Instructions: Applicants can now apply for the 2020 class. The online application below needs to be submitted at the

same time you complete it - it cannot be saved. Applying for the Initiative does not guarantee that you will be accepted,

but every applicant will be given serious consideration. Finally, please keep these requirements in mind:


1.    You must not have established residency in Decatur, Alabama on the date you submit your application for the

Best & Brightest Initiative. If selected for the Initiative, you agree to live in the city limits of Decatur, Alabama,

but you can work any place you want.

2.    You must have earned an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or post-graduate degree in a STEM-related field after January 1, 2014.

3.    You must have an outstanding student loan balance.
****After your application is submitted, we may email you and ask for additional documentation, including

transcripts, to verify student loan balances and establish a payment process. We will notify you with your approval

status and further instructions.****

​​​THE APPLICATION


****After your application is submitted, you will receive an email from us that may request additional documentation. Once we've made selections, we will contact you regarding your approval status and further instructions.****