Crimson Scholars is an invitation only program designed for incoming students to connect with peers and upperclassmen peer mentors with similar academic/career interests and jumpstart their success at UA. Each interest area, or Learning Community (LC), will be a group of 10 students that meet bi-weekly during the fall and spring semesters. Crimson Scholars are also invited to monthly events and exclusive experiences to meet other Crimson Scholars in addition to faculty, staff, and alumni to support your success. Students who are actively engaged in the program will be eligible for a $500 scholarship to be awarded at the end of the fall and spring ($1000 total in the first-year). The total time commitment for the program will be about four hours per month.

Program Benefits

  • Bi-weekly Learning Community meetings to support your academic success and career planning
  • One-on-one peer mentorship and a dedicated professional staff member
  • Community of students on campus to connect with
  • Monthly social events throughout the academic year
  • $500 scholarship in the fall semester and $500 scholarship in the spring semester*

*Scholarships are awarded after semester participation requirements are met.

Requirements for 2021-2022

To be considered for the scholarship each semester, students must complete the following:

  1. Attend the Scholar Welcome Event on Tuesday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (only in fall semester)
  2. Attend at least six of the eight bi-weekly Learning Community meetings
  3. Meet with your peer mentor every month
  4. Meet with the Crimson Scholars Program Manager at least once a semester

Meet the Mentors

The Crimson Scholars Mentors are a leadership team of undergraduate students who assist Crimson Scholars students by facilitating small groups, meeting one on one with students, and helping connect them to campus resources. For more information, email Carrie West at or call 205-348-2717.

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Danielle Spencer

Major: Finance
Hometown: Madison, AL

Alexis Kilcrease

Major: Political Science, History
Hometown: Headland, AL

Carson Valentz

Major: International Business
Hometown: Fairhope, AL

Christopher Yancey

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Naomi Ginn

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Lake Havasu City, AZ

Ashley Purcella

Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Patrick Moore

Major: Microbiology
Hometown: Plano, TX

Sarah Thoeny

Major: Accounting, Finance
Hometown: Brentwood, TN

Hayley Moorehead

Major: Finance
Hometown: Jasper, AL

Megan Winn

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Montgomery, AL

A’Nya Hester

Major: Multiple Abilities Program-Education
Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Ashley Waschitz

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Megan Davis

Major: Creative Media
Hometown: Nauvoo, AL

Lauren Beier

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Hendersonville, TN

Kiana Peterkin

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Wetumpka, AL

Delaney Thompson

Major: Hospitality Management
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Keely Campbell

Major: Social Work, Psychology
Hometown: Highland Village, TX

Erin Sullivan

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL

Bridget White

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Auburn, MA

Colleen Walsh

Major: Public Health
Hometown: Old Lyme, CT


Aliya Jaramilo

Majors: Political Science & History
Hometown: Spring, TX