Over 40 years ago a small group of clergy and lay persons recognized the need to financially support students from the Alabama-West Florida Conference to attend Asbury Theological Seminary. Support was given on a year-by-year basis to support the needs of the students while at he same time trying to raise money to establish an endowed fund. In 1999 the Alabama-West Florida Asbury Foundation became a 501(c)(3) legal non-profit corporation. The endowed fund which is currently in excess of $1.8 million, continues to seek ways to grow as does the need of our students. In 2014 over $95,000 in financial aid was given to more than 17 deserving young men and women from the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church attending Asbury Theological Seminary.