Scholarship Programs

Through its scholarship funds, the Central Alabama Community Foundation assists area students attain their academic goals by offsetting their postsecondary educational expenses. Applications are available December 1 with a deadline of March 1 except Wayne Hawkins which is March 15. The Red Tail Scholarship Foundation application will open August 1 and close October 1.

Qualifying criteria vary broadly by program, with the bulk of scholarship funds targeting graduating seniors. In an effort to make the process as efficient as possible, one application form can be completed to apply for multiple programs.

View the various scholarships below and click on the requirement links for more details about each requirement.


Available to Trinity Presbyterian High School Students

  • Gray Godwin Scholarship
    (Note: This is not a college scholarship)


    The Gordon Gray Godwin Scholarship - will provide $4,000 annually in tuition assistance to a student enrolled at Trinity Presbyterian High School. Set up in memory of Gray Godwin, a beloved sixteen year old whose short life inspired many in both Montgomery and Homewood, this scholarship will be a reminder of the impact he had on many lives. This is for current sophomores only.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, References, and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

Available to Booker T. Washington Magnet High School Students

  • The Mickey Ingalls Scholarship

    Established in 1996 in memory of Mickey Ingalls, arts patron and member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Arts and Magnet Education (FAME).  The scholarship is available to freshman, sophomores and juniors who have completed one year at the school or will be completing his or her first year.  Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA in their chosen magnet discipline, submit one paragraph stating how the scholarship will be used, have the recommendation of his or her discipline director, and provide an example of his or her work to the selection committee.  

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, References

    Deadline: March 1

Available to Seniors Statewide

  • ASE Credit Union Scholarship
    (Open to ASE Credit Union members)


    Applicant must be member of ASE Credit Union or parent or guardian must have established account. Two scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded annually. Applicant must have a minimum GPA 3.0.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, References, and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • Haynes Life Flight 2 Memorial Scholarship

    Established in memory of the lives lost in the Haynes Life Flight 2 helicopter crash. This scholarship will annually provide a $2,000 scholarship to a student interested in pursuing a degree in Nursing and/or EMT/Paramedic certification in the state of Alabama. Applicant must have a minimum GPA 3.0.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, 2 Letters of Recommendation and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • The Wayne Hawkins Memorial Scholarship 
    (Open to children of Alfa's customer service representatives, district supervisors and agents)


    Criteria for awarding scholarships are academic accomplishment and/or financial need. All applicants must be able to be claimed on their parent's tax returns to be eligible.  High school seniors and those currently enrolled in college are eligible.  The scholarship is awarded for one year's time, so past recipients and those who were previously turned down should reapply each year. The review committee will review all applications and determine the number and amount of awards annually.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript

    Deadline: March 15

  • The Red Tail Scholarship Foundation (RTSF)
    Open to Ethnic Minority High School Seniors or College Students in the State of Alabama

    RTSF will offer scholarships to students that are motivated to pursue careers in the aviation industry. Initial support is focused towards attainment of an FAA private pilot’s license with subsequent support for advanced pilot ratings and/or certifications as an aircraft mechanic.

    Applicants should have an expressed interest in one of the following aviation careers: Pilot, Mechanic (Airframe and Powerplant), Aeronautical Engineer, Avionics Technician, Dispatcher and Aviation Management. Other aviation careers will be considered upon request. Award will be based on academic performance. Candidates should expect interview and screening over the phone or at a RTSF or LFA events.

    INTRODUCTION FLIGHT AWARD

    The free 20-minute introduction flight takes place at one of our participating Fixed Base of Operations (FBO) and serves as initial exposure to flight operations, while measuring the recipient’s interest in aviation careers. Current supporting FBO locations include Golden Eagle Aviation at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama and Box Aviation at Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama. Additional FBO locations in the Alabama River Region will be added in the near future.

    PILOT RATING AWARD

    RTSF awards funding toward pilot ratings in incremental amounts and will measure student progress during specific portions of the flight training timeline. Recipients must display an ongoing level of motivation during the program in order to be awarded continued funding toward a private pilot’s license and/or subsequent advanced ratings (instrument, instructor, multi-engine, etc.).

