GSW 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 based on each year's applicant pool and do not indicate automatic awards. Review of scholarships will take place immediately following the March 1st 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 below. 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

Wheatley Continuing Scholarship Application

Presidential Honors Program

$4,000 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.2 or higher
Minimum requirements to be considered:
1300 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 29
Required High School Curriculum GPA of 3.7
March 1st deadline for priority consideration for the honors program
Awarded on a competitive basis
To learn more about Honors Program click here

Wheatley Honors Program

$2,500 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.2 or higher
Minimum requirements to be considered:
1150 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 26
Required High School Curriculum GPA of 3.0
March 1st deadline for priority consideration for the honors program
Awarded on a competitive basis
To learn more about Honors Program click here

Wheatley Academic

$2,000 per academic year and renewable if the college GPA is 3.0 or higher
Minimum requirements to be considered:
1100 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 24
Required High School Curriculum GPA of 3.0
Application deadline is March 1st
Awarded on a competitive basis
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
Minimum requirements to be considered:
1000 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 22
Required High School Curriculum GPA of 3.0
Application deadline is March 1st
Awarded on a competitive basis
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
Minimum requirements to be considered:
1000 on Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or ACT composite score of 22
Required High School Curriculum GPA of 3.0
Application deadline is March 1st
Awarded on a competitive basis
Students selected are required to reside on campus

Wheatley Special Talent

Variable amounts 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

Wheatley Associate Degree

$500-1000 per academic year
Minimum requirements to be considered:
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

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.

Wheatley Continuing Scholarship

$500 per academic year
Nomination is required for each year
Other criteria: application only by nomination of a GSW faculty member; completion of 15 or more academic credit hours with 30 hours to be completed by second semester of enrollment at GSW; minimum GPA is 3.0 or higher
Nominated student may not be the recipient of another GSW campus scholarship

General Scholarships

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Alumni Association offers an academic scholarship to a Georgia resident who has a GPA of 2.5 –2.99 and is a sophomore, junior or senior in good standing. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students only.

DAPHNE CANTRELL CHAMBLESS SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2005 by Daphne Ann Chambless in honor of her mother, the Daphne Cantrell Chambless Award criteria is for a Georgia Southwestern State University student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any academic subject, has a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.0 and has achieved a level of a Junior or Senior.

CLASS OF ‘59 SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by members of the GSW Class of 1959 to benefit GSW students who have achieved Junior, Senior or graduate level and have earned a minimum of 2.5 GPA. First consideration will be given descendants of GSW alumni.

GENERAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

The General Scholarship Fund is an award for students with a SAT of 1000 and 3.0 GPA.

E. R. HOGG SCHOLARSHIP

The Hogg Scholarship award was established by the GSW Class of 1926 to honor their class president, Ernest R. Hogg. This award is given to assist a worthy student leader who has financial need, completes a minimum of 15 hours per semester, and maintains a 2.80 GPA.

HOLLOWAY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

This scholarship cash award was established by Dr. Harold E. Holloway, a 1953 graduate of Schley County High School in Ellaville, Georgia. This award benefits Honor Graduates of Schley County High School who attend G SW. Awards are subject to availability of funds. Awarded by Schley County High School Counselor

JULIA BAKER ISAKSON SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by E.A. Isakson of Roswell, Georgia, to honor his wife Julia, a 1937 graduate of Georgia Southwestern College. This scholarship covers full tuition and is awarded to a deserving student with a positive attitude who would benefit from an education at GSW. It is renewable and not based on financial need.

PEYTON JACOB SCHOLARSHIP

The Alumni Association established this scholarship in honor of Peyton Jacob, President of GSW from ’35 to ’48, for worthy students of good academic standards. Selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid.

MATTIE H. MARSHALL FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

This memorial scholarship honors Mattie H. Marshall, mother of former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Tom Marshall, and is awarded to a worthy student who is a resident of the State of Georgia and has a minimum GPA of 2.5.

T. HARVEY MATHIS SCHOLARSHIP

Mrs. Elizabeth Cheatham, long time resident of Sumter County, established the T. Harvey Mathis Scholarship in memory of her father. This academic scholarship is available to deserving students who are residents of Sumter County with a minimum 3.0 GPA and show financial need.

MCMILLAN SCHOLARSHIPS

Frances Daniel, caregiver and friend of the late Kenneth (Tip) McMillan, GSW Class of 1959, shared his desire to assist students in obtaining higher education. She established two alumni endowed scholarships in his memory. Consideration is given to residents of the Ga. Sheriff’s Youth Homes, or of Colquitt County, Ga., who have financial need and meet admission standards. Selection is by a Special Committee chaired by Rudolph Patterson, Attorney and awarded by Director of Financial Aid.

MARSHALL PRYOR SCHOLARSHIP

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Robert Marshall Pryor by his family. The scholarship is available to residents of Sumter County, Georgia, who have financial need. Marshall Pryor, the grandson of the late Judge Thomas O. Marshall, Supreme Court Justice of the State of Georgia, demonstrated great courage in his fight to live and will always be an inspiration to his family and friends.

BLANCHE AND C.L. RHYNE SCHOLARSHIP

The family of Blanche S. Rhyne established this scholarship for a gifted student in any discipline.

LULA FINCH STEPHENS SCHOLARSHIP

This endowed scholarship award was established by Sam P. Stephens of Anderson, South Carolina, Class of 1942, in memory of his mother who was from Americus, Georgia, and sent four of her children to GSW. Criteria are based on need and is renewable.

JENNIE STRANGE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was the second endowed award established by alumnus Sam P. Stephens (1942), to honor his mother-in-law, Jennie Strange of Ellaville, Georgia. Criteria are based on financial needs of a deserving student. Scholarship is renewable.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS April 15th Contact the Office of Financial Aid 229-928-1378

ALL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS ARE BASED ON FUND AVAILABILITY.

School of Arts & Sciences

Available scholarships offered through the Department of Chemistry at Georgia Southwestern State University

The Vivian Schild Scholarship

Criteria

i. Completed application

ii. Female chemistry major

iii. Minimum of 12 semester hours of chemistry courses that apply toward major completed at GSW

iv. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7

v. Based upon highest sum: Overall GPA + Science and math GPA + Chemistry GPA

 Selection Process

The Department of Chemistry will review applications once per year prior to the Fall Semester.

Monetary Amount

$1000 per year awarded once in the Fall Semester based on availability of funds

Chemistry Club Scholarship

  • Criteria

    1. Completed application
    2. Chemistry major
    3. Minimum of 48 semester hours
    4. Minimum of 12 semester hours of chemistry at or above 2000 level
    5. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 and chemistry GPA of 3.0
    6. Active chemistry club membership (attendance at majority of chemistry sponsored meetings and events)
  • Selection Process

    1. Candidates will be selected upon: 1. Fulfillment of the above criteria 2. Overall GPA 3. Science and math GPA 4. Chemistry GPA
    2. In the event of a tie, the cumulative GPA will be added to the chemistry GPA. If there is still a tie, the award will be equally divided.
    3. This scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student attending Georgia Southwestern State University for application toward payment of tuition at GSW. The scholarship is awarded during the FALL semester and will be awarded only once per student.
  • Monetary Amount

    1. $500 based on availability of funds (potentially can be awarded to 2 students).

The L.R. Towson Scholarships

Junior Award

  • Criteria

    1. Completed application
    2. Chemistry major
    3. Classified as a junior by 1st semester of the award with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    4. Completed 12 semester hours of chemistry above the 1000 level with a GPA of 2.5.
    5. 2 letters of recommendation by faculty members, one from outside the Department.
  • Selection Process

    1. The granting of the awards will be determined by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry during the Summer Semester prior to the awards granted annually in the Fall Semester. In the event of 2 or more candidates having equal qualifications, student's need will determine the award.
  • Monetary Amount

    1. The award is for $125 per semester for each of the Fall and Spring Semesters based on availability of funds. Failure to maintain minimum criteria results in discontinuation of the award.

Senior Award

  • Criteria

    1. Completed application
    2. Chemistry major
    3. Classified as a senior by 1st semester of the award with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
    4. Completed 18 semester hours of chemistry above the 1000 level with a GPA of 2.5.
    5. 2 letters of recommendation by faculty members, one from outside the Department.
  • Selection Process

    1. The granting of the awards will be determined by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry during the Summer Semester prior to the awards granted annually in the Fall Semester. In the event of 2 or more candidates having equal qualifications, student need will determine the award.
  • Monetary Amount

    1. The award is for $400 per semester for each of the Fall and Spring Semesters based on availability of funds. Failure to maintain minimum criteria results in discontinuation of the award.
    2. These are the current guidelines for scholarships offered through the Department of Chemistry to which the Department will adhere in the distribution of the awards.

Agerton and Argo Scholarships

They are chosen by faculty nomination and only students who are at least juniors and who have a GPA above 3.0 are considered.

Wheatley Music Scholarship

It is open to all students enrolled in the Concert Choir or University Band, primarily music majors and minors. An audition is required. Please contact music faculty for audition requirements.