electronically via Auburn’s scholarship management program. Qualifying applicants get specific information about minimum grade averages or other items required for application submittal from the engineering scholarship coordinator.

Contact:
Alabama Power College of Engineering Endowed Scholarship
115 Quad Center
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 844-7570
[email protected]

ALABAMA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DEPENDENTS OF BLIND PARENTS

DEADLINE: June 30

Alabama Scholarships For Dependents of Blind Parents are need-based scholarships awarded to Alabama residents whose parents or guardians are blind and claim tax status as head of household. Qualifying students must demonstrate financial need by showing family income of 1.3 times below the federally mandated poverty line and enrollment in a two or four-year Alabama public institute of higher learning. Applicants must have resided in Alabama for at least five years prior to application submittal. Students obtain applications from Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Contact:
Alabama Scholarships For Dependents of Blind Parents
Attn: Debra Culver, 4 Medical Office Park
Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 362-0638
[email protected]

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: April 1

The American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Programs award 40 recipients $850.00 toward the cost of college tuition. The scholarship program is both merit and need based with qualifying applicants holding a minimum grade average of 3.5 and demonstrating financial need. Additionally, applicants must be Alabama residents who are children or grandchildren of those who served in major wars and conflicts dating back to World War I. The annual application submission deadline is 1 April, and qualifying students obtain applications from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Alabama.

Contact:
American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Programs
120 North Jackson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 262-1176
[email protected]

AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: April 1

The American Legion Scholarship Program also offers $850.00 to qualifying Alabama residents who are enrolled in designated Alabama schools. Interested applicants must contact the American Legion organization to confirm whether their chosen school qualifies for the scholarship award. Besides being a state resident, applicants must be a child or grandchild of a veteran with war-time service. This scholarship is merit based and requires students to submit copies of transcripts, scholastic aptitude test scores, two reference letters, and the veteran member’s proof of service.

Contact:
American Legion Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 1069
Montgomery , Alabama 36101
(334) 262-1176
[email protected]

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOODSTOCK SCHOLARSHIP CHALLENGE

DEADLINE: January 31

The American Red Cross Bloodstock Scholarship Challenge gives students the opportunity to win a scholarship of up to $2000.00 while gaining valuable leadership skills. Participating students who are at least 16 years old contact the American Red Cross to apply for the student blood drive coordinator position. The student actually plans and coordinates the blood drive and minimally receives a letter of recommendation and a $50.00 gift card for a job well done. The schedule for the winter blood drive challenge is December 15 – January 15 and the summer session schedule is May 15 – August 15.

Contact:
American Red Cross Bloodstock Scholarship Challenge
2025 E Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(800) 733-2767
[email protected]

ARRL CHARLES CLARKE CORDLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: January 31

The ARRL Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship is awarded to amateur radio operators who are enrolled in a communications, electronics, or related degree program at an accredited Alabama university. Qualifying students possess an active Amateur Radio License and have a grade average of 2.5 or better in their chosen degree major. Students obtain applications for the award of up to $1000.00 from the ARRL website.

Contact:
ARRL Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111
(860) 594-0200
[email protected]
http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-descriptions

AWS AIRGAS – TERRY JARVIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: February 15

The AWS Airgas Terry Jarvis Memorial Scholarship provides tuition assistance to those in the field of welding engineering. The fund was named for a dedicated employee who died in the prime of life while working for Airgas in Alabama. As a result, special preference is given to Alabama residents who qualify. Some of the minimum requirements for scholarship award include possession of a high school diploma, enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited university, and a 3.0 grade average in engineering coursework.

Contact:
AWS Airgas Terry Jarvis Memorial Scholarship
8669 Doral Blvd., Suite 130
Doral, Fl 33166
(305) 445-6628
[email protected]

AWS AIRGAS-JERRY BAKER SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: February 15

The AWS Airgas Jerry Baker Scholarship provides financial assistance of up to $2500.00 to an undergraduate student pursuing a four-year degree in welding engineering. Jerry Baker, who is a long-time veteran of the industrial gas and welding field and now presides over Airgas’ Corporate Development department, is the inspiration for this scholarship. Qualifying applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade average in their engineering courses.

