Tommy Smith Scholarship

Tommy Smith started the Tommy Smith Scholarship because he remembers how hard it was to go to college, balance a part-time job, and have a social life during his college years. This scholarship is to show students that there are people who understand all that they have to do to get an education. The scholarship is worth $1000 and only requires a 500-word essay on a specific topic to apply.

To be eligible for the Tommy Smith Scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
*Be a high school senior that has been accepted into a college or university
*Be a current college or university student.

*To enter for a chance to receive the $1000 Tommy Smith Scholarship you will need to write an essay answering, “If you could start any business while in college or afterward what would it be and why?”

Submission Deadline—May 31, 2019

Winner Selection

  1. Write your 500-word essay and submit the form by May 31, 2019.
  2. The Tommy Smith Scholarship committee will review all responses.
  3. A winner will be selected and contacted in June.
  4. Once the winner responds (within 2 weeks) the $1000 will be sent to the winner’s financial aid department.


Smith Scholarship Foundation Program

The Smith Scholarship Foundation will begin accepting on-line Applications
on September 15, 2018 for the Smith Scholarship Program. The Smith
Scholarship Foundation Program is an Accountability Scholarship Program
providing assistance to High School Seniors who have “given back” to their
community through volunteer activities or by caring for family while
overcoming financial and personal challenges.

The SSF Programs provide up to $15,000 a year in financial assistance plus
opportunities for study abroad, professional training through its Internship
Program as well as valuable assistance from Mentors who counsel and
assist students with academic, personal and professional obstacles. All
assistance is subject to strict compliance with SSF Guidelines. SSF is a last
dollar supplemental scholarship.

Please visit our website today at for additional information.


Most Common Questions on Application

The application opens September 15, 2018.  The deadline for submission is January 7, 2019. 

PSAT & SAT Power Classes

Sign up for our Power Class lineup today!

What are Power Classes?  They’re highly focused, 2-hour, section-specific classes designed to teach students the most important strategies and content they’ll need to master to do their best on test day.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Register for individual classes below, or sign up for our All Access Pass to save 10%! 

All classes are live, but also recorded for viewing later!

*PSAT/SAT ReadingTuesday, October 2 (8–10 PM Eastern) Register today!

*PSAT/SAT Writing & LanguageWednesday, October 3 (8–10 PM Eastern) Register today!

*PSAT/SAT MathThursday, October 4 (8–10 PM Eastern) Register today!



Exploring Culinary and Health Careers Open Houses

Exploring is the co-educational career-focused program of the BSA for young people ages 15-21. In Exploring, we partner with a business, industry, or government agency to give young men and women the opportunity to get a hands-on, behind the scenes look at a career area. Two of our best programs are located in Shelby County: our Health Careers Explorer Post with Shelby Baptist Hospital and our Culinary Explorer Post with Jeff State Community College.

Both are having Open House events next Tuesday, September 18th, for interested students to learn more about their programs.

Attached is invitation information from both programs.

2018 Shelby Baptist Exploring Open House

Jeff State Culinary 2018 Invitation

Contact info:

Billy Curtis, Exploring Director–Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America–516 Liberty Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35242

Office – (205) 969-4277 Cell – (205) 915-9455

Resident Firefighter Program

Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District has a Resident Firefighter Program that may be of interest to  students at Shelby County High Schools that are preparing to graduate in the Spring of 2019.  The program is designed to give individuals interested in the Fire Service as a career choice a pathway into the field.

We have 16 apartments at our Stations.  The apartment is a one room apartment that shares an bath with an adjoining room.  The resident firefighters live at the stations.  In exchange for the room, they work 24 hours per week (usually one 24 hour shift).  If they choose to go to school, they would work an additional 24 hours within a two week pay period.  We give up to $5000 per year for school.

No experience is necessary.  We send all of our Residents to the Alabama Fire College to attend a 9 week Recruit Training Academy.  Once they complete the academy they are certified as a professional Firefighter.  State law requires a two year commitment to the Department that sends an individual to recruit school.  During this time, they work for us, obtain additional Fire Service certifications and training, attend Emergency Medical Technician training and gain valuable work experience.

The program if used properly affords someone the opportunity to enter the Fire Service, gain career training and education to prepare them to enter the Fire Service.  By design, our program basically brings someone in, gives the tools and experience needed to transition to a full time Firefighter position.  We have alumni of our Resident program that work in most of the local departments around the Birmingham area.

Please visit the link below to learn more about our the program and our department in general.


Get to know Troy!

All Juniors & Seniors and their Parents are invited to attend TROY University’s “Get to Know TROY Informational Meeting” Thursday, October 11th from 6:00 – 8:00PM at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham Hoover.                                                                                                                                                  The meeting location will be held in the ballroom on the first floor.  The address is 2960 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35244.

Admissions, scholarship opportunities, housing information, and financial aid questions will be answered by our Regional Recruiter and Associate Dir. of Enrollment Services & Admissions Coordinator.  Trojan Ambassadors from the Birmingham area will be available to talk with students and parents about their campus life experiences, as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Make plans to join us as we bring TROY to Birmingham.

The event is free – Please register using the link below.                                                                                                                                                            

Contact your TROY University Regional Recruiter if you have any questions, Tara Elliott @ 205.382.3803.




Visit Huntingdon!

Bring your family and meet your college family!

Tour the campus, talk with faculty and current students, learn more about the admission and financial processes.

Huntingdon Preview Days–(9am-12pm; stay for a football game during fall dates):

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Monday, February 18, 2019

Personal visit appointments can be scheduled any weekday.

Click on the link below to schedule your visit!

Huntingdon College Office of Admission                                                                  1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106                                                            334-833-4497 OR 800-763-0313