The University of Alabama has many rich traditions, not the least of which is providing leadership opportunities for young people. For generations, many of our state’s leaders have honed their skills while students at the Capstone.

In this spirit, the Capstone Council, an alumni group composed of former Capstone Men and Women; the Office of the President; and the Honors College host an annual Capstone Leadership Academy, focused on the themes of Values, Vision, and Voice. One hundred sixty outstanding high school sophomores from across Alabama who have shown an interest in leadership through service are selected to participate in this event, which is held on The University of Alabama campus in the spring.  The purpose of the two-day event, which features dynamic speakers and group activities, is to give students the tools and the training to apply their leadership skills to opportunities in their own communities.

Each fall, high school counselors across Alabama nominate three students who demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Nominated students are invited to apply for CLA.

Thank you for your interest in the Capstone Leadership Academy, unfortunately applications have closed for CLA 2020. If you have any questions please contact the Honors College at 205-348-5500.


Undergraduate Admissions at The University of Alabama will award a book scholarship to each first-time freshman who attended CLA during their sophomore year of high school. The value will be the value of a book scholarship when the student enters UA as a freshman, i.e., during fall 2022 for students participating in CLA in 2020. To be eligible, students must meet the applicable scholarship deadline.

Additionally, the Capstone Council awards through the UA Alumni Association a leadership scholarship each year to one incoming freshman who attended CLA as a sophomore. This scholarship, the Jean Townsend O’Connor-Snyder and Leslie Anderson Vallely Capstone Council scholarship is worth $6,000 and is awarded once, for the student’s freshman year.

Capstone Leadership Academy will take place March 5 – 6, 2020.

Important Forms for Participants 

Click each button to download the corresponding form for Capstone Leadership Academy participants.  Please review each form, complete and return to capstoneacademy@ua.edu.