Joining the Blackburn Institute within the Division of Student Life is a great way to get involved on campus while giving back to the state of Alabama. Blackburn is a group of people dedicated to leadership and civic engagement related to giving back to the state of Alabama. Selected students work on a one-year itinerary of events to further their involvement while attending the University of Alabama.

How to Apply

Applications for the Blackburn Institute are available in December through a nomination process and due in January each year. For more information on how to apply, visit

 Student Spotlight

“As an out of state student being a part of the Blackburn Institute has given me a new perspective on the state of Alabama. With a better understanding of the state as a whole, I have been more active in contributing to the community of Tuscaloosa as well as encouraged to stay and work in state.”

– Asia Hayes | Senior