A Path Forward

Elizabeth Sloan Ragland speaking at SamfordElizabeth Sloan Ragland became the first woman to integrate campus housing at Samford. Ragland was a viable part of campus as a leader and student. After graduation, she stepped into a successful career in telecommunications and radio. With a warm heart and bright spirit, she went on to be a woman of impact and influence in her beloved community.

A Purposeful Community

The Ragland Scholarship exists to cultivate academic and social support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entering Samford. The students, faculty and staff that comprise the Ragland Scholars program aim to empower, foster and promote the leadership and academic excellence of Elizabeth Sloan Ragland. In her memory, Samford seeks to orchestrate an intentional community designed to connect ten multicultural student leaders with an enhanced Samford experience.

2021-2022 Cohort

Caley Ingram

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“I cannot wait to see how God works through the wonderful people who comprise the Ragland Scholars program as we work towards cultivating an environment that embraces our beautiful differences as well as seek to make a meaningful impact on campus and beyond.”

Meet Caley


Gabriela Aleman

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“As a Hispanic student and understanding that there is a small population of us present at Samford, I knew that I would love to be part of promoting diversity on this campus.”

Meet Gabriela


Hannah White

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“Being a Ragland Scholar feels like I just got hired and already received a promotion. I’m grateful for the staff deeming me worthy enough to be a Ragland Scholar…I know that I’m going to excel in this program because I have people, that look just like me, here to support me.”

Meet Hannah


Iman Grace Bell

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“The first multicultural scholarship at Samford University sparked my interest because I believe this is the first step into the right direction for Samford as they aim to have a more diverse community.”


Meet Iman


James Jefferson

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“The Ragland Scholars Program not only offers diversity but being able to hear, understand, and empathize with different perspectives and backgrounds ultimately helped drive my interest in the program.”


Meet James


Myles Wynn

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“The Ragland Scholars program wasn’t just a good way to start relationships with others. It was also a good way to build relationships with people with similar backgrounds as mine. I found the Ragland Scholars as a good way to get outside my comfort zone and build connections with others.”

Meet Myles


Jon Coley

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“I am looking forward to the academic enrichment and excellence standards that will help me to work harder from the Ragland Scholars Program. I am also looking forward to meeting a new community of people who appear similar to me while having the same academic intentions and desires.”

Meet Jon



Participants of the cohort commit to maintain a 2.0 GPA in Samford coursework and play an active role in furthering diversity initiatives on campus. Students will enroll/participate in IMPACT, Introduction to IMPACT (I2I), Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives (ODII) Foundations course, Cultural Arts (CA) and Cultural Perspective (CP) and in exchange be secured with:

  • A competitive scholarship award
  • Intentional learning communities
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Priority class registration
  • Multicultural experiential learning opportunities


Prospective Students

Applicants must meet all requirements for admission to Samford University and must be admitted at the time of any official announcement of award.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must meet all requirements for admission to Samford University and must be admitted at the time of any official announcement of award.


Applicants must demonstrate leadership inclination or capacity, energy, industry and self-reliance in extracurricular activities.

Contact our Office of Admission's Multicultural Recruiter, Allie Woodside, at 205-726-2867 or awoodsid@samford.edu for more information.


February 15: Completed application materials and recommendations deadline

March: Ragland Scholars announced

May 1: Ragland Scholars confirmation deadline


To apply for scholarships, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started your Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for scholarships using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please log in as a new user.