    Application Requirements:  Transcript, Letters of Recommendation and Essays 

    Open: August 1
    Deadline: October 1

     

  • Santee Family Fund Scholarship
    (Open to current or former residents of AL Sheriff's Boys & Girls Youth Ranches
    )

    Assist with post secondary education expenses for current or former residents of AL Sheriff's Boys & Girls Youth Ranches (or similarly situated). Applicant must be sponsored by a staff person and must be under the age of 25.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • Todd Webb Scholarship Fund
    One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of any high school within the state of Alabama.  Student must attend The University of Alabama, studying in the College of Communication and Information Sciences.  A focus on Sport Communication is preferred, but not required.  A minimum 3.0 GPA and 2 letters of recommendations are required.  

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Two Letters of Recommendation


  • Deadline: March 1


Available for Montgomery and Lowndes County

  • Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Lowndes County High School or Montgomery County High School)

    Established for the benefit of graduates of any Montgomery or Lowndes County public high school. This scholarship was designed to encourage students to pursue degrees in math or the physical, biological or agricultural sciences. Student must attend a Historically Black College or University and major in a non-healthcare science (biology, chemistry, physics, agronomy, horticulture, animal sciences, etc.). Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA, a minimum ACT score of 20, or a minimum SAT score of 1200. Criteria include academic performance, community activities, and financial need. Applicant will submit a one page essay defining what their personal expectations are for the next (20) years.Interview may be required.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

     

Available for Montgomery County

  • Earl P. Andrews, Jr. Memorial Scholarship 
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

    Funded in 1989 by Mrs. Olive Andrews in memory of her son, this scholarship is awarded annually to a minority student based on academic achievement and need. Applicant must have a minimum ACT score of 23 (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Finalists may have a personal interview with the selection committee. Value of scholarship ranges from $1500 - $2,000.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • Dorothy D. Cameron Scholarship Fund 
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

    Although there is no minimum ACT or SAT score, students must indicate by their academic performance the ability and motivation to graduate from college. Awards are based on academic achievement and need. Consideration is also given to students' leadership and participation in extracurricular activities. Two scholarships of $3000 to $5000 will be awarded annually.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, References, and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

     

  • Jack L. Carr Scholarship
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)


    Established by the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery for the benefit of high school graduates pursuing a degree in engineering. One $1500 scholarship is awarded annually, with determination based on academic performance and need. Recipients have the opportunity to renew the scholarship for three additional years depending upon their academic performance in college.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, References, and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • Engles Family Scholarship – Established to benefit two students in the amount of $1,000 each from Montgomery who plan to attend any accredited higher education institution (2 or 4 year). The criteria requires applicants to have a minimum 3.2 GPA,  minimum ACT score of 22, and community service. Consideration given to students who have proven the ability to provide leadership or motivation to excel in school or extracurricular activities. Student must provide letters of recommendation by 2 adults, an essay from student outlining hopes and goals for college and career and it is need-based. Finalists may be interviewed by selection panel.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, References, and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • Dexter C. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship 
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

    Established to benefit high school graduates who emulate the outstanding moral qualities and commitment of the late Dexter C. Hobbs. Open to seniors from any Montgomery high school, with preference given to active participants of the Montgomery STEP program. While based on need, students must indicate by their involvement in school, church, and community activities the ability and motivation to graduate from college. Funds cover tuition and books and, dependent upon recipient’s satisfactory academic progress, the award may be renewed for 3 years.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript, References, IRS Form 1040A or 100EZ,and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship 
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

    Established for the benefit of graduates of any Montgomery or Lowndes County high school. This scholarship was designed to encourage students to pursue degrees in math or the physical, biological or agricultural sciences. Student must attend a Historically Black college or university and major in a non-healthcare science (biology, chemistry, physics, agronomy, horticulture, animal sciences, etc.). Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA, a minimum ACT score of 20, or a minimum SAT score of 1200. Criteria include academic performance, community activities, and financial need. Essay should address why applicant is interested in a specific area of science and what contribution applicant wishes to make to society. Interview may be required.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript and Essay

