Alfa awards scholarships to four from Shelby County

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Four local college students will get a little relief when tuition bills come due for the 2019-2020 school year thanks to a $1,000 scholarship awarded through the competitive Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program.

Shelby County recipients are:

  • Ansley Azar of Birmingham is a Briarwood Christian School graduate and a freshman at Auburn University studying architecture.
  • Molly Bailey of Shelby is a Shelby County High School graduate and a junior at Auburn University studying biosystems engineering.
  • Collin Dorrill of Hoover is a Briarwood Christian School graduate and a freshman at Auburn University studying agricultural economics.
  • David Smith of Montevallo is a Hope Christian School graduate and a freshman at the University of Alabama in Huntsville studying aerospace engineering.

The program is administered through Scholarship America, which selects 100 recipients based on academics, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience and future goals.

“This year’s scholarship recipients prove the future is bright for Alabama,” said Alfa Insurance and Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “I’m excited that we can help these students reach their goals by covering a portion of the cost of their education.”

The 100 students hail from 45 Alabama counties and are seeking degrees at 20 institutions of higher learning in the state. Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, books or supplies.

Over six years, the Alfa Foundation has awarded $550,000 in scholarships to students from 64 counties studying at 35 different Alabama universities, colleges and technical schools.