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Please select the foundation closest to you to see scholarships offered in your area.
Central Alabama serves Montgomery, Lowndes, Macon, Pike and Cullman Counties; Autauga Area serves Autauga County;
Elmore County serves Elmore County; Southeast Alabama serves Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston Counties.

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Autauga Area

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Overview of Scholarships

Through its scholarship funds, the Central Alabama Community Foundation assists area students in attaining their academic goals by offsetting their postsecondary education expenses. Applications are available beginning December 1 with a deadline of March 1, with the exception of The Wayne Hawkins Memorial Scholarship which has a deadline of March 15.

Qualifying criteria varies 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.

If you’re reviewing a scholarship, please click the Review button below to complete the process.

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Submit Reference Letters & Transcripts

Reference Letters

Counselors and those submitting reference letters, we will only accept reference letters that are submitted electronically (no faxed or hard copies will be accepted). Click the Submit button below 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 references or transcripts (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.

Transcripts

Counselors and those submitting transcripts, we will only accept transcripts that are submitted electronically (no faxed or hard copies will be accepted). High school and college counselors can click the Submit button below 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.

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Claim Your Scholarship Award

When you start school in the fall, please have the registrar’s office of the college or university contact us, providing written proof of your full-time enrollment (e.g., official schedule or an enrollment verification letter.) Proof of enrollment can be sent:

Once we receive official confirmation of enrollment status, we will issue a check to the institution to be applied toward your expenses. Please keep in mind that the foundation is unable to issue any scholarship awards without written proof of enrollment.

Middle School Students

There are no scholarships currently available for this category. Please check back later.

High School Students

Available to Trinity Presbyterian High School Students 
(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. Established in memory of Gray Godwin, a beloved 16-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, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

Apply

Available to Booker T. Washington Magnet High School Students
(Note: This is not a college 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 freshmen, 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 and References
Deadline: March 1

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Graduating Seniors

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 3.0 GPA.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

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One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of any high school within the state of Alabama. Student must plan to 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 two reference letters are required.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Two Letters of Recommendation
Deadline: March 1

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(Open to current or former residents of Alabama Sheriff’s Boys & Girls Youth Ranches)

Assist with post-secondary education expenses for current or former residents of Alabama 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

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(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 parents’ tax return 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

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Established in memory of Montgomery Police Officer David Colley who died in the line of duty in April 2015. This scholarship will award one $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior of any public or private high school located in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon or Montgomery counties with a minimum 3.0 GPA who is planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university and is interested in pursuing a career in the line of service as a first responder or a member of the military, or who is a child of any first responder or member of the military.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

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(Open to graduating seniors from any public or private high school in Montgomery County) 

The Wyndall Ivey Scholarship has been established in memory of Attorney Wyndall Ivey, a 1992 graduate of Sidney Lanier High School (Lanier Academic Motivational Program), the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to outstanding and deserving African American graduates of any public or private high school located in Montgomery County in the State of Alabama.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, submit an essay describing college and career goals, and two letters of recommendation, at least one required from a teacher.

Application Requirements:  Essay, High School Transcript, References

Deadline:  March 1

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(Open to seniors graduating from any public or private high school in Cullman County)

Established for the benefit of graduating seniors of any public or private high school in Cullman County. One $4,000 scholarship plus approved renewals in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded annually. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need (include copy of FAFSA), plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university, intend to pursue a course of study in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and submit an essay to the following prompt, “Please describe your interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” and two letters of recommendation, at least one required from a teacher.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay, References, and FAFSA
Deadline: March 1

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(Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

Founded 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. Applicant could be interviewed by selection committee. Value of scholarship ranges from $1,500 – $2,000.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript and Essay
Deadline: March 1

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(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 $3,000 to $5,000 will be awarded annually.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

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Established to benefit two students annually in the amount of $1,000 each from Montgomery who plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The criteria requires applicants to have a minimum 3.2 GPA, minimum ACT score of 22 and community service. Consideration is given to students who have proven the ability to provide leadership or motivation to excel in school or extracurricular activities. Student must provide two reference letters and an essay outlining hopes and goals for college and career. The scholarship award will be based on demonstrated student financial need. The applicant could be interviewed by a selection committee.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

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(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 $1,500 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, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

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Established for the benefit of graduates of any Montgomery County 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. Applicant could be interviewed by the selection committee.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript and Essay
Deadline: March 1

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(Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

This renewable scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who are planning to attend 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 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

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(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. Applicant may be interviewed by the selection committee.

Application Requirements: Transcript and Essay
Deadline: March 1

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(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. Renewal awards are contingent upon student’s satisfactory academic performance and availability of funds. The award may be renewed for three years.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay, References, and IRS Form 1040A or 100EZ
Deadline: March 1

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(Open to seniors graduating from any Pike County High School)

Founded 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 reference letters and an essay outlining college and career goals are required. Finalists may have a personal interview with the selection committee. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

Apply

College Students

(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 parents’ tax return 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

Apply

(Open to second-year Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Students)

Established in memory of Chef Robert Cawley to further his goal of helping others discover their souls in the culinary world as they embrace the passion they have found for the profession. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to second-year culinary arts/hospitality management students in good standing at Trenholm State Community College. Applicants could be interviewed by the selection committee.

Application Requirements: Transcript, Essay and References

Deadline: March 1

Apply

Scholarship Renewals

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

(Open to seniors graduating from any public or private high school in Cullman County)

Established for the benefit of graduating seniors of any public or private high school in Cullman County. One $4,000 scholarship plus approved renewals in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded annually. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need (include copy of FAFSA), plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university, intend to pursue a course of study in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and submit an essay to the following prompt, “Please describe your interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics,” and two letters of recommendation, at least one required from a teacher.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay, References, and FAFSA
Deadline: March 1

Apply

(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 $1,500 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, Essay and References
Deadline: March 1

Apply

(Open to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School)

This renewable scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who are planning to attend 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 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

Apply

(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. Renewal awards are contingent upon student’s satisfactory academic performance and availability of funds. The award may be renewed for three years.

Application Requirements: High School Transcript, Essay, References, and IRS Form 1040A or 100EZ
Deadline: March 1

Apply