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Alabama Scholarships

Alabama, The Yellowhammer State, the Heart of Dixie. This jewel of the South offers the full range of scholarship opportunities. There are merit-based funding offers and need-based scholarships also. If you live in Alabama or plan on studying there, you'll want to explore the available scholarships listed below. The results may help you realize your educational and vocational dreams.

If you want to explore these funding opportunities at greater length, you should begin your journey by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is necessary for a host of available funds. It is the necessary first step for accessing not only state and federal funds but also some private money. 

In addition to completing the FAFSA, you'll also want to fill out the CSS/PROFILE form, designed by the College Board. To find out more about these essential forms and why you'll need them, please refer to the helpful articles listed under our Resources tab. It is essential to keep all the appropriate deadlines in mind as missing one could derail your chances of accessing important funds. 

The state of Alabama offers a diverse and eclectic mix of educational institutions. The University of Alabama is one of the largest and best rated universities in the state. It is ranked first in the state by the U.S. News and World Report magazine. The university features the fourth most National Merit Scholars in the nation.

The largest private higher education institution in the state is Samford University located in Birmingham. Samford features a student population of just under 3,000 in an idyllic suburban setting. Samford is ranked third in U.S. News and World Report's list of regional universities.

Agriculture is big in Alabama, with just under half of the state's landmass devoted to agricultural concerns. Pulp and paper product production is another big business in the state. Other major industries include chemical production, electronics, textiles, processed food and automobiles.

Owing to the importance of agriculture for the state, there should remain plenty of funding opportunities for students enrolled in degree programs relating to fields such as agribusiness, agronomy, soil science, horticulture, animal sciences and agricultural products. 

But don't think this represents the whole funding picture when it comes to the state of Alabama. Scholarships are also available for fields such as nursing, legal studies, engineering, accounting, theology, the humanities, journalism and much, much more.  

To explore the depth and breadth of college scholarship opportunities in the state of Alabama, just click on the links below. Good luck!

 

KASF Scholarship - Southern Region

Qualifications for Scholarship Eligibility: Will be a full time student at a school in one of the designated Southern region states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, or Tennessee). Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Can demonstrate need for financial assistance. Your category depends on what your status will be during the next school year, as follows: High School Juniors - Scholarships awarded based on achievement (not based on financial need). High School Seniors with plans to attend college in the next school year - The chosen college must be within the Southern region. You must include a copy of your acceptance letter. College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors - The school you are attending must be within the Southern region. College Seniors - You must be planning to attend a graduate or professional school in the Southern region during the next school year. You must submit a letter of acceptance from the graduate or professional school. Graduate Students - You must be continuing your studies in the next school year at a school within the Southern region. Current non-students are eligible if they can provide documentation (acceptance letters, signed commitment letters, or other documents showing commitment to attend) indicating they will be a full time student in one of the above categories in the next school year. Students who reside, or will reside, in the US during the next school year, whether US citizens or foreign nationals, are all welcome to apply.

SE4A Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist students who are pursuing a career in gerontology or geriatrics. Selection of Recipient(s): To apply for the scholarship, a student must be a junior, senior or graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited university within the eight Southeastern states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina. The following criteria will be used to rank nominations: 25 percent - Financial need 25 percent - Application aptness 10 percent - Writing skills 15 percent - Maintain 2.5 GPA 10 percent - Commitment to do volunteer work with elderly

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.

MusicAuthority’s Annual Music Lovers Scholarship

MusicAuthority recognizes the positive impact that music can have on a student’s learning experience. Studies have shown how music can enhance learning- from improving memory performance to relieving anxiety, music can be a great component to aid a student’s college experience. We are proud to offer our $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student. We will be offering this scholarship on a continual basis and we are excited to promote a passion for music and higher education.

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.

Birdsong Peanuts Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agriculture or agribusiness. Resident of Alabama, Florida or Georgia required. Applicant or applicant’s family must be peanut producers.AWARD: One scholarship at $1,000, non-renewable.

Fastline Publications Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

MetLife Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and administration in agriculture. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming required. No more than one scholarship per state.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural engineering or agricultural science/technology. Resident of Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas or West Virginia required. Must have been active in extracurricular activities. Completion of the financial analysis section is required. If these major criteria are equal between potential applicants, those with the greatest financial need will be selected. Recipients shall allow Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. to publicize or advertise scholarship recipients’ names or likenesses and those of their families.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,500 each, non-renewable.

Clubs of America

Eligible students will: Write an essay of no fewer than 600 words about their career aspirations and how their current course load will help them achieve success in their careers. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? Thinking outside the box is encouraged! Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to: scholarship@greatclubs.com YouTube submissions are optional, although not required. Video should be no longer than 5 minutes. (Essays submitted via YouTube must also be submitted in writing.)

Ann Wright Hart/Nashville Alumnae Chapter Scholarship

The scholarship shall be awarded to: 1. A freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior collegian member of Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt University or Eta Phi/Belmont University or with a permanent address in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area who will pursue an undergraduate degree during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. 2. Should no applicants meet the criteria stipulated in #1, the scholarship shall be awarded to a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior collegian member of a college chapter in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, or Tennessee who will pursue an undergraduate degree during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded. 3. Should no applicants meet the criteria stipulated in #1-#2, the scholarship shall be awarded to any collegian or alumna member of the Fraternity who will pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree during the year for which the scholarship is awarded. 4. In the event Alpha Eta is disestablished and ceases to exist, unless and until Alpha Eta is reestablished, the scholarship shall be awarded to a collegian or alumna member of Alpha Eta, a collegian member of Eta Phi, or a collegian member with a permanent address in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area who is qualified under the Foundation's then current general scholarship criteria. Should no members of Alpha Eta or Eta Phi or members with a permanent address in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area qualify, the scholarship shall be awarded to any collegian or alumna member of the Fraternity who is qualified under the Foundation's then current general scholarship criteria. 5. In the event Eta Phi is disestablished and ceases to exist, unless and until Eta Phi is reestablished, the scholarship shall be awarded to a collegian or alumna member of Eta Phi, a collegian member of Alpha Eta, or a collegian member with a permanent address in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area who is qualified under the Foundation's then current general scholarship criteria. Should no members of Alpha Eta or Eta Phi or with a permanent address in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area qualify, the scholarship shall be awarded to any collegian or alumna member of the Fraternity who is qualified under the Foundation's then current general scholarship criteria.

Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship

The $5000 Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship’s aim is to recognize and assist academically outstanding second-year law students who are also Alabama residents, and, further, to help promising law students become lawyers who will make a positive impact on society. A runner-up scholarship of $1000 may be awarded at the selection committee’s discretion.The Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship was endowed in 1987 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal of Birmingham and Mobile. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of the law firms founding partners, Edward Harmon Cabaniss and Forney Johnston. The Alabama Law Foundation administers the scholarship.The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student who is an Alabama resident attending an ABA accredited law school in the second year of study. Beyond those requirements, academic achievement is the key factor in determining eligibility for the scholarship. However, conscientiousness, dependability, civic involvement, financial need and dedication to the highest standards are taken into consideration.The recipients of the Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship have attended prestigious institutions such as Alabama, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Yale and Columbia. They are representatives of the next generation of legal professionals who will become leaders in their profession and their communities. The scholarship is awarded annually. The application deadline is the first Friday of June.

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