Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship


Alabama Humanities Foundation awards the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarships to Alabama teachers (K-6th) looking to further their professional development. This $1,000 award helps them attend a seminar or institute, purchase classroom materials, or create a program that enhances their students’ understanding of history and civics.

Recipients are chosen from a pool of applicants based on their proposed spending of the scholarship money to improve their teaching abilities and create a more effective classroom environment. The recipients of this scholarship are honored each year at the AHF’s annual Alabama Humanities Awards Luncheon.

The Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of the late Jenice Riley for her extraordinary commitment to enhancing the quality of education in Alabama.

The daughter of Alabama governor Bob Riley and his wife Patsy, Jenice Riley had a passion for teaching kindergarten and infused her students with creativity and a desire to learn. She encouraged parents to get involved in their children’s education and actively promoted better educational programs and disciplines within her community.

Apply here for the 2014 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship:

Click here to apply for the 2014 Jenice Riley scholarship. To complete your application, you will need to email a one-page answer to the following question:

Describe the activities for which you would like to use the scholarship funds. How will this innovative program enhance teaching American History and citizenship and encourage civic involvement by students in their community?

As you answer this question, be clear and concise. Please initially address the goals of the project and objectives for the scholarship funds. Be sure to include a budget that breaks down the cost of the project.

In an additional document, include an outline the project and provide supplemental information.

After you submit your application, please email these documents to Dionne Clark at

The application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship:
Diane Henderson East Lawrence Middle School
Suhai Kennedy Martha Gaskins Elementary School
Janet Leffard Dodge Elementary School
Allison Wesley Ashland Elementary School

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2012 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship:
Shea Thompson Forest Hills Elementary School in Florence
Janice Carden Vernon Intermediate School in Vernon
Fredna Grimmett Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn
Regina Everett Saraland Elementary School in Saraland