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College Scholarship Opportunities
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Hello and congratulations for taking the initiative to look for scholarships. The truth is that very few organizations send scholarship opportunity notifications directly to us at ASFA, so this is really NOT a particularly good place to search for scholarships. Jump to the bottom of this document for instructions on better places to search for scholarships.

AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays that are submitted. Visit for more information. Deadline is October 6, 2016
Alabama Association of School Office Personnel District Scholarship will award up to four $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree from the college of business or K-12 education. Deadline: March 1
Alabama Golf Association (AGA) Women’s Scholarship:  Valued at $2,000 per semester and will be renewed on a fall and spring semester basis for eight consecutive semesters (4 years). This is not an athletic scholarship, rather it is an academic scholarship awarded to a young lady who is interested in golf. Candidate must have shown evidence of academic excellence, good citizenship, sportsmanship, and community involvement. Candidate must also be in need of financial assistance to pursue an undergraduate education at an Alabama college or university. Candidate must be a legal resident of Alabama. All of these items should be mailed together in one package. Visit for application. Deadline March 3, 2017 
ALLA, Inc. Scholarship - ALLA, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was established in 2008 to provide life changing information in order to prevent drug addiction, homelessness, and criminal activity. ALLA, Inc. also provides scholarships to African-American young men graduating from high school. Applicants must have a 2.5 – 3.2 GPA. In addition to a completed application form, students must provide their official high school transcript, and two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, employer, or clergy. A 300 word essay is also required. See their website for more information. Deadline: March 1, 2017
Alabama School Public Relations Association offers financial support to students who plan to enroll in an Alabama college or university after high school graduation and who plan to seek a degree in communication, public relations, or a related field.  Click here to download the application. Deadline February 10, 2017
Alabama Home Builders Foundation (AHBF) Scholarship – The AHBF awards scholarships to students who want to pursue careers in the home building industry. For more information see Deadline March 15.
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority in partnership with Classic Pearls, Inc. awards scholarships to both male and female students for Academic Merit and Community Service. An additional $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant planning to pursue a career in education. Applications are available at under the Scholarships tab. Applicants for the community service scholarship must include two letters of recommendation from organizations where they have volunteered during their senior year. Semi-finalists must interview with the scholarship committee prior to final selection of the award recipient. Questions may be emailed to Application package must be received by postmark deadline of March 10, 2017.

American Fire Sprinkler Association offers 10 scholarships of up to $20,000 to for students wishing to pursue college or trade school education. Deadline is April 7.
American Association of Blacks in Energy Birmingham Chapter (AABE) is an organization of energy professionals dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussion and development of energy policies, regulations, R & D technologies, and environmental issues. One of the purposes of AABE is to encourage minority students to pursue careers in energy related fields and to provide scholarships for them. There are two scholarships: 1. The Premier Award of $5,000 is awarded to a high school senior with a GPA of B or better who demonstrates superior achievement and community involvement. 2. The Principals Choice Award of $750 is awarded to a striving C student who exhibits potential for success in college. Applicants for this award must be recommended by their principal or assistant principal in the form of a letter to be submitted to AABE. Application packets are available in the Student Center – see Mrs. Kennedy. Application packets must be received by AABE Birmingham Chapter by February 3, 2017.
American Society of Civil Engineers – Birmingham Branch Open to seniors planning to major in civil engineering at a college or university accredited by the ABET-EAC in Alabama. Applications are in the Student Center with Mrs. Kennedy. Questions may be emailed to Susan Goertz at or call 991-5519. Deadline: March 31, 2016.

Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) AmeriCorps Education Award Program can earn up to $5,550 for one year (2 half-time awards), and a total of up to $11,100 for two years  of full-time service (4 half-time awards) in the CCC AmeriCorps Program.  This money can only be used toward furthering education, training or repaying qualified student loans. AmeriCorps scholarships can be used at traditional four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges and technical schools, as well as in vocational programs ranging from beauty to bricklaying.

Birmingham Aero Club sponsors multiple scholarships for any individual wishing to pursue an aviation related activity.  It could be learning to fly, to be an aviation mechanic, air traffic controller, or any other field in aviation that requires specialized training. Application available here. Deadline April 30, 2016.

Birmingham Fashion Week Rising Design Star Award is an opportunity for students in grades 6 - 12 to compete for cash/scholarship awards. Information and application are here. If you have questions, please contact:
Rebecca Recke, Communications Coordinator 205-529-2121 cell, Deadline: May 9.

Burger King Foundation Open to seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA. Apply online at: Deadline Dec. 15
Charles Henry Crim Memorial Scholarship Given each year to five deserving incoming college freshmen. Scholarships are in the amount of $500 per semester for two semesters to incoming freshmen who have both significant economic need and a sound academic record. Seniors with a minimum score of 18 on the ACT and a minimum GPA of a 2.5 may apply. For more information see Must be a member of the Jefferson Credit Union (learn how to join here:

Deadline is January 31

Church's Scholarships will be awarded to eligible high school seniors in the amount of $1,000.  Eligibility criteria include: be graduating high school; plan to enroll for the entire academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the U.S.; have a minimum 2.7 GPA; be a resident of the U.S. (note that financial aid is NOT a criteria).  The application process is outlined at  Deadline: February 15
Civil Air Patrol Scholarships

CollegeCounts Scholarships Awards of $4000 to qualified Alabama students who plan to enroll in four-year Alabama schools and $2000 to those enrolling in two-year Alabama schools. Eligible students may apply online between December 1st-March 1st at . Applicants must be a US citizen, an Alabama resident, have demonstrated financial need, a minimum GPA of 2.75, an ACT Composite score of 26 or below. (Applicants planning to attend a two-year school will not be required to submit ACT scores.)

Colleges that Change Lives Scholarship for students who choose to attend a CTCL-member college or university. Up to $1,000 per year for 4 years. Apply online at Deadline March 1.

Congressional Black Caucus Scholarships in performing arts, visual arts, and Spouses Education scholarships no longer require applicants to live or go to school in a CBC member district, so ALL ASFA students are eligible! For details and application, visit: Deadlines vary.
Congressional Black Caucus District General Mills Health Scholarship Program - Open to students living in a Congressional Black Caucus district who plan to continue their education in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition or another health-related field and have financial need. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates or be current postsecondary undergraduates or graduate level students, who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and live in a Congressional Black Caucus district. Review the guidelines and apply at  Opens December annually
Calvin Coolidge Foundation awards full-ride, four year college scholarships to high school juniors (approx. a $300,000 value).  The scholarships may be used for tuition, room and board, etc. at the college/university of the student’s choice.  There is no restriction on the student’s major or field of study. Deadline: February 22, 2017.
Cromwell Trust Scholarship is open to those pursuing a future in the arts, no matter their age. There is a preference given for performing arts and those who were involved in Red Mountain Theater Company, but all art forms are considered. Awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Application found at For questions, call Katie Dean at 205-327-3803.

Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - Richard & Elizabeth Dean Scholarship
This scholarship awards two scholarships in the preferred amount of $5,000 each year for up to four consecutive years to graduating high school students.  The selection process is based on academic merit with an initial minimum GPA of 4.0.  This scholarship is renewable based on a student's maintained college GPA each year (minimum 3.25). Access the application at  All applicants must be citizens of the U.S. and must plan to attend an accredited college or university in the U.S.  No affiliation with DAR is necessary unless specified.  Only applications completed correctly and submitted in one package will be considered.  No records are returned.  Do not submit a personal photo.  Only winners are notified by the National DAR Scholarship Chairman.  Awards are based on academic merit, commitment to the field of study, and financial need. Mail completed scholarship application form to:  National Vice Chair Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship, 4015 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christie, TX 78411.  The packaged application, including all supporting documents, must be postmarked by February 10, 2016
Defensive Driving Scholarship Award: $1,000 - Applicant must be an incoming college freshman or current college student and must submit an original video about defensive driving. Deadline: March 31
Denny's "Hungry for Education'' scholarship deadline is Dec. 1, 2015. Go here for more info.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Birmingham Alumnae Chapter: awards scholarships to seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, an ACT of 20 or higher or an SAT of 910 or higher. Community involvement, communication skills, and leadership skills are also considered. Applications may be downloaded from or picked up in Student Support Services – see Mrs. Kennedy. Deadline is mid-March.
Discover's College Covered Assist Program Scholarship for college-bound seniors, this $2,500 scholarship is a simple entry form.  Visit to read the official rules and to submit an entry form. 
Distinguished Young Women Program - Scholarships are available in two ways: cash tuition scholarships (which can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning) and college-granted scholarships (almost 100 colleges and universities offer scholarships to program participants – several scholarships are available just for taking part in a local or state program!) More information can be found at or call 907-0210. Also visit: Deadline March 5, 2017

eCO Credit Union will present two $2,500 scholarship for high school seniors, and 1 to an adult seeking a career change or advancement. Applicants must be/or become a member of eCO Credit Union, with their account in good standing. Deadline: March 3, 2017
Elks National Foundation: has three different types of scholarships: 1. Most Valuable Student Scholarships are four-year scholarships, ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, for graduating high school seniors based on financial need, leadership and scholarship. Deadline is Dec 4, 2015. 2. Legacy Awards scholarships are $4,000 ($1,000 year for four years) merit-based scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks who are members in good standing. Deadline is January 29, 2016. 3. Emergency Educational grants One-year educational grants available to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks. Deadline is Oct. 31. For more information go to

