Foundation

As the fundraising arm of the college, the SU Foundation promotes and supports the programs and activities of Southern Union. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors work to raise awareness of the college’s case for support, leading to increased visibility in the communities served by the college.

The Foundation is a 501©3 organization, and exists to assist, support and foster the educational and service programs and activities of SUSCC. The Foundation encourages gifts for purposes such as scholarships and other awards to further the educational mission of the college. A gift to the Southern Union Foundation provides much-needed scholarships for students, expands student opportunities, and helps to improve campus life and facilities. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Scholarships are available through the Foundation for current SU students as well as incoming freshmen.

The following scholarships are available:

Southern Union Foundation Scholarship or Foundation Special Circumstance Scholarship
 Application criteria:

  • open to incoming freshmen or currently enrolled students
  • must demonstrate financial need and leadership/community service
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is required
  • must provide one letter of support

The Special Circumstance Scholarship is available to currently enrolled students. Students applying for a special circumstance scholarship mus be recommended by a faculty or staff member who will provide a letter of support. 

 

Betty and Jim Cleveland Memorial Scholarship
Open to freshmen or currently enrolled students, the Jim and Betty Cleveland Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates financial need. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Preference is given to a Wadley High School student or resident of Randolph County. 

 Application criteria:

  • open to incoming freshmen or currently enrolled students
  • must demonstrate financial need and leadership/community service
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is required
  • must provide one letter of support

 

Emily Durham Hudson Memorial Scholarship 
The Emily Hudson Scholarship was established in 2016 by the family of the late Emily Hudson.  Mrs. Hudson valued education, and to honor her memory, the scholarship will be awarded annually to one student who displays academic excellence as well as a desire to complete their education in the field of education or medicine. 
Application criteria:

  • open to incoming freshmen or currently enrolled students
  • applicant must have a maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible
  • one letter of recommendation must accompany the application

 

John Edgar Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship 
The John Edgar Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship will be awarded to one student each year who is majoring in a STEM related field. This is a one-time, non-renewable award of $500.00 for fall semester and $500.00 for spring semester. 
Criteria for Scholarship

  •  Must be pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.
  •  Successfully Completed Math 112 or higher.
  •  Must have completed two semesters at SUSCC with a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.
  •  Minimum 3.0 overall GPA

 

Wes Kinsey Memorial Scholarship 
A total of four scholarships in the amount of $250 each shall be awarded. Scholarships shall be awarded to one student from each of the four high schools in Randolph County (Woodland High School, Wadley High School, Randolph County High School and Handley High School) who demonstrate an interest in fine arts. The one time award will be awarded for Fall Semester. Funds shall be used to cover tuition and fees or textbooks.

 

Donna Hall Scholarship 

The Donna Hall Scholarship (supported by Remax Lakefront, Wedowee) is awarded annually to a future educator who is acquiring the pedagogy and methodology to teach a rigorous, real-world curriculum, wants to inspire students to be successful, independent, critical thinkers, and understands the importance of building a positive and respectful teacher-student relationship.  The amount of the scholarship is $2020, with one half paid at the beginning of fall and spring semester, respectively.

Application Criteria:

  • This scholarship is open to any incoming freshman or full-time Southern Union State Community College student who displays academic excellence as well as a desire to pursue a career in the field of education.
  • Applicants must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (an unofficial copy of high school or SUSCC transcript must be provided.)
  • Preference will be given to students from Randolph County.
  • One letter of recommendation must accompany the application.
  • Submit an essay of less than 500 words explaining career goals and how this scholarship will help achieve the goals.
  • Attach copies of Honors, Awards, Special Recognitions or Community/Church Involvement events.

 

Auburn/Opelika Elks Lodge #1834 Scholarship Application

Established by the Auburn/Opelika Elks Lodge, this scholarship is administered by the SUSCC Foundation to provide educational opportunities to bolster economic and community vitality and to provide more skilled workers for the East Alabama area. Applicants must have completed 2 semesters at SUSCC with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. A certified transcript must be included. Preference will be given to Veterans and Legacy Elks (if your parent, grandparent, or sibling is/was an Elk). Proper military documentation or Elk Lodge and member number is required.

 

Gift of Hope Scholarship
The Gift of Hope Scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who exemplifies a deep desire to minister/help/ heal people mentally, physically, and emotionally.
A total of two scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded each fall and  spring semester to ADN students. To be eligible, students must have completed at least two semesters in their program of study with a minimum of 2.5 GPA. This is a one-time, non-renewable award.  

Inspire Scholarship
see Melinda Clanton in Health Sciences Division for an Application

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed at least one year of college and be admitted into Paramedic, Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, or Nursing Program
  • Enrolled in the Health Sciences Program on the Opelika Campus
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Minimum course load = 7 credit hours/semester
  • Preference will be given to Lee County, Chambers County, and Russell County residents.
  • This is a one-time, non-renewable award applicable to tuition, fees, and books.

 

A limited number of scholarships for Dual Enrollment Students are also available.  Interested students should review the procedures and application for this scholarship.

We welcome donations of any amount or invite you to remember us in your will.   For more information, please call Shondae Brown at 256-395-2211 ext. 5145 or email sbrown@suscc.edu.

 

Southern Union Foundation
PO Box 1000
Wadley, AL 36276