Scholarships

Scholarships

College Counts – Applications open December 1st and Close March 1st. Maximum ACT 26; be a first time college freshman; US citizen; demonstrate financial need. Award amounts of $4,000 for four- year college and $2,000 for two -year college. Non-renewable award granted on a semester basis. Visit www.treasury.alabama.gov/collegecounts-scholarship

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham have partnered to launch the first state-specific scholarship database – AchieveAlabama.org.

Launched in conjunction with College Application Week, Achieve Alabama is an online scholarship resource providing students, educators, and parents with an effective scholarship search tool and college preparation resource that has the capability to guide students through the entire college admission process.

According to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, in 2015, 50 percent of Alabama high school graduates were enrolled in an Alabama public university or college, but one third of those students never received any financial aid. Founded by the Rotaract Club of Birmingham and the non-profit College Admissions Made Possible (CAMP) and Cappex, to make scholarship funding more readily available to high school students across Alabama, the site aims to bridge the information gap on how students learn about, research, and ultimately receive scholarships.

The site is cost-free and is available to all high school students in the state. It houses thousands of university-specific and private scholarships. The site also focuses specifically on local scholarship dollars that are awarded each year by Alabama businesses and private foundations.

Registration for the site is free and voluntary, and all student data is secure and protected in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. No student information is ever provided to any third parties unless a student opts in to share information with colleges.

For more information about Achieve Alabama or to access scholarship information, please visit www.achievealabama.org. If you are interested in sharing scholarship and financial aid opportunities, contact achievealabama@birminghamrotaract.com.

The Smith Scholarship Foundation
The Smith Foundation Scholarships are designed to help young Alabamians obtain a higher education and fulfill their personal goals to become leaders and give back to their communities. Please note that a two-part deadline will be used for application. Student information and the requirement for applications to governmental grants and scholarships are now included in Part 1. Part 1 of the application is due December 1, 2016. Part II is due January 15, 2017.

Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted online only beginning August 1..

The scholarship provides up to $15,000 per year, renewable for four years to a qualified Alabama institution of higher learning, after all other financial aid is applied. The Smith Scholarship provides funding for tuition, room/board, books, study abroad opportunities, dorm pack, business attire, mentors available 24/7, emergency assistance and professional advancement seminars while requiring a high degree of accountability and continued self-assessment from its recipients.

The requirements are: 1) must be a graduating Alabama high school senior; 2) must have a minimum of a C+ grade point average; 3) planning to attend college in the State of Alabama; and 4) must have made a significant contribution to family or community. The applicant must have taken the ACT and completed their FAFSA application before an award can be made. The application will be available online beginning August 1 at www.smithscholarships.com.

Scholarship Opportunity:
Elks Club Most Valuable Student: Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications will be available online on September 1st at www.enf.elks.org/mvs Deadline is Nov 30, 2016.

Seniors interested in applying to Washington University in St. Louis and want to be nominated for the Danforth Scholars Program should see their counselor by November 1st. For more info go to :
https://admissions.wustl.edu/Financial_Aid_Scholarships/First_Year_Academic_Scholarships/Pages/Danforth-Scholars-Program.aspx

The SouthWest Water Company will provide a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating high school senior who has been accepted to attend an accredited four-year college or university degree program with the intent to major in an environmental science, environmental engineering or general engineering curriculum.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 22, 2017. Applications should be submitted by email to ebrad@bellsouth.net. Applications are located in the Guidance Center.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship
The Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority scholarship application is now available. The deadline for completed applications is March 12, 2017. Applicants should have the following credentials:
– 3.0 GPA
– ACT score of 20 and/or SAT score of 910 or higher
– Community Involvement
– Communication skills
– Leadership skills

Scholarship applications are available in the OMHS Counseling Center or may be downloaded at www.birminghamdst.org. For questions, contact the Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Chairperson at scholarship@birminghamdst.org.

Mr. Burch Formal Wear Scholarship
Mr. Burch Formal Wear is pleased to announce its scholarship program. The recipients will be chosen based on Academic Achievement, Extracurricular Activities, Financial Need and Volunteer Service. The deadline for accepting applications is March 31, 2017. Applications are available in the OMHS Counseling Center. Please call Lonnie at 205-368-6682 or Barbara at 205-458-0661 if you have any questions.

The ALPHA NU CHAPTER of THE DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY would like to recognize a young woman in her senior year who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in education by offering her a $500 grant-in-aid scholarship. Applications are located in the Guidance Center and must be submitted by March 15, 2017.

