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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 the GSW 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 Georgia Southwestern. We encourage you to apply.

  • Beginning Freshmen Scholarship Application (President Carter Leadership Application) - Application has closed for Summer/Fall 2021. Please see Promise Scholarship information below for awards still available. For Summer/Fall 2021 applicants, this scholarship application is ONLY needed for students applying for the Carter Leadership Program.
  • Goizueta Scholarship for Latino Students Application
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Georgia Southwestern Promise Scholarship

Georgia Southwestern offers a guaranteed $1000 academic scholarship to all new, traditional-aged freshmen who have at least a 3.5 high school GPA, with no application or deadline required. Students must begin as Regular Beginning Freshmen during the Summer or Fall semesters to be eligible. The GPA calculation is completed by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions and is based on the 17 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) courses. All students may renew the scholarship for up to 4 years by maintaining a 3.0 GPA and remaining enrolled full-time. Qualified freshmen with at least a 3.25 GPA are encouraged to consider applying for the President Carter Leadership Program . The program requires application before the February 1st deadline.

Southwestern Promise Scholarship Requirements:

$1,000 Academic Scholarship

3.5 GPA
Completion of the 17 Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) courses.

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 leadership in high school, score a minimum of 1100 total on the SAT or a composite score of 22 on the ACT, and have a 3.0 or better high school grade point average are eligible to apply for the Carter Leadership Program by the February 1st scholarship deadline. 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. We encourage any student with a strong academic, service, and leadership background 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.

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

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

  • Award may be reapplied for each year
  • 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
  • For more information, contact Angela Smith at

These generous donors have made the Georgia Southwestern Promise Scholarships possible.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 1948 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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