Brighter Minds


Brighter Minds is Alabama Power’s and the Alabama Power Foundation’s education initiative to help prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need the join the workforce and to lead our state. Brighter Minds has three main focus areas through which it works to improve education in Alabama.

STEM & Workforce Development


Why STEM? 65% of those with STEM bachelor’s degrees earn more than those with non-STEM degrees.




iCan is a program for middle school girls that encourages them to consider engineering as a future career. The program connects students with female engineers from Alabama Power and Southern Company so they have role models in the field. The program also incorporates STEM-based educational activities to help students get engaged and understand that STEM fields are challenging, but fun.


Brighter Minds is working to retool and rework iCan curriculum to include a virtual and online component so that every school in Alabama Power’s service territory can have unfettered access to the program.

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Brighter Minds Leadership Institute


Beginning in 2016, Brighter Minds will provide a summer leadership development opportunity to STEM, vocational and environmental teachers throughout the state, exposing them to community and industry leaders. At the end of the program, the teachers will receive a $1,000 grant to use in their classrooms.


Go Build E-textbook


In partnership with Go Build, the Alabama Power Foundation helped develop a trade and vocational e-textbook to teach students what they need to do to become qualified in the trades.


This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer.

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Conservation Education


Why conservation education? Improved environmental education has a proven link to greater math and science achievement.

Students to Stewards


We believe today’s students are tomorrow’s stewards. Because of that belief, the Students to Stewards grant program has been established to promote stewardship and conservation education across Alabama.


Curriculum Grant


This fall, the Alabama Power Foundation will award 14 curriculum grants worth up to $1,000 each to classrooms and organizations teaching environmental conservation in schools across the state.

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Outdoor Classroom Grants


Students to Stewards also awards grants of up to $7,500 for outdoor classrooms. This year the foundation will award six grants to help schools build classrooms so students can participate in outdoor learning.

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Application available:

Aug. 24 – Oct. 16, 2015

Grants will be awarded in fall 2015.

Early Childhood Education


Why early education? Access to better early education is linked to higher language proficiency, higher math and reading scores and lower drop-out rates later in life.


Supporting First Class Pre-K


Each year, we will support new First Class Pre-K classrooms by providing 10-20 grants aimed at helping furnish and provide essential materials for the learning environment.


Summer Learning


Low-income students lose two to three months of reading and math comprehension when there is no academic summer program available, as compared to their middle- and high-income counterparts. We support quality summer learning programs for low-income students.


The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded a total of $90,000 to 36 schools across Alabama to improve and promote athletic programs.

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Power To Play


Power To Play is an annual athletic grant program for high schools across Alabama. The grants are limited to schools that have an overall financial need. Schools with 55 percent or more of their student body eligible for free and reduced lunch are invited to apply.


Power To Play is the only Alabama Power Foundation grant program that includes an interactive voting round where applicants are able to rally community support for their cause.


The 2015 Power To Play grant program is now accepting applications. Click here to learn more or apply.

In 2014, 36 schools across Alabama received Power To Play grants worth $2,500 each


  • Alabama Power Foundation announces Students to Stewards grant recipients

    Sixteen schools and nonprofit organizations across the state will receive conservation education grants through the Alabama Power Foundation’s Students to Stewards program. Students to Stewards provides support for dynamic stewardship, conservation education and outdoor classrooms. This year’s Students to Stewards grants total nearly $60,000 and will help bring......

  • New outdoor classroom benefiting Brookwood High agricultural students

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  • Alabama Power Foundation accepting Students to Stewards grant applications

    The Alabama Power Foundation will accept applications through Oct. 16 for its annual grant program, Students to Stewards. The program, part of Alabama Power’s Brighter Minds education initiative, will invest nearly $60,000 this year in conservation and stewardship education. Grants will be awarded in two categories: Curriculum: 14......