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From the 12th Grade Counselor

Mrs. Emily Woodroof ♦ 12th Grade Counselor ♦  ♦  Facebook: Hillcrest Counselor ♦ 205.342.2800, option 3, extention 3


Mrs. Woodroof


Applying to College

 When should you apply to college? NOW!!!

  • After you apply, go to to have your official transcript sent.
  • Students on free/reduced lunches can have application fee waived. Contact Mrs. Woodroof for more information.
  • College Application Week begins October 18th! Most applications will be free.



SCHOLARSHIPS/Grants - Updated 3/21

DCH Health Scholarships - Deadlines: End of March!

Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Contest - Deadline March 31st. Application here

Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship - 

Mercedes-Benz Scholarship - Read carefully. Your parent(s) to NOT NEED TO WORK at Mercedes to be eligible. Deadline: March 16th.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Deadline Feb 25

  • Delta High School Scholarship: African American graduating senior in the Tuscaloosa City or Tuscaloosa County school system with at least a 2.50 GPA. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Scholarship Team for a contactless interview.  The scholarship will be disbursed in full upon receipt of full-time enrollment verification at a four-year accredited institution.  This is a non-renewable need- based scholarship.  
  • Teacher Education Scholarship: African American full-time rising junior or senior with at least a 2.75 GPA, admitted to Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Stillman College or the University of Alabama.  Applicant must submit statement from institution verifying admission to TEP. Priority is given to high school graduates of the Tuscaloosa City or Tuscaloosa County school systems and is based upon financial need. Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Scholarship Team for a contactless interview.  The scholarship will be disbursed in full upon receipt of fulltime enrollment verification.  This is a non-renewable need-based scholarship.  

Zeda Phi Beta scholarship that will be awarded for the 2022 fall semester - $2,000

    • Deadline Date: March 18, 2022
      The Applicant must be a high school senior who has obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 (preferably higher) and plans to attend a four-year college or university.
    • Google application – click here

Riverview Orthodontics - Deadline March 31. Applications were emailed to seniors on Jan. 31

Shelton Foundation Scholarships

    • Opened Jan 28, closes March 1.
    • SUMMER 2022 – FALL 2022 – SPRING 2023 – SUMMER 2023
    • Apply here
Shelton State Scholarship - Deadline is March 1st. All the information can be found here. Students must upload a transcript and complete their FAFSA to be eligible. 
Dudley Barnette Memorial ALS Scholarship - The Hillcrest High School Baseball program announces the 2022 Dudley Barnette ALS Scholarship. This scholarship program will offer a one-time scholarship from $500 - $1000 to a senior student attending Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, AL. The scholarship recipient will be notified by March 18 and will be recognized at Hillcrest Baseball’s ALS Day, which is scheduled for March 26 at 11:00 am. Application emailed to seniors on 1/12.

Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college, not the student, and can be used for any educational needs. Funds will be released upon receiving proof of enrollment, which includes the Student ID number and Financial Aid Office address.

 The applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Must be an enrolled senior at Hillcrest High School, and doesn’t have to be a baseball player.

2. Must plan to attend a 2-year community college or a 4-year college or university in 2022.

3. Must include a 1-page essay telling the scholarship committee about yourself, why you need the scholarship, and how you would use the funds.

4. Application must be turned in to Coach Garner at Hillcrest High School by noon on February 28. Faxed or emailed applications will not be considered.


RiverFall Credit Union - will award up to THREE $2,500 college tuition scholarships to graduating high school seniors this spring. To be eligible, the student or a member of his or her immediate family must be a member in good standing of the credit union. Immediate family is the mother, father, brother, sister, or grandparent of the student. Download application here! Deadline is March 11th, 2022. 

Nominations for Alabama Public Television's 2022 Young Heroes - Ask a teacher to nominate you!!!!

CollegeCounts Scholarship - Closes Feb 28, 2022. Link to application

Each year, Alabama Public Television recognizes five Alabama high school students as Young Heroes. Each student receives a scholarship and other prizes. Selection is based on the student’s grades, school participation, community support and, most important, having overcome some sort of extraordinary difficulty or hardship. Material must be received by February 8, 2022.


2022 ALET Debbie Rice Memorial Scholarship - Interested in a Computer Science, Information Technology, or a technology-related field? The Alabama Leaders in Educational Technology (ALET) organization invites graduating seniors to apply for its $10,000 2022 ALET Debbie Rice Memorial Scholarship. Applicants who meet the criteria should read the guidelines carefully and follow the directions for submission. All applications and supporting materials must be received by November 20, 2021. (Michael Townsend, works at our central office, is a member of ALET, so that requirement is taken care of.)


SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE TO FUND HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE STUDENTS’ PATHS TO AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING CAREERS - Current high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in Alabama’s multi-billion dollar automotive industry have two weeks to apply for a scholarship to use at one of Alabama’s community colleges. The deadline to apply is October 29. Funding is available to award $3,600 scholarships to students who are enrolled in a program at an Alabama community college that is associated with automotive manufacturing careers. - We are excited to announce the Aging Matters Scholarship. A $1500 scholarship will be given annually to a selected college student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. Any existing student (or incoming freshman), in good academic standing, at a 2 or 4 year accredited college can apply for this scholarship. And the recipient will demonstrate a unique and admirable understanding and desire to show us that "Aging Matters" to them. Application Deadline: May 15th, 2022


Beta Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is offering a $2,000 to a young person who will be matriculating to college in the fall of 2022. The following link should provide all the information that your student will need to apply. Application in this google doc  - Apply here

United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.

