North Alabama Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Russell Pigg shakes hands with University of North Alabama President Ken Kitts.

UNA, North Alabama Medical Center Establish NAMC Scholars Program

Aug. 12, 2022

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Officials with the University of North Alabama and North Alabama Medical Center today have signed a learning agreement that establishes the NAMC Scholars Program. In an on-campus ceremony, representatives from UNA and North Alabama Medical Center, or NAMC, made the program official.

The NAMC Scholars Program will award five scholarships valued at 100 percent of the tuition and fee costs associated with students enrolled in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Applications to become a NAMC Scholar are open now.

“Our partnership with UNA gives the students and our future employees a hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn about the many facets of healthcare,” said Russell Pigg, Chief Executive Office of North Alabama Medical Center. “These students have an inspiring drive, and it has been such an honor to get to know them and play a small role in their bright futures.”

With the establishment of the program through the learning agreement, NAMC Scholars in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions will provide to NAMC the same amount of time of service as a full-time employed nurse as the amount of time they received in subsidized tuition and fees.

“UNA and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions, in particular, have a long history with North Alabama Medical Center and its predecessor,” said Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The establishment of the NAMC Scholars Program provides a different pathway for student success in the in-demand healthcare field and provides a much-needed service to the local medical industry. This agreement is part of UNA’s ongoing commitment to be Alabama’s Workforce Development University.”

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: and