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Alumni Scholarships for On-Campus Undergraduate Students

Students who meet the Eligibility Criteria may submit a completed UWA Alumni Scholarship application and apply for the following scholarships. Scholarship amounts vary depending on available funds. Students must re-apply each year, but are not required to re-submit an essay or recommendation letters.  Applications are due every year on April 15th.  The 2020-2021 application will be available on November 1st, 2019.

The 2020 Scholarship Application is now available!

Complete online or print a copy to apply today.

 

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Alumni Chapter Scholarships

Baldwin County:

Baldwin County Alumni Chapter Scholarship- Available to students from Baldwin County, Ala. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Choctaw County:

Choctaw County Alumni Chapter Scholarship- Available to students from Choctaw County, Ala. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Ernestine L. Lenoir Charitable Trust Scholarships- These scholarships are available to students from Choctaw County, Ala. or students who attended high school in Choctaw County, Ala.

Marengo County: Marengo County Alumni Chapter Scholarship- Available to Marengo County, Ala.  incoming freshmen. Must maintain minimum 3.0 GPA each semester.

India L. Shields Memorial Scholarship- Available to Marengo County, Ala. incoming freshmen. Must maintain a 2.8 GPA each semester.

Mobile County:

Mobile County Alumni Chapter Scholarship- Available to students from Mobile County, Ala. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Malone Educational Fund Scholarship- Available to students from Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Ala. majoring in elementary education.  Must maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Sumter County:

Sumter County Alumni Chapter Scholarship- Available to students from Sumter County, Ala. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Gatewood Hatcher Memorial Scholarship- Available to current UWA upperclassmen from Sumter County, Ala. Priority given to students who graduated from Sumter Academy or Sumter Central High School. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

McConnell Scholarship- Available to incoming freshmen from Sumter County, Ala. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

McLean/ Luke Scholarship- Available to students from Sumter County, Ala. who are currently a UWA  Sophomore. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Sarah B. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship- Available to incoming freshman or transfer students from Sumter County, Ala. Must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

Tuscaloosa County:

Tuscaloosa County/ Credit Union Alumni Chapter Scholarship- Available to students from Tuscaloosa County, Ala. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Wilcox County:

Gladys Mason Scholarship- Available to current UWA students from Wilcox County, Ala. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Gordon Bridges Scholarship- Available to incoming freshmen from Wilcox County, Ala. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA.

West Alabama Area:

Liza Howard Alumni Chapter Scholarship- Available to incoming freshmen from the West Alabama area.

Must demonstrate community service, volunteer, and leadership experience. Must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Additional Alumni Scholarships

James P. Homer Memorial Scholarship- Available to all graduating high school seniors. Must show leadership and academic abilities. Must maintain 3.0 GPA each semester.

Louise Sisk McDaris Scholarship- Available to in-state early childhood education majors only. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA

Sharon Smith Pafford Scholarship- Available to students in good academic standing in English, music or physical education. Priority given to students graduating from Central High School in Camden, TN and Sumter Central High School in Livingston, Ala. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Minnie Walker Sanders Scholarship- Available to current UWA juniors majoring in elementary education. Priority given to Alabama residents. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester.

Tagged for Success Scholarship- Available to UWA junior and senior Alabama residents. Must maintain 3.0 GPA each semester.

NAA Tiger Legacy Scholarship- Available to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) is a UWA graduate. Must have a minimum 20 ACT and maintain a 3.0 GPA

Winton and Naomi Wise Scholarship- Available to students that demonstrate high academic standards and ACT scores, as well as, leadership and financial need. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Cathy G. Odom Scholarship– Available to UWA first generation college student enrolled in the College of Education from Washington, Clarke, Mobile, or Monroe County. The student must be of junior or senior status and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Applicant must also submit a 1 page essay explaining why they should receive the scholarship.

Thomas P. Hester Scholarship- Available to students who are retired or honorably discharged veterans with preference given to those wounded while serving. Children and grandchildren of veterans are also eligible. Must maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Skipper “Fireman” Scholarship – Available to students from Clarke and Washington Counties who are currently enrolled at UWA and work with the Livingston Fire Department. Must maintain a 2.75 grade point average.

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

High school seniors must meet four criteria to be considered for UWA Alumni scholarships:

  • Cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75.
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 17.
  • Tentative admission to the University of West Alabama.
  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed on-line at fafsa.gov.

A complete UWA Alumni Scholarship Application Packet consists of:

  • The Scholarship Application
  • The Personal Essay: Follow the instructions on the application.
  • Two Recommendation Letters: Follow the instructions on the application.

Personal Essay:

The application requires you to develop a personal essay. The personal essay is one of the most important parts of your application. It will help the Scholarship Committee gain a complete picture of you. This is your chance to let the Scholarship Committee know why you feel you should receive an alumni scholarship.

Be sure to include your name and student ID# in the heading. Your essay should be 1 page, 12 point Times New Roman font, one inch margins, and double-spaced. Some items you may want to include in your essay are as follows:

  • Your educational and career goals
  • Why you have selected your stated major and career goal
  • Any life experiences which have influenced this decision
  • Your anticipated role in society after your education career goals have been achieved
  • How the scholarship will help you or any unusual circumstances which may affect your current financial situation
  • Any extra-curricular activities and accomplishments (e.g. honors, accolades, awards, community involvement, service and volunteer actions, student activities, school and club involvement, sports participation, hobbies, etc.)
  • Anything else you feel the Scholarship Committee needs to know about you in order to present yourself as the best candidate for an alumni scholarship.

Recommendation letters:

You are required to ask two individuals to write letters of recommendation for you. These letters need to be completed by individuals who can attest to your current academic strengths and potential for success.

Recommended sources include: UWA alumni, instructors, academic advisors, counselors, employers, clergy or other known members of your community. Be sure to ask for recommendation letters from sources that you know will write favorable things about you. A parent, relative, or other students are poor sources for scholarship recommendation letters and will not be considered as valid references.

Your recommendation letters are to be submitted at the same time as you submit your scholarship application packet. Failure to comply will result in a rejected application. Please allow your references plenty of time for the letters to be completed and returned to you in time to submit with your scholarship application.

The UWA Alumni Relations office accepts complete scholarship packets up to the scheduled deadline of April 15th annually. This application is for the combined fall and spring semesters that follow the April 15th deadline. As applications arrive in our office, it is imperative that they are complete. Students must be enrolled full time (12 semester hours; the only exception is nursing students in clinical classes where 9 semester hours is considered full time) and be on campus students. We currently do not have scholarships for online students. Student GPAs will be checked after each fall semester to determine if the scholarship will be renewed for the spring semester.

We do not make checks payable to students; all financial aid is directed through our Financial Aid office and checks are made payable to the UWA Business Office. There are no scholarships for summer semesters; any exception is made only by direction from the President or the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Danielle B. Hailey, Director of Alumni Affairs

Office: 205-652-3867   bdbuckalew@uwa.edu

You may apply online or print and mail in your application to:

University of West Alabama Alumni Affairs Office ● Attn: Danielle Hailey ● Station 6 ● Livingston, AL 35470