Students who believe they are qualified are strongly encouraged to apply. Students are encouraged to fill out the application to be considered and nominations are also welcome. Students, faculty, and staff may also be nominated for an award.

The nomination period opens on September 1, 2019. The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2019. 

The application period opens on September 1, 2019. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. on November 15, 2019.

Please note, all portions of the student application, including the letter of reference, are due by the November 15th deadline. Applicants should note that their reference cannot submit his/her letter of recommendation until after the application is submitted; applicants should submit their application with enough time for recommenders to submit their letter before the deadline. Students can only apply for one award. After student nominations are received, the student being nominated will receive a request to complete the award application by the November 15th deadline. Faculty and staff that are being nominated are not required to complete the separate application. Your application/nomination information will be saved for 2-3 days if you need to complete it at a later time. Be sure to utilize the same browser and computer to complete your application/nomination.

Recipients will receive a monetary award and special recognition at an awards banquet in February.

If you have questions, please email or call 205-348-6275.

Student Applications

Any student that meets the criteria may apply. You may only apply for one award. The application must be filled out in one sitting and you will need to make sure your reference is aware so that they have time to complete their portion of the application (letter of reference attachment). Please have the following ready before starting the application:

  • Resume
  • Award Specified Essay
  • Letter of Reference Name and Email
  • Anticipated graduation date and plans for post-graduation (this will be a short answer question)

*If you are applying on or near the deadline, it is heavily advised to make sure your reference knows their portion of the application (letter of reference attachment) is due by 11:59 PM on November 15th.*


Student Application


Faculty, staff, and students may make nominations. Please complete the nomination form. You may nominate an individual for one award only.

Nomination Form