Jenice Riley Scholarship Applications Now Accepted Until June 17

The Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) will now accept Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship applications through June 17. The scholarship benefits kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers and serves as a professional development opportunity for teachers to receive a $1,000 scholarship to enhance their teaching about Alabama/American History and citizenship and to encourage civic involvement by students in their community.

Applications and application guidelines can be found here.

The Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship is named for the late daughter of Bob and Patsy Riley as a means of honoring her memory and her dedication to the teaching and nurturing of Alabama’s most important citizens: our young children. The Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to teachers who exhibit Riley’s philosophy of love, passion for teaching and commitment to civic and public service. Through her work as a kindergarten teacher, Riley displayed an infectious zest for life affecting those around her, both young and old. Her energy and enthusiasm flourished when she creatively thought about how to help someone. Riley was an exemplary role model, not only at school, but also within her community. She knew how to use her strengths and talents to better this world.

The purpose of the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship is to provide a professional development opportunity to one or more Alabama teachers each year. Each recipient should embrace Jenice Riley’s philosophy. Selection will be based on the teacher’s commitment to encouraging students’ pride in Alabama and America, helping students to understand history, instilling an awareness and an appreciation of our forefathers and heritage, building civic pride, and teaching the value of public service. Applicants must teach in an accredited public or private school in the state of Alabama. Scholarships may be used for attending an institute or seminar; traveling to libraries, museums or archives; offering an innovative school program; or providing new educational opportunities for students.

The recipients will be announced at AHF’s annual fall humanities awards luncheon in Birmingham.

The application deadline is now Friday, June 17, 2011. Applications with a short essay should be mailed to: Alabama Humanities Foundation, Attn: Riley Scholarship Selection Committee, 1100 Ireland Way, Suite 101, Birmingham, Alabama 35205. Please visit or contact the Alabama Humanities Foundation at (205) 558-3993 to receive a copy of the application and examples of past projects.