Scholarships

Creating opportunities for success

The Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarships to help individuals, families and businesses create a brighter future by encouraging education.

During 2015, we awarded $227,000 in scholarships to students who might not otherwise have been able to afford college tuition. Since the beginning of this Community Foundation program, donors have made possible $4.1 million total to help young men and women through scholarships.

Available Scholarships

The following is a quick description of the available scholarships. Deadlines for all scholarships are March 1, unless otherwise noted.

Applications Opening December 1, 2016 (submit by mail or email by March 1, 2017)

  • The Cromwell Trust Scholarship: open to aspiring students and adults for career advancement and/or education, primarily in the performing arts and musical theater; requires artistic submission. Up to $5,500 is awarded annually and scholarships usually range from $500-2,000. Click on this link to download the application: The Cromwell Trust Scholarship Form

Applications Opening December 15, 2016 (submit online by March 1, 2017)

  • Award for Excellence: open to Ramsay High School students only, awards made to one male and one female senior, requires 3.0GPA and 21 ACT, along with community involvement and demonstrated leadership skills. The scholarship is for $5,000, and may be renewed annually for up to four years of full-time post-secondary education.  Two scholarships will be awarded in 2017.  Apply Online (The program key is CFGBHAM)
  • Community Foundation Scholarship: open to students at high schools in the Birmingham School System with a 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT score. The scholarship is for $2,000, and may be renewed annually for up to four years of full-time post-secondary education.  One scholarship will be awarded in 2017.  Apply Online (The program key is CFGBHAM)
  • McWane Scholarship: open to dependents of employees of the McWane Family of Companies. The scholarship is for $2,000, and may be renewed annually for up to four years of full-time post-secondary education.  Ten scholarships will be awarded in 2017. Apply Online (The program key is CFGBHAM)

How to apply for a scholarship

The Cromwell Trust Scholarship application should be downloaded, completed and submited via email attachment to kdean@cfbham.org or mailed to:
Attention: Scholarships
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
2100 First Avenue North, Suite 700
Birmingham, AL 35203

Our online application for scholarships is completed through the online ISTS system. Click on this link, register or log-in, select “Add New Application” and enter CFGBHAM as the program key.   If you have difficulty with the online application, contact Katie Dean.

All Applications due March 1, 2017

Choosing scholarship winners

Volunteer review committees review information submitted by applicants and consider eligibility requirements, such as enrollment at a particular high school or specializing in a particular field of study. Criteria include financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities, volunteer/community service or other talents. Applicants typically are notified before the school year ends.

Program Staff

Katie Dean