Contributed by SUSCC

The Southern Union State Community College Foundation is taking applications for scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year.

Each year, the Foundation awards more than $100,000 worth of scholarships to current and future Southern Union students.

“We often see students who don’t qualify for Pell grants but still need help to pay college expenses,” said Shondae Brown, director of public relations at SUSCC. “The Foundation’s goal is to fill that gap so students can earn the degree they are seeking. Whether it is paying for books and tuition, or taking care of other simple needs, we want to set the stage for our students’ success.”

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must have been admitted to the college and have a Southern Union student number (a number). There are scholarship opportunities specific to certain programs or divisions of the college and general scholarships open to the general student population. Requirements vary depending on the specific scholarship.

“We cannot thank our donors enough for making these scholarships possible,” Brown said.

Among the available scholarships are:

Betty and Jim Cleveland Memorial Scholarship: Open to freshmen or currently enrolled students, the Jim and Betty Cleveland Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates financial need. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. Preference is given to a Wadley High School student or resident of Randolph County.

Emily Durham Hudson Memorial Scholarship: The Emily Hudson Scholarship was established in 2016 by the family of the late Emily Hudson. Mrs. Hudson valued education, and to honor her memory, the scholarship will be awarded annually to one student who displays academic excellence as well as a desire to complete their education in the field of education or medicine.

Wes Kinsey Memorial Scholarship: Four scholarships in the amount of $250 each shall be awarded. Scholarships shall be awarded to one student from each of the four high schools in Randolph County (Woodland High School, Wadley High School, Randolph County High School and Handley High School) who demonstrate an interest in fine arts. The one-time award will be awarded for fall semester. Funds shall be used to cover tuition and fees or textbooks.

Donna Hall Scholarship: The Donna Hall Scholarship (supported by Remax Lakefront, Wedowee) is awarded annually to a future educator. The amount of the scholarship is $2,000, with half paid at the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters.

For a complete list of available Foundation scholarships and applications visit

Applications are also being accepted for institutional scholarships offered through the college. Visit to see a list of these scholarships and to submit an application. The deadline to apply for all scholarships at SUSCC is March 1.