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Leighton M. Ballew Directing Award

SETC’s Leighton M. Ballew Directing Award provides one student with a $2,500 scholarship to study theater directing at a regionally accredited graduate school in the upcoming academic year.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 1, 2024
Open
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners

Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarships

The Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship offers need-based scholarships of between $500 and $5,000 to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in accredited colleges in the U.S.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Sophomore
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 7, 2023
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners
Closed
$250–$1,000
12 Award Winners

Porter Fleming Literary Competition

The Porter Fleming Literary Competition grants the amount of $7,000 to 12 individuals who exhibit skill in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or one-act playwriting.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
August 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 13, 2023
Closed
$250–$1,000
12 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000–$6,000
2 Award Winners

Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship

The Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students residing and studying plastic industry-related courses at postsecondary institutions in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 15, 2023
Closed
$2,000–$6,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000–$4,000
195 Award Winners

CollegeCounts Scholarship

The aim of the CollegeCounts Scholarship is to offer financial aid to Alabama high school students who are passionate about effecting positive change in the world but experience financial difficulties.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Freshman
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$2,000–$4,000
195 Award Winners
Closed
$20,000–$40,000
1 Award Winner

Rev. Dr. A.W. Selma Scholarship

Rev. Dr. A.W. Watkins Selma Scholarship offers financial assistance to junior and sophomore students in the bible and pastoral ministry studies at Selma University, Alabama.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Junior
Application Open Date
June 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$20,000–$40,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner

Yvonne Ballentmauine Memorial Reflections Scholarship

Through the Yvonne Ballentmauine Memorial Reflections Scholarship, the Alabama PTA group awards $500 to high school senior students who participate in the Reflections program.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$20,000
1 Award Winner

Alabama Golf Association Women’s Scholarship Fund

The Alabama Golf Association (AGA) Women’s Scholarship awards $20,000 to one female student to complete her undergraduate studies.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
October 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 7, 2023
Closed
$20,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
36 Award Winners

Alabama Home Builders Foundation Scholarship

The Alabama Home Builders Foundation offers its Alabama Home Builders Foundation (AHBF) Scholarship of $1,000 to 36 students pursuing an education in residential building in Alabama.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$1,000
36 Award Winners
Closed
$750
1 Award Winner

Curwen-Guidry Scholarship Fund

The Fund awards high school seniors who are bowlers in the USBC League to further their education. It’s open to students in the nine states part of the Southern Bowling Congress.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$750
1 Award Winner
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – College Students

The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to undergraduate students who live in states with Regions' full service and are enrolled in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – High School Seniors

The Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to high school senior students who live in states with Regions' full service and plan to enroll in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship Award

The Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduate student studying acting or musical theater. Students who graduated from universities in the SETC region can apply.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award

The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship awards $1,500 to a graduate student studying costume design or technology. Applicants must have studied or will study at an SETC region institution.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Robert Porterfield Scholarship Award

The Robert Porterfield Scholarship awards $2,000 to graduate students pursuing a degree in theatre. Applicants should have graduated from an undergraduate program at a university in the SETC region.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship

The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship awards $2,000 to one high school senior in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) region who will pursue studies in theater.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

William E. Wilson Scholarship Award

The William E. Wilson Scholarship awards $5,000 to a secondary school teacher pursuing graduate studies in theatre or speech and theatre. Applicants must be legal residents of any SETC state.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

MGMA Southern Section Scholarship

The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) offers the MGMA Southern Section Scholarship of $2,500 to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in medical practice management-related fields.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000–$5,000
1 Award Winner

SAWF Scholarship Program

The Southern Automotive Women's Forum Scholarship Program provides scholarships between $1,000 and $5,000 to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM-related field.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 20, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Cabaniss Johnston Scholarship

The Cabaniss Johnston Scholarship is a $5,000 award given to 2 outstanding law students in their second year who live in Alabama.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 31, 2023
Application Deadline
June 2, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500–$10,000
1 Award Winner

Alabama Board of Nursing Scholarship Program

The Alabama Board of Nursing Scholarship Program awards $500—$10,000 scholarship funds to nursing graduates.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Doctorate
Application Open Date
July 1, 2023
Application Deadline
August 31, 2023
Closed
$500–$10,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Auburn University Department Of Animal Science Graduate Student Scholarship

Auburn University offers the Auburn University Department of Animal Science Graduate Students Scholarship of $1,000 to enrolled hard-working students pursuing animal medicine degrees at the university.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
September 2, 2023
Application Deadline
November 6, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$10,000
4 Award Winners

