Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship

What is the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship?

Alabama Humanities Foundation awards the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship to Alabama educators (K-6th) looking to further their professional development and expand their students’ classroom experience.

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.

The scholarship is a $1000 award to K-6 educators pursuing history and civic-related programs and projects to implement in their schools and/or classroom. 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.

Who is eligible to apply to the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship?

The scholarship competition is open to current Alabama educators of grades K-6, in public and private Alabama schools. Teachers must be current educators in the K-6 classroom who seek to enhance the classroom experience or expand their professional development in the areas of history and civics (this includes geography and Alabama geography, Alabama history, world history, U.S. history, and civics).

How do I apply?

Interested educators must complete an online application, and submit a narrative and budget outlining the prospective project or professional development, the projected impact on professional development and/or students’ classroom experience, and details of how funds will be used and allocated. Please see Program Guidelines and Submission (coming soon!) for more detailed information.

Past Winners

2014 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Lindsey Irvin Calera Intermediate School

Abby Lucas St. Aloysius Catholic School

Lesa Roberts J.E. Williams Elementary

Brandy Russell Weaver Elementary School

Haley Dykes Paine Primary School

Lucy Bloodworth McElwain Christian Academy

2013 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Diane Henderson East Lawrence Middle School

Suhai Kennedy Martha Gaskins Elementary School
Janet Leffard Dodge Elementary School

Allison Wesley Ashland Elementary School

2012 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
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