Contact:
AWS Airgas Jerry Baker Scholarship
8669 Doral Blvd., Suite 130
Doral, Fl 33166
(305) 445-6628
[email protected]

DIXIE BOYS BERNIE VARNADORE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: April 1

The Dixie Boys Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program awards 11 young men up to $1,250.00 for tuition assistance based on merit and financial need. The scholarship is primarily for those students who have participated in the Dixie Boys Baseball program. Applications are accepted between January 1st and April 1st annually. The minimal qualifications for high school seniors applying for the scholarship includes demonstrated financial need, high school transcripts and aptitude test scores, and demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.

Contact:
Dixie Boys Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program
c/o: J. Sandy Jones, Commissioner
P.O. Box 8263
Dothan, AL 36305
(334) 793-3331
[email protected]

EARL P. ANDREWS, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April 1

The Earl P. Andrews, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is both a merit and need based award given to racial minority applicants who meet the scholarship committee’s stringent guidelines. The fund was established in 1989 by Mrs. Andrews in memory of her son. Applicants for this scholarship must maintain at least a grade average of 3.5 and have ACT aptitude test scores of at least 23. Before obtaining the award of up to $2,000.00 in tuition assistance, applicants must submit transcripts, complete an essay, and personally interview with the scholarship committee.

Contact:
Earl P. Andrews, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
434 N. McDonough Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 264-6223
[email protected]

JACKSON FAMILY PHOENIX FUND SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April 1

The Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship is tuition assistance for those pursuing academic careers in the sciences or mathematics. The award is targeted towards graduates of Lowndes County or Montgomery County high schools. Recipients of the financial award must attend a historically black university and participate in a degree program like biology, chemistry, horticulture, or physics. Qualifying students have a grade average of 3.0 or better and an ACT score of at least 20.

Contact:
Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship
434 N. McDonough Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 264-6223
[email protected]

JUNIOR AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: Varies

The Junior and Community College Athletic Scholarship Program awards student athletes financial assistance based upon their athletic performance at a two-year junior or community college; financial need is not considered. Student athletes participate in try outs that determine their eligibility for these awards. Additionally, students must be enrolled in a participating Alabama public, two-year college. Students get applications through the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. Interested students must contact their specific institution’s financial aid office for detailed information concerning application requirements and submission deadlines.

Contact:
Junior and Community College Athletic Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 293-4557
[email protected]

JUNIOR AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: Varies

Junior and Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program is a merit based award given to students enrolled in Alabama two-year junior and community colleges. The award is renewable and may cover all in-state tuition fees. A student’s financial status is not considered during the award process, and students participate in performing arts competitive auditions to determine their eligibility. Aspiring performers who want to know more about the award should contact the financial aid office of their junior or community college for application details.

Contact:
Junior and Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-2957

MARIE AARON PANHORST SCHOLARSHIP FUND

DEADLINE: April 1

The Marie Aaron Panhorst Scholarship Fund is designed to help students pursuing educational goals in Technical vocations, Business, or Marketing. This scholarship has the potential of paying for nearly all of a student’s tuition cost for technical school or a business degree program. The Marie Aaron Panhorst Scholarship Fund is competitively awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence along with strong financial need. Qualifying students should expect to submit transcripts and an essay along with their application obtained from Elmore County Community Foundation.

Contact:
Marie Aaron Panhorst Scholarship Fund
35 South Court Street 2nd Floor
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 264-6223
[email protected]

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JUNIOR AUXILIARIES, INC. (NAJA) SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: February 1

The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Scholarship is awarded to those pursuing graduate level studies for careers working with children. Examples of some of these career fields include early childhood development, child psychology, gifted and exceptional childhood education, and mental health professionals for children. The scholarship application must be completed online between September 1st and February 1st. Although multiple awards of over a million dollars are provided to scholars, the application process is rigorous; transcripts and letters of recommendation are required.

