Scholarships for Students from Georgia

Scholarships for Students form Georgia

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A scholarship is money that is applied toward college tuition and that does not have to be repaid (except in a few rare situations, like dropping out of school in the middle of a semester)! You can win a scholarship from any number of sources, from your school to your employer. There are also scholarships and grants available to students who live in certain locations. Luckily, residents of the Peach State have a lot of options when it comes to paying for college.

Public scholarships and grants for Georgia residents:

Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant Program

Award Amount: Up to $1,425 annually
Application Deadline: Varies

This award is open to undergraduate students who are attending school full-time at an eligible private institution in Georgia. Students can earn $475 per semester, or $317 per quarter. The award is renewable and available for up to 127 semester hours (190 quarter hours). Students may apply through the FAFSA (which must be filed each year to maintain eligibility) or the Georgia Student Finance Application. The application deadline is determined by individual institutions, so check with your school for theirs!

HOPE Career Grant

Award Amount: Up to $1,000 per semester
Application Deadline: Last day of the semester or quarter

This award is available to students who are enrolled in specific majors, including engineering, computer programming, nursing, and manufacturing, at an eligible Georgia school. You can find the full list of eligible programs here. The HOPE Career Grant is awarded to students who are already receiving a HOPE or Zell Miller Grant, both of which are applied for through either the FAFSA or the Georgia Student Finance Application. Award amount depends on the number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled.


Award Amount: $500
Application Deadline: Last day of the semester or quarter

The HOPE GED Grant is available to students who received a GED through the Technical College System of Georgia and are attending an in-state school. The grant is given in the form of a one-time $500 award that can be used toward books, tuition, or other educational costs. The award must be used within 24 months of the earning your GED. Students can apply for this grant by filing the FAFSA or completing the Georgia Student Finance Application.

HOPE Grant

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: Last day of the semester or quarter

Students who are pursuing a certificate or diploma at an eligible Georgia institution are likely eligible for the HOPE Grant. The HOPE Grant does not require full-time enrollment in a degree program or a certain high school GPA, however to maintain eligibility, students must demonstrate a 2.0 GPA in their postsecondary courses. Complete the FAFSA or the Georgia Student Finance Application to apply.

HOPE Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: Last day of the semester or quarter
Minimum GPA Required: 3.0

The HOPE Scholarship is available to students who meet certain academic requirements: graduating from a HOPE-eligible high school with at least a 3.0 GPA; graduating from a non-HOPE-eligible high school or homeschool program, or earning a GED and scoring in the top 25% of students on the SAT or ACT; or earning a cumulative GPA of 3.0 after attempting at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of college-level coursework. Students must also complete at least four rigorous courses while in high school and enroll at a HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia for college. Apply by completing the FAFSA (which must be filed each year to maintain eligibility) or the Georgia Student Finance Application.

Zell Miller Grant

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: Last day of the semester or quarter

The Zell Miller Grant is available to students who are enrolled in a certificate or degree program at an institution in the Technical College System of Georgia or University System of Georgia. Neither full-time enrollment nor a certain high school GPA are required, but in college, students must have a 3.5 GPA at the end of each term to maintain eligibility. Students can complete the FAFSA or the Georgia Student Finance Application to apply.

Zell Miller Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Application Deadline: Last day of the semester or quarter

The requirements for the Zell Miller Scholarship are roughly the same as the HOPE Scholarship listed above, however, this scholarship has one further academic requirement. A student must graduate from a participating high school as the valedictorian or salutatorian, graduate with at least a 3.7 GPA and a combined SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 26, or one of the other, less common scenarios listed on the program’s website. Students can apply by completing the FAFSA each year or submitting the Georgia Student Finance Application.

Private scholarships for Georgia residents:

Phinizy Spalding and Hubert B. Owens Scholarships

Award Amount: $1,000
Letter of Recommendation: Yes

This scholarship is open to first-year, full-time undergraduate or graduate students studying historic preservation, archeology, architecture, history or planning at a Georgia institution. The application packet includes letters of recommendation, your transcript, your résumé, and a 500-word essay stating why you are applying for the scholarship and detailing your involvement with historic preservation. The 2018 deadline has passed, however, there is plenty of time to prepare to apply for next year. Watch the provider’s website for the 2019 application.

Constitutional Officers' Association of Georgia (COAG) Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $1,500
Application Deadline: March 31, 2018
Essay: Yes

The COAG Scholarship is open to high school seniors, GED candidates, and full-time undergraduate students who are Georgia residents and who are currently or will be attending an accredited institution in Georgia. Applicants must be planning to study government, law enforcement, political science, accounting, business, or pre-law. To apply, you must provide proof of enrollment, proof of residency, and an 1,000-word essay answering the question “How do the duties and responsibilities of the Constitutional Officers in your county work together to serve the people of the county?”

Emerge Scholarship Program

Award Amount: Varies
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

Emerge scholarships are available to women age 25 and older whose education was interrupted or delayed and who are returning to school to advance their career, change careers, or enter the workforce. Application requirements include proof of college acceptance, letters of recommendation, and an essay on how further education would positively influence your life. Check the provider’s website frequently for the newest application!

Georgia Mining Foundation Scholarship Program

Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Letter of Recommendation: Yes
Essay: Yes

High school seniors who live in a county where a mining or mineral producer operates are eligible to apply for this scholarship to help with the cost of higher education. Students must earn a combined score of 960 on the SAT or 18 on the ACT; complete four years of English, three years of history or social science, and five math or science courses while in high school; and write a 200-word essay about how this scholarship would help further their education. Students are also required to submit one letter of recommendation, their high school transcripts, and proof of financial need. The 2018 deadline has passed, but watch for the 2019 application in the fall!

Though private scholarships that are open only to Georgia residents are few in number, the state provides plenty of grants and scholarships that are open to many students. Doing a thorough internet search could turn up even more options, so be sure to spend some time pouring through the results! Your tuition bill will thank you.

About Hannah Holley

Hannah earned a BS in Psychology from the College of Charleston, and an MA in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and worked as a therapist for children with special needs for more than five years, but now spends most of her time keeping up with her own toddler. In between playing cars and picking up after her tiny human tornado, she loves to try new recipes, take photographs, and re-watch episodes of "Parks and Recreation" for the 10th time. Hannah lives in Charleston, SC.

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