Extend the Dream Student Scholarship- Seniors may apply for one of the ten $1000 scholarships.  For more information and online applications, please visit Any questions?  Email Donnamarie Hehn or Bartley Sides at The deadline is Early May .
Fridell Memorial Scholarship (Dale E.) open to anyone currently attending or aspiring to attend a university, college, trade school, technical institute, vocational training or other post-secondary education program. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded four times annually. Deadline: January 14.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship for college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study only, and may be used for education-related expenses including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program. For more info: Scholarship Management Services at

or Deadline: Early January .

Gorgas Scholarship Competition Award: Up to $10,000 Applicant must be an Alabama high school senior who will attend an Alabama college and must submit a scientific paper detailing a personal research project.  Learn more at Deadline: Dec 21, 2015.
HICA Scholarship Fund: Open to Latino youth who are immigrants or children of immigrants, interested in pursing a post-secondary education at a two-year, four-year or technical school. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and show a commitment to community involvement. Applicants must also live in one of the following counties: Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Walker or St. Clair. Requires a detailed application packet that includes an essay, resume and a letter of recommendation. Apply at  Deadline January 25, 2016.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: For Latino students Deadline March 30.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program for high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best 4 year colleges. For more information and to apply go to
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships are available to minority high school seniors planning to attend a four year institution within the United States and who demonstrate dedication to community service, display leadership potential, present evidence of financial need, and have a 21 ACT score or a combined SAT score of 1,000 in Math and Critical Reading. Application at: Deadline is February 15, 2016.
Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund -Primarily a need-based scholarship, the amount of the award is $2,500 and will be issued on a one-time basis.  The parents' combined adjusted gross income must be no more than $50,000. Download the following documents to learn more about this scholarship and to apply:  Scholarship Letter, Scholarship Criteria, Scholarship Application, Scholarship Checklist. The application and required documents must be received or postmarked on or before the deadline of March 31, 2016
Jewish Children’s Regional Service College Scholarship: For Jewish students, usually with very low family incomes, living in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas and who plan to attend college in the U.S. Awards are based on financial need. Students who work and have income which can be applied toward their college expenses are viewed more favorably than those who are not involved in helping to meet their expenses. The committee expects or views more favorably those students who make cost effective decisions and have a sustainable financial plan when choosing schools for their career path. Details at Deadline: May 31
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest Essays must describe an act of political courage. For more information see Deadline Early January
Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarships: Offered to undergraduate students enrolled at an Historically Black College/University between the ages of 17-25 with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Go to  
Junior League of Birmingham:  To aid high school graduates in this pursuit, JLB grants one-year scholarships in minimum amounts of $1,000 to females living in Jefferson or Shelby counties who plan to enroll in any two or four-year school for 2017-2018. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA, provide two letters of recommendation, high school transcript, and respond to the following two prompts in 250 words or less per prompt: If you could change anything in your community, what would it be and how? Why is this scholarship important to you? Apply at Deadline: March 1, 2017 
Kids’ Chance Scholarship For graduating seniors who have had a parent killed or permanently and totally disabled in an on-the-job accident. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 and are renewable. Applications are available online at
Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship – presented each year to one selected candidate in each of the four Ladies Auxiliary VFW Conferences. Must be a child of a member to apply. Qualifying members must have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW for one year prior to application. Applications must be mailed. See Mrs. Kennedy in Student Support Services for an application. Deadline Feb. 15, 2016.
Life Lessons Scholarship Program - The loss of a parent or guardian is one of life's most difficult ordeals. Recognizing the financial strain that the loss of a parent or guardian can be for a family who is preparing to send a student to college, Life Happens is sponsoring its annual Life Lessons Scholarship. Scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded this June. College-bound high school seniors may apply for a scholarship by submitting a 500-word essay or 3-minute video discussing how the death of a parent affected your life emotionally and financially. Complete rules for the scholarship as well as the application are at Deadline is March 1st.

Linly Heflin Scholarships grants four-year scholarships to a limited number of Alabama women who will attend a 4-year accredited college in the state of Alabama and who have significant economic need and sound academic records. Minimum ACT score requirement is 23. Applications can be downloaded at . Deadline for application, supporting documents, and transcript is January 9, 2017.
Lisa Martz Hope Scholarship is available to assist students whose families have been impacted by colorectal cancer. Application and additional information may be found at: Postmark Deadline Dec. 31, 2015.

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