UGA and Non-UGA Scholarship Information & Announcements

First-Year Student (Freshman) UGA Academic Merit Scholarships:

Academic Scholarship Awarding:

UGA Undergraduate Admissions automatically screens all incoming first-year (freshman) students for Academic Scholarships during the admissions process. All students who are awarded a scholarship will receive paper notification from Undergraduate Admissions of the scholarship award and renewal requirements. Admissions will contact the student if additional information is needed.  Please see the list of UGA Academic scholarships on the Undergraduate Admissions Web Page for eligibility requirements and additional information.

Academic Scholarship Eligibility:

All (University or UGA) Academic Scholarships require full-time enrollment (12 hours). Most scholars can receive a one-time less than full-time exception during a semester of enrollment. To receive a less than full-time exception, the student must submit the request form to OSFA.

Academic Scholarship Renewal:

After an Undergraduate Admissions Scholarship has been awarded to a student, the Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for renewing the academic scholarship each year. At the end of spring semester each year, OSFA will check the scholar to ensure the academic requirements (i.e. full-time enrollment, UGA GPA) which are detailed in the award letter and below are fulfilled.  

If a student loses their Undergraduate Admissions Scholarship at the end of spring semester, the student may appeal to Undergraduate Admissions once they have regained the minimum UGA GPA requirement to have the scholarship reinstated.

Academic Scholarship

UGA GPA Requirement for Renewal

Alumni Associate Endowed Scholarship

3.00

Arch Scholarship

3.00

Baldwin Scholarship

3.00

Bernard Ramsey Scholarship

3.50

Bradley Turner Scholarship

3.20

Charter Scholarship

3.00

Charles McDonald Brown Scholarship

3.00

Classic City Scholarship

3.00

Classic Scholars Waiver

3.00

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

3.00

Coca Cola First Generation Scholarship

2.80 1st year and 3.00 subsequent years

Drew Charter Scholarship

2.8

Foundation Fellowship 

3.50

Georgia Incentive Scholarship

3.00

Glenn Family Scholarship

3.00

Goizueta Scholarship

2.80

Harris Scholarship

3.00

Henry King Scholarship

3.40

Hoard Memorial First Tee Scholarship

3.00

Lynes R. and Eugenie H. Sloss Scholarship

3.00

One UGA Scholarship

3.00

Presidential Scholarship

3.00

Rothberg/KIPP Scholarship

3.00

Russ Family Scholarship

3.00

Woodruff Scholarship

3.40

UGA Departmental Scholarships:

Once you are a student at UGA, you may qualify for scholarships offered by academic departments. These awards are typically offered to students beyond the freshman level. After being established in your major, you can begin to make inquiries with your academic department. The number and amount of awards vary by department, as do eligibility criteria. Contact your academic department or visit their web page for more information about scholarship opportunities.

All departmental scholarship awards will appear on the student’s Award Notice in ATHENA once the department has submitted the scholarship request to the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

View UGA Scholarship Opportunities

 

UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) Merit and Need-Based Scholarships:

UGA OSFA has very limited scholarship funds which are awarded to students of merit with unmet need who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process by the Important Dates for Limited Need-Based Funds Consideration.  These funds have been made available for UGA students through private funds.  UGA OSFA automatically screens students for these scholarships and will notify the student if additional information is needed to determine eligibility. Please note that there are many students who may be equally qualified for a scholarship, however preference is given to students who show financial need and meet the established important dates.

Student Responsibility to Inform OSFA When Awarded an External Scholarship(s):

Students who have been awarded Outside Scholarships and Other Resources by someone other than OSFA or Undergraduate Admissions must immediately notify OSFA by submitting OSFA's Private Outside Scholarship Reporting Form.

Where to Send External Scholarship Checks:

All money from a private donor needs to be processed through the University of Georgia. This is for your benefit as well as for your donors benefit.

Even if a check is made out only to you, it needs to be processed through UGA. DO NOT cash the check first and then send us a new check. This check cannot be processed as a scholarship/private award. We must process the original check.

All external scholarship checks awarded to students to attend UGA should be mailed to:
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA)
University of Georgia
220 Holmes/ Hunter Academic Building
Athens Georgia 30602-6114

Make all scholarship checks payable to the University of Georgia. If a check is made co-payable to UGA and the student, the student will be required to sign the check which may delay the application of the funds to the student’s account.

