Alabama Power Foundation awards Power to Play grants

Grants to support high school arts and athletics programs

The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded 35 Power to Play grants to support arts and athletics programs at high schools across Alabama. This is Power to Play’s fourth year helping Alabama high school extracurricular programs.

The foundation will award grants of $2,500 each to schools throughout the state. Twenty-two of those grants will go to athletics programs and 13 will go to arts programs.

Studies show that students who participate in athletics perform better in the classroom and are more likely to graduate from high school, among other benefits. Involvement in arts and music courses has been linked to higher standardized test scores, improved graduation and attendance rates and fewer disciplinary problems.

“We are excited to support students across the state through our Power to Play program,” said Myla Calhoun, president of the Alabama Power Foundation. “This year’s grantees represent a wide variety of programs – from band to competitive cheerleading, wrestling to the fine arts. We are proud to assist Alabama students in pursuing their athletic and artistic passions.”

All recipients of the Power to Play grants are public high schools with 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Since 2014, Power to Play has awarded more than 130 grants to support arts and athletics programs at high schools across Alabama.

The 2017 arts grant recipients are:

  • Amelia Love High School – Thomaston

  • Barbour County High School – Clayton

  • Carbon Hill High School

  • Eufaula High School

  • Loachapoka High School

  • Marengo High School – Dixon Mills

  • Montevallo High School

  • Pickens County High School – Reform

  • Russell County High School – Seale

  • Sweet Water High School

  • Thorsby High School

  • Wadley High School

  • Wilcox County Board of Education (Wilcox Central High School – Camden).


The 2017 athletics grant recipients are:

  • Anniston High School

  • Ashford High School

  • Baldwin County High School – Bay Minette

  • Barbour County High School – Clayton

  • Center Point High School

  • Fultondale High School

  • Gadsden City High School

  • George W. Carver High School – Birmingham

  • Georgiana High School

  • Houston County High School – Columbia

  • Isabella High School – Maplesville

  • J.B. Pennington High School – Blountsville

  • Leroy High School

  • Monroe County High School – Monroeville

  • Oakman High School

  • Talladega High School

  • Thomasville High School (2)

  • Verbena High School

  • Wadley High School

  • Walter Wellborn High School – Anniston

  • West End High School – Walnut Grove.

To learn more about Power to Play and the foundation’s other grant programs and initiatives, please visit