Scholarships at UGA


Academic Scholarships

Last year, UGA awarded more than $7 million in scholarships and awards from University Foundation funds to undergraduate students. Most academic (merit-based) scholarships for first-year students are awarded during the Admissions process. 

Approximately 14% of enrolled first-year students received an academic scholarship from UGA. 

Additionally, scholarships available through individual academic departments are typically awarded to upperclassmen, but prospective students should consult the websites of their intended department for more information. Some scholarships for first-year students require an additional application. Please consult the following list for more information as well as this supplemental list of scholarships. 

International and F-1 visa applicants can qualify for many of these merit-based scholarships.

All scholarships awarded by the Undergraduate Admissions office are renewable for eight semesters of full-time enrollment, or the completion of a Bachelor’s degree. To renew the scholarship each year, students must maintain specific academic requirements which are detailed in the award letter.

Foundation Fellowship

  • Typically 18-22 new student awards
  • Minimum academic GPA of 3.9 (unweighted) to apply 
  • Minimum combined SAT I score of 2110, new SAT (SAT-R) score of 1470 or ACT score of 32 to apply
  • A record of strong academic achievement and a history of accomplishment and leadership in co-curricular activities
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    Benefits of Foundation Fellowship

  • Annual stipend for Georgia resident students: $12,000 plus the Zell Miller Scholarship (currently worth $9,552 per year), Annual stipend for non-resident students: $19,760 plus a Presidential waiver (currently worth $18,574 per year)
  • First-year housing supplement of $600
  • Three fully funded spring travel-study programs (first through third years, valued at $9,900) In recent years, Fellows have traveled to Morocco, South Korea, Bali, Japan, Tanzania, Ecuador.
  • One fully funded summer study abroad program to Oxford University immediately following the first year (valued at $8,500)
  • Individual travel-study grants up to a cumulative total of $9,000 (related to students’ academic and professional goals, can be combined with semester stipends for travel-study for semester or academic year)
  • Research and academic conference grants up to a cumulative total of $1,750
  • Special seminars and book discussions with UGA and visiting professors
  • Faculty, peer, and alumni mentoring
  • Twice a year, all-Fellows, off-campus retreats
  • Participation in a community of young scholars who stimulate each other's intellectual and personal development through the exchange of ideas and experiences 
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Click here to begin the Foundation Fellowship application

Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship

  • Typically 25-30 new student awards
  • Minimum academic GPA of 3.9 (unweighted) to apply
  • Minimum combined SAT I score of 2110, new SAT (SAT-R) score of 1470 or ACT score of 32 to apply
  • A record of strong academic achievement and a history of accomplishment and leadership in co-curricular activities.
  • Only students who have applied for the Foundation Fellowship will be considered for the Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarships
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    Benefits of Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship

  • Annual stipend: $6,000 plus the Zell Miller Scholarship (currently worth $9,552 per year) for Georgia resident students; Annual stipend for non-resident students: $9,880 plus Presidential waiver 
  • Four domestic spring break service trips (valued at $2,000)
  • First-year housing supplement of $600
  • Individual travel-study grants of $3,000 (closely related to students’ academic and professional goals, can be combined with semester stipends for study overseas for a full semester or academic year)
  • Special seminars and book discussions with UGA and visiting professors
  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • All-scholar retreats
  • Participation in a community of young scholars who stimulate each other's intellectual and personal development through the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Click here to begin the Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application

Presidential Leadership Scholarship

  • Typically 40-45 new student awards
  • A record of strong academic achievement and a history of accomplishment and leadership in co-curricular activities.
  • $3,000 renewable which can be combined with the Zell Miller/HOPE scholarship for Georgia residents and for students who are non-resident, a Presidential Waiver of the out-of-state fees will be included.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

Baldwin Scholarship

  • Typically 30-35 new student awards
  • Outstanding achievement in academics and reflecting other criteria contained in the Philosophy Statement of Admissions.
  • Annual renewable $2,000 stipend for Georgia residents.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

Classic Scholars

Non-Georgia residents may be offered annual, fully-renewable scholarships, providing a waiver of tuition and fees equal to half the differential between in-state and out-of-state costs. This opportunity currently provides a minimum value to each student of $9,287 per year.

Students must score a minimum of 1950 SAT/1380 SATR (new SAT) or an ACT Composite of 29 to be eligible for consideration. Awards will be made to out-of-state residents presenting strong academic credentials. Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship

  • Academically superior students from Georgia
  • A record of strong academic achievement and a history of accomplishment and leadership in co-curricular activities
  • Only students who have applied for the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships will be considered
  • $5,000 renewable which can be combined with the Zell Miller/HOPE scholarship for Georgia residents

Dr. Henry King Stanford Scholarship

  • Typically 2-3 new student awards
  • A record of strong academic achievement and a history of accomplishment and leadership in co-curricular activities
  • Only students who have applied for the Foundation Fellowship and enroll in the Honors Program will be considered for the Henry King Stanford Scholarship. Must not be a recipient of the Foundation Fellowship or Ramsey.
  • $3,000 renewable which can be combined with the Zell Miller/HOPE scholarship for Georgia residents and for students who are non-resident, a Presidential Waiver of the out-of-state fees will be included. 
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.5 UGA GPA.

