The mission of CollegeCounts is to help you and your family set up a manageable, successful college savings plan to help your children reach all their career goals. But we enjoy giving students a more direct boost as well.

In fact, our annual CollegeCounts Scholarship has awarded more than $1 million to Alabama high school students each of the last four years. In 2019, we are proud to have awarded a record scholarship payout of $1,274,000 to 195 students in 65 counties. Over the past seven years, our total scholarship awards have exceeded $6 million.

And we want your student to join that group.

If your child is currently a high school senior, or they’ll be a first-time college freshman beginning in the fall of 2020, they may be eligible for a $4,000 award to a four-year Alabama college or a $2,000 award to a two-year Alabama college. Each scholarship is a one-time award that is non-renewable and paid directly to the student’s college on a per-semester basis during the freshman year.

Here are the criteria your child will need to meet to be eligible:

  • Must be a current high school senior, or a first-time college freshman beginning fall 2020
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be an Alabama resident
  • Must be planning to enroll in an Alabama eligible educational institution beginning fall 2020
  • Must be able to demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Must have a maximum ACT score of 26 (applicants attending a two-year school will not be required to provide ACT scores)

The scholarship application is now available, but remember, you only have until 11:59pm on Thursday, February 27th to submit!

If you have questions about the CollegeCounts Scholarship before submitting, please visit the Alabama Office of the State Treasurer website to learn more. If you have questions about the application, you can get assistance by calling 1-800-309-1198 or emailing

If your child will be heading off to college for the first time in 2020 (or you know any students that may qualify), please have them review the criteria and apply today so they don’t miss the February 27th deadline. We’re looking forward to helping many more future Alabama college students achieve their education and career goals!