Scholarship Information




Deadlines in red are verified for this year.  Other deadlines are based upon last year.

Also search for scholarships on the websites of individual colleges. 






Regions Riding Forward Essay Contest - Your essay should, in 500 words or less:  (a) address how an African-American has been an inspiration in your life, and (b) discuss the contributions of the African-American individual who has served to inspire and motivate you.  Go to to apply for this $5000 scholarship.  Deadline:  February 28

College Counts Scholarship - “This scholarship program will help qualified Alabamians who may find it difficult to get other types of scholarship assistance,” said State Treasurer Young Boozer. “Not every student makes a 30 or higher on their ACT, or has parents who can afford to write a check for tuition. But there are thousands of bright young minds in our state who work hard and deserve help achieving their dream of a college degree.”  The program is designed to offer financial assistance to Alabama students who plan to enroll in colleges and universities. It will provide one-time awards of $4,000 to qualified recipients enrolling in four-year schools and $2,000 to those enrolling in two-year schools. Eligible students may apply online beginning January 2 at .Applicants must  be high school seniors or first-time college freshman,  U.S. citizens,  Alabama residents,  and planning to enroll in an Alabama eligible educational institution.  Applicants also must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 2.75, and have an ACT score of 26 or below.  The online application opens at 12:01 AM CST on December 1, 2016 and will close at 11:59 PM CST on March 1, 2017.


NUCOR Foundation Scholarship:  $3200 per year, renewable.  Applicants must be majoring in engineering or metallurgy. 

Applications are in guidance.  Deadline:  March 1.


Junior League of Alabama Scholarship – Female seniors may apply.  Go to  to submit the application.  Have all your information at hand because you cannot save and then finish later.  Deadline:  March 1


Alabama Association of School Office Personnel – Must be enrolling in an Alabama college or university and majoring in business or K-12 education.  Scholarships are based upon scholastic record and financial need.  Go to to download application.  All materials must be RECEIVED by March 1.


SAE Engineering Scholarships – Scholarships are funded by various corporate sponsors. Student must plan to attend an accredited engineering school.  Requirements vary for particular scholarships.  Go to   Deadline: March 15. 


The Alabama Home Builders Foundation – Awards scholarships to students planning to pursue a degree in the core trades of the building industry.  These include, but are not limited to, carpentry and cabinetry, masonry, HVAC/HVACR, plumbing, drafting, electrical engineering, and electrical work.  These can be used for trade schools, community colleges, and 4-year colleges.  Deadline:  March 15


American Society of Civil Engineers - Must attend an accredited Alabama civil engineering program.  On-line applications are available at  Deadline: March 31


American Legion Oratorical Contest – Go to for preliminary information. Students first must prepare an 8 to 10 minute oration on some phase of the Constitution of the United States.  After delivering this speech, students must be prepared to make a 3-minute extemporaneous speech on one of four different assigned topics.  This year’s assigned topics are Amendment 7; Amendment 10; Amendment 16, and Amendment 17.  The area contest will be held in February.  Students should begin working on it NOW.  See Ms. Henry immediately if interested.


ēCO Credit Union - $2500 scholarship based upon academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  Must be a member of ēCO Credit Union or become a member.  Applications are available in guidance.  Deadline:  March 3


Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Scholarship Program - Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered.  Go to .  Located under About MBUSI > Corporate Info> Scholarships.  Deadline:  March 15


Bernie Varnadore Scholarship – Sponsored by Dixie Baseball – For deserving youth that have previously participated in Dixie Boys/Majors Baseball program.  Scholarship is based upon academics, essay, and income.  The committee will not look at athletic ability.  Applications available in guidance.  Deadline:  April 1


Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation prospective educator scholarship for students who plan to become teachers.  Go to to obtain information and to apply on-line.  Deadline:  April 2


Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union Scholarship - Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school members planning to pursue post-secondary education in the fall of 2017.  The scholarships will be awarded to students who exemplify credit union values of personal and civic responsibility through their grades, extracurricular activities, essay responses, letter(s) of recommendation, and/or community service.  CPFCU members graduating high school in 2016 are encouraged to apply.* Application deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017.


