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.

Program

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

Eligibility

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.

Leadership

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.

Timeline

February 15: Completed application materials and recommendations deadline

March: Ragland Scholars announced

May 1: Ragland Scholars confirmation deadline

Application

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.