In-State Merit Scholarships for 2019-2020First time freshmen who meet the December 15 scholarship deadline, have a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT and have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA through the junior year will be eligible for the following merit-based scholarships:
UA RecognitionA student with a 21-24 ACT or 1060-1190 SAT score and minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a UA Recognition Scholar and will receive $8,000 over four years ($2,000 per year).
Crimson Achievement ScholarA student with a 25 ACT or 1200-1220 SAT score and minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Crimson Achievement Scholar and will receive $12,000 over four years ($3,000 per year).
UA LegendsA student with a 26 ACT or 1230-1250 SAT score and minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a UA Legends Scholar and will receive $16,000 over four years ($4,000 per year).
CapstoneA student with a 27 ACT or 1260-1290 SAT score and minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Capstone Scholar and will receive $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year).
CollegiateA student with a 28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT score and a minimum GPA of 3.5 a student will be named a Collegiate Scholar and will receive $24,000 over four years ($6,000 per year).
Foundation in ExcellenceA student with a 29 ACT or 1330-1350 SAT score and minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Foundation in Excellence Scholar and will receive $32,000 over four years ($8,000 per year).
PresidentialA student with a 30-36 ACT or 1360-1600 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA will be selected as a Presidential Scholar and will receive the value of tuition, or $43,120 over four years ($10,780 per year). Students graduating with remaining tuition scholarship semester(s) may use these monies toward graduate school and/or law school study at UA.
Presidential Elite ScholarA student with a 4.0 GPA and a 36 ACT or 1600 SAT will be selected as a Presidential Elite Scholar and will receive:
UAB has just released their freshman scholarship changes. They are much better than last year! One of the most important things to remember when applying to UAB is their early admissions deadline which is December 1st. This means that your application, transcript, and ACT score have to be received. You cannot wait until December 1st to complete your application.
ACT & GPA-Based Scholarships for Alabama ResidentsTo be eligible for an academic scholarship at UAB, you must submit your admission application and all required documentation by December 1 of your senior year in high school. Entering freshmen who have their admission documents postmarked by that date are automatically considered for ACT & GPA-based scholarships. Your December test scores from your senior year will be the last scores considered for scholarship purposes. The examined GPA will be the cumulative GPA at the end of your junior year. All scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified students. Scholarships from specific schools and departments may require additional applications, and their deadlines may be earlier than December 1.
4-year awards based on ACT (or SAT equivalent) score and GPA:
Presidential Recognition*Tuition and fees30-36 ACT3.5 GPA or higher
Collegiate Honors$5,50027-29 ACT3.5 GPA or higher
30-36 ACT3.0-3.49 GPA
UAB Breakthrough$3,00024-26 ACT3.5 GPA or higher
UAB Academic Achievement$2,00020-23 ACT3.5 GPA or higher
24-29 ACT3.0-3.49 GPA
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, residents of Alabama, and attending an Alabama high school. In-state scholarship eligibility is subject to the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.
Applicants may submit scores from either the old version of the SAT (critical reading + math only) or the redesigned SAT. To view equivalent scores, please refer to the College Board Concordance Tools.
*Presidential Recognition Scholarship recipients who have a composite ACT score of 33-36 may apply for the highly competitive Presidential and Endowed Scholarships. A supplemental scholarship application will be available to eligible students via the BSMART system beginning on October 1. If awarded, the Presidential or Endowed Scholarship will replace the Presidential Recognition Award. Approximately ten applicants will be selected to interview for the Regions Academic, Charles William Ireland Presidential Honors, and McCallum Presidential Scholarships in late February or early March. These three prestigious awards are endowed by companies and individuals with an extraordinary commitment to higher education at UAB.
The following college representatives have signed up to visit at Pell City high School. Only a few seniors have signed up. Sign up through your Naviance account.
University of Alabama in Birmingham Thursday, August 16
Jacksonville State University Thursday, August 23
Auburn University Tuesday, September 11
Troy University Thursday, September 13
University of South Alabama Thursday, September 20
Spring Hill College Tuesday, September 25
The University of Alabama in Huntsville Thursday, November 1
These meetings are during advisory and will meet in the lunchroom.
One of the most important tasks for high school seniors is applying for scholarships. One of the most common questions I am asked by both parents and students is “how to I find scholarships?” Let me begin by saying that looking for scholarships is very time consuming. It is very important that you stay very organized and aware of deadlines. Also, it is not your school counselor’s job to find scholarships for you. Their role is to assist you with the process.
Let’s get started by identifying the difference between merit and competitive scholarships. Both of these are given by the colleges themselves. Merit means that just by having the required GPA and ACT and applying correctly the student will receive the scholarship. Competitive means that many students will apply with the required GPA and ACT score and the colleges will pick the top recipients from their applicant pool.
One of the first places to look for scholarships is the colleges and universities that the senior is interested in. Those will be listed on their admissions page. When you visit the college and meet the admissions representatives you should ask questions and find out all the details. Be especially careful about deadlines. These are hard deadlines and I have seen many students miss out on scholarship offers because their applications were not received on time.
There are many search engines out there, but this is a list of my personal favorites. Also, I would recommend creating a separate email address that you use strictly for college/scholarships. This helps ensure that you don’t miss out on important information by overlooking it. Make sure your college email address is appropriate.
I would highly recommend creating an account for all of these. Don’t be afraid to apply for a scholarship just because it requires an essay. You should make sure you resume is updated and reflects organizations and accomplishments that you have done in the past few months. There is no doubt that applying for scholarships is hard work, but it is well worth it in the end. The only way that you are guaranteed not to receive a scholarship is not to apply.