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Q: What is the Rising Star program?

The WBRC FOX6 News Rising Star sponsored by America’s First Credit Union is a program set up to highlight star students at Central Alabama area high schools.  Students must be nominated by the principal, counselor or teacher at the school and must meet certain criteria.  Nominees must be star students who are serving in their community, participating in extracurricular activities and maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better.  There will be 30 weekly winners, who will be highlighted on WBRC FOX6 News.  Those 30 students will then compete for one of five $5,000 scholarships (to be awarded by America’s First Credit Union). 

Q: How do I apply?

Submissions to Rising Star are not open to the public. Nominations have to be made by the student’s high school teacher, guidance counselor or principal. Please check with your guidance counselor for more information about the campaign.

Q: My guidance counselor doesn’t have information about the campaign. What do I do?

Please ask your guidance counselor to email

Q: When will the weekly winners be announced?

Weekly winners will be announced Thursdays during the 5 pm newscasts.  The first winner will be announced the week of September 2nd.  Winners will also be placed on the station website under the “Rising Star” link and shared of the WBRC Facebook Page.

2019-2020 Official Rules for “Rising Star” Student Awards

No purchase necessary.  A purchase does not improve one’s chance of winning.

To Enter:  The “Rising Star” Student Awards will begin accepting nominations August 13, 2019. “Rising Star” students will be featured on WBRC FOX6 News weekly beginning the week of September 2, 2019. There will be a total of thirty (30) winners.  To enter, a student must be nominated by the principal, counselor or teacher at the school.  Each winner can only win once within a school year. Schools may submit as many students for nomination as they would like; however, only one winner will be selected per school. 

Eligibility:  This award is only open to High School Seniors enrolled during the 2019-2020 school year who are planning to enroll in college Fall 2020.  Each entrant is judged on academics as well as extracurricular activities and community service.  Children of employees of America's First Federal Credit Union and WBRC FOX6 News and advertising and promotion agencies and persons living in the households of each of these individuals, whether related or not, are ineligible.  Void where prohibited or restricted by law.  Student winners and their parent/legal guardian agree to send the student’s photo upon acceptance of the award and have it published by WBRC FOX6 News and America’s First Federal Credit Union.  Photo copyrights must be owned by the student/parent submitting the photo.

Odds:  Each weekly winner will receive a trophy, $50 Visa gift card, and a prize package from America's First Federal Credit Union.  Each weekly winner will participate in a panel interview. A third-party independent panel of judges will choose five $5,000 scholarship recipients based on an interview process.  Each weekly award winner will have an equal chance of winning.

Prize Restrictions:  The prize is not transferable.  No substitution or cash equivalent of prize permitted except at the sole discretion of sponsor.  Federal, state, and local taxes and any expenses relating to the acceptance and use of the prize not specified are the responsibility of the winners. Scholarship funds will be held by America's First Federal Credit Union until written verification is received by the college registrar where the scholarship winner is enrolled. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the recipient. Funds are to be used only for tuition, room and board, or books.

Scholarship Prize Notification:  There will be a banquet held in the spring which all weekly winners will be invited to attend.  The scholarship winners will be announced during the banquet.

Weekly Prize Notifications: Nominating faculty member will be notified (via phone) if their student is selected as a weekly winner.

Publicity: By entering this promotion, each winner acknowledges that WBRC FOX6 News and America's First Federal Credit Union have the right to publicize and broadcast each winner’s name, voice, and likeness, the fact that he or she won, and all matters incidental thereto.