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As you consider tuition, living expenses, and other financial needs, please take advantage of the many resources available through the UGA Office of Financial Aid. The Mary Frances Early College of Education offers assistantships, scholarships, grants, and other financial awards to students through various departments. You can also review additional funding sources.

Eligibility

To apply for merit-based scholarships, you must:

  • be currently enrolled full-time (12+ hours for undergraduate and 9+ hours for graduate) in an approved undergraduate or graduate program in the Mary Frances Early College of Education scholarship (except for Sylvia McCoy Hutchison scholarship).

To apply for need-based scholarships (marked with an asterisk *) you must:

  • be currently enrolled full-time (12+ hours for undergraduate and 9+ hours for graduate) in an approved undergraduate or graduate program in the Mary Frances Early College of Education scholarship
  • be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen as defined by the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OFSA)
  • have completed a FAFSA for the current academic year
  • authorize the Mary Frances Early College of Education to contact OFSA about your financial need by signing your application

Timeline

  • Application Opens: Tuesday, September 8th
  • Application Closes: Tuesday, December 8th 11:59 p.m. (No exceptions)
  • Decision Notification: June 2021
  • Funds will be Distributed: Beginning Fall 2021
  • Email Us

Instructions

  • Prior to filling out the application, review each scholarship description and criteria in detail and have your personal statement ready to cut and paste.
  • You will not be able to add information or additional scholarships to your application once it has been submitted.
  • The application process and award cycle are now annual. The awards from this cycle will be applied to the next academic year (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022).
  • Review and ensure you meet all additional criteria that are specific to each scholarship for which you intend to apply.
  • Scholarships that mention enrollment in a specific major as a condition of eligibility require that you be admitted to the major (not Intended) at the time of award.
  • Teacher education programs include:

    • Early Childhood Education
    • English Education
    • Health & Physical Education
    • Mathematics Education
    • Middle School/Grades Education
    • Science Education
    • Social Studies Education
    • Special Education
    • TESOL
    • Workforce Education
    • and World Language Education.

    Please note which level of student (undergraduate, graduate, or both) is eligible for scholarships pertaining to teacher education.

The application requires the following:

  1. A personal statement
    • Be direct and specific, using full sentences without excessive wordiness
    • Include information about yourself, your educational goals, and professional goals
    • Include information about your financial situation/needs and how an award will assist you in achieving your goals
    • Address specific information requested by each of the scholarships for which you are applying
      • For example: Several scholarships give preference to those planning to establish a career in the state of Georgia. If you do not include this in your statement, you will not be eligible for consideration for that particular scholarship.
      • Or: If the scholarship is for study abroad, please describe your plan and provide the total estimated cost as provided by the Office of Global Education or the program office
    • Length Limit: 3000 characters = ~500 words (the application will display a counter so you are aware of how many characters you have used)
  2. One required reference

Apply for the Scholarships

Available Scholarships

Updated 20 February 2020

Undergraduate

Amy Katherine Lee Student Ambassador Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level and student ambassador
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Applicants should possess leadership qualities and excel academically

Board of Visitors Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Address your intent to establish a career in education in the personal statement
  • Where available, decision preference will be given to a non-teacher education candidate

Don & Debbie Golden Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level, earned at least 90 credit hours
  • Demonstrated financial need *

Faye Daube Miller Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Floyd & Emily Jordan Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Mary Murphy Robinson Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level
  • Enrolled in a teacher education program
  • Address in the personal statement: your reliability, enthusiasm, and evidence of professional and service commitment for the promotion of specialization in the teaching field in the state of Georgia

Michael J. Hendrickson Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level, preference given to those who have earned at least 90 credit hours
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Address your work in the community in the personal statement
  • When possible, preference will be given to students who demonstrate peer leadership and a commitment to youth development through community engagement and/or youth ministry. If no such student is available in a given year, the scholarship is open to any undergraduate student in the College with demonstrated financial need *

Paul R. Kea Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level either freshman or transfer students of junior standing or less (90 or less earned hours)
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Awarded to students with career goals of serving the children of Georgia as a teacher or administrator
  • Priority will be given to students from the following counties: Emmanuel, Johnson, Oglethorpe, Clarke, Laurens (both county and city systems), and Jefferson City Schools.
  • Requires a supporting letter from the principal or superintendent to be attached within the application. Any application that does not have this documentation will not be considered for this award.

Sylvia McCoy Hutchinson Scholarship

  • Undergraduate level, enrolled part- or full-time
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • With all other factors being equal, first priority in awarding is given to a non-faculty staff member or their child in the College of Education. Second priority is given to a non-faculty staff member or their child in another University of Georgia school, college, or department. Third priority is the public at large.

Graduate

Martha Nell Allman Graduate Scholarship

  • Graduate level, enrolled in the MAT program, and entering student teaching semester
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Primary award consideration, in cases where all other factors are equal, will be given to applicants who plan to live and teach in the state of Georgia.