Gorgas Scholarship Competition

The Gorgas Scholarship Competition offers four scholarships to the value of $10,000 for high-school seniors to pursue an undergraduate science program in Alabama.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 31, 2023
Closed
$10,000
4 Award Winners
Closed
$100–$5,000
12 Award Winners

AL/MS Section AWWA Scholarship

The Alabama Mississippi (AL/MS) Section of the American Water Works Association awards 12 undergraduate and graduate students in Alabama and Mississippi to further their studies in water works.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
Closed
$100–$5,000
12 Award Winners

About Alabama Scholarships

Did you know that there are scholarships available in Alabama for students of all ages and backgrounds? In fact, according to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, there are over 350 scholarship programs available to students in the state. These scholarships can be used to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and other expenses related to college.
Scholarships have a powerful economic impact on individuals and communities across the state. College-bound students in Alabama tend to rely on scholarships to reduce the cost of attending college, so that more students can pursue their educational goals. There are many different types of scholarship opportunities available for Alabamians, from full-tuition awards to more modest grants. The Alabama Student Grant Program is the largest state-funded scholarship program in the country, offering up to $6,000 annually for students attending an in-state college or university. For those interested in pursuing a career in teaching, there are numerous teacher scholarships available through local school districts and universities. Students can also explore national scholarship programs to find additional aid opportunities. Ultimately, there are a variety of ways to fund your college education in Alabama and scholarships can be a valuable tool for making that possible. You can find various scholarship opportunities in the state that are state-funded, university-specific, and privately sponsored to help you get through college.

Why study in Alabama

Alabama offers students a wide range of options to pursue higher education. Not only does it boast world-class universities and colleges, but Alabama also offers its own unique culture and atmosphere that contribute to a dynamic learning experience. With its beautiful landscape and friendly people, Alabama offers an affordable cost of living and a variety of financial aid opportunities that make it easier for students to succeed in their studies.

Furthermore, its job market has seen significant growth and development in recent years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alabama’s unemployment rate was 3.3% in October 2020, the tenth-lowest in the country. The state also experienced an annual employment increase of 1.9%, with a total nonfarm payroll job count reaching 1.9 million. The largest employment growth has been seen in the professional and business services sector, which increased 7% over the year. Manufacturing has also experienced an annual increase of 4%. Additionally, Alabama’s industries have higher-than-average wages when compared with other states, making it a great place to find a job.

5 best scholarships in Alabama 2023

There are a lot of scholarships available for Alabama – so we gathered five of the best value ones. These scholarships are open to Alabama students, some are open to students across the U.S., and have minimal application requirements.

ScholarshipAward Amount
Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarships$500–$5,000
Cabaniss Johnston Scholarship$5,000
MGMA Southern Section Scholarship$2,500
College Counts Scholarship$2,000–$4,000
Countdown to College (C2C) Scholarship$1,000

Cost of College in Alabama

For the 2023-2024 academic year, the cost of college in Alabama is expected to increase from the previous year. In-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students enrolled at public four-year colleges averaged $8,929 for the 2018-2019 school year. This number is projected to rise steadily for the next few years, reaching at least $9,321 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Living expenses, such as room and board, are also expected to rise during this time.

In the 2018-2019 school year, tuition and fees of out-of-state students enrolled in public four-year institutions in Alabama averaged $22,440. This number is anticipated to reach at least $23,096 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Private four-year colleges in Alabama are more expensive than public institutions, with tuition and fees rising to at least $31,384 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Therefore, it is important for students and their families to make sure they have a plan in place to pay for college expenses as they are likely to increase over time. Financial aid and scholarships may be available to help offset the cost of tuition, fees, room and board. It is also essential to investigate grants and other options for funds. Planning ahead can help make college more affordable in Alabama for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Top colleges in Alabama

Alabama is home to some of the top colleges in the nation. The University of Alabama, Auburn University, and Alabama A&M University are all highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Each school offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The University of Alabama, Auburn University, and Alabama A&M each offer a wide range of academic programs and are known for producing graduates with degrees that lead to successful careers in their respective fields. Each school provides an environment where students can thrive and gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful upon graduation. Tuition costs vary; some programs at the University of Alabama cost more than $20,000 per year. Auburn offers a range of tuition costs as well, ranging from about $6,500 for in-state students to more than $30,000 for out-of-state residents, whereas Alabama A&M offers relatively low tuition rates, with in-state rates ranging from about $6,000 to more than $17,000 for out-of-state students.

