Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship competition for $1,000 scholarships is open to current Alabama educators of grades K-8, in public and private Alabama schools.

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About the Program

The Alabama Humanities Alliance awards the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship annually at their awards luncheon. Created in memory of Jenice Riley, the scholarship recognizes educators who share her extraordinary commitment to enhancing the quality of education in Alabama. Daughter of former Alabama governor and first lady Bob and Patsy Riley, Jenice had a passion for teaching and fostered creativity and a desire to learn in her students. She encouraged parent involvement and actively promoted better educational programs in her community.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to K-8 educators in support of history and civics-related projects in their schools and classrooms. The award aids teachers in attending a conference, purchasing classroom materials or creating programs that enhance students’ understanding of history and civics.


Who is eligible?

The scholarship competition is open to current Alabama educators of grades K-8, in public and private Alabama schools. Teachers must be current educators in the K-8 classroom who seek to enhance the classroom experience or expand their professional development in the areas of history and civics (this includes geography and Alabama geography, Alabama history, world history, U.S. history, and civics).

Interested educators should download and complete this scholarship form and submit it, along with a cover letter, to

You may submit your application starting April 1, 2021. The application deadline is Aug. 28, 2021.

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Past winners

2020 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Kayla Amerson, Florence B. Mathis Elementary School, Baldwin County

Maria Gilleland, West Forest Intermediate School, Lee County

Cindy Chaney, Millbrook Middle School, Elmore County

Melissa Motes, Causey Middle School, Mobile County

Jahmarkus Rabb, Council Traditional School, Mobile County

Kimberly Deem, Blossomwood Elementary School, Madison County

Brittany Williams & Alexandria Cunningham, University Charter School, Sumter County


2019 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Amber Broadhead, Thompson Intermediate School, Shelby County

Kim Hinds, Deer Valley Elementary School, Hoover City School System

Victoria Adams, Red Level Elementary School, Covington County School System

Deborah Southall, F.S. Ervin Elementary School, Wilcox County 

Misty Turner,Westwood Elementary School, Tuscaloosa County School 


2018 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Ms. Janet Leffard, Olive J. Dodge Elementary School, Mobile

Tammy Brown, Central School, Huntsville

Jana Hadley and Wendy Turner, White Plains Elementary School, Anniston

Mrs. Karen Grimes, Salem Elementary, Orrville


2017 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Carly Nelson, Demopolis Middle School, Demopolis

Tiffany Rushing, Knight Enloe Elementary, Roanoke

Della White, Chickasaw High School, Chickasaw

Lisa Williams, Brownwood Elementary School, Scottsboro


2016 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients: 

Lisa Compher, Central Elementary, Rockford

Yvonne Hare, North Highland Elementary, Bessemer

Kim Hinds, Deer Valley Elementary, Hoover

Lori Nelson, Chaffee Elementary, Huntsville

Harrow Strickland, Pick Elementary, Auburn


2015 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Katie Tiner, Handley Middle School, Roanoke

Hannah McEwan, Leeds Elementary, Leeds

Katie Poole, U.S. Jones Elementary, Demopolis

Stacey Williams, Wetumpka Elementary, Wetumpka

For more information about the Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship, contact Rachel Hartsell at 205.616.4926 or