BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham Promise announced the opening of the scholarship application process for 2020-2021.
Birmingham Promise is an initiative providing tuition and mandatory fees for students entering Alabama’s public two-year and four-year colleges and universities.
In its second year, the scholarship program provides eligible Birmingham City School (BCS) students monetary assistance needed to attend any two- or four-year college in the state of Alabama.
“We understand that the next steps after high school can be confusing and overwhelming, especially in today’s environment,” said Rachel Harmon, executive director of the Birmingham Promise. “We designed this initiative to remove the financial barrier to postsecondary education and to invest in the next generation of talent.”
Students eligible for the scholarship program must be enrolled in a BCS high school as of Sept. 30, 2020, remain on track to graduate from a BCS high school during the 2020-2021 school year, and plan to begin college courses in Fall 2021.
Students also have to complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all admissions and financial requirements for their college of choice.
Students must submit their Birmingham Promise application and FAFSA by March 1, 2021 for eligibility.
In its first class of scholars, the program assisted approximately 500 graduating BCS students in attending college, many of whom are in the first generation of their families to do so.