Academic Elite Scholarships for Fall 2021

To be considered for the Academic Elite Scholarships, a student must be accepted as a member of the University Fellows Experience (UFE). The student must maintain membership in the UFE to continue holding an Academic Elite Scholarship. Complete information on the UFE can be found on the University Fellows website. There are a total of 8 academic elite scholars named each year. The pool of eligible applicants typically exceeds 1,000 students. These scholarships are awarded for 4 years.

Seven Academic Elite Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Tuition
  • One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate**
  • $8,500 stipend per year*
  • $2,000 book scholarship ($500 per year for four years)

The top Academic Elite Scholarship recipient will receive:

  • Tuition
  • One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate**
  • $8,500 stipend for the first year*
  • $18,500 stipend for years 2-4*
  • $5,000 study abroad stipend (to be used after at least one academic year is completed)
  • $2,000 book scholarship ($500 per year for four years)

Eligibility for the University Fellows Experience

A student with an ACT score of 32 or an SAT score of 1420 (evidence-based reading and writing plus math) and a high school GPA of 3.8 is eligible to apply for the University Fellows Experience. Once accepted to the University of Alabama, a student can access both the Honors College and the UFE online applications. Students in UFE must be members of the Honors College; they may apply to the Honors College before applying to UFE or at the same time. UFE applications must be submitted online by the deadline of Jan. 6, 2021; students will be notified of their application status by early February. Semifinalists will receive phone interviews and finalists will be invited to on-campus interviews in late February.

A student eligible for the Honors College (ACT of 30 or SAT score of 1390 [evidence-based reading and writing plus math] and a high school GPA of 3.5) may be nominated for consideration by a high school representative or a UA faculty member if he/she does not meet the general requirements for UFE consideration. The online nomination form (including the student’s full contact information and letter of recommendation) must be completed by a high school representative or UA faculty member. The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2021. Please note that the nomination form is only for students who do not meet the automatic eligibility requirements.

The UFE selection committee will consider the candidate’s record of impact in the community, leadership achievements, extracurricular activities, and candidate’s essays much more heavily than grades and test scores. We seek students who ultimately will make a difference throughout their lives; therefore, creativity, productivity, community engagement, leadership, and personal growth are points to highlight on your resume and in your essays.

A required letter of recommendation must be submitted for applicants through the online system by Jan. 13, 2021 (limit to one letter per applicant). Recommenders will be notified by email when an applicant selects them as a recommender.

*The value of institutional scholarship funds, or the combination of institutional scholarships with the faculty/staff Educational Benefit may not exceed the cost of attendance as outlined at This does not affect any outside sources of aid such as veteran benefits, PACT, external agency and scholarships, privately funded scholarships, federal grants and loans.

**Regular room rate is defined as the largest room option in a particular dorm. Example: Riverside, Lakeside and Ridgecrest have four-person suites. The cost associated with the four person suite would be the value of the housing scholarship in this circumstance. If you live in an alternative dorm where double room occupancy is the largest available option, then the cost associated with the double room would be the value of the housing scholarship.