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 will then be invited to apply for CLA.


Undergraduate Admissions at The University of Alabama will award a book scholarship to each first-time freshman who attended CLA during sophomore year. The value will be the value of a book scholarship when the student enters UA as a freshman, i.e., during fall 2021 for students participating in CLA in 2019. 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 February 28-March 1, 2019.


The application for the 2018-2019 academy is closed. Selected students are invited to RSVP here. Please be aware only students who have applied and received confirmation of selection should RSVP. To better answer questions in preparation for CLA please review the documents below.

CLA QA For Parents

CLA Safety Protocols


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