INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Bishop State Community College offers numerous institutional scholarships including academic, leadership/service and performing arts. A brief description of each scholarship offered at Bishop State, the scholarship amount, and the criteria for the selection and retention of the scholarship are listed below. Scholarships are awarded for one year (fall and spring semester). Students may be eligible for renewal of their scholarship for the second year based on their cumulative GPA. Students will not be eligible to receive an institutional scholarship for more than two consecutive years (four semesters). Exceptions to any scholarship criteria are considered on a case-by-case basis.

General Scholarship Guidelines:

  • If required, the online application must be submitted. The application is not complete without a high school transcript to verify GPA and official ACT scores (if required).
  • Scholarships are awarded for one year (fall/spring). Renewal, if applicable, is based on maintaining all requirements. There is no probationary period or appeal process.
  • Students will NOT be eligible to receive institutional scholarships for more than two years or in combination with other institutional scholarships.
  • Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee applicants will be awarded a scholarship.
  • All applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to enter Bishop State’s school code: 001030.
  • Scholarship applications received after the priority deadline may not be eligible for recognition at awards day ceremonies.

Academic, Leadership and Service, and Performing Arts Scholarships are based on academic merit, extracurricular activity participation, prior career technical training and leadership ability as well as other criteria. Any student who meets eligibility requirements will be considered for these scholarships. Scholarship recipients may not exceed 32 semester credit hours for an academic year. In addition, recipients may not exceed 64 semester credit hours for the two-year award limit. Students are not eligible for multiple scholarships.

General Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must graduate from a regionally accredited high school during the current academic year.
  • Students must meet all admission requirements and be unconditionally admitted to the College.
  • Students must be residents of the State of Alabama.
  • Students must have official ACT scores on file in the Office of Admissions & Records prior to the semester the award will be made if an ACT score is required for eligibility.
  • Students must maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester enrollment and maintain a minimum (see scholarship description below) cumulative grade point average to remain eligible.
  • If the student withdraws or drops below the required semester hours and/or GPA requirement, the scholarship will be voided for the following semester, excluding summer terms.
  • All scholarships have a limited number of recipients and once awarded, funds are no longer available. Students must adhere to all deadlines and requirements.
  • Students with college credit, including dual enrollment, must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all college work.
  • In most instances, scholarships are not stackable and may only be combined with federal Title IV aid and may not exceed the cost of attendance.


Academic Scholarships

(Graduating High School Seniors)

The application is open until all scholarships are awarded - you will have to create an account.

Submission Deadline: Priority Deadline is March 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm (applications will be accepted until all scholarships are awarded or July 15).

President's Scholarship – Applicant must graduate from a regionally accredited high school during the current academic year and must have a minimum ACT score of 27. The scholarship covers tuition and fees up to 16 hours per semester for fall and spring semesters. The scholarship is renewable for a second year for students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. A total of 15 scholarships will be awarded.


Dean’s Scholarship - Applicant must graduate from a regionally accredited high school during the current academic year and must have a minimum ACT score of 24-26. The scholarship covers tuition and fees up to 16 hours per semester for fall and spring semesters. The scholarship is renewable for a second year for students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. A total of 25 scholarships will be awarded.


Career Technical Scholarship – CTE Scholarships are awarded annually to students who participate in a Bishop State Career Day Event. Competition and awards are program specific. 1st place winners are awarded $2000 scholarship each year, 2nd and 3rd place winners are awarded $1000 scholarship each year. This scholarship is renewable for a second year for students who maintain a 2.5 GPA as well as enrollment in the program. Should the CTE program be a one-year program, the scholarship is for one year only.


Academic Excellence Scholarship – is awarded to Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and Student Body Presidents from high schools in Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington Counties. The scholarship is for a maximum of 4 semesters at Bishop State and is $1000 per semester. Recipients must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Application is not required but encouraged. Students must submit an official confirmation letter from their high school by June 1.


