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

“The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement organization dedicated to better the state of Alabama and the nation. Through Blackburn I have found some of my core friends while being able to gain skills in active dialogue and citizenship.”

– Emma Kenny | Senior