    Deadline: March 1

  • Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Scholarship 
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

    These renewable scholarships are available to high school graduates who are attending an accredited college or university. Although there is no minimum ACT or SAT score, students must indicate by their academic performance the ability or motivation to graduate from college. Preference is given to students demonstrating financial need. Consideration is also given to students' leadership, character, ability, and participation in extracurricular activities. Applicants must submit three (3) reference letters from individuals including, but not limited to, their pastor and at least one teacher. One $4,000 scholarship will be awarded annually, and it is renewable for up to three years depending upon the student’s academic performance.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript and References

    Deadline: March 1

     

  • Jay Murphy Scholarship
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School) 

    Designed to provide financial aid to deserving individuals who have the desire to become teachers, who relate well with young people, and who can benefit from the financial assistance it offers. Applicants may be entering or continuing college, individuals who are in education and want to upgrade their skills, or working individuals who wish to return to college to become teachers. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA. Finalists may interview with the selection committee.

    Application Requirements: High School Transcript and Essay

    Deadline: March 1


Available for Pike County

  • Dr. James H. French Memorial Scholarship 
    (Open to seniors graduating from any Pike County High School)

    Funded in 2007 by the estate of Dr. James French, this award is based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, and financial need. In light of Dr. French’s commitment to increasing student interest in science and math, preference will be given to students showing proficiency in accelerated math and science coursework. Applicants must have a minimum ACT score of 23 (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. High school transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay outlining career goals are required. Finalists may have a personal interview with the selection committee. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

    Deadline: March 1

Counselors & Those Submitting Reference Letters

HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS: WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT TRANSCRIPTS THAT ARE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY (No faxed or hard copies will be accepted). High school and college counselors can click here to submit student transcripts.  You will need to establish an account using your email address.  Once you have an account, you will be taken to a listing of all of our scholarship programs and links to submit transcripts or references (near the bottom of the listing).  Click on the Transcript Submission Process for High School/College Counselors link, enter the student’s name, and upload the file of the student’s transcript.  Should you not have an electronic or scanned copy of the student’s transcript, click on the “Fax to File” option in the left-hand menu and follow the instructions.  This will give you the opportunity to fax the transcript to an 800 number, where an electronic version will be created for you. 

REFERENCE LETTERS: WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT REFERENCE LETTERS THAT ARE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY (No faxed or hard copies will be accepted). You can click here to submit a reference for a student.  You will need to establish an account using your email address.  Once you have an account, you will be taken to a listing of all of our scholarship programs and links to submit transcripts or references (at the bottom of the listing).  Click on the Letters of Reference Process for Individuals Submitting References link, enter the student’s name, and upload your letter of reference.  Should you not have an electronic or scanned copy of your letter, click on the “Fax to File” option in the left-hand menu and follow the instructions.  This will give you the opportunity to fax the reference letter to an 800 number, where an electronic version will be created for you. 

 

Scholarship Renewals

The scholarships below may be annually renewed for up to three years:

  • Jack L. Carr Scholarship – Available to students who were previously awarded a Jack L. Carr Scholarship upon graduation from high school and who are pursuing a degree in engineering. Recipients have the opportunity to renew the $1500 annual scholarship for three additional years, depending upon their academic performance in college. Application and college transcript are required for renewal applicants.

    Application Requirements: College Transcript and Application

    Deadline: March 1

  • Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Scholarship – Available to students who were awarded a Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Scholarship upon graduation from high school. Students who receive a scholarship their freshmen year of college may annually reapply for funding for up to 3 additional years. Renewal awards are contingent on student’s satisfactory academic performance. Application and college transcript are required for renewal applicants.

    Application Requirements: College Transcript and Application

    Deadline: March 1

  • Dexter C. Hobbs--Open to students who were awarded the Dexter C. Hobbs Scholarship. Funds cover tuition and books and, dependent upon recipient’s satisfactory academic progress, the award may be renewed for 3 years.

    Application Requirements: College Transcript and Application

    Deadline: March 1

 

 

Questions?

Contact Jackie G. Johnson
Vice President, Community Services
Ph: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225