Performing Arts Scholarships

Applicants must be a high school graduate with at least a 2.5 GPA, or a currently enrolled degree-seeking Bishop State student with a minimum 2.5 GPA and follow performing arts guidelines. Freshmen will be awarded a $1000 tuition scholarship for fall and spring terms. Sophomores will be awarded a $2000 tuition scholarship for fall and spring terms. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must audition and/or submit a portfolio to be considered for these scholarships. Contact Steven Onukwuli at 251-405-7144 or sonukwuli@bishop.edu for additional information. Scholarship application completion is not necessary.



Leadership and Service Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded based on the students’ participation in clubs, organizations and extra-curricular activities. In addition to maintaining 2.5 cumulative grade point average, selected recipients must perform service activities for the College as specified in the respective scholarship categories guidelines/constitutions. Scholarship application completion is not necessary.

Leadership Scholarship – Applicant must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Bishop State during the spring semester. Applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (non-developmental) with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicant must receive a departmental recommendation to be considered for this scholarship. Recipients will be awarded $1000 tuition scholarship each term for two-semesters (fall and spring). This scholarship is not renewable and students must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Phi Theta Kappa Officer Scholarship – Applicant must be an active Alpha Epsilon Nu Chapter Officer. The scholarship is awarded for the semesters that the recipient is an officer, not to exceed 4 semesters and covers the cost of tuition and fees. Application is not required. PTK sponsor will submit a list of recipients to the Financial Aid Office.

Student Government Association Scholarship - is awarded to Bishop State Student Government Officers. The scholarship is awarded for the semesters that the recipient is an officer, not to exceed 4 semesters and covers the cost of tuition only. Students must maintain a 3.0 semester GPA. A scholarship application is not required. SGA sponsor will submit a list of recipients to the Financial Aid Office.

Wildcat Ambassador Scholarships – Applicants must be a high school graduate with a minimum ACT score of 18. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must participate in an interview with the sponsor. Applicants will be considered for Wildcat Ambassador at all Bishop State campuses. Wildcat Ambassadors serve as official student hosts and hostesses for the College. The scholarship is a $1000 scholarship, awarded for the fall and spring terms and is renewable for a second year if the student maintains a 2.5 GPA. Recipients must abide by the Ambassador Policies and Procedures.


Athletic Scholarships

Baseball Scholarships

Basketball - Men & Women Scholarships

Golf - Men and Women's Scholarships

Softball Scholarships

Volleyball Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships are awarded in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Alabama Community College System and the National Junior College Athletic Association. A limited number of out-of-state scholarships are available. Athletic scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books, not to exceed 19 credit hours per semester. Students must be admitted to the college, be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours and submit a FAFSA application. Applicants should contact the coach(es) of the sport in which they are interested. Scholarship application completion is not necessary.


Tuition Waivers

GED Class Waiver provides one free class to students who have successfully passed the GED in the State of Alabama after July 2002. Eligibility is determined by the Alabama Community College System which is the State Office for the GED Testing Program. Complete the Waiver Form and submit to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will submit the information to the ACCS for approval.

Senior Adult Waiver allows students 60 years of age or older, who have met admission requirements and have a FAFSA on file, to receive a tuition waiver for college credit courses on a space-available basis only - late registration is required. Students must submit the Waiver Form to the Financial Aid Office for approval. Scholarship covers the cost of one class per semester, based on enrollment, in-state tuition only, after all other financial assistance pays. Limited awards based on available funds. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.

Employee/Dependent Tuition Waivers pays tuition only and is designed for all full-time and Salary Schedule H-35 employees of the Alabama Community College System and their dependents as defined under Section II. An application form for the tuition assistance program is available at each institution and should be completed prior to registration for classes. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.


Bishop State Community College Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships available through the Bishop State Community College Foundation are awarded on a semester basis. A complete list of available scholarships and criteria is available in the link below.

Misuse of Funds - If a recipient misuses or attempts to misuse scholarship funds, the Foundation will require that the funds be returned to the Foundation by the recipient. If the recipient fails to return scholarship funds to the Foundation, future applications will not be considered, and any current awards approved for the recipient will be withheld.


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