Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship

The Alabama Humanities Foundation awards the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship annually at their awards luncheon. Created in memory of the late Jenice Riley, the scholarship recognizes educators who share her extraordinary commitment to enhancing the quality of education in Alabama. Daughter of former Alabama governor and first lady Bob and Patsy Riley, Jenice had a passion for teaching and fostered creativity and a desire to learn in her students. She encouraged parent involvement and actively promoted better educational programs in her community.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to K-6 educators in support of history and civics-related projects in their schools and classrooms. The award aids teachers in attending a conference, purchasing classroom materials, or creating programs that enhances 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?

Winners will be announced on September 15 and awarded their scholarships at our Alabama Colloquium on October 2.

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.

Past Winners

2016 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship Recipients: 
Lisa Compher, Central Elementary, Rockford
Yvonne Hare, North Highland Elementary, Bessemer
Kim Hinds, Deer Valley Elementary, Hoover
Lori Nelson, Chaffee Elementary, Huntsville
Harrow Strickland, Pick Elementary, Auburn

2015 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship Recipients:
Katie Tiner, Handley Middle School, Roanoke
Hannah McEwan, Leeds Elementary, Leeds
Katie Poole, U.S. Jones Elementary, Demopolis
Stacey Williams, Wetumpka Elementary, Wetumpka

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, Florence
Janice Carden Vernon Intermediate School, Vernon
Fredna Grimmett Ogletree Elementary School, Auburn
Regina Everett Saraland Elementary School, Saraland