The Herb Hanes- Bill Sparks Scholarship Fund-Must have participated in an athletic activity; accepted into a four year Alabama college; application which is located in the Guidance Center. Deadline is May 18, 2017.

The Alabama Center for Architecture (ACFA) Scholarship Program. Scholarship awards to high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited school of architecture. Deadline is April 8 2016 and applications are located in the Guidance Center.

American Society of Civil Engineers
The Birmingham Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers is offering a scholarship to high school seniors. The scholarship is restricted to students who attend a civil engineering program at a university or college in Alabama that has been accredited. The application deadline is March 31 and applications are available in the OMHS Counseling Center. The scholarship winner will be notified by May 6, 2017 and the award check will be mailed directly to the chosen engineering school upon enrollment. If you have any questions, contact Susan Goertz at sgoertz@mindspring.com or call 205-991-5519.

Shell Oil Company Technical Scholarship – $2,500 – 20 Awards
To be eligible, a student must:
A) Be a graduating high school senior enrolling in engineering or geosciences. Upon successful completion of first year studies and other criteria established by Shell, the recipient may be eligible to apply to receive a four-year renewable award of $5,000 annually.

Applications can be found by going to link above. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.

American Foreign Service Association Scholarship – $5,000 – 77 Awards
To be eligible, a student must:
A) Be a high school senior graduating in 2016
B) Be a child of a Foreign Service employee
C) Maintain a satisfactory academic record – 2.0 GPA

Applications can be found at the link above. The deadline to apply is March 6, 2017.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship – $500 – 1 Award
To be eligible, a student must:
A) Be between the ages of 16 and 25 on March 30, 2016
B) Submit answers to the essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the deadline.
C)Have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award.
D) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

Applications can be found at the link above. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2017.

Signet Classics Student Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award
To be eligible, a student must:
A) Be a student in the 11th or 12th grade and be a full-time matriculated student who is attending a high school located in the fifty United States and DC.

Applications can be found at the link above. The deadline to apply is April 14, 2017.

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship – $500 – 1 Award
To be eligible, a student must:
A) Be currently attending or planning on attending a post-secondary institution in the US by no later than the Fall of 2016.
B) Submit a short story. Detailed instructions can be found on the application page.
C) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater

Applications can be found at the link above. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.

SP Scholarship – $10,000 – 10 Awards
To be eligible, a student must:
A) At least be 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.
B) A legal resident of the US

Applications can be found at the link above. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2016.

The Birmingham Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy will be offering the following scholarships:
1) The Premier Award of $5,000 will be awarded to a high school senior with a GPA of B or better who demonstrates superior achievement and community involvement.
2) The Principal’s 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 attending school’s principal or assistant principal in the form of a letter submitted to AABE.
Deadline for submission is March 4, 2017. See Mrs. Huff in the Guidance Center for details and application.

Professional Athletes Foundation-The Gene Upshaw Player Assistance FundThe PAF Student Scholarship is designed for a high school athlete who intends to attend a university, college, or two-year institution that does not provide athletic scholarships. The Scholarship rewards high school athletes for their non-athletic achievements and assists them in achieving their career goals. To be eligible you must have:
* Overall GPA 2.0 or better
* Accepted at a 2 or 4 year college
*Nominated by coach
*Participated at the varsity level in athletics for at least one year
*HAs not accepted any scholarship, fund or grants to participate in college athletics

For application and info see Mrs. Huff in the Guidance Center. Deadline is February 15, 2017.

Finley Player’s Association– $5,000 scholarship in the name of Coach Robert Finley. Criteria is:
*Must be a child of a Berry High School graduate
*Participation in any athletic endeavor as a player, manager, trainer, or cheerleader
*GPA
Accepted to a school of higher learning
Applications are located in the Guidance Center. Deadline is May 1, 2017.

Buick Achievers Scholarship – 50 scholarships each up to $25,000/year. You are encouraged to apply if you are a high school senior, plan to enroll in a four-year college, and plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business with an interest in the automotive industry. Deadline for application is February 27, 2017. Application is online at www.buickachievers.com

Savannah College of Art and Design is offering a $20,000 per year scholarship to be applied to tuition at any SCAD location – Atlanta, Savannah or Hong Kong or via eLearning online. To be considered, students must be recommended by a teacher or counselor. Minimum requirements include 1220 of above on the SAT or 27 and above on the ACT, 3.75 GPA, outstanding visual arts, performing arts writing, or riding capabilities, honors and leadership. Deadline for submission is Feb. 15. Students should apply online at www.scad.edu/apply

Jeff State Counselors Scholarship: Interested students wishing to attend Jeff State for the 2016-17 school year should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, be an US Citizen or provide proper documentation and submit a 2 page essay on the reasons you want to attend Jeff State. This scholarship includes full tuition and fees for a year and possible renewal dependent on the students’ performance. Deadline for submission to the Guidance Center is March 1st.

