20 Super Scholarships in Alabama

Weaving scholarships in Alabama into your financial aid package can help you soften the impact of rising tuition costs within the “Cotton State.”

Sandwiched between Georgia and Mississippi in the Deep South, Alabama is America’s 30th most-extensive state and home to nearly 4.84 million. College students could be drawn to Alabama’s 60 miles of Gulf Coast beaches, heated football rivalries, rich civil rights history, Southern hospitality, home-style cuisine, and natural landmarks like Lookout Mountain. Alabama also offers its over 204,900 full-time students access to 73 SACS-accredited schools. Some top-notch options include Troy University, Spring Hill College, Samford University, Judson College, and University of Montevallo. In fact, Auburn University is the country’s 43rd top public school on the U.S. News rankings.

Cultivate tuition dollars to attend your dream Alabama college with these 20 scholarships.

Top Options for Scholarships in Alabama

1. Alabama Horse Council Scholarships

Deadline: December 30th

The Alabama Horse Council awards two $1,000 scholarships each year to support individual AHC members or their sons and daughters who are pursuing accredited, in-state higher education, including veterinary school, this Fall. Qualified candidates must hold a high school diploma or GED, select majors relevant to the equine industry, attach two reference letters, and write a 500-word essay about how horses shaped their lives. Also check out the Cowboy Tag Scholarship and Horse Fair Scholarship.


Alabama Horse Council Scholarships

P.O. Box 553

Columbiana, AL 35051

(205) 678-2882


Scholarship Link

2. ASCPA Financial Need Scholarships

Deadline: March 10th

Valued at $2,500 each, the Alabama Society of CPAs (ASCPA) Financial Need Scholarships are granted to college undergrads who have at least one year remaining in an accredited accounting major in Alabama. Successful applicants will have significant economic barriers, carry a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, have finished Financial/Intermediate Accounting I and II courses, matriculate for 12+ credits per year, and plan to take the Uniform CPA exam for public accounting practice.


ASCPA Financial Need Scholarships

1041 Longfield Court

Montgomery, AL 36117

(334) 386-5752


Scholarship Link

3. Birdsong Peanuts Scholarship Fund

Deadline: February 8th

The National FFA Organization manages over 1,800 scholarships for $2.2 million total each year, including the Birdsong Peanuts Scholarship Fund. This $1,000, merit-based award helps Future Farmers of America members residing in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia who have a background in peanut production. Eligibility criteria includes being under age 23, enrolling full-time at an accredited U.S. college, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or agribusiness, and having unmet financial need.


Birdsong Peanuts Scholarship Fund

1410 King Street, Suite 400

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 838-5889


Scholarship Link

4. CollegeCounts Alabama Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

The Alabama Office of State Treasurer will provide the CollegeCounts Scholarship for $2,000 to two-year and $4,000 to four-year college attendees across the “Heart of Dixie.” Interested candidates must gain freshman admission at accredited, nonprofit Alabama colleges, have U.S. citizenship, achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, reach a minimum ACT of 26, and display financial need on the FAFSA. The Treasury also oversees the CollegeCounts 529 Savings Plans for tuition.


CollegeCounts Alabama Scholarship

600 Dexter Avenue, Room S-106

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 242-7515


Scholarship Link

5. Dr. Bernard J. Schroer Scholarship

Deadline: March 8th

The Dr. Bernard J. Schroer Scholarship awards $750 per semester or $1,500 annually from the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM) to reduce tuition at in-state, member schools. Chosen recipients must be Alabama residents, finish a high school diploma or GED, possess an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater, and have automotive manufacturing career objectives. Accepted majors include engineering technology, injection molding, machine shop technology, mechatronics, and welding.


Dr. Bernard J. Schroer Scholarship

1001 George Wallace Drive

P.O. Box 227

Gadsden, AL 36902

(256) 439-6870


Scholarship Link

6. Ed Wadsworth Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: December 1st

Organized in 1944, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association currently sponsors 13 scholarships in Alabama like the $1,500 Ed Wadsworth Memorial Scholarship. It’s intended for full-time juniors and seniors enrolled as animal science majors in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a history of leadership in the livestock industry. Eligible ACA members could also earn the Outstanding Junior Cattleman Scholarship or Cecil Lane Family Scholarship.


