Scholarships and Honors in the College of Arts and Sciences 
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The College of Arts and Sciences is, from both historical and functional points of view, the core of the modern university.  While all of the colleges in the University of South Alabama base their programs on the liberal arts, the College of Arts and Sciences is especially committed to humane studies.

These studies encompass disciplines involving the nature of humanity and the universe, the motivations and processes of human relationships and the creative arts through which people express their thoughts and feelings.

 The College of Arts and Sciences is keenly aware that educated individuals are more than trained job-holders. They are men and women who are capable of enlightened evaluation of our complex world. Their education enables them to make intelligent efforts at solving human problems.

Arts and Sciences Scholarship Opportunities

The College of Arts and Sciences awards many scholarships each year, in addition to the hundreds of scholarships provided by the University. Most College scholarships are specific to individual programs or directed at certain student groups, although a few general scholarships are also available from the College. 
 
Important: The number of scholarships awarded each year and the dollar amount for each scholarship may vary yearly depending on available funds. Please check with the Department offering the Scholarship prior to applying to insure availability for a given year.

 

Applications for each of these College of Arts and Sciences opportunities are available in the office of Academic Advising, AHS 345, and each departmental office. Unless otherwise indicated, use this Arts and Sciences Scholarship Application Form to apply. Unless noted otherwise, completed scholarship applications are due by 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the Office of the Dean, HUMB 118.

Frederick Palmer Whiddon Liberal Arts Scholarship

At least one scholarship of up to $3,000 is available to students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a degree seeking student. Criteria for award of the scholarship shall include demonstrated leadership abilities and other commensurate abilities. Application Form

Earl P. Andrews Scholarship
Donated by the mother of Earl P. Andrews, this scholarship is dedicated to aiding disadvantaged students majoring in Arts and Sciences. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this scholarship. It will provide assistance up to $2,000 per year to the individual(s) chosen. Students
must reapply each spring. Application Form

Albert Schweitzer Memorial Scholarship
Up to $2,000 will be awarded annually to a student with an Arts and Sciences major who has exemplified the humanitarian ideals of Albert Schweitzer through community service to the underserved. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Persons who received the award previously will be eligible to reapply, but eligibility will be based solely on the  aforementioned criteria and should in no way be considered as a factor in determining eligibility. Application Form

Caldwell Endowment
The Caldwell Endowment is $2,500 awarded annually in the Spring Semester to fund overseas travel for any Arts and Sciences major. Contact Dr. Susan McCready, Director of the International Studies Program for details and application. 

The Mobile Bay Heritage Award

The Mobile Bay Heritage Award was established to encourage a project highlighting Mobile County or Baldwin County history, archeology, and/or culture. Examples of projects might include a fee for a speaker, a photo exhibit, a class field trip, a research stipend, or the publishing of a report. It is made possible by the generous support of donors and is open to students, student groups, or faculty within the College of Arts and Sciences. One (1) or more awards may be given, totaling up to $2,000. Projects occurring in the same academic year, but completed before the award announcement, are eligible for reimbursement with appropriate documentation. Mobile Bay Heritage Award Application Form 

The Ella and Cody Wims Scholarship
Up to $500 is awarded annually to a student towards a recognized study abroad program in which the student earns at least three (3) semester credit hours toward graduation. Students should have created their sophomore year before departure.  Ella and Cody Wims Scholarhip Application Form

Nowlin-Caldwell Scholarship
Up to $1,200 is awarded annually to a student towards a recognized study abroad program in which the student earns at least three (3) semester credit hours toward graduation. Priority is given to students with demonstrated financial need and to students from underrepresented study abroad populations.

Nowlin-Caldwell Scholarship Application Form

In the Spirit of Odyssey Scholarship

One cash scholarship of up to $500 will be awarded. The scholarship is open to any student in the College of Arts and Sciences who can display the importance of continuing education in their life, especially those who have returned to school after an absence of a year or more, or those who initially delayed higher education. Financial need is a consideration and the minimum GPA is 2.5. Application forms will be available in the Fall Semester and are due the first weekday in November. For further information, contact the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office in HUMB 118.