Jeff State Scholarships available in January for the 2016-2017 school year:

Academic Scholarship: JSCC will offer 35 full-tuition one-year scholarships. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and the end of their first semester of the senior year and a minimum 22 on the ACT. The student must be an U.S. citizen or provide proper documented residency status. Students may go online at www.jeffstateonline.com to apply for admission to Jeff State and fill out the new 2016-17 scholarship application. One recommendation and a two page essay from the student stating why the student wants to attend Jeff State is required. Scholarship deadline is March 1st.

The Linly Heflin Scholarship grants four-year scholarships in the amount of $4,000 per year for four years to a limited number of Alabama women who have both significant economic need and sound academic records. Requirements that must be met:
1) Must be attending a four-year Alabama SACS accredited colleges
2) Minimum ACT 23
3) Alabama resident and US citizen
4) Financial need
5) Academic proficiency
Applications are available online at www.linlyheflin.org and must be postmarked by January 9, 2017

The Birmingham Architectural Foundation is sponsoring a scholarship for high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited school of architecture. The scholarship application is available online at www.birminghamarchitecturefoundation.org

Auburn University
Auburn’s deadline for applications for scholarship was February 1st; however, since this is the first year for their new AUSOM app, they have decided to extend the deadline for SCHOLARSHIP applications. Auburn will accept SCHOLARSHIP applications until February 1st.

Samford Global Missions Scholarship
Students applying to Samford University- students interested in pursuing full-time international missions should apply to for the Global Missions Scholarship. Application can be found at www.samford.edu/um

Jacksonville State University Scholarships and Admissions
ACT 22- Automatic qualification for scholarship money
ACT 26- Automatic qualification for full-tuition and books for 4 years
ACT 30- Automatic qualification for full-tuition, room and board for 4 years
Freshman Admission is based primarily on ACT/SAT. Full unconditional admission- ACT 20 or SAT critical reading and math of 950.
Conditional admission- ACT 17-19 or SAT critical reading and math 830-940
Test scores must be sent from the testing agency.

FASTWEB
FastWeb is online scholarship match service and college search service. FASTWEB is an acronym for Financial Aid Search through the Web. Visit FastWeb at www.fastweb.com.

Visine Students With Vision Scholarship Program– one-time $5,000 scholarship to students who have a clear vision or goal for their future. Scholarhships are awarded on academic merit, school and community involvement, financial need, and demonstrated vision or goal. Apply at www.applists.net/VISION

Home Builders Scholarship
Students wishing to study the building trades are invited to apply for a scholarship from the Alabama Home Builders Foundation. The AHB Foundation awards scholarships to students who desire to study the building trades at any two year, four year or technical school in Alabama. Trades include brick masonry, capentry, roofing, electrial technology, HVAC and others.

To apply for a scholarship, one must be an Alabama resident who is pursuing a construction-related degree. Scholarship applications may be downloaded from the Foundation website, www.ahbfoundation.org, or you may call the Home Builders Association of Alabama at 800-745-4222 to request an application. For questions about the scholarship process, contact Artemis Moore (artemismoore@hbaa.org) or Debbie Baxley (debbiebaxley@hbaa.org) at 800-745-4222.

American Legion
The American Legion sponsors a program called “Need a Lift” that puts scholarship and financial aid information at your finger tips. Get money for college at www.legion.org/needalift

University of Alabama Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars
The University of Alabama Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program- opportunity for 12 students who are self-identified as first generation college students. For more info contact Erika Mason-Imbody at emasonimbody@aalan.ua.edu

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
Abbot and Fenner Scholarship Program- essay on topic located at www.abbottand fenner.com/scholarships.htm

American MENSA Scholarship ProgramAmerican Mensa 2016-17 Scholarship Program- www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes
Foot Locker Scholar Athletes- this is a scholarship for athletes that have demonstrated a committment to volunteerism in their community and strong character. www.dosomething.org/footlocker

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