Scholarships for high school seniors in Alabama 2023

High school seniors have an exciting opportunity to earn awards for college tuition through scholarships. These awards can provide much-needed financial assistance for students planning to pursue higher education. Scholarships are usually based on academic excellence, extracurricular activities, community involvement, or other factors that demonstrate a student’s merit and potential. Many organizations and institutions offer scholarships to eligible high school seniors. Check out the following programs to see if you are eligible:
The College Count Scholarship of up to $4,000 offered to Alabama residents or students enrolled in educational institutions in Alabama.
The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship of $2,000 targets high school seniors students interested in theater studies.
The In-State Foundation in Excellence Scholarship of $9,000 is offered by the University of Alabama to Alabama high school graduates who have excelled in both academic and extracurricular endeavors.

Alabama scholarships for women 2023

Although Alabama was an early adopter of public higher education, women’s access to educational opportunities remained limited until after World War II. Even today, education remains somewhat challenging.There are significant barriers to women in Alabama achieving educational success: inadequate resources, lack of funding and gender-based discrimination are just a few of these issues. As a result, women in Alabama are often left to fend for themselves when pursuing educational opportunities. For example, many lack basic academic support services such as tutoring and mentorship, leaving them at a disadvantage compared to their male peers.

Despite these challenges, more women in Alabama are continuing to pursue education than ever before. Government initiatives such as the Alabama Women’s Initiative have provided additional support for female college students by providing scholarships, mentorship programs, and other educational opportunities. The Alabama Golf Association Women’s Scholarship Fund of $20,000 is funded by the Alabama Golf Association to support young female golfers in their pursuit of higher education.

Additionally, organizations like the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum have been established to empower women in their pursuit of higher education. Check out the SAWF Scholarship of up to $5,000 to female high school graduates who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university in specified states.

Alabama scholarships for minorities 2023

Throughout the past years, minorities in Alabama faced a number of barriers in achieving educational success. Many schools lack the resources necessary to give students from minority backgrounds an equitable education, leading to lower graduation rates and higher dropout rates among these students compared to their white counterparts. In addition, a lack of cultural understanding can lead to biased disciplinary practices that disproportionately affect students of color. The state also has one of the highest student-to-teacher ratios in the nation, which makes it difficult for teachers to provide individual attention and assistance.

This year, the state of Alabama is investing in the future of its diverse population by helping them reach their full potential. There are many opportunities for minorities through various scholarships designed specifically for them.

The state, along with private organizations, is committed to helping these students achieve their educational goals and has allocated generous funds for scholarships unlike ever before. For example, the Synovus Bank/Calvin Smyre Endowed Scholarship of $4,500 to financially assess deserving African American undergraduate students at Fort Valley State University, Georgia, who are interested in banking and finance services, to complete their studies. Similarly, the ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award of $1,500 is to support Hispanic students pursuing higher education.

Tips for winning Alabama scholarships

Follow these three tips for a chance to win scholarships in Alabama this year:

1. Start early and plan ahead. Spend time researching scholarship opportunities available to Alabama residents and create a timeline for when each application is due. This will ensure you have ample time to complete all applications and reference materials before the due date.

2. Utilize available resources. There are many organizations in Alabama that help students find, apply for, and win scholarships. Seek out these organizations’ advice and use their resources to maximize your chances of success.

3. Network with local authorities. Reach out to alumni, teachers, and local businesses to learn more about their scholarship offerings. These individuals can offer valuable insight into what makes a successful application and may even provide advice on how to stand out from the competition.

Frequently asked questions

How to apply for scholarships in Alabama?

To get started, identify which type of scholarship you are eligible for. Many organizations and businesses offer specific scholarships to students who meet certain criteria, such as being an Alabama resident or attending a school in the state. It’s also important to make sure that any scholarship you apply for meets your individual needs and requirements. Then, search online or contact local organizations to find available scholarships. Once you’ve found the right one, complete and submit the necessary paperwork or application. Be sure to provide accurate information and meet any required deadlines. Follow up on applications if necessary and make sure all of your information is up-to-date.

How many full-ride scholarships are available in Alabama?

There are many different full-ride scholarship opportunities available in Alabama but the exact number of full-ride scholarships available varies from year to year, depending on the availability of funding from various organizations and institutions. You can visit the scholarship websites of colleges and universities throughout the state. Moreover, individual schools may offer their own full-ride scholarship programs for students who demonstrate academic potential or financial need. There are also numerous partial scholarships offered to students in the state, which provide financial assistance for some portion of their education expenses. 



Are there college-specific scholarships that I can apply for?

Yes, there are college-specific scholarships available offered through the college itself or through organizations affiliated with the college. Many colleges offer need-based and merit-based scholarships to students who are accepted into their school, and some even provide exclusive funding opportunities for students of certain backgrounds or with special talents. Additionally, the college’s financial aid office can provide detailed information about all of the scholarships that are available to students at their institution.