Each year Wordsmiths includes a maximum of sixteen students from 8th-12th grade. These students work hard. Some hope to be writers, while others hope to be doctors or engineers or professors. What they all have in common is that they love learning.

All Wordsmiths students either live in the Birmingham city limits or attend school systems where more than 70 percent of students receive free or reduced price lunch. Students typically join Wordsmiths in 8th grade and remain through their senior year.

Those who complete the program receive a $4,000 scholarship and intensive help with the college process.