Who we are

Our 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.

Our 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.


Since 2014, AOSF has distributed more than 10,940 scholarships to students in 39 of 67 Alabama counties.

Over $60 million in scholarships distributed since 2014 with an average scholarship amount of $6,000.

81% of students are minorities.

$28,900 is the average household income.

69% of AOSF parents are employed; 13% hold more than one job.

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.

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.


Lesley Searcy

Chief External Relations Officer, Step Up For Students


Our Team

Andy Ryan

Executive Director


Julie Benz

Director of Operations



2020/21 School Year

General Questions

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2020/21 School Year

Application Questions

2020/21 School Year

Application Questions

Monday - Friday9am - 5pm