The University of Alabama has an incredibly strong National Alumni Association that provides invaluable services to their alumni and scholarships for outstanding students.
Within the structure of the National Alumni Association are local chapters that raise funds for scholarships and help recruit students from their areas. I’m proud to say the Madison County Chapter has 18 fully funded scholarships for students from Madison County. We hold events to raise money for more scholarships and others just to enjoy our love for The University of Alabama.
From recruiting events, honors college receptions, and financial aid seminars to football kickoff parties and tailgating parties, there’s something for all alums and friends of The University to enjoy – we also offer a ticket exchange program for our members.
We have separate dues from the National Alumni Association, which are $30 for an individual or $50 for a family (application is on our site) and we encourage you to join, get involved, and help us send Madison County’s best and brightest to the school we all love – The University of Alabama!
Huntsville-Madison County Chapter – University of Alabama Alumni Association
Madison County Website
President – Barbie Peek firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect – Cindy Johnson Seeley – Pseeley3@comscast.net
Secretary – Kristi Martin Fugit email@example.com
Treasurer – Karen Armbrester firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarship Committee Chairperson – Carole Hamm email@example.com
Membership Committee Chairperson – Kathy Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships are one of the strongest tools for The University of Alabama, particularly those awarded through the Alumni Scholarship Program and including the Madison County Endowed Scholarships. Our chapter is honored to have 18 endowed scholarships available to Madison county students and proud of our commitment to assisting students. Below is a list and description of these scholarships, along with the 2015-16 recipients.
Shaun Alexander Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship for Madison County was established in 2003 and is awarded to entering freshmen from Madison County.
Mr. Alexander was a star running back at Alabama under Coach Gene Stallings as well as for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. A strong believer in giving back to his community, he established the Shaun Alexander Family Foundation in 2000.
2015-16 recipients: Cody Estremera and Abigail Moss
Mrs. Nevrik Bahakel for Transfer Students Endowed Scholarship was established in 2009 from gifts given by Alan W. and Nevrik Elizabeth Ratliff to honor Elizabeth’s mother. The scholarship is awarded to a student who transfers to The University of Alabama to complete their college education.
Mrs. Nevrik Bahakel, for whom the scholarship is named for, is the quintessential role model. After moving to the United States, Mrs. Bahakel quickly learned English and became an American citizen as soon as she was eligible. She and her late husband, Phillip, were blessed with eight children, five of which attended The University of Alabama. Mrs. Bahakel is retired, but for over 25 years she was a successful working mother. In 2007, the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command presented Mrs. Bahakel with a Certificate of Appreciation, in part, for her support of our Troops in Harm’s Way. Mrs. Nevrik Bahakel exemplifies an intelligent, hardworking, highly respected, and successful individual living the American Dream.
2015-16 recipient: Taylor Grace Powell
John D. Boles and Albert Watkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2010 from gifts given by Mr. John Duffy Boles, Jr., Mrs. Lee Watkins Boles, and Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Powell to honor the memory of their respective fathers. The scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman graduating from Huntsville High School.
2015-16 recipient: Sarah Mohan
Buster Douthit-Off Campus College Bookstore Endowed Scholarship Fund for Madison County was established in 2007 from gifts given by Mr. Terry Douthit and is awarded to an entering freshman graduating from a high school in Madison County who is enrolled in the College of Education. Buster Douthit spent forty-five years working in public education in the State of Alabama. The last twenty-five years were spent teaching and coaching in Madison County. Shortly before retiring in 1981, he founded the Off Campus College Bookstore.
2015-16 recipient: Kaitlyn Porter
Michael L. Hicklen Endowed Scholarship was established in 2005 from gifts given by Mr. Mike Hicklen. This scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman from Madison County who is enrolled in the College of Engineering or to students with financial need. Mr. Hicklen depended on a friend, grants, and loans to fund his college education. Upon his graduation, he told a lady in the administration office that he was going to do something to help future students receive a college education. She politely responded with, “I have heard that before.” The Michael L. Hicklen Endowed Scholarship was established to fulfill his promise.
2015-16 recipient: Augustus Walker
Hicklen Family Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 from gifts given by Mr. Mike Hicklen. This scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman graduating from Sparkman High School. It was established to give back to the high school that provided the fundamentals that Mr. Hicklen carries into his personal and business life.
2015-16 recipient: Chelsea Aderholt
Meg Ingram Memorial Endowed Community Service Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 from gifts given by Mr. Lance Ingram, Mrs. HannaJon Ingram, and Miss Madalyn Ingram. This scholarship is awarded to entering freshmen from Madison County who have demonstrated a commitment to community service through active involvement in support of Health and Human Service organizations, local government and/or religious institutions.
Meg Ingram was a 19 year old University of Alabama cheerleader in her junior year when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Three weeks after surgery, Meg was on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium cheering for her beloved Crimson Tide. Meg was always active in community service. She served her community through her church programs, political programs, and many health and human service organizations. Her family continues to honor her legacy by awarding these scholarships to assist students who exhibit the same strength of character, integrity, conscientiousness, and determination that Meg Ingram exemplified.
