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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 semesters). 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.

UPDATE May 3, 2022 @ 3:51 p.m.: Please review the following information as some requirements have changed.

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General Scholarship Guidelines:

  • The online application will be accepted until funds are exhausted or through the Drop/Add dates of the Fall full-term semester unless otherwise stated below. 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 scholarship recipients must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentaid.gov. Be sure to enter Bishop State’s school code: 001030.

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. Scholarship recipients may remain eligible for up to 64 credits hours or program completion, whichever comes first. Students are not eligible for multiple institutional 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)

President’s Scholarship – Applicant must have a minimum ACT score of 25. The scholarship covers tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours per semester for fall and spring semesters. The student must take and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. The scholarship is renewable for a second year for students who maintain enrollment and a 3.5 cumulative GPA.


Dean’s Scholarship – Applicant must have a minimum ACT score of 20. The scholarship covers tuition up to 15 credit hours per semester for fall and spring semesters. The student must take and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. Student is responsible for all fees. The scholarship is renewable for a second year for students who maintain enrollment and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.


Career Technical Scholarship - Applicant must have a minimum ACT score of 17. The scholarship covers tuition up to 12 credit hours per semester for fall and spring semesters. Student must take and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours. The student is responsible for all charges exceeding the scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for a second year for students who maintain enrollment and a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 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 $1000 ($500/semester fall and spring). Recipients must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition to the application, students must submit an official confirmation letter from their high school by the scholarship deadlines.

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Leadership and Service Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded based on the students’ participation in clubs, organizations and extra-curricular activities. Selected recipients must perform services activities for the College as specified in the respective scholarship categories guidelines/constitutions.

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. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours. Recipient must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. 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. The student is responsible for fees. Students must maintain a 2.5 semester GPA. For application requirements, contact the SGA sponsor, Symentha McDonald. The SGA sponsor will submit a list of recipients to the Financial Aid Office.

Wildcat Ambassadors Scholarships – 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 for the spring terms, and is renewable for a second year if the student maintains a 2.5 GPA not to exceed 4 semesters and covers the cost of tuition only. Recipients must abide by the Ambassador Policies and Procedures.


Athletic Scholarships

Baseball Scholarships

Basketball – Men & Women 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.


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

Additional scholarship opportunities may be available through the Bishop State Foundation.
Students may apply via the website https://bishopstatefoundation.org/scholarships-bishop-state-
community-college-foundation.

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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