The Division of Student Life coordinates several scholarships and awards that recognize and support student, faculty, and staff achievements and needs. For more information about any of these scholarships or awards, please contact Student Life at 205-348-6275 or

UA Away Scholarships

UA Away scholarships provide financial support for students who wish to participate in unique learning opportunities away from the UA campus. UA Away supports three distinct opportunities:

  • Study Away: Students travel to another country, city, or university to study in their academic fields. The Study Abroad Program and National Student Exchange offer these opportunities.
  • Serve Away: Students volunteer for service projects, often related to their fields of study or career goals, which expose them to issues related to poverty, hunger, and lack of educational resources, and expose them to new cultures and regions. Opportunities for service are available through the Center for Service and Leadership.
  • Work Away: Students receive first-hand work experience, related to academic and career goals, that increases their marketability to future employers.

There are two scholarship cycles. Students may complete an application in the fall for spring travel or in the spring for summer and fall travel. The application for Summer/Fall 2021 will open January 1st, 2021 and close on February 28th, 2021.

Apply for a UA Away Scholarship

Penny Allen Award

The Penny Allen Award recognizes one student and one non-student (faculty or staff) who have made significant contributions to student life at the Capstone. There is a preference for individuals who have not been recognized previously with awards. The nomination form will open January 1st, 2021 and close on February 28, 2021.

Submit a nomination for the Penny Allen Award

Spotlight Award

Highlight a fellow Student Life staff member for going above and beyond by submitting a spotlight on their efforts, which will be highlighted in the Student Life staff e-newsletter each Monday.

Submit a nomination for the Spotlight Award