 Across Cultures No-Essay Scholarship
A $1,350 scholarship for students interested in learning about other cultures, and sharing their own. Open to all students, no essay required. The $1,350 award can be used for any travel and education related expenses.

Act Locally Scholarship - A $1000 ($500 x 2 winners) scholarship for students interested in giving back their communities. Open to all students. Short essay required.

The Shreddership: A Music Scholarship for the Rock Star in All of Us! A $500 scholarship for all students who love making music, at any skill level.  Open to all students. Musical entry required.

Keep Going Forward No-Essay Scholarship - A $500 scholarship open to any student going through a change or new challenge in life.  Open to all students. No essay required.

"$$$ Isn't Everything" Scholarship A $550 scholarship to help reduce a little bit of financial worry, and to help someone get a bit of time back to focus on the important things in life. Open to all students. No essay required.

AAFEPA Scholarship - Deadline October 15. The AAFEPA organization is excited to offer a scholarship opportunity to you.  The scholarships are in honor of two AAFEPA Presidents: Leo Brown and Joan Buckley.  Each scholarship is $1,500.00 and non-renewable.  Both of these charter members provided much leadership and dedicated much of their time and talents to move our association forward as a professional organization.  Application emailed to seniors on 9/23. 

  • Persons eligible for the Leo Brown Scholarship are senior students presently enrolled in a public school. The student should be pursuing a degree in education.   
  • Persons eligible for the Joan Buckley Scholarship are senior students presently enrolled in a public school. The student may be pursuing a degree in any area of their interest.   

Smith Scholarship Foundation - Application open October 1st. Graduating Alabama seniors, including home schooled students, are encouraged to apply for the Smith Scholarship early.  Deadline for completed applications will be January 12, 2022.  Each application requires personal background information, transcripts, description of school and community involvement.  Three 300-500-word essays and a 500-word minimum personal statement.  Letters of recommendation answering specific questions about the applicant are required.  Students may also add optional submissions of written works, art, and upload vocal, music or dramatic pieces if they desire at their sole discretion.  Such additional submissions are completely voluntary. While a C+ GPA is required, no specific ACT/SAT score is included.  Students must complete either the ACT or SAT and the FASFA application. Apply here -  


Senior Girls - The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is a highly competitive onetime $2,500 scholarship recognizing graduating high school senior women who demonstrate outstanding leadership, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service and who plan to pursue full or part-time post-secondary education in the United States or Canada beginning in the fall following their high school graduation. Mrs. Woodroof sent an email to students on 9/13/2021.


WBRC Fox 6 News Rising StarStudents must be nominated by the counselor and must meet certain criteria.  Nominees must be star students who are serving in their community, participating in extracurricular activities and maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better.  There will be 30 weekly winners, who will be highlighted on WBRC FOX6 News.  Those 30 students will then compete for one of five $5,000 scholarships (to be awarded by America’s First Credit Union). If you would like to be nominated, please email Mrs. Woodroof ( the following information – please list: community involvement, extra-curricular activities, why you should be selected. Please only ask to be submitted once because nomination will remain in the applicant pool each week.

QuestBridge National College Match - Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. Deadline: Sept 28

College Merit Scholarships - Merit aid is a form of college financial aid that does not consider a student's financial need, but rather is awarded based on academic, athletic, artistic or special-interest merit.  COVID-19 has changed most colleges' requirements for admission and scholarship requirements. Go directly to the college's website for admission and scholarship requirements. 

Heisman High School Scholarship - The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year. This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education. Deadline: October 19th.  

Golden Door Scholars - scholarships to undocumented students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Deadline: October 4th. Who is the scholarship for? Students attending college in Fall, 2022. Students who have DACA/TPS or are undocumented, meaning do not have lawful status in the US, Strong preference will be given to applicants who are not eligible for in-state tuition, Strong preference will be given to those who are interested in pursuing one of the following career paths: software engineering, nursing, data analytics, business analytics, and digital marketing

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (F.A.F.S.A) - Opens October 1st. Your college uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own aid. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,495 for the 2021–22 award year (July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022). Grants are free money!

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Community Resources

Disaster/Distress Hotline – 1 -800-985-5990; text” TalkWithUS” to 66746

Suicide Hotline - 1 -800-784-2433 OR 1 -800-448-3000

Bradford Health Services Response Office - 1 -800-891 -9673

Indian Rivers Mental Health (Crisis Response Team) - 205-391 -3131

Crisis Center Teen L ink (3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.) - 205-328-5465

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1 -800-273-8255

National Hope Line Network - 1 -800-442-4673

Tuscaloosa Count y Department of Human Resources – 205-562-6100

Tuscaloosa Count y Sheriff’s Department – 205-752-0616