The Rev. Dr. A.W. Watkins Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 Non-profit organization established in December 2003. The mission of the foundation is to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors living in Central Alabama. The foundation also provide scholarships to juniors and seniors enrolled in the Bible and Pastoral Ministry at Selma University in Selma, Alabama.
Since the initial awards in 2005, the Foundation has awarded 116 scholarships totaling $116,000. The foundation relies upon fundraisers and donations throughout the year to provide the much needed financial assistance to deserving students. The biggest fundraiser is the annual golf tournament held in May of each year.
The foundation is named in honor of Rev. Dr. A.W. Watkins, Jr., who was a pastor in Montgomery, Alabama for over 45 years until his death in November 2003. He was the pastor of three churches simultaneously, Mobile Heights Baptist (forty-five years), Daniel Baptist (twenty-nine years) and Helicon Missionary Baptist (thirty-six years). In 1987 Selma University presented him with an honorary degree for his faithful service as a Board Member. Reverend Watkins was a strong advocate for higher education and he emphasized that throughout his ministry.