Spirit of Odyssey Application Form

Chemistry Scholarships
Up to four scholarships of $1,500 each are awarded annually to sophomore and junior Chemistry majors. Recipients have continued support throughout their fourth year of studies provided a satisfactory level of academic performance is met and the availability of funds exists. Inquiries should be directed to the Departmental Office, Room 223. 251-460-6181.

 

The Williams-Phillips-Van Hook Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship for students in Chemistry or College of Nursing is available to students who have completed a minimum of two semesters of study in Chemistry or Nursing with preference given to Chemistry students. Inquiries should be directed to the Chemistry Departmental Office, Room 223.
251-460-6181.


Wierzbicki-Salter Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is for Chemistry majors only. Applicants must be a declared Chemistry major with sophomore standing or higher with an excellent academic record. Previous recipients are eligible for this same scholarship in subsequent years, assuming he/she meets the specified criteria.

T. G. Jackson Endowed Scholarship

This annual award is given in memory of long-time Chemistry professor, Dr. T. G. Jackson. Applicants must be a declared Chemistry major, with preference given to Health Pre-professional students. This is a one-time award given to a different student each year.

Contact the Department of Chemistry for Scholarship details at (251) 460-6181

Contact the Department of Communication for details at (251) 380-2800

Michael S. Hanna Endowed Communication Scholarship

The Michael S. Hanna Endowed Communication Scholarship's purpose is to encourage communication students at the University of South Alabama an opportunity to excel in their track of study by awarding a monetary scholarship. Applicants should meet the following criteria: (1) Hold junior/senior status with a declared major in Communication, (2) Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, (3) Demonstrate financial need. Materials submitted with the application include the scholarship application, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act form, faculty letter of recommendation (1), professional/personal letter of recommendation (1), and a 750 word or less essay explaining the applicant's leadership, community and campus involvement, and career goals.

John M. Will Foundation Scholarships

Up to two scholarships are awarded to college students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism; those persons now employed in the journalism field who wish to further their studies by graduate or extended courses of instruction are also eligible. Applicants must fulfill the John M. Will Foundation requirements. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Jim Aucoin in the Department of Communication.

Application forms and audition dates are available in the Department office and online on the Department’s web site. Inquiries should be directed to the Department office by calling (251) 460-6305.

Laidlaw Performance Scholarship

Donated by John Laidlaw, a number of scholarships in the $500-$1,000 range are awarded annually. Interviews, auditions, GPA and recommendations required. Theatre faculty select awardees.

Alabama Lyric Theatre Scholarship

Established to support musical theatre students. At lease one scholarship of from $750 - $1,000 is awarded based upon interview and audition. Similar format GPA and recommendations required to those used for the Laidlaw Scholarship. One audition and application will allow student to be considered for either this or for both of the purely performance based scholarships listed here.

Danny Conway Memorial Award

Carmen Conway and her daughter fund the award in honor of their son and brother. It provides $500-$800 to a junior or senior theatre major, with emphasis in performance.

Gerrells/Jackson Award

Awarded to drama students in the top 10% of their class, with at least three semesters of study at USA. GPA and theatre activities at USA determine awardees.

Costume and Scene Shop Assistantships

$1,000 awarded each year to theatre students in exchange for work in costume and on scene shops. Students must submit applications showing theater experience, GPA, references and interviews.

Contact the Department of Earth Sciences for Scholarship Details. (251) 460-6381

Geology

Outstanding Freshman Geology Award

Rock hammer(s) awarded in the Spring Semester to freshman student(s) with the best academic performance in GY 111 and GY 112. Winners need not be geology majors.

James E. Denmark Award

Up to $500 awarded in the Spring Semester to the geology major with the highest academic standing after completing the sophomore geology sequence.

Desk and Derrick Award

Up to $500 awarded in the Spring Semester to the geology major with the highest academic standing in courses leading to a career in the petroleum industry (GY 344, GY 345).

John Faggard Award

Up to $1,500 awarded in the Spring Semester to the geology major with the highest academic standing who is within one year of graduation.

Mobile Rock and Gem Society Award

Up to $500 awarded in the Fall Semester to the geology major with the highest academic standing in the Department’s summer field school (GY 480).

George Lamb Award

A Bruton-style compass awarded in the Spring Semester to the highest-ranking graduating student.

Elliot Hagler Award

Up to a $500 award in the spring semester to the most deserving geology major attending the Department’s summer field school (GY 480).

