Career and College Ready Dual-Enrollment Scholarships
Updated Jun 06 2023
Shelton State Community College will now match nine more course hours for students who participate in an Elevate Dual Enrollment Scholarship after graduating from high school!
The Elevate Tuscaloosa dual enrollment scholarships program administered by the Tuscaloosa City Schools (TCS) completely covers the cost of up to nine credit hours, including tuition, books, and fees. For a family, this represents up to $4,066 in value for each participating student. The funding also allows TCS to provide transportation for students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs. The Elevate plan anticipates that funding for this program will be maintained or increased each year in the future.
In October of 2022 the City of Tuscaloosa, Shelton State Community College (SSCC), and TCS announced a dual enrollment scholarship match for TCS students who use their Elevate funded nine dual enrollment hours. With this match, those students will be eliglbe for nine additional fully-funded hours after graduation at Shelton State.
Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to get a head start on post-secondary courses and training. Students may receive credit through the University of Alabama, Stillman College, or Shelton State Community College. To qualify, students must:
Attend a TCS high school at least one year prior to taking courses as part of the Elevate Dual Enrollment Scholarship program;
Live in the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ residential attendance zones (or be the dependent of a TCS employee);
Be a member in good standing of grade 10, 11, or 12; and
Meet institutions’ minimum grade point average requirements.
Tuscaloosa City Schools handles the administration. Please contact them for more information.
Goals and Impact
Reduce cost barriers to post-secondary education and training
Better prepare students for college or technical training after high school and contribute to their long-term success
Help meet the projected need for skilled and educated workers over the next decade
“Dual enrollment is really beneficial for high school students who are getting ready for college. It helps to prepare us for college life and understand what we are going to have to do after high school. My dual enrollment scholarship is helping me get some credits out of the way so that when I enter college full-time, I can focus on the classes I need for my computer science major. Plus, it’s saving me a lot of money!”
- Tajiana Plump, Senior, Central High School
“College lasts for a whole four years, so any classes you can get out of the way for free while you are still in high school is a great thing! One thing that I have learned is better time management. College classes are so different from high school classes. They require so much more work, so you have to organize your time better. Having been exposed to these classes, I feel a lot more prepared for college.”
- Tyrenee Nevith, Senior, Paul Bryant High School
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Key Milestones & Events
Nearly 600 high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores enrolled in scholarship funded courses for the 2022-2023 school year.
Nearly 400 high school seniors and juniors enrolled in scholarship funded courses for the 2021-2022 school year.
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