TUSCALOOSA INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS WEBSITE Incorporated as a community organization in 1972, Tuscaloosa International Friends (TIF) is a community organization dedicated to providing opportunities for international visitors to learn more about life in the United States and for local residents to learn more about other cultures. TIF sponsors picnics, dinners, parties, and a friendship family program. FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WHO WOULD LIKE A FRIENDSHIP FAMILY A Friendship Family is a local family who will be available to help you learn more about American culture and life in Tuscaloosa. Additionally, partnering with a Friendship Family is a chance for you to share your culture and customs with American families in Tuscaloosa. For more information, see the TIF Student Pamphlet. To request to be paired with a Friendship Family, please complete the Online TIF Student Form. FOR TUSCALOOOSA FAMILIES WHO WISH TO JOIN TIF AND HOST STUDENTS If you wish to host an international student for an academic year, please complete the Online TIF Friendship Family Application Form. The information you provide in the form will assist TIF in determining the best “Friendship Family” match for you and our visiting international students. You will be paired with a new student for his/her first academic year. TIF SCHOLARSHIP Tuscaloosa’s International Friends (TIF) is pleased to announce that international students who are current TIF members and are enrolled full-time at The University of Alabama, Stillman College or Shelton State Community College are invited to apply for one of our 2021 scholarships. Recipients will be contacted by TIF and their TIF family, and will be recognized on TIF’s social media platforms. Access the 2021 Scholarship Application Form. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS: Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Note: Previous TIF Scholarship winners are not eligible for the scholarship.