MJHS Alumni, Peter Tom Willis, Sid Reno - Applications available in guidance after February 1.  A copy of the front page of the IRS 1040 form is required for proof of income for Alumni, Peter Tom, and Sid Reno.  One copy will suffice for all three scholarships.  This copy seen by only one person and is shredded as soon as application information is verified.  Applications are assigned a number and given to the Alumni Association with all names removed.  Deadline:  April 5


Dr. William E. & Cherrell Creel Burkett Scholarship - Dr. William E. and Cherrell Creel Burkett are Mortimer Jordan graduates who taught at mortimer Jordan.  Dr. Burkett was principal at MJHS from 1965 - 1968.  They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren who graduated from Mortimer Jordan.  This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Burkett by their children. A scholarship of $1,500.00 will be awarded to a senior.  The award will be paid to the college or university of his/her choice.  The award will be announced at the school's awards day and/or at graduation.  DeadlineApril 5


Andrew Shugart Charitable Trust Foundation Scholarship - Based upon work experience, scholarship, character.  Applications available February 1.  Deadline: April 5


Magnolia Festival Scholarship – Sponsored by Gardendale Chamber of Commerce. Go to .  Forms are also available in guidance.  Volunteering before or during the Magnolia Festival is a requirement, and the volunteer application is available in the scholarship packet.  Deadline:  Must be postmarked by April 5


Alabama Center for Architecture Scholarship – For high school seniors entering freshman year of an accredited architecture program.  Awards are based upon academic performance, graphic ability, financial need, and overall interest in the profession of architecture.    Go to  Deadline:  April 6


American Sprinkler Association – Go to  or pick up an application in guidance. Read an essay and take a quiz.  Deadline:  noon, April 7


Herb Hanes – Bill Sparks Scholarship Fund - $2,500.  Must have participated in varsity athletics or in an athetic related activity (cheerleader, trainer, dance team, etc.) at a Jefferson or Shelby County High School, been accepted to a

4-year ALABAMA college or university, completed all forms.  Pick up applications in Guidance.    Must be RECEIVED by scholarship committee by April 20




The dates listed below are last year’s dates.  As information is sent to guidance, these will be updated and moved to current listings.  Often, on-line scholarship organizations update their websites a week or two before they mail information to the guidance office.  If a scholarship is of particular interest, students may want to check the website now. 


Metro -Birmingham Professional Women’s Association Scholarship – application, essay, recommendation, transcript required.  Deadline:  March 25






Central Alabama Chapter Independent Electrical Contractors Training program – Summer jobs, training scholarships and help finding jobs for graduates who are interested in becoming electricians.  See Ms. Henry or call Byron McCain at 250-7252 as soon as possible.


DEADLINES ALREADY PASSED (left in for juniors to know what to expect next year)


Wendy’s High School Heisman – If you have at least a 3.0 GPA and participate in at least one qualifying sport, you are eligible to apply for the Wendy’s Heisman Award.   It is based upon excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.  Go to .  Deadline is 5:00 P.M. October 3.  If you have questions, you may send an e-mail to .  List Sue Henry ( ) as the  verifying person and let Ms. Henry know when you have applied because completed applications must be verified on-line by your school counselor.  It is very difficult to win one of their scholarships, but it is an honor to be chosen as our school winner.


Horatio Alger Association – The national scholarship is based upon critical financial need ($55,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is preferred), involvement in co-curricular and community activities; demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.  Apply online at .  Several other scholarships are available through this website. . Deadline for most of the scholarships:  11:59pm (Eastern Time Zone) on October 25, 2016 (Some of the career/technical scholarships have later deadlines, but apply as early as possible.)


VFW Voice of America Scholarship - Students should first draft an essay based on the 2016-2017  Theme:  “My Responsibility to America.”  Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).  It must be accompanied by a typewritten script.  Since entries must be received by the department by November 1, please turn in all tapes and transcripts to Ms. Henry by October 24.  See Ms. Henry for brochure or go to .  If you have a connection to a local post, you may turn it in yourself.


Coca-Cola Scholarship – Requires GPA of 3.0 or above.  Apply online at .School code:  011925  Deadline:  October 31 


Brown Scholar Program – This program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.  Go to for details.  Deadline:  November 1 for all the scholarships the organization is involved with and January 9 for the Ron Brown only.


