UAB Grad Program Offers Family Assistance


The high price of a university education is clearly keeping some students away from the classroom or at least making it very difficult for them to finish school without a mountain of debt trailing behind them. The University of Alabama at Birmingham may have found the solution for a certain group of grad students, thanks to a generous $5 million grant given to the university recently by an anonymous donor.

Generous Award

college studentCalled the UAB Graduate Family Assistance Scholarship, upwards of $5000 per recipient will be awarded annually for 10 students who want to fulfill their dreams of completing a research-based doctoral degree, but are unable to do so due to family financial obligations.

“Thanks to the generosity of our anonymous donor, the new UAB Graduate Family Assistance Scholarship could be the key that opens doors to new academic opportunities for those who would otherwise not be able to enroll in a doctoral program because of financial pressures related to childcare or care of a parent and other similar expenses,” said UAB President Carol Garrison.

Added Bryan Noe, Ph.D., dean of the UAB Graduate School, “Through one generous donor’s selfless act of giving, UAB is now able to recognize motivated students who want to both pursue their academic dreams and serve their family members. UAB is proud to be able to offer this unique scholarship opportunity.”

Financial Support

The university says that scholarship payout totals will fluctuate based on individual student circumstances, explaining that funds will be provided in addition to any stipend or other financial support granted to students through their graduate program.

“The scholarship program is another example of the UAB commitment to developing and extending family-friendly policies and programs to our students, faculty and staff,” said UAB Provost Eli Capilouto. “It also furthers our university pledge to extend learning opportunities to students from all backgrounds and circumstances who are seeking to advance.”

Application Process

Interested parties can only apply for the Graduate Family Assistance Scholarship after receiving an offer of acceptance into a research-based Ph.D. program at UAB. Women, minorities and others who have financial responsibility for supporting children, a parent or sibling are encouraged to apply, and prospective students having other financial needs may qualify as well.

For additional information or to make application, visit the Graduate School website at and use the link for Online Forms, then click on Funding Information for Graduate Students.

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