Degrees and Certifications

Accepting applications on a rolling basis!

The Innovate Birmingham Scholarship was established to support undergraduate students who major or minor in tech related fields (see eligible majors below) at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lawson State Community College, and Jefferson State Community College. Eligible students will receive $2,000 per semester. That is up to $4,000 for the full academic year if you reapply. As an Innovate Birmingham scholar, you become a part of a larger group of colleagues in the technology industry.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Resident of the following counties of Central Alabama: Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair, Chilton, and Walker.

Full-time student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Jefferson State Community College, or Lawson State Community College.

Applicable to majors, minors, and programs listed in the "Qualifying Majors, Minors & Programs" section below.

The Perks

In addition to scholarship dollars, Innovate Birmingham students are invited to attend professional development events and networking opportunities at the Innovation Depot, one of the largest startup incubators in the country and home to 100+ companies. Awardees will also receive support finding IT/Technology jobs and internships.

Qualifying Majors, Minors & Programs

  • AAS Degrees in Computer Programming, Networking, or Web Technologies.
  • Advanced Certificates in Computer Programming, Networking, or Web Technologies.
  • Certificates in Computer Programming, Networking, Swift App Development, or Web Technologies.
  • Fast-Track Programs including Full-stack Software Development, CompTIA A+ Certification, or Java.
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Digital Forensics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Marketing
  • AAS in Computer Science
  • AS in Computer Science
  • Certificates in Computer Science

Hear from our scholarship recipients!

Being awarded the "Innovate Birmingham Scholarship" through Innovate Birmingham helped with my financial obligations and allowed my career to take off with the opportunities it provided. I was a Computer Science major at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. I had an internship last summer at Cofense as a Threat Analyst. The company kept me part-time in my fall semester of senior year. After completing my internship, they promoted me to full-time employment.

Harsh Patel, UAB Computer Science Graduate

Innovate Birmingham has really helped me and my family. With losing my parents at 10 years old, I gave up hope of my life going as I wanted to be successful. I was blessed to be connected with the great resources that I have received from Innovate Birmingham. I feel like I am capable of success and can provide numerous opportunities for my children. I will forever be grateful.