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ALABAMA COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Statewide agency concerned with planning and coordinating higher education, including housing a list of student aid programs dedicated to helping citizens of Alabama pay for higher education.  Their website lists and describes scholarships, grants, and loans available to students. Visit their website for further information, or see the list of scholarships below.

State Agency Overseeing Financial Aid: Alabama Commission on Higher Education
Phone: (334) 242-1998
Email: [email protected]
NOTE: Program availability and details change from time to time.
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Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program

Amount: $500 per term for tuition, books, supplies; not to exceed $1,000 a year
Awards per Year: Varies;
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Students who are actively involved with a Federally recognized unit of the AL National Guard
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Military Branch: National Guard
Other Comments: Applications must be signed by a representative of the Alabama Military Department and a financial aid officer from the school the student wishes to attend
Contact: Applications are available from National Guard Units or the Office of Student Assistance
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Alabama Scholarships for Dependents of Blind Parents

Amount: Varies – Covers instructional fees and tuition
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Alabama residents from families in which the head of household is blind and whose family income is not sufficient to cover educational costs of the student.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Application Requirements: Students must apply within two years of high school graduation.
Contact: Applications are available from Debra Culver, Rehab. Specialist, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, 2129 East South Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36116-2455.  (800) 441-7607 / (334) 613-2248 / (256) 362-0638
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Alabama Student Assistance

Amount: $300-$2,500 per year
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Undergraduate, Alabama residents, attending a participating  Alabama institution and demonstrate financial need.
Majors/Fields of Study: All majors
Residency: Alabama
Application Requirements: File the FAFSA form early
Contact: Obtain an application form from your high school guidance office, the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, or the Office of Student Assistance
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Alabama Student Grant Program

Amount: Up to $1,200 per year
Awards per Year: Varies
Award Is Open To: Undergrads (half-time and full-) attending a participating AL school
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Contact: To obtain an application contact the financial aid office of the school you plan to attend or the Office of Student Assistance
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American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies – to be used for tuition, fees, and board
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Undergraduate who are children of World War I, World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War veterans and are residents of Alabama.  Students must attend an institution with on-campus housing.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Application Deadline: April 1
Contact: Applications are available from the American Legion Department Headquarters, American Legion Auxiliary, 120 North Jackson Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. Phone: (334) 262-1176
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American Legion Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies – to be used for tuition, fees, and board
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Undergraduate who are children of World War I, World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam War veterans and are residents of Alabama.  Students must attend an institution with on-campus housing.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Application Deadline: April 1
Contact: Applications are available from the Department Adjutant, The American Legion, P. O. Box 1069, Montgomery, AL 36192. Phone: (334) 262-6638
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Alabama Junior and Community College Athletic Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies – not to exceed in-state tuition
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable, based on continued participation in designated sport.
Award Is Open To: Full-time undergraduate athletes enrolled in public junior and community colleges in Alabama who demonstrate athletic ability through try-outs.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Award Requirements: Athletic ability will determine nomination. Limits on various sports apply.
Contact: Obtain applications from the coach, athletic director, or financial aid office at the college you wish to attend.
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Alabama Junior and Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies – not to exceed in-state tuition
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable, based on continued participation in designated activity.
Award Is Open To: Full-time undergraduate athletes enrolled in public junior and community colleges in Alabama who demonstrate artistic ability through competitive auditions.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Award Requirements: Auditions are scheduled as part of the application process.
Contact: Obtain applications from financial aid office at the college you wish to attend.
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Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Survivor’s Educational Assistance Program

Amount: Varies – covers tuition, fees, books, supplies
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Children or spouses of police officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty enrolling as undergraduates at a public post-secondary educational institution in Alabama.  Some other criteria may apply.  Review the application form.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Contact: Obtain application forms from the Office of Student Assistance, P O Box 302000, Montgomery, AL 36130-2000. Phone (334) 242-2273.

