Academics

Abroms Scholarships

Andy Abroms ’77 Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Andy Abroms Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 1997 through a generous gift from Hal and Judy Abroms in memory of their son Andy Abroms ’77. Scholarships awarded through the fund support our student’s participation in a wide variety of educational summer study programs. Indian Springs School is honored to partner with the Abroms family in fostering a love of learning and creativity in students, as well as a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship with respect for individuality and independent thought. 

To be considered, summer programs must last a minimum of five days and be sponsored by colleges, universities, and other reputable institutions that foster educational growth by offering math, science, and engineering camps, political and law programs, dance and theater company programs, foreign exchange and immersive language programs, museum programs, and student research and internship opportunities. Independently planned programs and service-learning programs are also eligible. Applicants are strongly advised to research and seek a program that is tailored to their particular interests and possible career paths. Scholarships are not awarded for outdoor leadership or adventure programs, seminar-based programs, or vacation-based travel.

Students currently in grades 9-11 are eligible to apply. Past Abroms Scholars are eligible to apply again.

The merits of the program, the student’s academic and citizenship records, and the financial impact on the student are considered by Indian Springs’ Abroms Scholarship Committee in granting awards. Generally, grants range from $300 to $2,000 and are awarded based on cost, the scholarship applicant pool, the financial need of the student, and other factors. Grants of higher than $2,000 will be considered based on cost of program and student need.

All Abroms Scholarship recipients will be expected to provide an overview of their experience as requested throughout the following academic year, including presenting reports of their summer study experiences to the entire school community, presenting to the Abroms family, providing photographs, etc. For more information about possible programs and opportunities, please contact the Student External Engagement Committee at SEEC@indiansprings.org. For more information about the scholarship application process, please contact Abroms Scholarship Chair Chris Tetzlaff at ctetzlaff@indiansprings.org.

Deadlines & Application Process

List of 5 items.

  • Deadlines

    Indian Springs will offer two deadlines for the 2024 Abroms Scholarships. Students are encouraged to apply by the first (primary) deadline: Friday, March 15, at 4:00 p.m. Awards will be announced by the first week of April. For students who make summer plans after March 15, a second application deadline, Friday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m., is available. Awards from the second round of applications will be announced the week of April 22.
  • Program Selection

    Applicants should adhere to the following guidlines regarding places of study and carefully select rigorous and rewarding programs or internships.  

    • Summer programs must last a minimum of five days and be sponsored by colleges, universities, and other reputable institutions that foster educational growth by offering math, science, and engineering camps, political and law programs, dance and theater company programs, foreign exchange and immersive language programs, museum programs, and student research and internship opportunities.
    • Independently planned programs and service-learning programs are also eligible.
    • Applicants are strongly advised to research and seek a program that is tailored to their particular interests and possible career paths.
    • Scholarships will not be awarded for outdoor leadership or adventure programs, seminar-based programs, or vacation-based travel.
  • Written Prospectus

    Applicants should write a 2- to 4-page typed prospectus that includes the following:

    • A header that includes your last name and graduation year;
    • A description of the chosen program with a working link to the program webpage or brochure;
    • A short essay on how the program would benefit the student as a scholar;
    • A short essay of how the program would enable you to contribute to the Indian Springs School community;
    • A brief explanation of the total cost of the program, including all fees, transportation, and other expenses;
    • The dollar amount you are requesting; and
    • An explanation of how you will personally contribute to the cost of your program.
  • Application Vetting

    Applicants should bring the program information and draft of the prospectus to a faculty member of SEEC in a related field (see list below). This faculty member will review the program information and prospectus with the student to offer any additional guidance they see fit.

    Please note: This is a required step of the application process. Getting approval from this faculty member is only permission to submit your application and does not in any way guarantee you will receive an Abroms scholarship.  

    Arts: Mr. Peterson, Dr. Jung
    Business / Law / History: Ms. Wainwright*
    Leadership: Ms. Johnson*
    STEM / Medicine: Mr. Belser, Dr. Gray, Mr. Mullinax, Ms. Tetzlaff
    World Language / Culture / International Relations: Ms. Wald
    Writing / Language Arts: Mr. Griffin

    *These faculty members are not on SEEC but are well-informed on these types of programs and willing to help with the application process. 
  • Electronic Form

    Submit general information about yourself, your program, your application, and your completed prospectus by attaching it as a PDF to the electronic form linked here.

    Please note: Students must use their Indian Springs Gmail account (firstname.lastname@indiansprings.org) to submit.

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Christina Tetzlaff

    Christina Tetzlaff 

    Science Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director, Track Coach, Volleyball Coach
    205.332.0613
  • Photo of Jonathan Gray

    Jonathan Gray 

    Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, Math Teacher
    205.332.0608
  • Photo of Weslie Wald

    Weslie Wald 

    Dean of Faculty, Spanish Teacher
    205.733.2631
190 Woodward Drive, Indian Springs, Alabama 35124
Phone: 205.988.3350
Indian Springs School, an independent school recognized nationally as a leader in boarding and day education for grades 8-12, serves a talented and diverse student body and offers admission to qualified students regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Located in Indian Springs, Alabama, just south of Birmingham, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

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