UAB Supports Birmingham Promise Scholarship; Will Offer Free Tuition to Students Who Qualify

Dakota Layton | January 10, 2020

The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) became the first public college in Alabama to support the Birmingham Promise scholarship. This scholarship is Mayor Randall Woodfin’s signature workforce development program that combines apprenticeship and scholarship components through public-private partnerships with area employers. UAB’s participation in the Birmingham Promise program will give graduates of Birmingham City Schools the opportunity to attend with a one-to-one tuition scholarship match.

The scholarship will be available to students who are admitted to the university as first-time, full-time freshmen in the academic year following high school graduation from a Birmingham City School. The scholarship will cover tuition and may be awarded for up to five years of full-time study at UAB.

“UAB is one of the largest producers of talent in our state, and it is also Alabama’s largest employer,” Mayor Woodfin said. “The partnership shows that UAB is invested in developing the hopes, dreams, and capabilities of our next generation. UAB’s partnership in the Birmingham Promise is an example of the collaboration we need to make our community more connected and our economy more competitive.”

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In order for students to qualify for the scholarship at UAB, students must:

  • Be eligible for UAB admission, which for fall 2020 is a minimum 20 ACT score and a minimum of 2.75 GPA. Learn more about admission requirements at UAB at www.uab.edu/admissions.
  • Be admitted to UAB as a first-time, full-time freshman in the fall semester of the academic year immediately following their high school graduation.
  • Complete the FAFSA form and UAB application by Feb. 1, 2020. After this year, the deadline will be Dec. 1.

To maintain their eligibility for the scholarship, students must be enrolled at UAB full time and demonstrate progress toward a degree by passing 67% of hours attempted and maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

In a statement, UAB President Ray Watts commented, “UAB is not just in Birmingham, but for Birmingham.”

“We are committed to supporting access to educational opportunities for Birmingham students, for they will be our city’s future leaders and workforce. In addition, the program directly aligns with the core principles of the University of Alabama System, which is committed to improving the lives and educational opportunities of all citizens of Alabama,” he concluded.

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Additionally, a release from UAB stated, “Providing opportunities for students to receive a world-class, socially conscious education is a pillar of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s strategic plan, Forging the Future.”

Dakota Layton is a Senior at UAH studying Philosophy and is also the President of the UAH College Democrats.

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