Ed Wadsworth Memorial Scholarship

201 S. Bainbridge Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 265-1867


Scholarship Link

7. Fostering Hope Scholarship Program

Deadline: None

Affiliated with the Alabama Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (AFAPA), the Fostering Hope Scholarship Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to cover college tuition and fees at Alabama’s 42 public community colleges and universities. Funding is reserved for high school graduates and GED recipients who aged out of the foster care system or were adopted after their 14th birthday. Youth must have net personal assets under $30,000 to qualify.


Fostering Hope Scholarship Program

1091 County Road 1659

Cullman, AL 35058

(888) 545-2372


Scholarship Link

8. Helen Wilson Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Each Spring, the Alabama State Nurses’ Association (ASNA) Foundation awards the Helen Wilson Leadership Scholarship for $1,000 to support two in-state residents who are pursuing ACEN or CCNE accredited associate and bachelor’s education in nursing. Prospective RNs must have resided in Alabama for one year, verify a minimum 3.5 GPA overall, have completed 12+ nursing credits, and display potential for clinical advancement. Applications are incomplete without a transcript, head-shot photo, and two recommendation forms.


Helen Wilson Leadership Scholarship

360 N. Hull Street

Montgomery AL 36104

(334) 262-8321


Scholarship Link

9. Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) manages 114 funds totaling $172,300 each year, including the Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship. It’s designed for public high school seniors in Montgomery and Lowndes County who will attend an HBCU full-time to study non-healthcare sciences, such as chemistry, mathematics, horticulture, and biology. At minimum, recipients need a cumulative GPA of 3.0, ACT score of 20, and SAT score of 1200.


Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship

35 S. Court Street, 2nd Floor

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 264-6223


Scholarship Link

10. J.L. Bedsole Baccalaureate Scholarship

Deadline: December 31st

Fully funded in 1975 after the First National Bank of Mobile director’s death, the J.L. Bedsole Foundation offers the Baccalaureate Scholarship for up to $6,000 yearly. Graduating high school seniors in South Alabama’s Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, Monroe, Washington, and Marengo counties could apply. Other qualifications include holding a minimum 2.5 GPA, scoring at least 21 on the ACT, having an EFC below $9,000, and completing 60+ hours of community service.


J.L. Bedsole Baccalaureate Scholarship

P.O. Box 1137

Mobile, AL 36633

(251) 432-3369


Scholarship Link

11. Kirk Kirkland Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

Ranging from $500 to $1,500, the Kirk Kirkland Memorial Scholarship is gifted by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association (ARHA) to encourage college students taking courses in hospitality, tourism, culinary arts, and food service management. Suitable candidates would legally reside in Alabama, attend an accredited two- or four-year college, produce a transcript displaying a 2.5 GPA or greater, exhibit leadership skills, and submit a recommendation from a hospitality industry employer.


Kirk Kirkland Memorial Scholarship

3 S. Jackson Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

(334) 244-1320

Scholarship Link

12. Linly Heflin Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 9th

Since 1923, the Linly Heflin Scholarship Program has financially bolstered over 3,000 women attending SACS-accredited, four-year colleges in Alabama. After the January deadline, approximately 20 to 25 ladies are chosen to receive $4,000 annually for $16,000 total. Accepted applicants must have graduated from an Alabama high school, have documented academic proficiency with a minimum 2.5 GPA, matriculate for 12+ hours per term, and score above 23 on the ACT exam.


Linly Heflin Scholarship Program

13 Office Park Circle

Birmingham, AL 35223

(205) 871-8171


Scholarship Link

13. Moselle Cummings Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: June 1st

The Alabama Library Association (ALLA) initiated the Moselle Cummings Memorial Scholarship in 1991 to bestow $1,000 annually upon post-bachelor’s students who are building librarianship careers. Prospective applicants must have a quality point average above 3.0 and score at least 300 on the revised GRE test to gain admission into the University of Alabama’s Master of Library and Information Studies, Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts, or PhD in Library Science programs.


Moselle Cummings Memorial Scholarship

6030 Monticello Drive

Montgomery, AL 36117

(334) 414-0113


Scholarship Link

14. Patrick W. Kelly College Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

Offering $1,000 to $3,000 per year, the Patrick W. Kelly College Scholarship is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of Alabama (GFOAA) to support full-time college sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in public finance careers. Qualified winners must be U.S. citizens, attend an accredited four-year Alabama college, major in finance or related business fields, maintain a minimum “B” average, and have internship or part-time work experience in government.


