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Scholarships for Entering Freshmen

Most scholarships available to entering freshmen are offered to students who are selected to participate in the annual Presidential Scholarship Competition. The competition for freshmen is held each year on a Friday in late November or early December. For online registration and more information please visit the official Presidential Scholarship Competition website. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Admissions and New Student Programs at 478-445-0948.

Other scholarships offered to incoming freshmen, such as the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship, require a separate application. For details, select these scholarships from the freshmen section on the right.

Scholarships for Returning Students

Each year, students currently enrolled at Georgia College who plan to return the following academic year have the opportunity to apply for Scholarships for Returning Students. Note that these scholarships are not available to incoming freshmen or transfer students. The scholarship application is typically available late Fall Semester for the upcoming academic year with most deadlines being in mid-February. The Financial Aid Office notifies all enrolled students by e-mail when the application is available and when the final deadline will be each year.

General criteria for most of the Scholarships for Returning Students are as follows:

  • Full-time enrollment for Fall and Spring semesters (12 hours for undergraduate and 9 hours for graduate)
  • Completion of 24 hours at Georgia College by the end of Spring Semester (students may apply before completion of these hours)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; however, these scholarships are competitive.

Students will be matched to scholarships based on their application answers. Please note that actual offerings for the upcoming academic year may change as funding is determined on a yearly basis.

Private Scholarships

Private Scholarships may come from a variety of sources. Check with your hometown civic organizations (such as Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge, etc.), your place of worship, banks, credit unions, business organizations and other associations. They often have scholarships that are not advertised.

Many web-based search engines are available that enable students to search for personalized scholarship matches. The GC Financial Aid Department recommends www.fastweb.com and www.scholarshipexperts.com.  Additionally, GACollege411 offers a search engine for finding scholarships.  As with any web-based product, students are encouraged to protect themselves from potential scams by spending some time reviewing expert advice that can be found at FinAid.org.

Students who are awarded a scholarship from a source other than Georgia College should contact the Scholarship Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office for further information. Generally, private scholarships greater than $1000 are evenly divided between fall and spring semesters, while awards $1000 or less are applied in full to one semester, unless this conflicts with the scholarship donor's stipulations or federal aid regulations.

Scholarship checks should be made payable to Georgia College and mailed to: Georgia College Office of Financial Aid, 231 West Hancock Street, Campus Box 30, Milledgeville, GA, 31061.  For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 478-445-5149, or e-mail your questions to financialaid@gcsu.edu.


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