Sedimentology Book Award

A copy of the American Geological Institute’s Glossary of Geology is awarded to the best performing student in Sedimentary Petrology (GY 344).

Geography

The Geography Atlas Award

Atlases are given to majors who have an overall GPA of 2.5 and geography GPA of 3.0. This is an annual award.

Dr. Victoria L. Rivizzigno Endowed Geography Scholarship

Given to majors who have an overall GPA of 3.0 and Geography GPA of 3.0.

Dr. Glenn R. Sebastian Endowed Geography Scholarship


Eugene M. Wilson Geography

Up to $250 is awarded each Spring Semester to an outstanding geography graduate.

Meteorology

Exxon/Mobil Academic Award in Meteorology

A monetary award to the top junior in meteorology.

Exxon/Mobil Outstanding Senior Meteorology Award

A gift award to the top senior in meteorology who has a high academic average and has made a significant contribution to meteorology at USA.

Contact the Department of English for Scholarship details at (251) 460-6146

Janet Mahan Summer Humanities Scholarship
Funds summer tuition for a high school teacher of English or history returning to pursue additional work in either discipline. Contact the History Department to apply.
 
Shelley Memorial Scholarship
$500 Scholarships will be awarded Fall Semester to an undergraduate and a graduate student for creative writing. Applicant must be full-time, have taken one poetry course prior to applying and have 2.5 or above GPA.
 
Katherine Lawrence Richardson Scholarship
$1,000 to be applied toward tuition and fees awarded to a rising senior. Applicant must be full-time English or secondary education major and have 2.5 or above GPA.
 
Dr. Patricia Stephens Memorial Scholarship
$450 awarded to an outstanding graduate student seeking a Master’s Degree in English. Applicant must have 3.5 or higher GPA.
 
Angelia and Steve Stokes Scholarship
Applicants must be full-time, have taken one poetry or fiction course prior to applying, and have 2.5 or above GPA. Applicant must submit 15 pages of prose fiction, creative non-fiction, or 10 pages of poetry. This award includes undergraduate and graduate categories. $1,000 per award.
 
Lloyd Dendinger Memorial Scholarship
Named after a former faculty member in the English Department, the scholarship provides a $50 annual award for an outstanding graduate student essay in American literature.
 
English Department Endowed Scholarship
Provides an annual award of $400 to an outstanding second-year graduate student who is nominated by the faculty.
 
Bobby Holmes Memorial Scholarship
Poet and writer Bobby Holmes was student editor of the journal Negative Capability, as a USA student. Donated by his parents and friends in his memory, the scholarship provides a yearly stipend for the Editor-in-Chief of Oracle, the English Department’s student literary journal.
 
Jean McIver Scholarship
Applicants may be a rising junior or rising senior English major or African American Studies minor who demonstrates high academic achievement and has a 2.5 or above GPA. $500.
 

Contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for scholarship details at (251) 460-6291

Russian Language Scholarship

Awarded each spring to an outstanding junior or senior studying Russian. Nominated by Russian faculty. Scholarship given to the student or students selected by the faculty in recognition of excellence in Russian.

Felicia Cooley Award

$250 awarded each spring to an outstanding student in intermediate Spanish to use toward his or her study abroad experience.

Jacqueline Quinn-Gray Scholarship

Awarded each spring to an outstanding junior or senior studying French. Nominated by French faculty. Scholarship given to the student or students selected by the faculty in recognition of excellence in French.

Graciella Blanco Award for Spanish

Awarded each spring to an outstanding junior or senior studying Spanish. Nominated by Spanish faculty. Scholarship given to the student or students selected by the faculty in recognition of excellence in Spanish.

Goessling Scholarship for German

Awarded each spring to an outstanding junior or senior studying German. Nominated by German faculty. Scholarship given to the student or students selected by the faculty in recognition of excellence in German.

Patricia L. Dyess Scholarship

$500 to $2,500 awarded to one or more outstanding juniors or seniors studying any language and also demonstrating financial need.

Margaret Pol Stock Foreign Language Scholarship

Awarded each spring to an outstanding junior or senior demonstrating excellence in two languages. Nominated by Foreign Language faculty.

