Where Culture, Students, and Education Meet!

Welcome to the Presidential Mentors Academy program at the University of North Alabama! From the program's creation in 1997 by Dr. Ernestine Davis, the Presidential Mentors Academy has been dedicated to educating, developing, and promoting minority students and their accomplishments. Being accepted into the PMA program provides minority students with a transformational academic experience that enriches their lives. PMA values diversity, inclusivity, access, equity, and diverse lived experience within the campus community and beyond. Being part of the Presidential Mentors Academy comes with exceptional benefits including additional scholarships, book scholarships after your freshmen year, early registration, extra-curricular events, access to our Presidential Mentors Academy office space, support for study abroad, leadership development, mentoring, advising, and much more. The Presidential Mentors Academy is committed to supporting minority students' journey to success and graduation. Visit us on social media or in person any time. We look forward to seeing you.

Jocelyn Wright
Director of PMA

Steps to Apply for High School Seniors

  1. Apply to the University of North Alabama through the UNA application here.
  2. Once you have applied and been accepted into UNA, apply to the Presidential Mentors Academy using the link below.
  3. The PMA application will appear in the Endowed Scholarships list. 

Click here to apply



  • Scholarship
  • Early registration
  • Summer Immersion Experience
  • Support and opportunity for Study Abroad
  • Extra-curricular and Co-curricular Events
  • Leadership Development
  • Academic Advising
  • Mentoring, and much more.

Prospective Students

For over 20 years, the Presidential Mentors Academy program has been a place where students find out who they are, become leaders, and experience student success in and outside of the classroom. The PMA program is unique and the only one of its kind in Alabama and the region. The PMA program is an immersive minority scholarship program designed to attract, recruit, and enroll underrepresented minority high school students.
The PMA program promotes a culturally inclusive, engaged, intercultural experience while providing opportunities for growth, and lifelong learning about self and others. The PMA program offers leadership development, mentoring, individual advising, and a transformational student experience. The program provides support to foster student success, sponsors programs and events, group activities, and civic engagement opportunities.

Underrepresented populations are generally considered to include: Hispanic/Latinos, African/Black Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and those of two or more races of these underrepresented populations. This is in alignment with the Higher Education Act.


The PMA scholarship is renewable for five years.

Classification Annual Scholarship Amount
Freshman $2,000
Sophomore $2,200 + $500 bookstore
Junior $2,400 + $500 bookstore
Senior $2,600 + $500 bookstore
Fifth Year – if necessary $2,000

Steps to Apply

The PMA program is a selective, leadership development program, that seeks students who demonstrate leadership potential, academic excellence, and commitment to community service.

To be considered for the PMA program, high school seniors must meet the following criteria:
  • Be admitted to the University of North Alabama. Click here to apply now. 
  • Minimum ACT/SAT score of 18/960-980 
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA (unweighted)
  • Apply through Academic Works (linked below).
  • Deadline to apply is February 1.