Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants

Shoals Scholar Dollars

Because education is the underpinning for success in every endeavor, in 2011 the Shoals community banded together to give every student in the Shoals the opportunity to continue education beyond high school.

You must be a U.S. Citizen

You must have a 2.5 GPA or higher through high school

You must have a 98% attendance rate through high school

You must have no behavioral issues throughout high school

To make this possible, the community works to raise almost $800,000 a year to fund the community scholarship fund. It’s a challenge to the community and a challenge to the student, but it’s a challenge that has great rewards.

Whether you are a student, a parent, or simply a member of the Shoals community, participation in this program will provide a lifetime of rewards. 


Community Partners Scholarships

This partnership offers tuition scholarships to full-time (30+ hours) employees of business members of the Chambers of Commerce in the Shoals, Franklin, Lawrence & Winston counties.


WORC / ALPHABET Grant Program

for those with existing credits to complete.

  • Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) ... You must be a currently licensed RN

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) ... You must have previously completed at least 60 college credit hours.

Other Grants & Scholarship Information


  • FinAid- Financial Aid info & Scholarship Search

Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation

How do we change the prevailing misperception of skilled labor?

Make work cool again!

Take the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge

Scholarships Available

The Work Ethic Scholarship Program is about recognizing people who understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. These are hardworking men and women who will keep the lights on, water running, and air flowing. These are people who show up early, stay late, and bust their asses day in and out. These are the people we want to reward.

Approved Programs

Scholarship Info


(opens in early 2022)

Mission: To provide financial support to children and families of

first responders killed in the line of duty.  

Scholarship program, provide a maximum of $6,250 per academic year, with first priority given to applicants whose parents have been killed or injured in the line of duty.  

Grants program awards grants to both individuals and public safety agencies.

Contact your local Career Center to see if you qualify for funding for the training you need to get the job you want!

Adult Programs include:

  • ​Individual Training Accounts (ITAs)

  • On the Job Training

  • Incumbent Worker Training

  • Dislocated Worker


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