Passau Exchange Scholarship

Awarded each spring to an outstanding upper-level German student for study at the University of Passau in Germany.

Scholarships for Study in Greece

$1,000 from AHEPA for semester or summer study in Greece.

Lesser Taught Language Program Scholarship

$1,250.00 is awarded to a deserving student in the Lesser Taught Languages program who has signed up in a Study Abroad program. This award is to enable the student to continue his/her studies in the Lesser Taught Language program language.

Contact the Department of History for scholarship details at (251) 460-6210

Montgomery Carlton Stallworth Endowed Scholarship

Both of the Stallworth scholarships, covering full tuition for the next academic year up to the amount of $3500, are made possible through the generosity of the late N. Jack Stallworth whose bequests to the USA Foundation also support an departmental lecture series in Southern history.

Minnie Lee Wilkins Stallworth Endowed Scholarship

Both of the Stallworth scholarships, covering full tuition for the next academic year up to the amount of $3500, are made possible through the generosity of the late N. Jack Stallworth whose bequests to the USA Foundation also support an departmental lecture series in Southern history.


The Macy Wims Reid Endowed Scholarship in History
A tuition scholarship of $500 awarded to a high achieving junior or senior history major with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Melton McLaurin Graduate Fellowships

Contact the History Department for Details.

Contact the International Studies Program Director for scholarship details at (251) 460-6291 

Caldwell Endowment

The Caldwell Endowment is $3,000 awarded annually in the Spring Semester to fund overseas travel for any Arts and Sciences major. Contact Dr. Steve Morris, Director of International Studies Program for details and application.

Contact the Department of Marine Sciences for scholarship details at (251) 460-7136

Bullard Scholarship
This award ranges from $5,000 to $10,000 for students in Marine Science conducting research on economically valuable marine species. Awards are made for students in the final phases of their degree/research program.
 
Barber Fellowship
A supplemental award of $3,000 added to Departmental Fellowship for incoming Graduate Student.
 
Nelson Awards
One outstanding Ph.D. student award of $1,000 and one outstanding Masters student award of $500, awarded annually by the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. 

Contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for scholarship details at (251) 460-6264

Victorino S. Blanco Memorial Scholarship

$500 awarded in the late Spring Semester to a graduating senior MA/ST major with the highest GPA.

Chris Nash MA/ST Scholarship

$500 awarded in the Spring Semester to a math or statistics major with the highest score in the annual Math competition.

Sushila Mishra Memorial MA/ST Scholarship

$750 awarded in the late Spring Semester to a math or statistics major. Nominated by MA/ST faculty committee.

Departmental Scholarships

This is a scholarship for MA/ST majors. Contact the Math Department to apply.

Contact the Department of Military Science for scholarship details at (251) 460-6341

ARMY Scholarships

ARMY ROTC offers 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4 year scholarships for all majors. Our Department has an unlimited number of scholarships for qualified nursing majors. Scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens, pass a physical examination and have at least a 19 ACT and 2.5 cumulative GPA. All of the scholarships pay full tuition and fees, a $350-$550 per month stipend and a $900 per year book allowance. Sixty percent of our scholarship recipients also receive a free dorm room. For more information contact Major Guy Bass at (251) 460-6341.

Air Force Scholarships

AIR FORCE ROTC offers 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5 and 2 year competitive scholarships in all majors, plus 3, 2.5, 2, and 1.5 year non-competitive scholarships for nursing majors. Scholarship amount of $15,000, $9,000, $3,000 and a few unlimited are available. Additionally, dorm scholarships, $750/year book allowance and $250-$400 monthly stipend is paid to contracted cadets. Starting salary is over $40,000 per year. For more information contact the Air Force Admissions Officer on campus at (251) 460-7211.

Contact the Department of History for scholarship details at (251) 460-6136

Music Scholarship
Scholarships range from $200 to $1,500 per semester and are available to majors and non-majors in the keyboard, voice and instrumental areas. Recipients must carry at least a 12 credit hour load and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Audition dates and forms are available in the Department of Music office at (251) 460-6136.

Laidlaw Music Scholars

Scholarships are available in all areas of music study and range from $2,000 to $4,000. They require an audition, an ACT score of 28 or higher and/or a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and the recommendation of the music faculty.

John W. Laidlaw Music Scholarship
Scholarships are available in all areas of music study and range from $1,000 to $1,200. They require an audition, an ACT score of 28 or higher and/or a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Michael J. Bartels Music Scholarship in Percussion
Awards range from $300 to $500 per year and are available to majors and non-majors in percussion. The recipient(s) must be enrolled in applied percussion and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

John H. Chester Memorial Piano Scholarships
Awards range from $250 to $500 per year and are available to pianists who are majors and non-majors. The recipient(s) must be enrolled in applied piano and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Awarded by Piano faculty.

Theodore Presser Scholarships
The $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a rising senior music major for a period of two consecutive semesters. The faculty must nominate students for consideration.

Sue Houston Hanlein Scholarship for Piano
Award ranges from $1,500 to $1,750 per semester and is available to qualified pianists who are majoring in music. The recipient must be enrolled in applied piano and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Awarded by the piano faculty.

John and Coralie Toomey Endowed Scholarship in Music

Awards range from $400 to $500 per year and are available to music majors. The recipient(s) must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Awarded by the music faculty.


Harper Endowed Scholarship in Music

Awards range from $500 to $750 per year and are available to music majors. The recipient(s) must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Awarded by the music faculty.


Rose Palmai-Tenser Endowed Vocal Scholarship

Awards range from $500 to $700 per year and are available to music majors. The recipient(s) must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Awarded by the music faculty.


Dr. John J. Papastefan Scholarship in Percussion

This is a newly created award for a music major in percussion. The frequency and amount of this award will be determined in the near future.


Dr. Andra Bohnet Endowed Flute Scholarship

This is a newly created award for a major in flute. The frequency and amount of this award will be determined in the near future.

Contact the Department of Philosophy for scholarship details at (251) 460-6248

Charles R. McGlothren Scholarship
$1,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to philosophy majors with the highest academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Student must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Pinebrook Shopping Center Scholarship 1
$1,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to Philosophy majors with outstanding academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Student must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Pinebrook Shopping Center Scholarship 2
$1,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to Philosophy majors with outstanding academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Student must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Julius and Jean Marx Scholarship 1
$3,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to Philosophy majors with outstanding academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Julius and Jean Marx Scholarship 2
$2,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to Philosophy majors with outstanding academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Julius and Jean Marx Scholarship 3
$2,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to Philosophy majors with outstanding academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Julius and Jean Marx Scholarship 4
$2,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to Philosophy majors with outstanding academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Julius and Jean Marx Scholarship 5
$1,000 awarded in the Spring Semester to Philosophy majors with outstanding academic merit as determined by the Department faculty. Students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses.

Contact the Department of Physics for scholarship details at (251) 460-6224

Physics Department Promising Student Award
The Physics Department Promising Student Award will be granted from the department’s endowed chair funds. The one-time award shall be up to $500 with the exact amount to be determined by the Physics faculty. It is awarded to a full-time physics major in good academic standing, in their sophomore or junior year. For more information contact the Physics Department.

Physics Faculty Honors Fellowship
Covers tuition and fees (up to 16 hrs/semester) for up to four semesters. Awarded to majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have completed the introductory physics sequence. For more information contact the Physics Department.

Jared Adkins Physics Scholarship
$500 awarded for the Fall Semester to a sophomore or junior physics major. Selection criteria will include overall academic standing, academic standing in physics courses, extra-curricular activities and may include financial need. For more information contact the Physics Department.

USA Foundation Physics Scholarship
A $1,500 per year ($750 per semester) scholarship will be applied toward academic-year tuition and fee expenses. The scholarship may be renewed a maximum of two additional years. For more information contact the Physics Department.

Contact the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice for scholarship details at (251) 460-7161

David L. Horton Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Science
A cash award annually awarded to graduating senior (PSC or CJ) with highest GPA.

J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Scholarship

A cash award given periodically to a criminal justice major. Applicants are selected based on academic merit and interest in pursuing a federal law enforcement career.


James H. Boyd Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration
A cash award annually awarded to Master of Public Administration graduate student with highest GPA.

 

James A. Yance Endowed Scholarship for Pre-Law Students

One scholarship of up to $1,000 is available to a student who has completed his/her sophomore year, and has a major interest in pre-law studies with the ambition of obtaining a law degree, and is an active participant in student activities at the University. 

MPA Health Policy Scholarship

A cash award annually awarded to an academically qualified graduate student in the health policy track of the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program.

Contact the Department of Psychology for scholarship details at (251) 460-6371 

Psychology Faculty Scholarship Fund
$500 maximum award for activities related to research and scholarship. Students should submit their application to the Psychology Department. The application should include curriculum vitae (including GPA, Awards and Honors, Research Activities, Volunteer Activities) and a one-page statement of purpose (indicating the proposed use of funds).

Contact the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work for scholarship details at (251) 460-6347

 

Scholarships

USA Foundation Sociology Scholarships

$750 awarded annually in the spring to two rising junior or senior sociology majors in good academic standing based on GPA, academic performance and essay on career goals.

USA Foundation Anthropology Scholarships
$750 awarded annually in the spring to two rising junior or senior anthropology majors in good academic standing based on GPA, academic performance and an essay on career goals.


USA Foundation Social Work Scholarships
$750 awarded annually in the spring to two rising junior or senior social work majors in good academic standing based on GPA, academic performance and an essay on career goals.


USA Foundation Graduate Sociology Scholarship
$2,000 awarded annually in spring semester to one rising graduate student in sociology in good standing based on GPA, academic performance, and an essay on career goals.

 

Awards

Academic Achievement
Awarded to graduating seniors in sociology, anthropology or social work with greater than 3.0 GPA.

Outstanding Sociology Student Award
$200 awarded each spring to the top senior sociology student(s) as determined by faculty committee taking in consideration GPA higher than 3.4, commitment to the discipline and other accomplishments.

Outstanding Anthropology Student Award
$200 awarded each spring to the top senior anthropology student(s) with GPA higher than 3.4, commitment to the discipline and other accomplishments.

Outstanding Social Work Student Award
$200 awarded each spring to the top senior social work student(s) with GPA higher than 3.4, commitment to the discipline and other accomplishments.

Outstanding Graduate Sociology Student Award
$200 awarded each spring to the top graduate sociology student(s) as determined by faculty committee.

Sociology Student Paper Award
$50 awarded annually in spring to the best student paper in sociology submitted to competition and judged by a faculty committee.

Anthropology Student Paper Award
$50 awarded annually in spring to the best student paper in anthropology submitted to competition and judged by a faculty committee.

Social Work Student Paper Award
$50 awarded annually in spring to the best student paper in social work submitted to competition and judged by a faculty committee.

Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award
$50 awarded annually in spring to the best student paper in sociology submitted to competition and judged by a faculty committee.

Christine Kilgore Holley Student Paper Award for Native American Research
$50 awarded annually in spring to the best student paper addressing an issue related to American Indians submitted to competition and judged by a faculty committee.

Contact the Department of Visual Arts for scholarship details at (251) 460-6335

Visual Arts Memorial Scholarship (promoted as The Freshman / Sophomore Scholarship)
The Department of Visual Arts will award approximately $800 to a freshman or sophomore Visual Arts major. The scholarship will be awarded in the Spring semester and is not renewable. Portfolio and transcripts are required. Please contact the Department for more information about the scholarship.

Robert Snell Scholarship
Two scholarships of at least $1,000 will be awarded to students who have reached junior standing and are majoring in the Department of Visual Arts. This is a need based scholarship requiring a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship will be awarded in the Spring semester and is not renewable. Portfolio and transcript are required. Please contact the Department for more information about the scholarship.

Gordon B. and Martha Kahn Endowed Scholarship in Art
The Gordon B. and Martha Kahn Endowed Scholarship in Art is awarded to a current Art, or Art History, major. The scholarship is awarded in the Spring semester and is not renewable. Portfolio and transcripts are required. Please contact the Department for more information about the scholarship

Mary Noland Glass Art Endowed Scholarship
The Mary Noland Glass Art Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a current, declared, major in glass within the Department of Visual Arts. The scholarship is awarded in the Spring semester and is not renewable. Portfolio and transcripts are required. Please contact the Department for more information about the scholarship

The Visual Arts Scholarship
The Visual Arts Scholarship is awarded to a current Art, or Art History, major. The scholarship is awarded in the Spring semester and is not renewable. Portfolio and transcripts are required. Please contact the Department for more information about the scholarship

Contact the Gerontology Program for scholarship details at (251) 460-6020.

