Scholarship Opportunities!
We are sharing scholarship information that has come across our desk or we have found on the internet. Below is a list that contains some links to individual scholarships and scholarship search sites. You must take time to read through all these for requirements, the application process, and deadlines. 

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Scholarship Information

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship Program
The AABE Scholarship program seeks to increase the representation of minorities in energy related fields. Requirements are a 3.0 GPA, planning to major in business, one of the physical sciences, technology,engineering, or mathmatic fields in preparation for a career in the energy sector, and be one of the historically underrepresented minorities in the sciences, technology, engineering, and math related disciplines (African American, Hispanic, or Native American). A 350 word or less essay is required addressing what excites you about working in the field of energy (utility companies, oil companies, nuclear energy, etc.) and how do you plan to make your personal contribution to the energy field OR how do you expect your education to prepare you to fully participate and contribute to the field of energy? You can pick up the application in the counselor office. DEADLINE MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MARCH 15, 2018. Can also be scanned and emailed.

Alabama Home Builders Foundation
The Alabama Home Builders Foundation 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. Since 1995, the Alabama Home Builders Foundation has awarded 1,121 scholarships totaling $578,000 to students wishing to study the building trades at schools in Alabama (trade schools, junior colleges and four year colleges.) To be eligible students must plan to enroll in a construction-related curriculum at a trade school, two-year, or four-year college. The application can be submitted electronically, click here to download or submit electronically or downloaded and printed. You can also pick up a copy in the counselor office. All scholarship applications and their required materials should be submitted by mail, email, or fax. ​DEADLINE is March 15, 2018.

Mercedes-Benz Scholarship Program
This opportunity is for high school seniors who reside in Jefferson or Tuscaloosa Counties and planning to enroll in a post-secondary program for the fall of 2018. No minimum GPA or test score is required. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered.
The application can be printed off from MBUSI website 
Deadline for application is March 15, 2018

National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Scholarship
This is a scholarship opportunity for qualified black females to support financial needs for their 2018-2019 freshman year in college. Applicants must be a resident of Bibb, Fayette, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, or Walker Counties. An essay is required on the topic of why you need the scholarship, how it will assist you in achieving your education goal, and what scholarships you have already been awarded. You can pick up the application in Mrs. Watkins office. DEADLINE is March 20, 2018

Metro-Birmingham Professional Women's Association (MPWA) GREAT Scholarship
To recognize achievement of young adults in  the Birmingham area the MPWA is giving a Getting Ready for Excellence in America Today GREAT Scholarship. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to apply. To apply, complete the two page application, submit an essay (approximately 500 typed words) entitled "Getting Ready for Excellence in America Today - What it Means to Me", and provide three letters of recommendation and a copy of their transcript. Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Watkins office. ​DEADLINE March 26, 2018.

American Society of Civil Engineers
The Birmingham Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is offering a scholarship to high school seniors throughout Central Alabama. The scholarship is restricted to students who attend a civil engineering program at a university or college in Alabama that has been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology-Engineering Accreditation Commission. Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. you must write an essay about your career goals and why you need this scholarship. The application can be picked up in the Counselors office or downloaded from ASCE website . ​DEADLINE is March 31, 2018.

The National Society of Black Engineers Birmingham Professional Chapter (NSBE) is awarding scholarships to qualified applicants entering the field of engineering. The 2018 Engineering Scholarships program supports the mission of NSBE to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Qualified scholars must demonstrate professionalism, motivation, leadership, initiative, and personal achievement. Scholars are expected to support program objectives by choosing a study in the field of engineering or related science that will help address the technical needs of the community. NSBE is looking for graduating high schools seniors in the Birmingham-Metropolitan area who intend to enroll in an Engineering program at the college freshman level in the upcoming summer or fall term. Students must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application. All interested students should apply directly to NSBE by submitting the following:  An application form including a personal statement  A copy of ACT and/or SAT score(s)  A copy of all high school transcripts  Mail to: NSBE-BIRMINGHAM PROFESSIONALS Attention: Engineering Scholarship Committee Post Office Box 380714 Birmingham, Alabama 35238-0714. Applications may be picked up in the counselors office. Deadline for Submittal Completed applications must be postmarked by March 2, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund
Janice M. Scott was one of 125 individuals that perished in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked and crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building of the Pentagon. This scholarship fund is named in honor of Janice Marie Scott to recognize her involvement with various youth programs and community service activities within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Washington, DC. Eligibility requirements include 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community services or other extra curricular activities, and combined adjusted income of parent(s) / guardian cannot exceed $50,000. The application, criteria and guidelines can be printed from Janice M. Scott website . The ​Deadline is March 31, 2018.

