Scholarship Information

Eligibility Guidelines

Eligibility guidelines for scholarships at Lawson State Community College differ depending upon whether you are a new student, currently enrolled student, or by a student's program of study.  The eligibility guidelines are defined below by category:

New Students (applicants who have not attended a college before) may qualify for the following scholarships:

Salutatorians                All books, tuition and fees
Valedictorians               All books, tuition and fees
Other New Students      4.00 - 3.75 GPA 100% tuition
                                     3.74 - 3.50 GPA 75% tuition
                                     3.49 - 3.00 GPA  50% tuition

Applicants must have on file an admission application, scholarship application, letter of recommendation, official high school transcript including the last semester attended showing a 3.0 or above cumulative grade point average and the date of graduation, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All materials must be on file before the April 15th deadline date. Applicants will be notified of their financial aid award package including all scholarships, grants, and work-study on or before July 30th. 

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Currently Enrolled Students

Currently enrolled students must complete the scholarship application, including a letter of recommendation.  A processed FAFSA must also be submitted by June 15th.  Scholarships for currently enrolled students are awarded in one of three categories (see below).

Freshman Students

Freshmen student must have earned 12-32 credit hours in 100 level courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.  50% tuition will be awarded.
Sophomore Students

Sophomore students must have earned 33 or more credit hours in 100 level courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.  75% tuition will be awarded.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must be enrolled at Lawson State Community College one semester prior to completing a scholarship application, have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average and 12 or more semester hours of 100 level courses.  50% tuition will be awarded.

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Other scholarships such as Performing Arts, Leadership, Ambassador, Pastor's Educational Scholarship, Cheerleading, and Dance Team are available.  Criteria for these scholarships includes active participation set by the advisors for each area.  Use the links below to review other special scholarships:

AAMA Manufacturing Scholarship Instructions    
Ambassador Scholarship Brochure
Ambassador Scholarship Application
Dental Scholarship Application
How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay
LSCC General Scholarship Brochure
IAAP Scholarship Application
Birmingham Association of Home Builders Association Local Application
Alabama Homebuilders Scholarship Application
UPromise Scholarship
EWI and Instructions
Black College Dollars
NCBW Scholarship
Women's Community College Scholarship
Brookwood Scholarship
100 Black Men Scholarship
AARP Scholarship Link
Alabama National Guard Scholarship
Scholarship Opportunities for Minority Women
Global Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship  
AWS Foundation District Scholarship
D. Fred and Marian Bovie Technical Scholarship Application Package    
AWS Foundation Programs
Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship
Beyond the Boroughs Information
Air Conditioning / Refrigeration Scholarship  
Southern Automotive Women's Forum
Samuel L Gravely Memorial Scholarship     

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are available based on specific criteria established by the agencies or organizations sponsoring the scholarships.  Assistance is also provided for students who transfer to other colleges and universities.

GED Recipients

GED recipients on or after July 1, 2002 may receive one free course at Lawson State Community College.  However, students may use the free course only once at any Alabama Two Year College and eligibility if verified through the Department of Postsecondary Education before tuition credit is applied to a student's account.  Students must complete the GED Free Course Request Form and may acquire this form on the website or at either campus (Birmingham or Bessemer) location of the Admissions Office.

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Senior Citizen Tuition Waivers:

Persons age 60 or over may receive tuition scholarships.  Such persons must follow standard admissions procedures and meet all course prerequisites as stated in the catalog.  Waivers apply ONLY to college-credit courses and do not include books, fees, supplies, or tools. Registration will take place during regular registration periods.  Available space will not be assured until the last day of late registration.  In the event space is no longer available, such persons will be required to withdraw from the course.

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Award Process

The recipient must complete an agreement form and submit it to the Office of Student Financial Services before the recipient receives his / her award letter.  The award letter includes the type of scholarship that has been awarded, the level of the award, the duration of the award as well as any other provide state / federal financial aid assistance.  Note that students receiving academic scholarships for tuition only are responsible for paying any fees and / or textbook costs.
Recipients must enroll in 12-18 semester credit hours per semester depending upon their degree plan.  The duration of the scholarship is for one academic year (fall and spring semesters) and for one program of study.  If the student chooses to enroll for summer term, the student must take 9-12 semester credit hours to receive a scholarship.   

The Scholarship Committee monitors a recipient's academic progress each semester to determine if the scholarship is renewable.  A student must maintain a cumulative minimum 3.00 grade point average or higher each semester.  If, at any time, the cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00, the student forfeits the scholarship.

Renewal Process

A student must file a letter by June 15th requesting continuation of her / his scholarship.  The letter must include a transcript showing her / his spring semester grades.  Also, a processed FAFSA for the next year must be submitted by June 15th.