All admission candidates are automatically considered for all available awards, with award decisions based on the merits of each application. No additional forms or applications are required. Students whose applications are received by the early admission application deadline of January 5, or no later than the February 15 priority admission deadline, have the greatest chance of receiving financial assistance through the Manderson program. Manderson consistently awards at least 50 percent of our students with some type of scholarship, assistantship or fellowship.
The Graduate School annually awards nonrenewable Graduate Council Fellowships, which include full tuition scholarships and stipends of approximately $15,000 per academic year. Recipients for the coming academic year are selected the first weeks of February, March and April. As a rule, only students who have completed no more than 60 semester hours of graduate credit are eligible, and preference is given to students just beginning their graduate programs. No service to The University of Alabama is required, but recipients must carry a 12-hour load of graduate courses each semester.
A number of scholarships are available to MBA students each year with the amounts usually ranging from $2,000–$10,000 for an academic year. Scholarships are awarded after students are accepted into the program.
To be eligible for the NAA program, applicants must hold unconditional admission to the Graduate School. Their entrance examination scores should be well above the national norm, and their collegiate grade point averages must indicate a high probability of success in graduate school. Preference is given to entering graduate students. Nominations for NAA Graduate School Scholarships are made by the dean of each academic division, at the request of the Graduate School. The NAA award is $1,000 and nonrenewable.
The funding source of this fellowship is the National Alumni Association's Collegiate License Tag Endowed Graduate Education Fund. This fellowship includes a $14,000 stipend plus full in-state tuition scholarships for one academic year. No service to The University of Alabama is required. The nominations are based on students' academic and professional records and their potential to make an outstanding contribution during their careers to the state of Alabama. The academic departments make nominations of Alabama residents for these fellowships in early April each year.
The Heritage Scholarship rewards the children and grandchildren of The University of Alabama alumni for choosing The University of Alabama for their higher education. The scholarship is a one-year, nonrenewable award for 10 percent of in-state tuition. In order to qualify, students must be enrolled full-time (nine hours of graduate classes) and have a parent or grandparent who both: