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Georgia Southwestern offers numerous scholarships for freshmen that are funded through the generosity of our alumni, parents, former faculty members, and friends of the university. Some scholarships are competitive based on each year's applicant pool, while others are guaranteed based on academic profile and home county. To apply for non-guaranteed scholarships and compete for their share of more than $600,000 in scholarship money awarded annually by Southwestern’s foundation, an incoming freshman must be accepted to Georgia Southwestern and complete the Beginning Freshmen Scholarship Application. The scholarships available to new students are listed below with their award and requirements. Approximately 20% of our freshmen class receive merit-based scholarships from Southwestern. We encourage you to apply.


The Georgia Southwestern Promise Scholarship

Georgia Southwestern is offering a guaranteed scholarship to students from Southwest Georgia. Beginning freshmen who live in the designated 56-county area who meet the criteria outlined below are automatically awarded a Georgia Southwestern Promise Scholarship, with no application or deadline required. Students residing outside of the designated southwest Georgia counties are also eligible to receive scholarships by submitting the required Beginning Freshman Scholarship Application. Priority will be given to students completing the application by February 1. All students may renew the scholarship for up to 4 years by maintaining a 3.0 GPA and remaining enrolled full-time.

Promise Scholarship 56 County Map

Blue Level - $1,000

$1,000 Academic Scholarship

Minimum 1100 SAT or 
22 ACT Composite

3.0 GPA

Gold Level -  $2,000

$1,000 Academic Scholarship
$1,000 On-campus Housing Scholarship*

Minimum 1200 SAT or
25 ACT Composite

3.0 GPA 

Guaranteed for students in the following counties: Atkinson, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee, Peach, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Worth

 *To be awarded an on-campus housing scholarship, the student must reside in university-owned housing.

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.
  • 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 Caregiving Issues and Management Certificate program at GSW. The amount of the award is determined annually and has ranged from $3000 - $5000 per academic year. Please include an additional one page statement titled “Caregiving” that details your interests, experiences, and aspirations related to caregiving. Applicants must also submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, and if invited, attend the Southwestern Scholars Competition to interview. To learn more about the fellowship, click here.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

  • $1000 award for one academic year
  • Award may be reapplied for each year
  • Must be a family member of a Southwestern alumnus or refered by an alumnus
  • Recipients are required to attend at least two Alumni Association events during the year
  • For more information and application, click here.

Beginning Freshman General Scholarships

The scholarships below are awarded based on review of the Beginning Freshmen Scholarship Application and interview during the Southwestern Scholars Competition. The event is held on President's Day and is by invitation only. The required SAT scores below are based on the old SAT scoring. USG approved concordance tables will be used to determine eligibility for students who have taken the new SAT.

Cavender/Rich Scholarship

In 1987, Tim Dupree established a scholarship in the memory of his late grandmother Ida Cavender, and Tony Rich, a benefactor. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Macon County High School and Peach County High School. Criteria includes a minimum SAT score of 950, financial need, HS average of 85 or better, 95% attendance record and a strong interest in the American work ethic. Selection is made by the Director of Admissions upon recommendation of the principals of Macon County High School and Peach County High School.

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.

Leewynn Finklea Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Leewynn 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.

 Alice Kelley Mathis Scholarship

The Alice K. Mathis Foundation established an endowed scholarship in 1982 in memory of a former GSW teacher. Applicants must be residents of Sumter County, possess a HS 3.0 GPA with special consideration of financial need and high moral character. This award can be on-going as long as academic progress is maintained.

 Jerry and Marjorie Newman Endowed Scholarship

The Jerry and Marjorie Newman Endowed Scholarship has been established through the generosity of Jerry and Marjorie Newman. Jerry Newman is a loyal alumnus of the Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) Class of 1959 who serves on the GSW Foundation Board of Trustees. He, along with his wife Marjorie, have supported GSW in many ways over the years, including a gift to renovate the former president’s home on campus now known as the Newman Alumni House. Recipients must be an enrolled student in good standing at Georgia Southwestern State University. Preference will be given to Columbus, Georgia and surrounding area residents.

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.

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: incoming freshman, minimum SAT of 1000, and 3.0 GPA.

Two Great Choices Scholarships

The community-driven Two Great Choices Scholarships are given exclusively to students from Sumter County. This scholarship was initiated in early 2008 as a joint effort between GSW, SGTC, city and county government leaders and other members of the Americus community to promote the positive educational opportunities offered by GSW and South Georgia Technical College (SGTC). The scholarship is awarded by the GSW director of Admissions. Recommendations from high school guidance counselors and principals are also considered.

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.

The Weston Family 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. May be continued or offered to an upperclassman who meets the criteria.

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.

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