Letter From Executive Director

Thank you for your interest in the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund (AOSF). Quality education is a cherished goal among all parents no matter where they live.  I am delighted and proud to be a part of empowering parents in securing an educational option that best fits the unique needs and interests of their child.

I have served as both the executive director of the Children’s Scholarship Fund of Alabama and of Cornerstone Schools of Alabama.  I witnessed first-hand children succeeding in extraordinary ways when given the chance to learn in an encouraging and challenging environment.  I still hear from parents of both programs who credit their child’s accomplishments with the opportunity they were given. The parents understand that success not only comes from the academic expectations, but also other factors including cultures of achievement, personal responsibility, respect of others and positive role models. Many of these parents tell me their child is succeeding in college and beyond in part because of the learning environment they chose for their child.

Alabama has thousands of bright, curious children from Florence to Fairhope, from urban centers to family farms. These children possess so much ability and promise but desperately need the opportunity to reach their full potential. Today, through the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, we are able to provide that hope for qualifying children throughout our state. These scholarships are made possible through The Alabama Accountability Act. This historic act gives low-income parents whose children are zoned to failing schools, the ability to find better educational opportunities. Parents served by the AOSF, now have an option that would otherwise be completely out of reach.

For both corporate and individual partners, this scholarship wouldn’t be possible without your willingness to participate. Thank you for your support and thank you for making the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund a reality for Alabama children.

If you are a parent and have questions about our scholarship or how to participate, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to be a resource to connect you with great educational choices.


Warm Regards,

Lesley Searcy


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