What to Include with an External Scholarship Check:

The external scholarship check(s) and/or documentation sent to OSFA must reflect:

  1. Student's name
  2. UGA student ID number
  3. Directions on how the funds are to be disbursed, i.e. fall only, spring only, or for the full academic year
  4. Any restrictions of the fund, i.e. tuition only, tuition and fees only, or toward the total cost of attendance, if applicable

Where to Send Checks from Educational Savings Accounts or Plans (Ex. 529 Plans):

All Educational Savings Accounts or Plans (529 Plans) should be mailed to:
Bursar and Treasury Services
University of Georgia
424 E. Broad Street
Business Services Bldg.
Athens, GA  30602-4227

Scholarship Disbursement:

All scholarships greater than $1,000 will be divided evenly between the fall and spring semesters unless the donor directs OSFA to do otherwise.

Scholarship funds first pay a student’s outstanding UGA charges. After a student’s current charges are paid, any resulting credit balance is refunded to the student by the Bursar & Treasury Services.

When to Send Scholarship Checks:

In order for a scholarship to credit a student’s account before their charges are due, we recommend that checks be submitted to UGA by the dates below:

  • July 15 for fall semester
  • December 1 for spring semester
  • May 1 for summer sessions

Timely processing requires the assistance of students.  Students must let their donor know of University of Georgia’s tuition and fee payment deadlines (see the Bursar & Treasury Services webpage).  All checks received after the dates above will still be processed, but we cannot guarantee that it will be on the award for the payment deadline.  The student is responsible for their account balance on the payment deadline.

The typical processing time for private scholarship checks ready for deposit is 5-7 business days. At peak times (middle of July through the end of September, and middle of December through the end of February), students should allow up to 10-14 business days for the processing of private scholarship checks. 

Out of date or expired checks will not be accepted and will be returned to the awarding organization for reissue.

Effects of Scholarship on Other Aid:

The receipt of a private scholarship may result in the reduction or repayment of need-based financial assistance previously awarded to the student by the University of Georgia.

In accordance with federal regulations, our office is required to monitor whether a student’s total financial assistance remains within their financial need-based eligibility. Similar practices are followed with some institutional need-based grants. Whenever possible, self-help awards (loans and Federal Work Study) are reduced before federal or institution gift assistance.

Disclosure of a Student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) and Other Financial Aid Award Information:

**Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education has set strict limitations on the student award information the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) can release to a scholarship provider.

Donors/Scholarship Providers needing information regarding the student's Federal Student Aid (FSA), estimated Cost of Attendance (COA), Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or financial need should ask the student to provide them a copy of their Award Notice from ATHENA.  The only permissible method for the scholarship provider to receive the FAFSA information under the Higher Education Act (HEA) is directly from the student.  The Office of Student Financial Aid cannot provide this information to a donor even with the student's written permission.

How to Access and Print Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

How to Access and Print Your Award and Cost of Attendance (COA) in Athena

Billing or Invoicing for Scholarship Payment:

The Financial Aid Office does not bill donors for scholarship payments. If an invoice or bill is required for payment, the student may obtain an account statement from the Bursar & Treasury Services.

Verification of Enrollment:

If a donor requires verification of enrollment, the student must complete the request through the Office of Registrar.

Student Athletes:

If a student athlete is awarded any type of scholarship, approval from the Athletic Department is needed before the scholarship can credit the student's account. The Office of Student Financial Aid’s Assistant Director of Compliance and Athletic Aid will reach out to the Athletic Department for this information.

Free Scholarship Search Sites:

We encourage students to visit the following free scholarship search sites.  The inclusion or exclusion of a particular web site should not be interpreted as an endorsement or lack thereof by the University of Georgia.  You, the consumer, are responsible for doing your own research and making your own evaluations of any available product, service or resource. We strongly urge you not to pay an individual or a firm to assist you in locating potential scholarships.

  1. FastWEB (Financial Aid Search through the WEB) provides access to a large free searchable database of private sector scholarships, fellowships and grants available to students.
  2. The College Board provides a free access to their database of scholarship sources.
  3. FinAid is a site providing a wealth of free information regarding scholarships.
  4. GAfutures.org offers a search engine for finding scholarships.
  5. The U.S. Department of Labor's careeronestop provides a database search of more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities