Scholarships

The School of Health Professions offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to school-wide scholarships, many of our departments and programs offer their own scholarships. Visit the department website or ask your advisor if you are interested in a scholarship opportunity.

Current School of Health Professions students will need to submit an application through B-SMART to be considered for any scholarships - including university-wide scholarships. For more information contact the Office of Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success at (205) 934-4195 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SHP students should read the emails they receive from BSmart (the campus scholarship management system) so that they know when an application is open for a recognition or scholarship for which they may be eligible. Scholarship applications open for 30 days. Selection is made by the SHP Scholarship Committee.

Go to BSmart to apply.

Carol E. Medders Endowed Scholarship in Health Professions

This award is for students currently enrolled in the School of Health Professions. The award recipient should be a student who cannot work during the daytime due to academic rigor of their program. Applicants should demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. This scholarship is only awarded for the Spring Semester.

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November 1 December 1 Spring

Dr. Edward D. and Sandra Dunning Huechtker Endowed Memorial Award

This award is for students admitted or enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate program in the School of Health Professions. Applicants should demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. This scholarship is only awarded for the Spring Semester.

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November 1 December 1 Spring

Ethel M. and Jessie D. Smith Endowed Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship

The Ethel M. and Jessie D. Smith Endowed Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship is an endowment that provides scholarships for both the School of Health Professions and School of Nursing. SHP applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a SHP baccalaureate program and be a resident of the state of Alabama at the time of enrollment. Applicants should demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. Selection is made by the SHP Office of Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success. This scholarship is awarded in the Fall for the academic year.

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July 1 August 1 Fall

Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship 

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars Program awards scholarships focused on the foundation’s founding mission—to provide financial assistance to deserving Christian women in nine southeastern states. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarships are awarded to women who express financial need and an interest in pursuing studies in nursing or other health-related professions. Both undergraduate and graduate students within the Schools of Nursing and Health Professions are eligible. Lettie Pate Whitehead scholars are highly motivated students who have displayed leadership inside and outside of the classroom. Selection is made by the SHP Office of Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success. This scholarship is awarded each semester. Click here to meet some of our Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars.

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July 1 August 1 Fall
November 1 December 1 Spring
April 1 May 1 Summer

Foundation History

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation’s grant-making is inspired by the life of Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans, a philanthropist and businesswoman. She was the wife of Joseph B. Whitehead, one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. When Mr. Whitehead died, Mrs. Whitehead took over her husband’s bottling business and real estate interests, guiding both to great success. She became one of the first female directors of any major American corporation when she was appointed to the board of The Coca-Cola Company in 1934. Mrs. Whitehead gave generously to educational institutions throughout her life, and she had a special empathy for elderly women in need. The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation was created by Conkey Pate Whitehead, Mrs. Whitehead’s youngest son, as a memorial to his mother. Chartered in 1946, the Foundation devotes most of its resources to the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program which provides scholarship grants for deserving female Christian students with financial need at more than 200 colleges, universities, and schools in the southern United States.