At the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund (AOSF), our mission is to empower families to choose the school that best fits their child’s unique educational needs. AOSF provides scholarships to low-income, K-12 children who are not succeeding in their current environment. Scholarships are funded by the donation of corporate and individual Alabama income tax liability.
AOSF is a parent-driven model. Parents complete an online application that is available on the AOSF website. Awards are distributed on a first come, first served basis with priority given to students zoned to attend a “failing” public school.
AOSF is leading the way statewide in providing over 2,000 low-income children the educational opportunity that will give them a successful and productive future.
Every Alabama child has an equal opportunity to a quality education, which can only occur when educators and local communities are empowered to create diverse learning options and all parents are empowered to match their children to the learning option that best meets their needs.
The Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 and provides tax credited scholarships to low-income K-12 children across Alabama to attend the public or private school of their choice.
AOSF is governed by an unpaid, volunteer board of directors and chaired by former Governor Bob Riley. AOSF is a subsidiary of the Florida tax-credit scholarship granting organization Step Up For Students (SUFS). Charity Navigator ranks SUFS as its 4th top charity in the nation. SUFS Founder John F. Kirtley serves on the AOSF Board of Directors.
Governor Bob Riley Chairman
Former Governor, State of Alabama
Reverend H. K. Matthews
President, National Movement for Human and Civil Rights
John F. Kirtley
Co-Founder, KLH Capital, Founder, Step Up For Students
John H. Cooper
Partner, Sirote & Permutt PC
COO, Step Up For Students
CFO, Step Up For Students
Former Member, Alabama House of Representatives, Director, MLS and Industry Relations, Zillow
Thomas M. Lee
CEO, Vulcan Inc.
Principal, Valiant Cross
Headmaster, American Christian Academy
Superintendent of Schools
South Central Conference, Seventh-Day Adventist
Senior Director, Teacher Formation and Education Policy, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Executive Director, Churchill Academy
Father Bry Shields
Headmaster, Faith Academy
President, Judson College