Senior Adult Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Senior citizens (aged 60 or over) attending a public two-year post-secondary institution in Alabama.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Contact: Obtain application forms from the financial aid office at the institution you wish to attend.
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Two-Year College Academic Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies – not to exceed in-state tuition and cost of books
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable, provided student demonstrates academic excellence.
Award Is Open To: Students attending a public two-year post-secondary institution in Alabama.  Priority given to in-state residents and determined by academic merit
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Contact: Obtain application forms from the financial aid office at the institution you wish to attend
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ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Government agency responsible for providing state-wide information services on higher education, financial aid and technical assistance for citizens of Alabama.  They have a list of financial aid programs open to Alabama state residents, which are listed below, or visit their web site for the most up-to-date information.
Phone: (334) 242-9700
NOTE: Program availability and details change from time to time.
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AAMU – ASU Transfer Scholarship Program

Amount: Full tuition
Awards per Year: 500
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Graduates of an Alabama public community or technical college that is part of the ACCS system and transferring to Alabama A&M University (AAMU) in Huntsville or Alabama State University (ASU) in Montgomery.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Contact: To obtain an application for students attending AAMU: Dr. Lloyd T. Walker at AAMU (256) 372-8754 or [email protected]. To obtain an application for students attending ASU, apply online.
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Technology Scholarship Program for Alabama Teachers

Amount: Covers tuition and fees for approved technology courses
Awards per Year: Varies
Award Is Open To: Full-time regularly certified Alabama public school teachers enrolled in approved courses that incorporate new technologies in the curriculum.
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Contact: Applications are available from TSPAT, Alabama Commission on Higher Education, P.O. Box 302000, Montgomery, AL 36130-2000. Phone: (334) 242-2276.
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ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Provides information for veterans and their families to ensure they are receiving the benefits they are entitled, including scholarship programs, state and federal funding.

Contact: RSA Plaza Building, Suite 470, 770 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL
NOTE: Program availability and details change from time to time.
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Alabama GI Dependents’ Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies – Used for tuition, fees, and books
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Children or spouses of eligible Alabama veterans (with at least a partial disability) enrolling as undergrads at a public post-secondary educational institution in Alabama
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Contact: Application forms may be obtained from the Alabama State Department of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 1509, Montgomery, AL 36102-1509, or from any County Veterans Service Office. Phone: (334) 242-5077.
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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM

Non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in and around Birmingham, to create a more vibrant city, by providing funding for citizens to grow and expand their horizons in a wide capacity of projects.

Phone: (205) 327-3800
Contact: 2100 First Avenue North, Suite 700, Birmingham AL 35203-4223
NOTE: Program availability and details change from time to time.
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Award for Excellence

Amount: $5,000
Awards per Year: 2
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: High School Seniors at Ramsay High School with a current 3.0 GPA and a minimum of 21 on ACT
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Award Requirements: Must maintain 3.0 GPA throughout college
Contact: 2100 First Avenue North, Suite 700 – Birmingham, AL 35203. Phone: (205) 327-3800.
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Community Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
Awards per Year: 2
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: High School Seniors attending a high school in the Birmingham School System, with a current 3.0 GPA and a minimum of 21 on ACT
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Alabama
Award Requirements: Must maintain 3.0 GPA throughout college
Contact: 2100 First Avenue North, Suite 700 – Birmingham, AL 35203. Phone: (205) 327-3800.
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Environmental Litigation Group (ELG) Scholarships

Amount: Varies
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Non-Renewable
Award Is Open To: Legal descendants of clients involved in an asbestos-related lawsuit filed through ELG, who are high school seniors or undergraduates with high academic standing (3.5 GPA for high school / 3.0 GPA for college)
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Post-secondary school accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Award Requirements: Must maintain 3.0 GPA throughout college
Contact: 2100 First Avenue North, Suite 700 – Birmingham, AL 35203. Phone: (205) 327-3800.
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Colonel James M. Sims Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $500 – $1,000
Awards per Year: Varies
The Award Is: Renewable
Award Is Open To: Full time undergraduates who are members of the Marine Corps Reserve, 4th Marine Division, Anti-terrorism Battalion
Majors/Fields of Study: All Majors
Residency: Alabama
Student Attends School In: Post-secondary school accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Award Requirements: Must maintain 2.0 GPA throughout college
Contact: 2100 First Avenue North, Suite 700 – Birmingham, AL 35203. Phone: (205) 327-3800.
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