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All Scholarships and Awards are for students in good standing and pursuing degrees from the School of Education. Other stipulations and requirements are noted with each Award or Scholarship listing.

Dr. Lydia L. Alexander was a long-time faculty member and served six years as Assistant Dean in the School of Education. She retired in 1998, but continues to work in and give back to the community through Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and other charitable organizations. Dr. Alexander received the Lifetime Achiever award from the Oliver Robinson Foundation in 2012 and remains an ardent proponent of quality education.


  • Applicant must be a Junior or Senior student seeking a degree in Secondary Education from the School.

In 2009 and in recognition of his long hears of service to UAB and the School of Education, the Eta Sigma Gamma Beta Chi chapter Executive Board at UAB established this Scholarship in honor of Dr. Clint E. Bruess. Dr. Bruess was a School faculty member, and served Chair of the Department of Human Studies from 1981 through 1987 and subsequently as Dean of the School of Education from 1988 until 1999.


  • Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a Health Education-related major.
  • Applicants should demonstrate solid academic promise and have earned at least a 3. 3 grade point average.
  • Preference will be given to members of the Beta Chi Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Catharine Comer Friend was very active in the Birmingham community, serving as Executive Director of the Birmingham Kiwanis Club and Chair of the International Association of Kiwanis Secretaries, and was a member of The Junior League of Birmingham, the Linly Heflin Unit, and the Women’s Fund. She was an ardent supporter of UAB and the Greater Birmingham area, and deeply committed to education. This Scholarship was created in 2006 by Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Friend III.


  • Preference will be given to students who wish to teach in schools that serve predominantly disadvantaged students and/or in an urban setting in Alabama.
  • Applicants should have earned at least an overall 3.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) in coursework prior to the time of application.
  • Preference will be given to those deserving financial assistance as determined by the UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.

Layla Ghabayen was an education major at the UAB School of Education. She was involved in a fatal auto accident in 2010, and her loving parents, Waleed and Cynthia Ghabayen, and family wanted a way to keep her spirit alive and create a lasting tribute to her and the joy she derived from helping others learn. The oldest of four, Ms. Ghabayen was industrious, intelligent, enthusiastic, curious, and committed to working with children – her dream was to be a teacher and mother. Each year, a student recipient is chosen who best exemplifies the selfless and energetic qualities of Ms. Ghabayen.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to the Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education Program in the School.
  • Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Dr. Virginia Horns-Marsh began her UAB career in 1969, when the University was first designated as an autonomous institution. She worked tirelessly to promote early childhood education and served as the Director of the School’s Early Childhood Education Program, Early Childhood Education Doctoral Program and Metropolitan Education Studies, as Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. A gift from Dr. Horns-Marsh and gifts from family, friends and colleagues created this Scholarship to provide opportunities for success to future Early Childhood Educator candidates.


  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in Early Childhood Education and Development of Health Education/Health Promotion in the School.
  • In the absence of such applicant, consideration may be given to exceptional doctoral students in the School of Education, then exceptional graduate students in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Secondary Education.
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework.

As long-time UAB faculty, Dr Delbert Long and Dr. Roberta Long distinguished themselves by their commitment to educating future teachers and education administrators. Before coming to UAB, Doctors Long taught in Nepal, Indonesia, Czechoslovakia and Germany, among other places, sharing their love of learning and passion for education. They created this Scholarship in order to make access to an education degree easier for students and thereby fostering opportunities to train quality teachers for future generations.


  • Applicants must be an undergraduate enrolled in or admitted to TEP;
  • In the absence of such an applicant, consideration may be given to students enrolled in the Alternative Master’s Program.
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a successful work and/or leadership experience.
  • Preference will be given to must demonstrate financial need as determined by the UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.

Artie Manning was a unique young man with a special blend of skills and empathy for individuals, particularly children, who faced physical and learning challenges. Artie had cerebral palsy but didn’t let that hinder his interest in and love for athletics, and managed the Lady Blazers basketball team and worked at the Blazers’ summer basketball camps while working on his master’s degree in special education. After graduation, he taught special education at Barrett Elementary School until his death in 1991. What Artie wanted most in life was to serve people, and this scholarship, created by family in his memory, helps preserve that passion.


  • Applicants must be learning and/or physically challenged.
  • In the absence of such applicants, recipients must be preparing to teach learning and/or physically challenged individuals.
  • Recipients must be accepted into TEP or a degree-seeking education program in the graduate school of the School of Education,
  • Candidates must be full-time and have completed 24 hours (undergraduate) or 18 hours (graduate)
  • Preference will be given to must demonstrate financial need as determined by the UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.