​West Jefferson High School Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship is for students who have a parent, grandparent, or great grandparent (or other such direct parental lineage) who was a graduate from West Jefferson High School. You must write a personal statement describing yourself, your educational goals, and plans on how you would use the money to further your education. A banquet will be held to announce the winner(s) and the student or a family member must attend the banquet in order to receive the award. Applications can be picked up in the counselors office. DEADLINE is April 2, 2018.

Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program
Receive up to $2500 to pursue career or technical education. To be eligible for the Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship program, applicants must fulfill the following criteria: complete high school by Spring 2018, be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall 2018 that will lead to employment, attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution, demonstrate financial need - applicants must be Pell Grant eligible, and be a US citizen. To apply online, please visit . Application OPENS March 15.

The Rotary Club of Shades Valley has established a new scholarship program for students seeking a career in the skilled trades.  We anticipate offering full-cost and part-cost scholarships for the “career technical programs” at Lawson State Community College, beginning in the 2018 interim session, summer semester, and summer mini-terms.  We will consider applications based on need, aptitude, and interest in pursuing a career in a skilled trade.  Applicants will submit an application and attend an in-person interview. A representative will be here to talk about the scholarships on Tuesday, March 13 at 11:00 am.

Poarch Creek Community Scholarship Fund: Annually, The Poarch Creek Indian Community Scholarship  will award a minimum of one scholarship to a male and one scholarship to a female.   The following is considered when evaluating the Poarch Creek Community Scholarship applications:

    • Must be a resident of or be from the State of Alabama or from the following counties in Florida: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington or Gadsden
    • Must have a 3.0 minimum high school GPA
    • Academic merit, community involvement and other factors, such as financial need and/or workforce demand, will be taken into consideration when reviewing applications.

    Click here to access the application .

Deadline is March 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. for submission of applications. 

Herb Hanes-Bill Sparks Scholarship Fund
The Ensley High School Alumni Association, Inc. is receiving applications for this scholarship. This $2500.00 scholarship will be paid to any Alabama college or university of the winner's choice to be used for tuition and books. Applicants must have participated in varsity athletics or in an athletic related activity (cheerleader, trainer, dance team, etc.) at a Jefferson or Shelby County, Alabama High School. You must be accepted into a four-year Alabama college or university. Pick up the application in Mrs. Watkins' office. ​DEADLINE is April 20, 2018.

Suntrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes: 30 winners will be chosen at random for $500.00 to help cover education expenses. No GPA or financial need requirement. Starting September 12, 2017 students can enter online once during each entry period. Two $500.00 scholarship winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks beginning on or about October 30, 2017 until May 14, 2018.

Alabama Center for Architecture
The ACFA Birmingham Scholarship is a scholarship program that has given more than $60,000 in scholarship dollars since its creation. These funds are made possible through the annual ACFA golf tournament, scholarship grants from AIA National and generous donations of patrons and sponsors.  The scholarship online application is not yet open, keep checking the link for the application to come online. 

Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union scholarships
Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union will be awarding sixteen $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating high school members planning to pursue post-secondary education in the fall of 2018. The credit union is committed to improving the communities we serve by funding scholarships to provide incentive to the best and brightest students to pursue their education goals at the institutions of their choosing. This scholarship is open to students who are credit union members. Joining the credit union requires an opening deposit of $5.00 minimum to a share/savings account. Scholarships will be awarded to student members who exemplify credit union values of personal and civic responsibility through their grades, extracurricular activities, essay responses, letter(s) of recommendation, and/or community service. Applications can be downloaded at Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union forms . You can also get a copy of the scholarship application in the counselor office.
Deadline for application is Friday, April 6, 2018

Mahin and Saifulla Salemy Scholarship
A $1000.oo scholarship awarded to a senior who has been accepted to college and has interest in the sciences. This requires an application, a personal statement, 3 references, and an interview. You can download the application from The Dr. Salemy website
​DEADLINE: May 31, 2018

Accuplan Benefits Services is offering a $2000.00 scholarship to raise awareness to the rising generation about the importance of retirement planning. Applicants must apply by ​MAY 31, 2018, ​in order to be considered for the scholarship. The application process includes making a 30-second video explaining what you would do in the future, once you have retired, and what are some things that you can be doing now and in the future to be ready for retirement. For more information and application visit the Accuplan Scholarship webpage . ​DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2018

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship Nursing Schools Almanac is proud to announce our fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. We will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018. The winner will best demonstrate:

A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics courses

A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare Deadline: August 31, 2018

Scholarships America Scholarship America manages thousands of scholarship programs. Many are only open to employees of the sponsoring company or their families, but some are available to students in the general public. Please take time to browse all of the scholarships listed to find any that you might qualify for. All of the programs below are managed by Scholarship America.

A Large list of scholarships compiled by Shelton State Financial Aid staff
- Please carefully read through the scholarships listed here to see if there are any for which you qualify. 

Association for Iron and Steel Technology Birmingham Member Chapter Scholarship

The objectives of the AIST Birmingham Member Chapter Scholarships are to reward and encourage AIST Birmingham Chapter area high school seniors or currently enrolled undergraduate students preparing for a career in engineering by providing a grant of financial support during full-time attendance at any accredited college or university. One (1) one-year scholarship, valued at $2,000 will be available each year and is renewable for up to 4 years (based on a review of the recipient's grades). The scholarship will be awarded to an AIST Birmingham Chapter area student based on the criteria the Scholarship Award Committee has developed. If there are no applicants in engineering, the award may be given to an eligible student studying other majors relating to iron and steel production. Students are eligible to compete for the scholarships if, at the time of application, they are a current AIST member or the child (natural, step, adopted, or ward) or spouse of a member in good standing, of the AIST Birmingham Member Chapter. The student must be accepted in an eligible, full-time course of study in the field of engineering at an accredited college or university with a demonstrated interest toward a career in the iron and steel industry. The awards will be made without regard to financial need. Deadline: April 30, 2018


Cappex Alabama Scholarships This is a list of scholarships that have been available in Alabama. Sometimes the link is to a previous year application. You can google the name of the scholarship for 2017 2018 information.


Morris, King & Hodge Law - Texting and Driving Essay Scholarship  
Deadline:  Must be submitted online by April 2018. 
Morris, King & Hodge Law is offering a great scholarship opportunity for seniors.  This contest was created to spread the word about dangers of texting and driving.  There are three prizes that will be awarded:  1st Place - $2,000; 2nd Place - $1,200; and 3rd Place - $1,000. Participants must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words on the following topic:  How can we educate our community about the dangers of distracted driving? AND What are some practical ways we can drastically reduce distracted driving related accidents?  All applications have to be submitted online at:  

Finley Players' Association Robert O. Finley, III Foundation Scholarship
This is for children of Berry High School graduates. They must participate in athletics as a player, manager, trainer, or cheerleader; have an acceptable grade point average; be accepted to a post secondary training; and exhibit outstanding character and citizenship and unselfish service to the community, school, and faith. An essay is required. Pick up the application in Mrs. Watkins' office. Deadline: May 1, 2018



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