2015-16 recipients: Amanda Munoz, Alicia Sessions, Roderick Sims, Marrisa Tucker
Meg Ingram Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established from gifts given by Lance, HannaJon and Madalyn Ingram. This scholarship is awarded to a University of Alabama student from Madison County who has been admitted into The School of Nursing and is renewable.
Current recipient: Mallory Reynolds
Lisa Davis Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 by her husband, Hoss Johnson, following her untimely death in 2003. This scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman from Madison County. A large part of this scholarship fund has been raised through the Annual Lisa Davis Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament.
2015-16 recipient: Hayden Bevil
Stephen D. Moxley, Jr. Endowed Scholarship was established in 1988 by his wife, Bessie, following his death in 1987. This scholarship is given to entering freshmen from Madison County. Mr. Moxley received his degree from The University of Alabama in 1949 and was named Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 1988.
2015-16 recipients: Nicolas Cyr and Avery Phillip
Kathryn and Ronald Ogletree Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2013 from gifts given by Jim and Willa Ogletree to honor Jim’s mother and father. The scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman from Madison County.
2015-16 recipient: Savannah Hand
M. Louis Salmon-Madison County Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship was established in 1990 and is awarded to entering freshmen from Madison County. Mr. Salmon received a BS degree from the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business Administration in 1943. He then entered the U.S. Army as an infantryman and left the service in 1946 as a Captain decorated with the Purple Heart. When he returned from service, he earned his Juris Doctor and had a legal career that spanned 43 years. Mr. Salmon served as president of the Huntsville/Madison County Bar Association and held numerous civic and professional board positions.
2015-16 recipients: Elizabeth Palacios and Cache’ Parks
Martha H. Simms-Madison County Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship was established in 1992 and is awarded to entering freshmen from Madison County. The scholarship was established to honor Martha H. Simms, who was the first woman to serve on The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.
2015-16 recipients: Austin Hose and Savannah Vines
Mark C. Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 from gifts given by Mr. Charles H. Jones and Mr. Clint Coleman. The scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman from Madison County who is enrolled in the College of Engineering. Mr. Smith was a native Alabamian who moved to Huntsville in 1962. His entrepreneurial spirit lead him to build two data communication companies, Universal Data Systems and ADTRAN. Throughout Mr. Smith’s life he gave great importance to family, faith, education and mentoring young leaders. It is for these reasons that his friends worked to endow a scholarship in his memory.
2015-16 recipient: Reagan Locke
Timothy Aaron Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 from gifts given by Mr. Smith, his family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman from Madison County. Mr. Smith is a native of North Alabama, a lifelong supporter of The University of Alabama and earned an Executive MBA from The Capstone in 2000. He served succeeding terms as the Treasurer, President-Elect and President of the Madison County Alumni Chapter.
2015-16 recipient: Carter Cox
Dr. Young West Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 and is awarded to an entering freshman graduating from a high school in Madison County who is enrolling in the College of Arts & Sciences, and pursuing a pre-medical, pre-physical therapy or other health related curriculum. This scholarship is renewable for 4 years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Current recipient: Rose McGuigan
Woody Anderson FORD Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 from gifts given by the Woody Anderson FORD Dealership in Huntsville, Alabama and is awarded to an entering freshman student graduating from a high school located in Madison County.
(2015-16 recipient: Austin Burton)
How to Apply:
High school seniors (and transfer students) wishing to apply for any NAA or Madison County scholarship must first apply for admission by completing the UA Admission Application at apply.ua.edu. After submitting a completed application, the student may then set up a “myBama” account. The scholarship application is accessible only through this link. By completing both applications, and submitting all required fees and supporting documents by the specified priority date, a student maximizes the opportunity for scholarship review campus-wide.
How to Give:
It is now easier than ever to contribute to Madison County scholarships, through the NAA secured online giving site. This site allows everyone the opportunity to make a tax deductible contribution.
Simply go to http://alumni.ua.edu/scholarships
Find the link “Contribute to an Alumni Chapter Scholarship”.
Scroll to the Madison County Chapter (this is the fund name).
Click on the scholarship to which you would like to contribute.
Complete and submit the giving information.
You will be able to print a receipt that can be used for tax purposes.
If you prefer, you may write a check to the Alumni Fund, putting the name of the scholarship on the memo line and mail to:
NAA Endowed Scholarship Program
PO Box 861928
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0017
How to Establish/Endow a New Scholarship:
Please contact Deborah Parr, Manager of Alumni Scholarships & Endowments, at (205)348-5878 or email@example.com
Up Coming Events:
Starline Travel offers game day service for most home games direct from Huntsville and Birmingham to T-Town! Skip the traffic and take your tailgate on the road!
Here are the details:
– $60 round trip
– Arrive 4 hours before the game & leave 1 hour after
– Beverages & coolers allowed
– Depart from 525 Madison St. in downtown Huntsville
– Drop off on campus at Rhoads Softball Stadium
– On-board attendant to ensure your comfort
– Book online at TravelStarline.com!
Starline will contribute $10 towards your chapter’s scholarship fund for each ticket booked, when using the code “HSVALUMNI” at checkout. We track each use of this code and will be happy to cut you a check at the end of the season!