About Us

The Brilliant Black Girl Collective, a Fund of Women’s Foundation of Alabama, is a philanthropic community that invests annually in the educational pursuits of Black girls graduating from Birmingham City High Schools.

We fully understand for a young Black girl to become strong, successful, and self-reliant she must have access to resources. She must be able to leverage the power of social capital. She must be assured and affirmed by a village of supporters.

How We Give
Founded by women who grew up in or currently live in Birmingham, Alabama, the Brilliant Black Girl Collective invests in the educational pursuits of girls graduating from Birmingham City Schools who are planning to pursue post-secondary education.

Your Support
The Brilliant Black Girl Collective graciously accepts contributions of any size to support the annual distribution of educational scholarships for certifications, trade schools, community colleges, or four-year universities.

Scholarship Cycle
Scholarships will be annually awarded to seniors pursuing secondary education; awards can range from $2,500-$7,500. Currently, this is a one-time scholarship for seniors who will begin school no later than Fall 2023.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Academic Enrollment: The student must be a female enrolled in a high school affiliated with the Birmingham City Schools District.
  • Academic Standing: The student must be classified as a high school senior.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.8
  • Post High School Educational Plans: The student must have plans to obtain a certification, occupational license, or attend a two or four-year college immediately following high school graduation.

Selection Process

A selections committee will score, rank, and award scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 based on a variety of factors, including:

  • academic record
  • leadership and community involvement
  • personal statement
  • letters of recommendation

Applications must include all required elements in order to be considered. Completed applications and all materials must be submitted by the deadline.

  • Scholarship application form is due March 24, 2023.
  • The Brilliant Black Girl Collective will review applications in April.
  • Awardees will be notified no later than May 8.

 

History
In May 2021, Founding Members – who either were born in Birmingham, live in Birmingham, or care about Birmingham – pooled personal financial resources to create pathways for deserving Black girls in Birmingham City High Schools, believing they deserve a chance to be assured and affirmed with the financial backing and seasoned guidance and expertise.

Founding Members
  • Brooke Adams
  • Dr. Tracey Morant Adams
  • Judge Carlyn Addison
  • Gabriel Henderson Beville
  • Dr. Brandi Rudolph Bolling
  • Lajuana Bradford
  • Erika Acoff Bradley
  • Kristina Brown Bridgeman
  • Stephanie Pickens Britton
  • Le’Nise Williams
  • Nedonna K. Cooper
  • Dr. Mia Cowan
  • Dr. Shaundra Daily
  • Tiffany Daniels
  • Dru Ealons
  • Andrea Pruitt Edmonds
  • Jennifer Fisher
  • Shanika Gibson
  • Wynell Kelley Gilbert
  • Bettina Byrd-Giles
  • Dr. Erika Hartman
  • Daagye Hendricks
  • Gaynell Hendricks
  • Shia Hendricks
  • Rian Holt
  • Nyya Parson-Hudson
  • Catrina Jackson
  • Margaret Jones
  • Cheryl Kidd
  • Bobbie Knight
  • Regan Liggins
  • Erika Liles
  • Meredith Lilly
  • Kassandra Mayfield
  • Viveka Bizzell-Palmer
  • Judge Javan Patton
  • Dr. Tonya Perry
  • Vanessa Pettway
  • Tyra Williams Pickens
  • Staci Pierce
  • Tyrenda Williams Reed
  • Carmita Semaan
  • Ebony Arrington Steele
  • Sherrel Stewart
  • Natasha Taylor
  • Kecia Thomas
  • Sheila Tyson
  • Carol S. White
  • Jametta White
  • Jerona Anderson Williams
  • Traci Williams
  • Tycely Williams
  • Dr. Monique Gardner Witherspoon

 

2023 Scholarship Recipients
  • Meagan Barnes
  • Rikia Bell
  • Hassatou Diallo
  • Sydnie Gibson
  • Serenity Guyon
  • Olivia Harrington
  • Antonia Henderson
  • Dynasty Collins
  • Julia Lewis
  • Kelsey Liptrot
  • Katy Mahand
  • Destiny Patton
  • Jakira Randall
  • Zena Terry
  • Skyla Vandiver
  • Shawntaysia Williams
  • Anaya Wooden

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