Charter Scholarship

  • Typically 225-275 new student awards
  • Outstanding achievement in academics and reflecting other criteria contained in the Philosophy Statement of Admissions. 
  • Annual renewable $2,000 stipend for Georgia residents
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

Georgia Incentive Scholarship

  • Typically 40 new student awards
  • Academically superior students from select non-feeder Georgia public high schools
  • Annual $1,000 stipend (in addition to the Zell Miller/HOPE scholarship)
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA

Harris Scholarship

  • Typically 20-25 new student awards
  • Academically superior students from high schools located in Clarke County, GA
  • Annual $1,000 stipend (in addition to the Zell Miller/HOPE scholarship)
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

One UGA Scholarship

  • Typically 35-40 new student awards
  • Academically strong students who provide diversity to UGA based on the University's broad definition of diversity
  • Annual $1,500 renewable award (in addition to the Zell Miller/HOPE scholarship) or $1,500 renewable award plus a Presidential Waiver of Non-resident fees
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

Classic City Scholars

  • Each Classic City Scholar will be awarded a Presidential waiver of the differential between the Georgia resident and non-resident tuition and fees. 
  • The scholarship will have a minimum value of $18,574 per year. It is renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of enrollment or until the student receives their undergraduate degree, whichever occurs first.
  • The student must achieve the required academic criteria to renew the scholarship and the value of the scholarship will be modified if the differential between the resident and non-resident tuition and fees increases.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

Presidential Waivers

  • Awarded in conjunction with other UGA academic scholarships, given to 75-100 new non-resident students annually
  • Waives either one-half or all of the difference between Georgia resident and non-resident tuition and fees
  • Renewable based on the criteria of the academic scholarship to which it is attached

Chick-fil-A Bowl Scholarship

  • $4,000 renewable award for eight full-time semesters, provided recipient maintains the required criteria
  • Available for a regularly admitted first-year student who graduates from an Atlanta public school
  • Student must be a certified member of the Play It Smart Program in the APS system
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.0 UGA GPA.

Click here for the Play It Smart Certification Form

 

Need-Based Scholarships

For consideration of need-based scholarships listed below or other federal, state or institutional need-based aid, the priority consideration deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is December 15 and should list UGA as a recipient. UGA's Title IV School Code is 001598. The FAFSA form is available here

For information regarding the Georgia HOPE scholarship or aid based on financial need, please consult the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid

Please note: Students studying in the U.S. on a F-1 Visa (or similar) are not eligible for federal aid or need-based aid. 

Georgia Commitment Scholars Program

The Georgia Commitment Scholars Program is a need-based scholarship program that is open to first-year students. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years and comes with a variety of programs and resources to support student success. Even if a Georgia Commitment Scholar’s financial aid eligibility changes, that scholar will always have access to The Georgia Commitment Scholars programs and success resources.

To apply for the Georgia Commitment Scholars program, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which asks for information about your family finances. The FAFSA is available at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The Office of Student Financial Aid will email students who are eligible to become a Georgia Commitment Scholar and may ask for additional documents to verify their aid eligibility.

You can find more information about this scholarship, including additional resources available for scholars, online at http://dae.uga.edu/initiatives/gcs/.

 

Combined Financial Need and Merit-Based Scholarships

 

The Goizueta Foundation Scholarships

*The submission deadline for the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship application is March 20th

To be considered for this scholarship, students must meet all of the following criteria.

  • A submitted First Year (Early Action or Regular Decision) or Transfer-Athens application
  • Demonstrated fluency in Spanish
  • A citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Students must be residents of the state of Georgia
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid

For more information about the Goizueta Scholarship, please review the information on this page.  

UGA Alumni Association Scholarship

  • Typically 1 new student award
  • Academically competitive students must apply for need-based aid via the FAFSA in January and submit to UGA
  • Annual $5,000 renewable stipend (in addition to the HOPE scholarship and other potential need-based aid) 

Ed Hoard Memorial First Tee Scholarship

  • $1,500 per year, provided recipient maintains the required criteria
  • Students must be admitted as first-year students 
  • Students must be a participant in the First Tee Program
  • First preference is for students with a demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid

Click here for the Ed Hoard Memorial First Tee Scholarship form

Annexstad Family Foundation Scholarships

The Annexstad Family Foundation offers scholarships through UGA. 

