The Medalist Club established the Post-Graduate Scholarship program to support the higher education pursuits of our former athletes and others who have contributed to the success of the Alabama gymnastics program. Too, it shows potential team members what kind of emphasis we place on academics. And, as we continue to land top student athletes, it can be another way of rewarding those who contribute to the ongoing success of the program.
The scholarship committee will make all final award decisions via a majority vote. The selection committee will include one of the two head coaches, the current board president, one other club member, a minimum of one primary fund contributor, the associate athletic director of compliance (ex-officio non-voting member) and the chairperson of the voting committee.
The amount for the scholarships will vary from year to year, but will be $1000 minimum in $500 increments, tp a maximum of $5000.00, based on available funds, the number of qualified candidates in any given year and the cost of the graduate program. The funds will be distributed to the recipient through the financial aid office of her graduate school, if at all possible, in one distribution.
Detailed information about The Medalist Club Post Graduate Scholarship:
The purpose of the Post Graduate Scholarship Program is to support the higher education pursuits of former University of Alabama athletes and others who have contributed to the success of the Alabama gymnastics program, who have demonstrated exemplary service to the The University of Alabama Gymnastics program. This service may come in the form of actual competition or by other means (strong marketing, administrative, coaching, or managerial support). The Medalist Club welcomes the application of all who have contributed to the success of the program through their dedication while attending The University of Alabama. We also applaud and encourage continued contribution to the program through ongoing endeavors as professionals in a variety of chosen fields. The success of alumni serves a tremendous role in recruiting new talent to the University; the kind of talent that strives to excel in all aspects of life.
The selection criteria for this scholarship award are as follows.
- Applicant must hold a Bachelors Degree from The University of Alabama, have served the gymnastics program in some capacity, and have in the past and continue to exemplify the values and ideals reflective of this high caliber team.
- Sets and achieves goals
- Spirit of giving/servanthood
- Financial Need
- Must be accepted to or currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at The University of Alabama
- Undergraduate degree awarded from The University of Alabama
- Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
The following must be submitted to The Medalist Club by March15 and/or November 1.
- Completed application form
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Copy of letter of acceptance to graduate degree program
- University of Alabama undergraduate transcripts (and any transfer credit transcripts)
The committee chairperson may conduct either an in-person or telephone interview. The scholarship committee will make all final award decisions via a majority vote. A scholarship may be presented at the gymnastics banquet and/or at the alumni gymnastics meet in February.
Any applicant not selected in a given cycle may re-apply simply by sending a letter to the selection committee. The letter may state either that a) nothing has changed or b) provide any relevant updates to the application.
Scholarship Amounts and Distribution:
A maximum of two awards will be presented in any given cycle (i.e. April and February). An applicant may apply and/or receive funds multiple times. However, only one masters or higher level degree may be supported by The Medalist Club Scholarship fund.
$1,000 minimum will be awarded in increments of $500 based on the following.
- Available funds
- Cost of degree program
- Quality of application
- Financial need of applicant
Funds will be distributed to the recipient(s) through the financial aid office of the graduate school (in one distribution). If the graduate school is unable to receive the funds in this way, the recipient will receive the funds directly in the form of a check.