Scholars Program

Alliance Coal, LLC and Affiliates have established a scholarship program to recognize and reward dependents of long-service employees who plan to pursue postsecondary education in a college or vocational school program. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at any accredited post-secondary institution of the student's choice.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Eligibility

An applicant must be a high school senior or graduate who is planning to enter a full-time course of study for the first time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school and who is a dependent child of:

  • A full-time employee with a minimum of one year of continuous service with a participating employer (including past service with another employer in connection with an Alliance Coal corporate transaction), or
  • A deceased or retired employee who had a minimum of one year of continuous service.

Exception: Undergraduate dependents (currently attending an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school) whose parents have been employed with Alliance Coal, LLC and Affiliates for more than one year but less than two years by the deadline date are eligible to apply for one of the $1,000 nonrenewable awards.

Awards

Awards of $2,000 each will be given to the top five high school senior or first-time enrollee candidates. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance (as determined by Scholarship America) in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program by Alliance Coal, LLC and Affiliates.

Additional awards of $1,000 will be given to the next ten highest-ranking candidates. These $1,000 awards are nonrenewable.

Teacher Achievement Award

Each Alliance Coal Scholarship recipient receiving a renewable scholarship may recommend one classroom teacher from the elementary, junior high, or senior high school he or she attended to receive a $500 Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Award.

Application

Interested students must complete and submit the application, along with a current transcript of grades, by the application deadline of March 15. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; undergraduate online transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken. Materials submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than March 15.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information by the application deadline. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

Correspondence throughout the application process will be by email. Email messages will be sent to the username and email address registered when you created your account. Students failing to use a valid active email account that will accommodate bulk mail may not receive consideration. Be sure to add alliancecoal@scholarshipamerica.org to your contacts or address book and check your email regularly.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, an outside appraisal, and potential to succeed. Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of a participating employer play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

All applicants will be notified by the following May 1. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes Alliance Coal scholarship payments on behalf of Alliance Coal, LLC and Affiliates. Payments are made in two installments: August 1 and December 15. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

Payments and renewals are contingent upon continued parental employment with (or retirement from) Alliance Coal, LLC and Affiliates.

Obligations

Recipients have no obligation to Alliance Coal, LLC and Affiliates. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship America of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.

Revisions

Alliance Coal, LLC and Affiliates reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Additional Information

If you have questions about the Scholars Program, contact your local HR representative or call or write to:

Alliance Coal Scholars Program
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Telephone: (507) 931-1682 (Toll Free 1-800-537-4180) and ask for the Alliance Coal Scholars Program.

Email: alliancecoal@scholarshipamerica.org