Mallie Gayle Smitherman Scholarship

An advanced Education Scholarship for Bibb County High School graduates

Presented by

The Centreville Study Club

About Mallie Gayle

Early Years


 Mallie Gayle was born October 7, 1938, and entered the Lord's Heavenly Kingdom on December 3, 2016. She was born in Marvel and spent her childhood and retirement years in Centreville, Alabama. Mallie Gayle was the only child of Earl and Lexie Smitherman. 



Mallie Gayle graduated from Bibb County High School in 1956, she earned her Bachelor's degree at Howard College and her Master's degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She was a member of the Hypatia Honor Society, Kappa Delta Epsilon, and Pi Gamma Mu.   



Mallie Gayle was a respected lifetime educator and followed a special calling to assist and inspire young adults to achieve their educational and life goals. She served as a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent in the field of education. After a national search, she was the first woman ever appointed Executive Director of the Arizona School Administrators Association.   

Scholarship Information


Available Scholarships

One scholarship will be awarded in 2019. The amount of the scholarship will be $500.     


Additional Information

Scholarships are non-renewable. The award will be in the form of a check made payable to the accredited post-secondary educational institution attended by the scholarship recipient. If the recipient is not currently attending the accredited institution, the check will be submitted to the institution when proof of acceptance and enrollment is provided.     


Available For

Scholarships are available for accredited post-secondary educational institutions, including universities, colleges, trade schools and vocational schools.   

Scholarship Requirements



To be eligible to apply for the Mallie Gayle Smitherman scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  •  Current full-time resident of Bibb County, Alabama;

  • Age 16 -25 on or before June 15, 2019; 

  • Be a previous graduate of Bibb County High School or scheduled to graduate from Bibb County High School on or before June 15, 2019; 

  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance;                                           

  • Currently enrolled or accepted to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution located in Alabama. Accredited educational institutions include universities colleges, trade schools and vocational schools.  


Application Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated by the Centreville Study Club and the Mallie Gayle Smitherman family. Applications will be scored based on the applicant's ability to:

  • Demonstrate desire and ability to overcome barriers to achieve goals;
  • Express individual determination to succeed; 

  • Communicate dedication to Bibb County;
  • Demonstrate need for financial assistance.


Important Dates

  • January 1, 2019 - Application Opens


  • March 31, 2019 - Application deadline 

  • April 15, 2019 - Personal interview scheduling begins, if needed


  • April 30, 2019 - Recipient(s) announced