The Leaders for Tomorrow National Scholarship—is open to all students and recognizes those who have exhibited moral character, grit and intelligence. It is the intention of this scholarship to attract and recognize accomplished leaders, and to make college more accessible for tomorrow's leaders. This opportunity provides $5,000 per year for five years of study (or $5,000 for three years with a $10,000 award in the fourth).

Students interested in being considered are encourage to complete the FASFA as soon after January 1st as possible. 

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

  • 12 new student awards
  • $5,000 per year, provided recipient maintains the required criteria
  • Students must be admitted as first-year students and the first in their families to attend college
  • Students must be Georgia residents
  • Students must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Students interested in being considered are encourage to complete the FASFA as soon after January 1st as possible 

Other Scholarships at the University of Georgia

 

Black Alumni Scholarship

  • Typically two new student awards
  • Student must exhibit dedication to racial equality through previous experience, initiatives and creativity 
  • $1,500 renewable for three years
  • Application required. 

For more information and an application visit the Office of Institutional Diversity 

Diversity Scholarship

  • Typically two new students awarded 
  • Student must have demonstrated financial need
  • $1,500 renewable
  • Application required. For more information and an application visit the Office of Institutional Diversity

Assisting Hand Scholarship

Theta Chi Fraternity's Assisting Hand Scholarship is awarded to the top three incoming freshmen applicants attending the University of Georgia each fall. Theta Chi recognizes men who exemplify leadership in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in their places of worship.

For the fall of 2017, the Delta Beta chapter of Theta Chi fraternity will award three scholarships worth $1,000 each. Although the scholarship is sponsored by the parents and alumni of Theta Chi Delta Beta, scholarship winning candidates are in no way obliged to join our fraternity. 

To qualify for the Assisting Hand Scholarship, incoming students must submit an application by July 14, 2017, and enroll full-time, at the University of Georgia for the fall term. The application is available here and should be sent via email to Chandler Mulford at cmulford@uga.edu by midnight of 07/14/17. An interview will take place for selected applicants, and the recipients will be announced formally, following completion of the first week of classes.

 

Bradley Turner Leadership Scholarship

  • Typically one new student award
  • Students who aspire to be student leaders at UGA and have exhibited superior leadership capabilities while in high school
  • Preference given to residents of the Columbus, Georgia area
  • Valued at the estimated cost for in-state tuition, room, board and up to $1,000 and renewable for up to three additional years

Apply here for the Bradley Turner Leadership Scholarship 

Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Peach State LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation sponsored program with the mission to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering or Math disciplines (STEM). The University of Georgia is a partner in this program which provides financial support, internships, mentorships and research opportunities for selected undergraduates. 

Apply here for Peach State LSAMP

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CURO)

The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities  offers incoming first-year students an opportunity to focus on learning through research with the CURO Honors Scholarship, which provides $3,000 of funding yearly, renewable for up to four years. CURO Honors Scholars are members of a structured, faculty-mentored research community, and they enjoy the exclusive opportunities for career and academic enrichment of UGA's nationally recognized Honors Program.

The CURO Research Assistantship supports outstanding undergraduate students with 500 stipends of $1,000 each to across campus to actively participate in faculty-mentored research. The CURO Summer Research Fellowship provides 30 undergraduate students with $3,000 each summer to pursue intensive, immersive, faculty-mentored research.

AT&T Scholars Program

Scholarship opportunity for students who are transferring from a Technical College System of Georgia Institution with an Associate's degree in a specified area. The scholarship is worth $5,000 a year.

More information can be found here

UGA Departmental Scholarships

Reserve Officer Training Corps

UGA hosts both Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC units. Students seeking ROTC competitive scholarships should contact the units on campus at their respective links above.

Music Scholarships

UGA's School of Music awards scholarships based on audition to students majoring in the music programs at UGA. For information, dates of auditions and applications, please contact the Hodgson School of Music.

Disability Resource Center Scholarships

Students registered with the Disability Resource Center at UGA may be eligible for one of the following scholarships, most of which are awarded to upper-class students. 

Click here for the full listing of DRC Scholarship Opportunities

  • Gregory Charles Johnson Scholarship (returning UGA students and valued at full tuition for a year)
  • Margaret Towson Scholarship (returning visually impaired UGA student and amount varies)
  • Lauren Melissa Kelly Award (one time spring award of $500)
  • Joe Coile Memorial Award (one time spring award of $500 based on service and leadership, in addition to other factors)
  • The Matthew Peddicord Memorial Award (one time spring award of $500 to a student with a chronic illness)
  • William I. Aynes Award (one time spring award for a pre-law student) 

Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute will award FLAS fellowships to a limited number of undergraduate students for an intensive program of language study in Quechua at the intermediate level and Portuguese at the intermediate, and advanced levels (2000 level and above). 

  • Up to $10,000 for tuition and fees to study at the intermediate or advanced level of Portuguese or Quechua at the University of Georgia
  • $5,000 as living stipend

Full details available here

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