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Through its scholarship funds, the Central Alabama Community Foundation assists area students attain their academic goals by offsetting their postsecondary educational expenses. Though the forms are available year-round, the annual application deadline is April 1 for funds awarded each September through all scholarship programs other than the Wayne Hawkins Memorial Scholarship.  The application deadline for the Wayne Hawkins Memorial award is March 15 annually.

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.

After determining which programs match your qualifications, be sure to include the information requested for each scholarship, as indicated by the following codes:

  • A - Application Form;
  • T - High School Transcript;
  • E - Essay outlining education and career goals;
  • I - IRS Form 1040A or 1040EZ;
  • R - References.

 

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. 

Summary of the programs available:

 

Available to seniors statewide:

  • ASE Credit Union Scholarship -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. Include: T, R, E.

Open to the children of Alfa's customer service representatives, district supervisors and agents.

  • The Wayne Hawkins Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 in memory of Alfa's former executive vice president of Marketing. An employee of Alfa for 42 years, Hawkins began his career as an agent and worked his way up in the company. Hawkins passed away on March 5, 2006.  This program is open to the 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. The deadline is March 15 annually.  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.

Open to current or former residents of AL Sheriff's Boys & Girls Youth Ranches

  • Santee Family Fund Scholarship-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. Include: T, E. Apply

Lowndes County

Available to seniors graduating from any Lowndes County High School:

  • Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship –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 nonhealth care 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. Include: T, E.

Montgomery County

Available only to Trinity Presbyterian High School students:

  • 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. NOTE: This is not a college scholarship. Include: T, R, E.

Available to seniors graduating from any Montgomery County High School:

  • Earl P. Andrews, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – 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. Include: T, E.
  • Dorothy D. Cameron Scholarship Fund – 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. Include: T, E, R.
  • Jack L. Carr Scholarship – 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. Include: T, E, R.
  • Dexter C. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship – 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. Include: T, E, R, I. 
  • Jackson Family Phoenix Fund Scholarship – 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. Include: T, E.
  • Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Scholarship – 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. Include: T, R.
  • Jay Murphy Scholarship – 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. Include: T, E.
    Santee Family Fund Scholarship – Assists with post-secondary education expenses for current or former residents of the Alabama Sheriffs' Boys & Girls Youth Ranches (or others similarly situated). Applicants must have the recommendation of a staff person and must be under the age of 25. An official copy of the applicant's high school transcript is required, as well as any applicable college transcript. Include: T, E.

Pike County

Available to seniors graduating from any Pike County High School:

  • Dr. James H. French Memorial Scholarship 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. GUIDELINES: For a printable list of the scholarship application guidelines, questions and required supporting materials for this scholarship, please click here.

 

Scholarship Renewals

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

  • Jack L. Carr ScholarshipAvailable 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. Include: T.
  • 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. Include: T.

Scholarship Applications Are Now Online!

Again this year, applications for CACF scholarships are being processed online. Each year, the applications are available beginning December 1, and the deadline for submitting an application other than the Wayne Hawkins Memorial Scholarship is April 1.  The application deadline for the Wayne Hawkins Memorial award is March 15 annually.

GUIDELINES: For a printable list of the scholarship application guidelines, questions and required supporting materials for Montgomery and Lowndes county applicants, please click here for new applicants, and click here for renewal applicants. Completing and submitting this paper form will not be considered submission of an application.

To begin the application process, click here!

To Claim Your Award

When you start school in the fall, please have the business office of the college or university contact us, providing written proof of your full-time enrollment (e.g., official schedule or letter verifying enrollment status). They can send this letter by whatever means is most convenient.

  • By mail to the attention of Lynne Broach at: 35 South Court Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.
  • Emails can be sent to: lynne.broach@cacfinfo.org
  • Faxes can be sent to (334) 263-6225.
  • (These avenues are to be used only for the submission of proof of enrollment.  Scholarship reference letters must be submitted ONLINE during application process.)

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

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Questions?

Contact Lynne Broach
Vice President, Community Services
Ph: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225

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