Stanley Prevost, Charles Karr, Helen Lien, and William Wilkerson group photo

Stanley E. Prevost presents a check for Honors College scholarships to UAH Interim President Charles L. Karr. (L-R) Major Gift Officer Helen Lien, Honors College Dean William Wilkerson, Stanley E. Prevost, UAH Interim President Charles L. Karr and UAH Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the UAH Foundation, Mallie Hale.

Michael Mercier | UAH

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, announced that Stanley E. Prevost presented the UAH Honors College with a $125,000 gift as part of a continuing gift to fund the UAH Stanley E. Prevost Honors Scholarship. Prevost is a co-founder of Phase IV Systems Inc. in Huntsville where he also served as Vice President until its sale. He is a longtime benefactor to the Honors College’s mission and programs.

William Wilkerson, Stanley Prevost, and Charles Karr group photo

(L-R) UAH Interim President Charles L. Karr, Stanley E. Prevost, UAH Honors College Dean William Wilkerson.

Michael Mercier | UAH

The scholarship was developed by the donor along with Dr. William Wilkerson, Dean of the UAH Honors College, to attract the top STEM students to the College by providing an exceptionally rigorous educational experience, based on intensive course work and undergraduate research. The gift marks the second $100,000 installment. Prevost made an additional $25,000 donation, which was matched by Technology Service Corporation, making for a total commitment to the College of $250,000.

The scholarship enables the Honors College to develop the highest caliber of Honors Student within the UAH Honors curriculum. The program is unique as a kind of “Honors within Honors program” that sets the UAH Honors College apart by providing both a scholarship and a link to graduate education.

Following the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) definition of STEM fields, the scholarship is intended to target top STEM students within the Honors College by giving them the opportunity to apply in their second year. Eligible students must submit a plan of study, a thesis field, a potential graduate/career path and complete an essay as part of the application process.

In addition, all students must have accrued at least eighteen Honors hours by the beginning of their third year of study while maintaining a minimum 3.75 GPA to be considered for the scholarship. Students who transfer from another Honors College may be eligible as well if they have obtained the equivalent number of Honors hours. Each application will be reviewed by the Executive Council of the Honors Council.

Prevost Scholars are expected to pursue a particularly rigorous Honors Thesis and complete 50% more hours than the standard Honors student. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship in their junior and senior year with the potential to renew for their first year of graduate work at UAH.

The scholarship is making a significant impact on student learning in the College as an incentive for Honors students to apply for and to stay in the Program. The Stanley E. Prevost Honors Scholarships are given in addition to any scholarships students already receive. Therefore, this honor does not replace student scholarship amounts already established.

Students also have the option of seeking a third year of scholarship assistance for a graduate degree if they have already begun graduate course work through UAH’s Joint Undergraduate Master’s Program (JUMP) and their Honors thesis is approved and accepted.

The curriculum for Prevost Scholars comprises:

  • 36 hours Honors credit total
  • 9 hours upper-level credit
  • 6 hours of capstone/thesis
  • Must maintain a 3.75 GPA
  • Student must do a research thesis
  • HON 201 required

For more information about this program, please contact the UAH Honors College. The scholarship fund accepts both private and corporate gifts.



Helen Lien

Dr. William Wilkerson

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