Contact:
National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Scholarship
P.O. Box 1873
Greenville, MS 38701
(662) 332-3000
[email protected]net

RONNIE MENDHEIM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: April 1

The Ronnie Mendheim Memorial Scholarship is an academic and community service merit based award for graduating seniors of Dothan High School. The scholarship was established in honor of Ronnie Mendheim’s contribution to youth education and leadership training. Dothan High School graduates who would like to apply for this award need to contact the Southeast Alabama Community Foundation and be prepared to submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a written essay. The transcripts, recommendation letters, and essay should all demonstrate the applicant’s academic excellence and community service.

Contact:
Ronnie Mendheim Memorial Scholarship
111 Adris Place, Suite 8
Dothan, AL 36303
(334) 446-0247
[email protected]

SENIOR ADULT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: Varies

It is never too late to learn, and with the Senior Adult Scholarship Program, Alabama’s seniors over the age of 60 years old have the opportunity to return to school to pursue a degree. Many seniors put off getting a college education for various reasons, and now that they are in their twilight years more than a few are on fixed incomes. In Alabama, limited income does not stop seniors from reaching their goals after age 60. All seniors over 60 years of age may attend a public Alabama two-year, post secondary school absolutely free of charge by contacting the financial aid office of any of those institutions.

Contact:
Senior Adult Scholarship Program
P. O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-1998

SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION BOARD DOCTORAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

DEADLINE: March 31

The Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program provides post-graduate students with funding for doctoral educational programs. The doctoral and dissertation awards are two grants given to Ph.D program candidates attending participating schools in certain states like Alabama. The doctoral award offers up to five years of tuition free education and an annual stipend of $20,000.00. The dissertation award is a one year grant for those who have completed their coursework, exams, and dissertation. The award covers a tuition free year at a qualifying university, a $500.00 research grant, $20,000.00 stipend, and professional development support.

Contact:
Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program
592 10th St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 875-9211
[email protected]

TALL CLUBS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

DEADLINE: March 1

The Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships are perhaps one of the most unusual of all the financial aid awards offered to Alabama students, proving that there are funds available for a variety of people groups. The minimal requirements for the Tall Clubs’ scholarships include an age of 21 years or younger, entering a college or university in the upcoming fall semester, and sponsorship by a local Tall Club member. Yes, there is a minimum height requirement of 5 foot 10 for female candidates and 6 foot 2 for male candidates.

Contact:
Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships
P.O.Box 7365
Huntsville, AL 35807
256-461-0180
[email protected]

TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR ALABAMA TEACHERS

DEADLINE: Varies

The Technology Scholarship Program For Alabama Teachers addresses the need for continuing education and training for teachers, especially when it comes to technology. The world of Information Technology changes rapidly, and keeping teachers tech savvy allows them to make appropriate updates to their curriculum. Under this scholarship, Alabama teachers receive tuition assistance for approved technology courses needed to enhance their lesson plans and the overall student experience. Only full-time teachers who are licensed to teach in Alabama may apply for this scholarship award.

Contact:
Technology Scholarship Program For Alabama Teachers
P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-2276

THE SHAMBLIN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: March 1

The Shamblin Family Scholarship was founded in honor of Harold Shamblin of Gadsden, Alabama and supports Alabama students while they reach their academic goals. The $1000.00 award is given to students who are Alabama residents, graduates of an Alabama high school, and enrolled in Jacksonville State University. Jacksonville State University students apply for this scholarship in conjunction with their federal student financial aid applications.

Contact:
The Shamblin Family Scholarship
Attn: Office of Student Financial Affairs
700 Pelham Rd. North
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 782-5006
[email protected]

TWO-YEAR COLLEGE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE: Varies

The Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program is awarded to students enrolled in an Alabama junior or community college who have demonstrated academic excellence in their chosen field of study. The college’s scholarship committee evaluates candidates according to grades received without consideration for financial status. Although all students enrolled in a two-year post secondary institution in Alabama are eligible to compete for this award, preference is given to Alabama residents. Additionally, scholarship awards do not exceed the cost of in state tuition fees. Interested students must contact their individual institution’s financial aid office for specific information about application submission details and deadlines.

Contact:
Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-1998

While the prices of tuition at most universities have certainly risen steadily over the years, students still have affordable options when pursuing their dreams of higher education. The described scholarships reward students for their hard work in school, their communities, and their chosen extracurricular interests.