“The best way for me to show the effectiveness of the scholarship program is something shocking I witnessed one school morning. The alarm in my son’s room went off at 5:00 am. I was startled and went into the kitchen to find him sitting at the table, in his pajamas, studying for a science test. This was done without any parental prodding or coercion. He is 11 years old and made an 87 on the test.”



– Dalphine Wilson

Who We Are

MISSION

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 1,500 low-income children the educational opportunity that will give them a successful and productive future.

VISION

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.

ABOUT US

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.

Statistics

Over 1,500 scholarships awarded in 40 of 67 Alabama counties.
$9.3 million in scholarships distributed with an average scholarship amount of $6,000.
81% of students are minorities.
$26,254 is the average household income.
26% of parents work two or more jobs.
100% of awards are to low-income children.

Board of Directors

AOSF is governed by an unpaid, volunteer board of directors. 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.


Chad Fincher - Chairman
Former Member, Alabama House of Representatives, Director, MLS and Industry Relations, Zillow

Reverend H. K. Matthews
President, National Movement for Human and Civil Rights

John F. Kirtley
Co-Founder, KLH Capital, Founder, Step Up For Students

Anne White
COO, Step Up For Students

Joe Pfountz
CFO, Step Up For Students

Thomas M. Lee
CEO, Vulcan Inc.

Page Stalcup

Very Rev. Richard Donahoe
Vicar of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Birmingham

Academic Leadership Council

Anthony Brock
Principal, Valiant Cross
Montgomery

Dan Carden
Headmaster, American Christian Academy
Tuscaloosa

Sharon Lewis
Superintendent of Schools
South Central Conference, Seventh-Day Adventist
Nashville

John Schoenig
Senior Director, Teacher Formation and Education Policy, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

 

Lisa Schroder
Executive Director, Churchill Academy
Montgomery

Father Bry Shields
President, McGill-Toolen
Mobile

Tim Skelton
Headmaster, Faith Academy
Mobile

David Potts
President, Judson College
Marion

Our Team

Lesley Searcy
Executive Director

Tonya Jones
Controller

Bri Jackson
Director of Development

Andy Ryan
Marketing and School Advocacy Manager

Questions

General Questions
1.800.477.8237

Application questions
help@tads.com

Application questions
1.800.477.8237