Upon Dr. Maryann Manning’s retirement from UAB, friends, colleagues and admirers created this scholarship as a tribute to her many years of service and passion to enhance literacy learning around the world.


  • Preference will be given to those involved with quality literacy instruction in pre-K through 6th grade.
  • Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Preference will be given to those who show financial need as determined by UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.

A long-time resident of Birmingham, Mrs. Morgan was an esteemed employee at UAB, serving as administrative assistant to Dr. S. Richards Hill, Jr., UAB’s second president. She and her husband, Mr. Thomas Henry Morgan, were active participants in University life for over four decades, hosting numerous international students pursuing degrees at UAB. Her loving husband created this scholarship after her death in 1990 as a way to memorialize and honor her life and passion to improve our education systems with enhanced teaching and scholarship.


  • In the absence of qualified student candidates, visiting scholars or professors may be funded.

The National Alumni Society Dean’s Scholarship is a school-wide scholarship given by the National Alumni Society.


  • Students should be able to demonstrate solid academic promise and leadership qualities
  • Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Dr. Eddie P. Ort spent is career training educators, both in the UAB classrooms and with in-service education programs for elementary and middle school teachers in the greater Birmingham area. He was a recognized leader in social studies education. Dr. Ort and his family created this Scholarship to assist deserving students conducting their final Research Project in the Educational Specialist Degree program.


  • Applicants must have a faculty advisor’s approval to begin an Educational Specialist Research Project.
  • Preference will be given to students beginning their research project.
  • If no first-time research students apply, students already engaged in a research project may be eligible.
  • Recipients should have a strong academic record of performance, and evidence of continued professional excellence will be expected.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with teaching or other professional experience commensurate the goals of their respective program field(s).
  • Preference will be given to applicants currently employed in their respective field(s).

A native of Birmingham and UAB alumna, Frances M Owens taught English and social studies at Mountain Brook Junior High School. She is a member of the UAB National Alumni Society and remains a faithful supporter of many programs across the UAB campus. Mrs. Owens created this Scholarship to provide assistance and greater opportunity to those diagnosed with ADD/ADHD become educators, and thereby better serve and positively impact students in our K-12 school systems.


  • Preference will be given to entering freshmen students with ADD/ADHD registered through UAB Disability Support Service.
  • Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student.

This Scholarship was created by the friends and family of Dr. Mabel C. Robinson, and in tribute to her life-long work in physical and health education. Dr. Robinson spent her life advocating for greater opportunities for girls and women in athletics and physical and health education. Her efforts were assisted by passage of Title IX legislation and by the health and wellness and education faculty at UAB. This Scholarship will help foster opportunities for students to earn a degree from UAB and be better prepared to enter the profession


  • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in health or exercise education-related degrees.
  • Preference shall be given to females.

Mildred Stewart Snipes was the first elementary guidance counselor in the Jefferson County Public School System, working 36 years at Gardendale Elementary School. Her firm belief when women have access to education, their cultural influence will permeate their families as well as the children they teach. Mrs. Snipes created this scholarship to create opportunities to assist students in becoming strong, passionate and well-trained educators who will positively impact students’ lives. The Scholarship was created as a memorial to her parents Mack and Blanche Stewart who fostered a love of learning and sense of giving back to the community.


  • Applicants must have graduated from the Jefferson County Public School System, or Spain Park, Leeds, Hewitt-Trussville, or any high school in Bibb, Blount, Cullman, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa or Walker Counties.
  • Preference will be given to entering freshman
  • If no freshmen apply, consideration may be given to transfer students from community colleges that attended previously mentioned schools.
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
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Dr. Ruth M. Strong spent her professional life helping children find a brighter tomorrow. She began her teaching career at McCaw Elementary School, where she implemented a reading program which grew into the Birmingham City Schools Right-to-Read Program. She was named Director of this reading initiative. She also served as Program Specialist for Reading, Director of the Magnet School Program, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the Birmingham City School System. This Scholarship is provided annually by a generous gift from Dr. Strong, and supports a student who will carry forward Dr. Strong’s proud legacy.


  • Applicants must be accepted in the TEP as an undergraduate
  • In the absence of undergraduate candidates, students accepted into the Alternative Master’s Program may be considered.
  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need as determined by the UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented, low-income and minority students.

Jackie and William Alan “Bill” Tevendale are long-time supporters of education and educational opportunities in the greater Birmingham area. Both remain active volunteers, and Mr. Tevendale was the first Alabamian recognized with the National Operation School Bell Award by the Assistance League. The entire Tevendale family equally values educational opportunities, and with this Scholarship intends to create opportunity for future educators who will, in turn, leave a positive impact on the community.


  • Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need as determined by the UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Preference will be given to first generation college students.
  • Preference will be given to students who are active in their communities, including the UAB community.

Applicants should be currently enrolled in or admitted to a degree seeking program in UAB School of Education.


  • Preference will be given to students who maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Preference will be given to those who show financial need as determined by UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.


The Glenda R. Elliott Endowed Scholarship was created by faculty in the Counselor Education Program in the School of Education and members of the UAB Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota in honor and tribute to Dr. Elliott and her years of service to UAB. Dr. Elliott is a licensed professional counselor, certified counselor supervisor, and has more than 40 years of experience as a counselor educator. She retired from UAB in 1994, is adjunct faculty for the Counselor Education Program and Associate Professor Emerita.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in the counselor education program as graduate students. 

Dr. Joyce Sibley and her husband Dr. William Sibley have long supported educational opportunities for students. Knowing that learners benefit greatly when using the right tools, Dr. Sibley wanted to put a computer into the hands of an outstanding future teacher. This Award provides a desktop, tablet, or other personal computer for a deserving student.


  • Preference is given to students that do not own a computer.
  • Applicants must be a junior or senior admitted to the teacher education program.
  • In the absence of such applicants, students admitted to the Alternative Master’s Program may be considered.
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.25 GPA.

Mr. Jack Tribble was an ardent supporter of UAB and a long-time fan of football. Although Mr. Tribble did not have an opportunity himself to attend college, he had a strong desire to make a college education affordable and an option for worthy students. At his death, UAB learned of Mr. Tribble’s generous bequest meant to support students who need financial assistance and are physical education majors. Each year, the Kinesiology Program selects a student recipient who best exemplifies Mr. Tribble’s interests and passion.


  • Recipients must be majoring in physical education.
  • Preference will be given to must demonstrate financial need as determined by the UAB Office of Student Financial Aid.

The UAB National Alumni Society (NAS) provided $750,000 in scholarships, grants, and gifts to the university last year.  The society is very proud to offer much-needed scholarship assistance to incoming freshman, transfer students, graduate students, upperclassmen and international students.

Learn more about NAS scholarship opportunities

How do I apply for School of Education scholarships?

You must complete the scholarship application form which is available online.  On the application, you must select the scholarship(s) for which you would like to apply.  If you are unsure whether or not you meet the requirements and/or preference criteria of the scholarship(s), please apply regardless.  The selection committee will verify applicant eligibility.

What scholarships are available?

We have over 15 scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Education.  Visit the list of scholarships for additional scholarship details.

Do I fill out separate applications for each scholarship?

No, please submit only one scholarship application.  You will select the scholarships you are applying for on the application.

What are the requirements and eligibility for the scholarships?

It depends on the scholarship.  Please view the list of scholarships to review the requirement(s) and preference criteria.

How do I know which scholarships I can apply for?

Scholarship requirements and preference criteria are listed as part of the scholarship description.  View list of scholarships.

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

The letters of recommendation are optional.  If you are submitting them, you may send them electronically or by mail.  There is a place on the scholarship application form for you to attach the recommendation letters, or you may mail them to:

UAB School of Education
Attn: Scholarship Committee
1720 2nd Avenue South
EB 232
Birmingham, AL 35294-1250

How and when will I be notified if I get a scholarship?

Scholarship applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision by April 30, 2014.

When and how will I get my scholarship money?

Scholarship awards will go toward the recipient’s tuition and fees (through the UAB Office of Financial Aid) for terms in which he or she is enrolled as a student in the School of Education.  Any scholarship funds in excess of the amount required for tuition and fees will be disbursed to the student for books, supplies, or school-related expenses when the terms of the particular scholarship allow.

Also, recipients of SOE scholarships may be eligible to receive other forms of student financial aid for which they qualify.  Please contact the financial aid office for more information at or (205) 934-8223.

Are there any UAB scholarships for education students that are administered outside of the SOE?
Currently, the CESAME program provides scholarships for AMP students preparing to teach science or mathematics. Visit the CESAME website for additional details.

Scholarships, Awards and other Financial Assistance

Through the generosity of donors, the UAB School of Education is pleased to offer many scholarships for current and aspiring students.

Scholarship candidates are considered via an online application process that opens each year in January. Please check back at that time to learn more about our application process.

All applicants for School of Education scholarships and awards are considered ONLY via the online application process. If your tuition or support need(s) fall outside of the annual open application process, please contact the Dean’s Office for more information.

Scholarships for the 2014/15 academic year have been awarded. 
Congratulations to all recipients. 

The scholarship application for the 2015/16 academic year will be available early January 2015.

For more information, visit the Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions.