Freshmen Scholarships

The following scholarship programs are funded through the generosity of our alumni, parents, former faculty members, and friends of the University. To apply for these scholarships, the student must complete the “Beginning Freshmen Scholarship”, the “Associate Degree Graduates Transfer Scholarship”, or the "Goizueta Scholarship for Latino Students" application. All scholarships are competitive. Review of scholarships will take place immediately following the March 1stth priority deadline, unless listed differently below. Applications submitted after March 1st will only be considered if additional funds become available. The scholarships available to new students are listed below with their reward and requirements. Approximately 20% of our freshmen class receive merit-based scholarships from Southwestern. We encourage you to apply.

Beginning Freshmen Scholarship Application
This application covers the Honors Program, Wheatley Academic, and Wheatley Leadership Scholarships, as well as several other awards listed under "More Freshmen Scholarships." It also is used as part of the Pope Fellowship Application, click below for the additional requirements.

Associate Degree Graduates Transfer Scholarship Application

Goizueta Scholarship for Latino Students Application

Pope Fellowship in Caregiving Application

Presidential Honors Program

$4000 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.2 or higher
Application Minimums:
1300 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 29
College Preparatory Curriculum GPA of 3.7
March 1st deadline for priority consideration for the honors program
To learn more about the Honors Program click HERE.

Honors Program

$2,500 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.2 or higher
Application Minimums:
1200 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 26
College Preparatory Curriculum GPA of 3.0
March 1st deadline for priority consideration for the honors program
To learn more about the Honors Program click HERE.

Wheatley Academic

$2,000 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.0 or higher
Application Minimums:
1100 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 24
College Preparatory Curriculum GPA of 3.0
Application deadline is March 1st
Students selected are required to reside on campus.

Wheatley Leadership

$1,500 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.0 or higher
Application Minimums:
1000 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 22
College Preparatory Curriculum GPA of 3.0
Demonstrated leadership through community/school involvement
Application deadline is March 1st
Students selected are required to reside on campus

Wheatley Scholar

$1,000 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.0 or higher
Application Minimums:
1000 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 22
College Preparatory Curriculum GPA of 3.0
Application deadline is March 1st
Students selected are required to reside on campus

Wheatley Associate Degree

$500-1000 per academic year
Application Minimums:
Completion of Associate Degree
Previous college GPA of 3.0
Application deadline is March 15th 
Recipients are required to reside on campus and participate in an on campus academic program

Wheatley Special Talent

$600-1500 per academic year
Variable criteria depending on skills; auditions will be required
Final decision made by the department chairs
Contact Fine Arts or Athletic Department for appropriate methods of application and deadlines

Goizueta Latino Student

The Goizueta Foundation of Atlanta established a scholarship to provide need-based assistance annually to Hispanic/Latino students whose families currently reside in the United States.
Scholarship is available to both documented and undocumented students
$1000 - $1500 per academic year and renewable with application
Application deadline is May 15th
Awards are based partially on Financial need

John and Betty Pope Fellowships

The John and Betty Pope Fellowship in Caregiving is a unique program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University. Fellows must be enrolled in the Caregiver Specialist Certificate program at GSW. This Certificate is the only one of its kind and represents the commitment of Georgia Southwestern State University to prepare leaders in the field of Caregiving.  The amount of the award is determined annually and has ranged from $3000 - $5000 per academic year. To learn more about the fellowship, click here.

Charles F. Crisp Scholarship

This endowment was established by family and friends in memory of Charles F. Crisp, former President of the Bank of Commerce and local business leader in Americus, Georgia. Recipient must be a resident of Georgia, an incoming Freshman with a minimum SAT of 1000 and HS GPA of 3.0. Consideration is also given to students currently enrolled at GSW with a 3.0 GPA.

Leewyn Finklea Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Leewyn Finklea, an educator and GSW’s first Alumni Director. Applicants must have financial need, a minimum 2.75 GPA and show interest in community and school related activities.

Frances Bagley Arenz Jones Scholarship

This Alumni Award is available to incoming Freshmen who are Sumter County residents. Victor Jones established it to honor his wife, Frances Bagley Arenz, a 1939 graduate of GSW. Criteria include a HS GPA of 2.8 and no grades below C. Applicants are also considered for leadership qualities and participation in extra-curricular activities. This scholarship can be on-going as long as the criteria are met.

H. Phil Jones, Jr.
Citizens Bank of Americus Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of H. Phil Jones, Jr., former president of the Citizens Bank of Americus. It is available to Sumter County or Webster County residents exhibiting financial need, those who show leadership qualities through extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports or volunteer work and is an “average” student with a 2.0-3.25 GPA.

Mary Lou Jordan Scholarship

This scholarship is a memorial to Mary Lou Jordan, an English instructor at GSW from 1926 to 1945. It is available to a Georgia Freshman with a minimum HS GPA of 3.0 and SAT of 1000.

Junior Service League Scholarship

The Junior Service League of Americus established a scholarship for an incoming Freshman with a 3.0 GPA or better. Priority will be given to a child/stepchild of active or honorary Americus JSL members in good standing. In case of multiple applicants, the award goes to the applicant with the highest GPA and SAT scores. Students must complete a GSW scholarship application for consideration.

Levine-Hanes Scholarship

Dr. Michael Hanes, former President of GSW and his wife, Dr. Madlyn Hanes, established this endowed scholarship in honor of their parents. This scholarship will be awarded to a first year, traditional age, full time student who has demonstrated unmet financial need and qualifies for regular admission with above average credentials. It can be extended if recipient qualifies.

Myra Lunsford Scholarship

The Myra Lunsford Scholarship is an endowed scholarship established by Myra Lunsford, Class of 1927, and is awarded to a worthy undergraduate student who has a 3.0 GPA and demonstrates participation in school related scholastic activities while in High School or at GSW.

John Prance Scholarship

This Alumni endowed scholarship, named in honor of John Prance, GSW President from 1932 to 1934, is awarded to entering Freshmen who demonstrate financial need, possess a HS GPA of 3.0, and a minimum SAT of 1000.

Jim Ray Scholarship

This endowment was established by Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ray of Americus, Georgia, in memory of their son Jim. The recipient must be enrolled full-time and in good standing. Consideration will be given but not restricted to incoming Freshmen. Preference is given to student athletes in the sport of golf.

Roy Lee & Susan Smith Scholarship

The family of Roy Lee Smith, a successful local businessman, established this scholarship fund with preference given to boys and girls from the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes. Scholarships are for high school graduates who meet GSW admission standards and remain in good standing while attending. Minimum of 12 credit hours must be taken each semester. Covers room, board, books and tuition.

Henry King Stanford Scholarship

This Alumni scholarship was named in honor of Henry King Stanford, President of GSW from 948 through 1950 and former President of Birmingham Southern, Ga. College and State University in Milledgeville, University of Miami, and University of Georgia. Criteria: in-coming Freshman, minimum SAT of 1000, and 3.0 GPA.

Martha Hudson Westbrook Scholarship

Martha H. Westbrook, Class of 1929, for whom the Westbrook Clock Tower on campus was named, established this scholarship to assist worthy undergraduate students who demonstrate participation in scholastic activities while in high school or at GSW. Must possess a GPA of 3.0.

 Weston Scholarship

A past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the GSW Foundation, D. Michael Weston established an endowed scholarship to encourage high academic achievement to an incoming GSW Freshman who possesses a 2.0 to 2.5 HS GPA and scored less than 1100 on the SAT.

Frances Wood Wilson Scholarship

The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation of Decatur, Georgia, provides assistance to worthy students with a GPA of 3.0 and who demonstrate leadership involvement in school activities. Selection is by the Director of Admissions.

Deadline for Application is March 1st
The Beginning Freshmen Scholarship Application is used to award the above scholarships, as well as the Wheatley Scholarships. All scholarships are based on availability.

Beginning Freshmen Scholarship Application