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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

With over $1 million in scholarships disbursed each year, Georgia Southwestern offers one of the most generous scholarship programs in the state. Beginning freshmen have the opportunity to apply for numerous scholarships funded through the generosity of our alumni, parents, former faculty members, and friends of the University.

To apply for scholarships, the student must be accepted and complete the appropriate application through the Scholarship Application Portal using their GSW CanesNet credentials unless otherwise noted.

GSW Scholarship Application
Georgia Southwestern Promise Scholarship

Georgia Southwestern offers all new, traditional-aged freshmen who meet qualifications below a guaranteed $1,000 or $3,000 scholarship. 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. Priority will be given to students completing the GSW Scholarship Application by May 1st. Qualified freshmen are encouraged to consider applying for the President Carter Leadership Program as well.

Promise Scholarship Requirements

Blue Level

$1,000 Academic

Minimum 1050 SAT or
20 ACT Composite

3.0 GPA*

Gold Level

$1,000 Academic
$2,000 On-Campus Housing

Minimum 1200 SAT or
25 ACT Composite

3.0 GPA


*Due to test scores being waived, students with a 3.5+ GPA are eligible to apply for the Blue Level Promise Scholarship.


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 this unique, four-year honors program become Mix Scholars and receive a $2,000 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 annually for all four years.

Leadership Program Requirements:

  • Minimum of 1100 total on the SAT or a composite score of 22 on the ACT
  • 3.0 High School GPA
  • Completion of the Carter Leadership Application by February 1st deadline


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 GSW Scholarship 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. Students must complete the GSW Scholarship Application for the 2024-25 academic year with submissions accepted through February 15, 2024. The scholarship is for one year; however, may be reapplied for each year a student is an undergraduate. Prior recipients must reapply annually and are eligible for, but not guaranteed, the scholarship in subsequent years. The selection of recipients is made by a committee of the GSW Alumni Association.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a family member of a Southwestern alumnus.
  • Applicant should exhibit good moral character, leadership and citizenship.
  • A letter of recommendation from a non-family member is required as part of application.
  • Recipients must attend and assist with at least two Alumni Association events during the year.

Scholarship Scoring Rubric


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


John and Betty Pope Fellowships

The John and Betty Pope Caregivers Scholarship is designed to support students engaged in informal caregiving roles, while helping them learn about the importance of caregiving and ultimately reach their higher education goals. The scholarship encourages recipients to explore career opportunities within the care economy, as well as bring strengths and skills developed through their personal caregiving experiences to other fields. Interested students can apply for the Pope Scholarship online by March 29th.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (undergraduate) or 9 credit hours (graduate) for a full award. Students who are unable to maintain full-time status due to caregiving-related duties are encouraged to apply as well and, dependent on annual funding availability, partial awards may be considered.
  • Provide a narrative description of the applicant's interests, experience, and aspirations related to caregiving. Applicants are encouraged to consider how their caregiving experience has shaped their interests and how it will impact their future work as well as the work of current and future caregivers.
  • Three letters of recommendation from an individual familiar with the applicant's academic, professional, and/or caregiving background. At least one must be focused on their caregiving background. Candidates are discouraged from submitting a letter from a family member, but these can be accepted.
  • Provide a resume that is tailored to the student's personal and/or professional caregiving experience as well as volunteer activities, special projects, and any other relevant information.
Pope Fellowship Scholarship Application


Wheatley Special Talent - Art and Music

Students accepted to Georgia 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 GSW Scholarship Application so they may also be considered for those awards.

Scholarship Deadlines

The priority deadline for Freshman scholarship application is February 1st unless otherwise noted. The final deadline for applications is May 1st. 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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