Crimson Scholars is an invitation only program designed for first-year students to make the most of their first year of college and be successful at UA! In the program, students will connect with peers based on similar majors through small groups, build relationships with passionate mentors, and meet our dedicated staff invested in student success.

Each Crimson Scholars small group will  meet weekly for the first eight weeks of each semester. Meeting topics include time management, resiliency, communication, leadership, and much more! Crimson Scholars are also encouraged to attend monthly events, weekly study halls with exclusive tutoring access, and service events. The total time commitment for the program is approximately 5 hours per month.

Why Join?

 Build Connections: Connect with peers in your major, build relationships with passionate mentors, and meet our dedicated staff invested in YOUR success.

🧭 Find Resources: Learn about campus resources and essential skills to support your transition to college!

🚀 Launch Your Success: This is a unique program designed to help you launch your success at UA by providing you with connections, support, and resources unlike any other program.

💰 Qualify for a Scholarship: All Crimson Scholars who meet participation expectations each semester are eligible for a $3000 total scholarship – $1,500 awarded prior to spring 2025 and $1,500 awarded prior to fall 2025. The scholarship offer is based on current federal award packages and is subject to change based on a student’s individual financial aid award package.

Expectations for Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Attend all 8 weekly meetings each semester
  • Meet one-on-one with a peer mentor 2 times per semester
  • Meet with a dedicated staff member once per semester

For more information, email Carrie Harris at

Participant Experiences

We asked our rising seniors how Crimson Scholars has impacted their college experience so far and why an incoming student should join.

Annsley Gibson
Huntsville, AL
Major: Chemistry

“Crimson Scholars has been a huge part of my college experience. I’ve learned so much and made life-long friends that I would have never met if it hadn’t been for Crimson Scholars. I truly don’t know what my college experience would look like if I hadn’t been a part of Crimson Scholars.” 

Darriana Thompson
Headland, AL
Major: Chemical Engineering

“If I could go back and tell my freshman self about Crimson Scholars, I would say that this program is going to have the longest and biggest impact for your college career when it comes to your involvement with not only the program itself but the lifelong connections and friendships you will make.”

Kenady Manigo
Montgomery, AL
Major: Communicative Disorders

“Crimson Scholars has been a great way to connect with different people outside of my major and has given me an opportunity to explore the many resources college has to offer students. The program has been such a fun highlight within my college experience and that it would help me find a great community of people on campus!”

Alana Williams
Hoover, AL
Major: Interior Design

“One of the biggest ways that Crimson Scholars has impacted my college career was by allowing me to discover a sense of self and find my place at The University of Alabama. Without Crimson Scholars, I don’t think I would have found the confidence to do what I do now.”