For West Florence

L-R Teresa Harrison, NW-SCC Admin. Assistant; Kaytrina P. Simmons, Florence City Council Dist. 1; and NW-SCC Director of Advancement, Katie Smith

FLORENCE – According to NW-SCC Director of Advancement, Katie Smith, the Northwest-Shoals Community College Foundation recently received a $100,000 private donation to start the West Florence Scholarship Fund for residents in public and income-based housing in West Florence. 

“We look forward to serving the residents of West Florence through this scholarship which will provide 

access to life-changing educational opportunities,“ stated Smith.  “We will continue our work to raise money to grow the fund and help more people make their education dreams a reality.” 

The NW-SCC Foundation and Florence City Council District One representative, Kaytrina P. Simmons, hosted a kickoff event this past weekend at Cypress Pointe Playground and Ballfield providing food and information about the college, its offerings, and how to apply for the West Florence Scholarship.  

“The new Scholarship opens up opportunities for so many to be able to further their education after high school,” said Simmons. “It’s a contribution to student success, making one marketable and more competitive in the workforce.   It can also make a difference in quality of life for generations to come.” 

Simmons added that the scholarship fund will relieve some financial stress for those seeking to get an education, and it will pave the way for so many.

The scholarship will be open to graduating high school seniors as well as adults seeking to further their education.  Recipient(s) of the scholarship may choose to enroll as a full-time or part-time student.  The scholarship is renewable and will be first awarded for the NW-SCC 2022-2023 school year. Interested prospective students should complete the Foundation scholarship application link that will be posted on the College’s Financial Aid webpage on November 15. 

 To donate to the scholarship fund or for more information, please contact Katie Smith at 256-331-8187 or email