Lucretia Owen May Scholarship

Lucretia Owen moved to Columbiana when she was a young girl and graduated Shelby County High School in 1956.  The daughter of B.L. & Loma Owen, Lucretia enjoyed school and a variety of activities – Yearbook, Glee Club, Band, 4-H, Student Council, Homecoming Queen, camping, and fishing.  She went on to attend Auburn University and was one of the first in her family to finish college, earning a teaching degree.  She married her Auburn sweetheart, Donald May, and they set out on life’s great adventures.

Lucretia worked diligently throughout her life, making the most of every dime, actively cherishing her family & friends, faithfully supporting her church, and demonstrating how to give back to her community.  She touched many lives.  In her continued desire to “pay it forward,” Lucretia directed this scholarship be given to a Shelby County High School graduate.  Her desire was to lessen the financial hardships in attending college for a hometown student that showed the aptitude to attend and the desire to make a difference.


Who:  Shelby County Seniors & alumni attending college Fall Semester, 2016

What:  A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the SCHS senior or alumni who demonstrates an aptitude for college and a financial need.  The funds will be paid directly to the school for the student’s Fall semester, 2016, and can be used for tuition, books, fees, etc.

When:  Complete the application & submit along with 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, mentors and/or employers by May 2, 2016.  Notification of the award will be made on May 17, 2016.

*See Mrs. Payne for an application

Tara Owen Scholarship

A  scholarship fund has been established at the University of Montevallo in loving memory of Tara Owen, who lost her life on October 24, 2001, after a long, courageous battle with cystic fibrosis. Tara, a 1996 UM graduate, often said she had “learned to treasure life, the people I’ve been fortunate enough to have in my life, and to be patient with my body. When people first realize I have cystic fibrosis, they think my disease makes me different. When they get to know me, they realize my spirit differentiates me from anyone else.”

In that spirit, a scholarship fund has been established to honor Tara Owen’s memory in perpetuity.


The Tara Owen Scholarship committee is pleased that you are interested in obtaining one of its scholarships for the University of Montevallo. See Mrs. Payne for an application. The completed application form must be returned to Mrs. Payne or Mrs. Keahey not later than May 2, 2016, together with:

  1. a personal letter from you introducing yourself to us;
  2. two letters of recommendation, preferably from teachers or an adult friend;
  3. a small photograph, approximately 2”x3”, with your name on the back.


Qualifications are the following:

  • Senior who will attend the University of Montevallo
  • Student must have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Student who has overcome or dealt with a major difficulty in life.


The Tara Owen Scholarship funds shall be used for tuition, fees, or college-sponsored room and board only, and will be paid directly to the University of Montevallo.


The 2016 Tara Owen Scholarship recipient shall be announced at Senior Night on May 17.

Home Builders Association scholarship

The Home Builders Association has a scholarship for students who are interested in going into the field of home building. This can be carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. Please review this information and return to us as promptly as possible of any interested applicants.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
1) Must be a resident of Alabama
2) Must be enrolling in, or attending, a junior college, trade program or university in Alabama
3) Must be enrolled in a construction-related curriculum
4) Application must be postmarked by April 22, 2016

See Mrs. Payne for an application.

Agricultural Scholarship

The St. Clair Cattlemen’s and Cattlewomen’s Associations are each presenting a $15oo scholarship to a senior scholar looking to make a postive impact on his/her career field.


  • Applicants must have a parent and/or grandparent who is a member of the Cattlemen’s Association.
  • The applicant must be entering an agricultural field fo study, and become a new member online at

See Mrs. Payne for an application. APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 14, 2016!!

South Shelby Chamber of Commerce Scholarships

To qualify, students must be seeking post-secondary education from one of the following:

Four-year colleges or universitites; 2 year community colleges; vocational schools courses lasting a minimum of one year; other educational programs lasting a minimum of one year.

The scholarship application must be submitted to the scholarship committee no later than Friday, April 15. The winner will be announced at the May chamber luncheon.

See Mrs. Payne for an application.

Alabama Home Builders Foundation Scholarship

The Alabama Home Builders Foundation (AHBF) awards scholarships to deserving men and women who want to pursue
careers in the core trades of the home building industry. The AHBF board of directors is actively interested in ensuring
that our industry has enough skilled workers now and in the future. It is through awarding scholarships to students
pursuing degrees and certificates in these fields that the board hopes to ensure that our homes continue to be built
safely and with good craftsmanship.
Since 1995, the Alabama Home Builders Foundation has awarded 1,010 scholarships totaling over $540,000 to
students wishing to study the building trades at schools in Alabama (trade schools, junior colleges and four year
There are many rewarding careers in the home building field and the focus of our program is the core trades. Examples
of these trades include, but are not limited to: carpentry and cabinetry, masonry, HVAC/HVACR, plumbing, drafting,
electrical engineering and electrical work.


DEADLINE IS MARCH 15. See Mrs. Payne for an application.