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Freshman Scholarships

Scholarships designed specifically for those that are considered First-Year Students

General Scholarships

Awarded by various organizations and entities, these scholarships may have specific criteria required in order to qualify

Private Scholarships

Funded by companies, foundations, organizations and individuals and are typically tailored to the issuing organization

Freshman 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 appropriate application noted for each scholarship.


Georgia Southwestern Promise Scholarship

Georgia Southwestern offers those living in the designated, local 56-county area a guaranteed $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship to all new, traditional-aged freshmen who meet the qualifications below, with no application or deadline required. Beginning freshmen who meet the criteria may renew the scholarship for up to 4 years by maintaining a 3.0 GPA and remaining enrolled full-time. Students residing outside of the designated counties are also eligible to receive scholarships by submitting the Beginning Freshman Scholarship application. Priority will be given to students completing the Beginning Freshman Scholarship Application by February 1. Qualified freshmen with at least a 3.25 GPA are encouraged to consider applying for the President Carter Leadership Program as well.

Promise Scholarship Requirements

Blue Level

$1,000 Academic

Minimum 1100 SAT or
22 ACT Composite

3.0 GPA

Gold Level

$1,000 Academic
$1,000 On-Campus Housing

Minimum 1200 SAT or
25 ACT Composite

3.0 GPA


President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program - Mix Scholars

The President Carter Leadership Program honors the life and legacy of GSW alumnus and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Admitted freshmen students who have demonstrated a strong academic, service and leadership background are strongly encourage to apply. Students accepted into the Program become Mix Scholars and receive this scholarship. Recipients must meet program requirements, maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and live on campus the first two years in order to extend the scholarship and may be extended all four years if requirements are met and maintained.

Leadership Program Requirements:

  • Minimum of 1100 total on the SAT or a composite score of 22 on the ACT
  • 3.0 High School GPA (Due to COVID-19 and the waiving of SAT/ACT for freshman admissions, requirements for Fall 2021 applicants is a 3.25 preferred GPA. GPA is calculated based on the 17 Required High School Curriculum courses.)
  • Completion of the Carter Leadership Application by February 1st deadline


Wheatley Special Talent - Art and Music

Students accepted to Southwestern by the February 1st scholarship deadline who indicate an intended major of art or music may be invited to the Southwestern Scholars Competition to have portfolios reviewed or music auditions for scholarships. Scholarship amounts are variable per academic year. Art and music students who have met the minimum academic qualifications should also complete the Beginning Freshmen Scholarship Application so they may also be considered for those awards.


Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships are awarded by the athletic department. Students interested in becoming a Hurricane athlete should complete a “Prospective Student Athlete” form at


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. Students must complete the following application.
  • 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
Alumni Legacy Scholarship

In an effort to increase enrollment and retention of students at GSW, the Alumni Association utilizes donations to offer scholarships to incoming and current students with family members who are alumni. For more information, contact Angela Smith at

scholarship application for the 2022-23 academic year is now open. Students must complete the following online applicationSubmissions will be accepted until 5:00 pm EST on February 15, 2022.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Award may be reapplied for each year but re-application is required annually
  • Must be a family member of a Southwestern alumnus or referred by an alumnus
  • Recipients are required to attend at least two Alumni Association events during the year

Scholarship Deadlines

The deadline for application is April 15th unless otherwise noted. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (229) 928-1378.

*All scholarship awards are based on fund availability. 

Looking for Specific Major Scholarships?

View a variety of scholarships offered by their respective college determined by your major. 

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