Joining the Blackburn Institute 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. Selected students work on a one-year itinerary made up 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 series 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