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The Tuscaloosa Consortium for Higher Education (TCHE) is a collaborative partnership among The University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, and Stillman College. The partnership builds on the uniqueness of each institution and its contributions to West Alabama. The TCHE Employee Scholarship Program utilizes these partnerships to provide lifelong learning opportunities for faculty and staff of the member institutions by encouraging employees to pursue continuing education opportunities. Eligible employees are afforded educational financial assistance.

Approved programs include undergraduate degree or certificate work at one of the TCHE institutions that is not taught at the employee’s home institution. Some examples include:

UA or Stillman College employee enrolled in Shelton State Community College’s

  • Associate in Applied Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
  • Short-Term Certificate in Welding
  • Certificate in Salon and Spa Management, Esthetics

UA or Shelton State Community College employee enrolled in Stillman College’s

  • The Stillman Accelerated Management Program
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology
  • Certificate in Theology

Shelton State Community College or Stillman College employee enrolled in The University of Alabama’s

  •  Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • New College Life Track (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Bachelor of Arts in News Media
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Multiple Abilities Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Operations Management
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Program Goal and Objectives

The goal of the TCHE Employee Scholarship Program is to create an opportunity through which employees of the member institutions are able to utilize the unique educational curriculum available at those institutions on a programmatic basis. The objectives are to create an educational common market among the distinctive programs offered at each campus, thus providing more opportunities for employees to engage in lifelong learning, to pursue their dreams, and to improve their quality of life.



The employee must satisfy all admission requirements for the particular program sought and submit the necessary credentials to the host institution’s admissions office. The employee must be eligible in accordance with each institution’s policies and procedures governing release time for continuing education. Employees enrolled in programs offered at their home institutions are not eligible for this scholarship. 


Application and Scholarship Award Process

Applicants must complete the application at the link below and confirm admission to the host institution, along with providing supporting documentation. Each interested employee should direct questions to the designated TCHE liaison on each campus. Well-qualified applicants will meet TCHE’s established deadline(s) for applications. The ideal scholarship candidate will demonstrate progress toward certificate/undergraduate degree completion, evidence of need, and commitment to lifelong learning.

Fall Application: Opens June 1; Closes July 15; Decision Date August 1
Spring Application: Opens October 1; Closes November 15; Decision Date December 1
Summer Application: Opens March 1; Closes April 15; Decision Date May 1

TCHE will award a maximum of five scholarships during the fall and spring semesters.  An awarded scholarship will equal $500.00 per semester for no more than two semesters. The scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to the TCHE institution. If funding remains after the fall and spring, summer applications may be considered.

TCHE Institutional Liaisons

Shelton State Community College
Byron Abston, PhD
Associate Dean of Student Services
w 205.391.2388  |  m 205.394.0332

The University of Alabama
Nicole B. Prewitt, EdD
Director of Programs and Partnerships
for Community Engagement
w 205.348.9819  |  m 205.650.0413 

Stillman College
Lamin E. Drammeh, EdD, CRA
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Executive Director of Stillman Foundation
w 205.247.8126  |  m 803.834.0306