Patrick W. Kelly College Scholarship

P.O. Box 240574

Montgomery, AL 36124

(334) 501-7234


Scholarship Link

15. Reverend Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 15th

The National Federation of the Blind’s Alabama Chapter awards the Reverend Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 to support legally blind young adults with central visual acuity of 20/200 or less. Eligible Alabama residents must enroll full-time with good academic standing in an accredited post-secondary program in-state. Alabamans also qualify for national NFB opportunities like the $12,000 Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship and $8,000 Oracle Scholarship for STEM Excellence.


Reverend Frank Lee Memorial Scholarship

116 Deer Chase Drive

Chelsea, AL 35043

(423) 827-5628


Scholarship Link

16. Smith Scholarship Foundation

Deadline: January 15th

Founded by J. Craig and Page T. Smith in 2004, the Smith Scholarship Foundation offers up to 20 top-dollar awards of $12,500 to $15,000 each year to graduating Alabama high school seniors who will pursue college education this Fall. Interested 12th graders must carry a minimum “C+” average, give back with volunteer work or civic leadership, and submit a financial need analysis. Priority is given to minorities and first-generation college students.


Smith Scholarship Foundation

400 Caldwell Terrace

Birmingham, AL 35242

(205) 202-4076


Scholarship Link

17. Spann-Freeman Fine Arts Scholarship

Deadline: March 28th

The Arts Association of East Alabama presently awards three Alabama scholarships by audition, including the $1,000 Spann-Freeman Fine Arts Scholarship. Creative applicants must reside in Lee County, rank in the upper 50th percent of their graduating class, gain admission at an accredited U.S. college, intend to participate in fine arts study, and submit two recommendation forms. Eligibility criteria is the same for the Tom Woodward Visual Arts and Earl Peacock Fine Arts Scholarships.


Spann-Freeman Fine Arts Scholarship

1103 Glenn Avenue

Opelika, AL 36801

(334) 749-8105


Scholarship Link

18. Terry Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

Sponsored by Airgas South to honor an 11-year Birmingham employee, the Terry Jarvis Memorial Scholarship grants $2,500 annually from the American Welding Society to support undergrads from Alabama, Georgia, or Florida. Selected applicants must be at least 18, hold a high school diploma or GED, attend an ABET-accredited college full-time, major in welding engineering, have experience in the industrial gas industry, and possess a cumulative GPA above 2.8.


Terry Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 130

Miami, FL 33166

(305) 443-9353


Scholarship Link

19. The A. Earl Potts Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 31st

The Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions (ALSBOM) adopted the A. Earl Potts Scholarship Fund in 1990 to honor the former Executive Director by covering at least 12.5 percent of tuition for active Church members. Faithful Alabama residents must be accepted as full-time freshmen at Samford University, Judson College, or the University of Mobile with a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a pastor’s recommendation.


The A. Earl Potts Scholarship Fund

2001 East South Blvd.

P.O. Box 11870

Montgomery, AL 36116

(334) 613-2233


Scholarship Link

20. Wood Fruitticher Grocery Co. Scholarship

Deadline: February 10th

Belonging to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Alabama Dietetic Association has presented the Wood Fruitticher Grocery Co. Scholarship since 1979 for $1,000 to support college juniors, seniors, or graduate students attending ADA-accredited Alabama colleges. Eligible members must be pursuing a B.S. or M.S. degree in food science, nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management full-time with a minimum major GPA of 3.0. Other opportunities include the William E. Smith and Royal Cup Coffee Scholarships.


Wood Fruitticher Grocery Co. Scholarship

P.O. Box 240757

Montgomery, AL 36124

(334) 260-7970


Scholarship Link

Soaring into post-secondary education in the “Yellowhammer State” often requires nesting extra cash. For the 2016-17 academic year, Alabama colleges charged an average tuition price of $6,113 for in-state and $13,547 for out-of-state residents. Costs can grow drastically higher with room and board, especially at private institutions. For instance, Alabamans at Birmingham Southern College are billed $52,170 total each year before financial aid.

Cut your expenses by applying for these scholarships in Alabama as well as state-based funds like the Alabama Student Grant and Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program.

GCD Staff


This concludes our coverage of top scholarships in Alabama to reduce your college bill.