Prudential Spirit of Community Award - Based upon community service.  Seniors may fill out the form online at  Follow the instructions on the website.  Use your contact at one of the listed volunteer organizations as your certifier if possible.  If your organization is not listed, you may use Ms. Henry ( as your certifier.  Deadline:  November 8


Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarships(ALAFCS) -  Scholarships are posted on the ALAFCS Web site,  Go to www.alafcs’org for applications.  Students must be majoring in FACS in college.  There are scholarships for 4-year schools and scholarships for students who are working toward a 2-year degree in a FACS area (Examples:  Culinary Arts, Interior Design, Child Development).  Deadline:  December 1

The J. Craig and Page T. Smith “First in Family” Scholarship – Based upon achievement, community service, and need.  Extra consideration is given for students who are the first in their families to attend college.  Go to   Two-Part Deadline.   Part I:  December 1, 2016, Part II:  January 15, 2017.  The application process is time-consuming.  Start the process AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

AXA Achievement Scholarship – The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. The scholarships are sponsored by the AXA Foundation, in association with U.S. News & World Report and are based upon ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals, respect for self. One winner per state.  Apply online at program will be accepting applications until until 10,000 applications are submitted or 11:59 pm on December 15, 2016., whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early!


Mensa Scholarship – The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is NOT given to grades, academic program or financial need.  It is NOT necessary that the applicant be a member of Mensa. The eligibility requirements are that the applicant be enrolled, for the academic year following the award, in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of post-secondary education.  Go to  Deadline:  Applications are available from 09/15/2016 to 01/15/2017.


Burger King Scholars - James W. McLamore WHOPPER™ Scholarship: Consideration will be given to each applicant's academic record, participation in school and community activities,and and work experience.  Financial need will be considered.  (Other different BK scholarships are available for Burger King employees and children of employees.)  Apply online at  Deadline: Application data must be submitted electronically.  The application opens on Oct. 15, 2016 and closes on December 15, 2015.  If 50,000 applications are received prior to December 15, the application will no longer be available.  Enter early!


BLSA Thomas E. Huey Scholarship – Based on financial need (50%), GPA (40%), accomplishments (10%), recommendation from business education teacher.  Applications are available in guidance.  Deadline:  Must be postmarked by December 31, 2016 and received by January 6, 2017.


Linly-Heflin - Scholarship is for women attending a four-year, SACS-accredited Alabama college.  Minimum ACT is 23, and applicant must have good grades and financial need.  Heavy emphasis is placed on the interview.  Applications may be downloaded at  Must be postmarked by January 9


Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship – For students who plan to pursue a career in public service.  Go to for details.  Applications must be POSTMARKED by January 15, 2017.


McKelvey Foundation Scholarship – For students who operate their own for-profit businesses while still in high school. Must have at least one employee, even if part time.  Go to  January 25


Buick Achievers Scholarship Program – Must be planning to major in engineering, technical or business field AND planning to use this degree to pursue a career related to the automotive industry.  To see a list of acceptable majors and to apply, go to  They are looking for students with good grades who are also dedicated students, leaders in school, volunteer workers,  college-bound and community-minded individuals.  They offer up to $25,000 per year for 100 first-time freshman or existing college students, and $2,000 one-time awards for an additional 1,000 students.  Deadline:  February 1

Executive Women International Scholarship Program – This scholarship is based on academic performance and financial criteria.  Student must plan to pursue a degree at an accredited post-secondary institution, have a demonstrated financial need, have a minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and have contributed to their community as demonstrated by their involvement in extra-curricular activities, work, religious, or volunteer activities.  Mortimer Jordan may nominate only one student.  The packet must be returned to Ms. Henry by Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to allow time for a committee to select the MJ nominee.  Applications are available in guidance.


Mildred, Mack, and Blanche Stewart Teacher Education Scholarship: For students who plan to major in teaching at UAB.   Pick up an application from guidance or go to and find the school of education.  Under prospective students, go to scholarships for information.  February 16


American Association of Blacks in Energy – Must major in engineering, environmental studies, mathematics, business, or the physical sciences, and be a member of a minority group which is underrepresented in these fields.  Applications available in guidance.  Deadline:  February 3


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