Published on October 5, 2010  

Junior Biochemistry Major Alyssa Whitehead continues to reap the benefits of a $10,000 Department of Homeland Security scholarship she earned in high school. Whitehead was recognized for her "outstanding achievement in experimental research" at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, Ga. in 2008. She then enrolled at Samford, with its emphasis on undergraduate research, and is planning to use half of the scholarship to support own research project in summer 2011.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.