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.

Available Scholarships


 Online Applications available November 30, 2018 (submit online by February 14, 2019)

  • Community Foundation Scholarship: open to students at high schools in the Birmingham City School district 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 2019.  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 2019. Apply Online (The program key is CFGBHAM)

How to apply for the Community Foundation or McWane Scholarship

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 Online Applications through ISTS due by February 14, 2019. 


Electronic Applications available November 30, 2018 (submit by mail or email by March 14, 2019)

  • The Cromwell Trust Scholarshipopen to those involved in creativity, no matter their age; requires creative submission. Up to $5,500 is awarded annually and scholarships usually range from $500-2,000. Click here for the application.

How to apply for the Cromwell Trust Scholarship

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

Cromwell Trust Applications are due by March 14, 2019.  If you apply by mail, your application must be received by March 14.


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