 Outstanding Gerontology Student Award

$200 awarded annually in spring to the top gerontology student(s) as determined by faculty committee.

Outstanding Gerontology Graduate Student Award

$200 awarded each spring to the top gerontology graduate student(s) as determined by faculty committee.

Chris Myers Student Service Award
$50 awarded in spring to one student who has demonstrated outstanding service to peers and the community as determined by faculty committee.

Stovall Endowed Student Research Competition Award
Awarded annually in spring to a USA graduate student who is completing a thesis, dissertation, or student research project that explores intergenerational relationships in families or multigenerational strategies to address social or health issues in communities.

AHEPA 310 Senior Housing Endowed Scholarship
Awarded annually in spring to a one or more undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to working with senior citizens who have limited resources and reside in senior living communities, most especially those AHEPA 310 Senior Housing facilities located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The College of Arts and Sciences scholarship selection committee will be charged with the responsibility of selecting the recipient of this scholarship. Nominations for the award must be endorsed by the Director of the USA Programs in Gerontology or the Director of the USA Center for Generational Studies.

 

Applying for Scholarships

If you would like to apply for a College of Arts and Sciences scholarship please make sure you do the following:

  1. Check with the department offering the scholarship to make sure it is available. The number of scholarships awarded each year and the dollar amount for each scholarship may vary yearly depending on available funds.
  2.  If the scholarship is available, make sure you satisfy the scholarship’s application requirements.
  3.  Get started early, and read the Tips for Completing Scholarship Applications.
  4.  Watch the application deadline. Unless otherwise indicated, completed A&S College scholarship applications are usually due in February.

 


 

Academic Honors

Both the University and the College of Arts and Sciences recognize student excellence and academic distinction in a variety of ways, including graduation with honors, honors lists, honors societies, departmental honors, and the USA Honors Program.

  

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate students who have at least 60 GPA hours in residence with a grade-point average of 3.50 or better at the University of South Alabama are graduated with distinction.

 Transfer credit hours are not included in the determination of academic honors. Academic honors are not awarded for second degrees, graduate or professional degrees.

 Students earning a grade-point average of 3.90 or higher are graduated summa cum laude. Students earning a grade-point average of 3.70 but less than 3.90 are graduated magna cum laude. Students earning a grade-point average of 3.50 but less than 3.70 are graduated cum laude.

  

Academic Recognition (Honor Lists)

Candidates for all honor lists must be undergraduate degree-seeking students with a clear academic status. Graduates, professional level, unclassified, auditors,  transients, nondegree, or other special categories are excluded.

The President’s Scholars include all full-time students earning a 4.0 semester grade-point average. The Dean’s List includes all full-time students earning a 3.50  semester grade-point average. The Dean’s Honor List includes all full-time students who have completed a minimum of 30 hours at the University of South Alabama,earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.40 or greater. The Dean’s List for part-time students (students taking fewer then twelve hours) includes all students who are enrolled in at least six semester hours and have earned a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or greater

 

Honors Societies

Honors Societies are academic organizations, usually within specific disciplines, that require their members to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement. The College of Arts and Sciences is home to many honors society chapters, including:

 

Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography. 

Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association.

Phi Sigma Iota, the academic honor society in foreign languages.

Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honors society.

Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society

Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honors society

Sigma Tau Delta is the English International Honors Society

Mortar Board, an honors society for college seniors

Phi Kappa Phi, an honors society for all academic disciplines

 

 

Departmental Honors

Many departments in Arts and Sciences grant departmental honors to high-achieving students. Receipt of these honors typically requires meeting a minimum GPA threshold, completing certain core courses, and in many cases, writing a thesis paper. Completing your degree with departmental honors can thus be an excellent way to distinguish yourself in the academic and labor markets. Talk to a faculty advisor in your major department about departmental honors.

 

USA Honors Program

The University of South Alabama has a thriving Honors Program that is open to academically high-achieving  students in Arts and Sciences. The Honors Program combines special courses with small class sizes, top research faculty, one-to-one mentoring by a USA Faculty member, extra-curricular activities, and many other benefits. Honors Program graduates receive an Honors degree from the University.