Crimson Scholars is an invitation only program designed for incoming students to connect with peers and upperclassmen peer mentors with similar academic/career interests and jumpstart their success at UA. Each Learning Community (LC) will be a group of 10-12 students that meet weekly for the first eight weeks of each semester. Crimson Scholars are also invited to monthly events, weekly study halls with tutoring, and service events throughout the academic year. The total time commitment for the program will be about four hours per month.

Expectations for 2023-2024 Scholarship Eligibility*:

  • Attend the Scholar Welcome Event on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Attend all 8 weekly Learning Community meetings to support your academic success and career planning
    • Learning Community Meetings are held on Mondays or Tuesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. according to your assigned small group. Crimson Scholars will be assigned their Learning Community day during summer 2023. During Bama Bound course registration, please be prepared to hold one of these meeting times available.
  • Connect with a peer mentor and a dedicated professional staff member
  • Build community by participating in monthly social events, weekly study halls with tutoring, and service events throughout the academic year

*All first year Crimson Scholars who meet participation expectations each semester are eligible for a $3000 scholarship – $1,500 awarded in spring 2024 and $1,500 in fall 2024.

For more information, email Carrie Harris at or call 205-348-2717.

Meet the Mentors

Crimson Scholar Mentors are the leadership team of undergraduate students who assist Crimson Scholars students by facilitating small groups, meeting one on one with students, and helping connect them to campus resources.

Leadership Team

Patrick Moore
Plano, TX
Major: Microbiology 
Annsley Gibson
Huntsville, AL
Major: Chemistry 
Kenady Manigo
Montgomery, AL
Major: Communicative Disorders 
Darriana Thompson
Headland, AL
Major: Chemical Engineering
Alana Williams
Hoover, AL
Major: Interior Design 

Mentor Team

Brie Allred
Cullman, AL
Major: Marine Science 
Nicole Chavez
Fayette, AL
Major: Studio Art 
Malik Cooper
Monroeville, AL
Major: Public Health 
London Daniels
Gurley, AL
Major: Mechanical Engineering 
Delilah Correa
San Diego, CA
Major: Psychology 
Maria Derisavi
Great Mills, MD
Major: International Studies 
Maria Estrada
Spruce Pine, AL
Major: Nursing 
Michelle Favero
McCalla, AL
Major: Biology 
Craig Fields
Chatom, AL
Major: Cyber Security 
Nicholas Figures
Fairfield, AL
Major: Finance
Kaley Ginevan
Florence, AL
Major: Biology – Pre Med
Dalton Goodson
Phenix City, AL
Major: Accounting 
Reagan Harris
Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Psychology 
Kristopher Haygood
Birmingham, AL
Major: Mechanical Engineering 
Olivia Hurley
Montgomery, AL
Major: Management 
Kelvin Hutchinson
Gadsden, AL
Major: Civil Engineering
Cheyenne Lewis
Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Computer Science
Sydney Lowe
Opelika, AL
Major: Nursing
Jenny Nguyen
Tuscaloosa, AL
Major: Biology 
Linette Otero
Madison, AL
Major: Accounting 
Jordan Peagler-Sanford
Center Point, AL
Major: Biology – Pre Med Track 
Aerrion Reynolds
Birmingham, AL
Major: Interior Design 
Ja’Kara Taylor
Demopolis, AL
Major: Criminal Justice
Orah Preston
Opelika, AL
Major: Nursing