Anchored in Christian faith, Samford University is committed to cultivating the next generation of diverse leaders and offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities that support the university’s standard of excellence. Regardless of where you choose to designate your support, your gift today will help our students reach their highest potential.

While Samford scholarships are made available to all students, several are reserved for underrepresented students. Some of those are listed below, but you can also view a comprehensive list of underrepresented student scholarships.

For more information about establishing a new scholarship, contact Doug Wilson, at dwilson@samford.edu.

A. G. Gaston Scholarship Endowment Fund

In memory of Dr. A. G. Gaston, this scholarship is awarded to African-American undergraduate students from Jefferson County or the city of Birmingham and is based on academic achievement.

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A. G. Gaston Scholarship in Law

In memory of Dr. A. G. Gaston, this scholarship is awarded to second or third year minority law students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement. 

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Caitlin Creed Scholarship

Established in 2007 by gifts from family and friends in memory of Caitlin Creed. This Legacy League scholarship is awarded to underrepresented students, preferably African-American, with demonstrated financial need.

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Jewel Littleton-Williams Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Jewel Littleton-Williams as an outstanding alumna. Scholarships are awarded to minority students who demonstrate significant financial need and are pursuing any degree offered within Orlean Beeson School of Education.

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Minority Bridge Fund

Initially established with gifts from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university, this fund provides financial assistance for minority students whose current financial aid is inadequate to cover the full academic costs of a semester at Samford.

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Minority Student Endowed/Annual Scholarship

Awards from this fund are provided to minority students with demonstrated financial need who have maintained a minimum acceptable academic grade point average. 

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Rev. John T. Porter Minority Scholarship

Originally established in 2003, and named to honor the memory of Samford Trustee Rev. John Porter, the scholarship is awarded to minority students with demonstrated financial need.

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Robert & Camelia Holmes Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a business major who demonstrates academic promise and financial need with preference given to a minority student and a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama.

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Samford University Board of Overseers Minority Scholarship

Established in 2016 by members of the Samford Board of Overseers, this fund exists to support scholarships that are awarded to exceptional minority students who demonstrate a financial need.

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Thornton Family Scholarship

Established in memory and honor of Col. and Mrs. Clark O. Thornton, scholarships are awarded to a minority student with demonstrated need.

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