Ruby Maude Anderson Scholarship

  • Graduate level
  • Must be enrolled in a teacher education program
  • Have taught five (5) or more years at the secondary level in the State of Georgia (be prepared to submit evidence where asked on application)
  • Preference will be accorded to candidates from Oconee and Clarke Counties
  • Address your intention to make a career in secondary education in the state of Georgia in the personal statement

Undergraduate And Graduate

COE Centennial Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate level who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Have at least two (2) semesters remaining in your degree program
  • Include evidence of leadership ability and professional interest in the personal statement

COE Student Teaching Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are entering student teaching semester
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Georgia resident
  • Address your intent to establish a career in education in the personal statement

Del Jones Memorial Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Address in the personal statement: your reliability, enthusiasm, and evidence of professional and service commitment

Edward Pusey Award

  • Students majoring in Elementary Education and General Secondary Education (English Ed, Math Ed, Middle Grades Ed, Science Ed, Social Studies Ed, TESOL & World Language Education, CTAE Workforce Education)
  • Address this career goal in the personal statement

Flora Rogers Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who have been admitted into a teacher education program
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Address your intent to establish a career in public school education in the personal statement

George R. Gilmer Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who have been admitted into a teacher education program
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Ira Aaron International Study Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Participating in a study abroad experience
  • In good academic standing (2.00 or higher cumulative GPA)
  • Address your plan to study abroad and how international experience will enhance education in the personal statement

James L. Dickerson Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who are entering student teaching semester
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • GPA will be used in decision-making
  • Address your intent to establish a career in education in Georgia public schools in the personal statement

Jonathan Robert Scruggs Scholarship

  • Undergraduate students majoring in English Education, Mathematics Education, Middle School Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, or World Language Education AND Graduate students in the Community Counseling or Counseling Psychology programs
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • After GPA, demonstrated financial need * will be considered.

Rachel Sibley Sutton Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Early Childhood or Middle School Education programs
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA (undergraduates) or 3.50 (graduates)
  • Address definite plans for a career in elementary or middle grades education (K-8) in the state of Georgia in the personal statement

SNS-GSTC Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a COE teacher preparation program
  • Demonstrated financial need *
  • Address your intent to establish a career in education in the state of Georgia in the personal statement
  • Preference given to students of non-traditional age and to descendants of alumni of the State Normal School-Georgia State Teachers College. Please also address these in the personal statement if applicable.

Wells Fargo Scholars Program Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students from underserved populations (include but not limited to):
  • Members of an underrepresented minority or ethnic group
  • First generation college students
  • Persons raised in single parent household
  • Persons whose first language is not English
  • Persons from an inner-city or rural location
  • Other groups may also qualify as underserved.
  • Demonstrated financial need *

William Gatlin Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate transfer students
  • Demonstrated financial need *

Women Pioneers in Education Scholarship

  • Undergraduate and graduate students who have been admitted into a teacher education program
  • Minimum 3.50 GPA
  • Express your enthusiasm and show evidence of your leadership experience in research and development, and/or public service in the personal statement

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm applying for multiple scholarships. Do I need to write a separate statement for each one?
No. You should only enter one statement that addresses all the relevant criteria for all scholarships for which you are applying.
Who should I ask to be my reference?
One reference is required. Your reference should be submitted by a faculty member or another professional who can attest, in detail, to your skill sets and quality of work. Please give your reference enough notice (i.e. do not ask someone the night before the scholarship deadline). You are responsible for the one required reference being submitted by the scholarship deadline so please ask someone you trust and know has strong attention to detail.
How will I know when my reference has been received?
A confirmation will be sent to your UGA email address when your reference submits their recommendation form. It is your responsibility to check your UGA email for this confirmation.
If my reference doesn't turn in my application on time, am I still eligible?
No. The deadline applies to all parts of the application form, including the reference.
How will I be notified of the application outcome?
All students who submit a complete application will receive a decision via email.
What is the amount of the scholarship awards?
The number of scholarship awards and the amount will depend on the availability of funds.
When will funds be disbursed if I am awarded?
You will be asked to specify how you would like your funds distributed by the Business Manager if awarded.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
Please email us

Other Funding Sources

Graduate Assistantships

Working in an assistantship can greatly enhance your academic pursuits in ways beyond tuition remission. Many grad assistants enjoy greater access to faculty in their program than their peers, often assisting with research or performing administrative work that impacts the strategic position of the department.

For information about graduate assistantships, please consult with the graduate advising contact for your department.

External Resources

These external websites offer an abundance of information about teacher scholarships.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Want to take a trip but worried about how much it will cost? The university's Office of International Education can point you to a number of different funding sources to help you along the way!

UGA Office of Financial Aid

This university office provides resources and knowledge about all kinds of different strategies for offsetting the costs of attending college. Peruse their website for a wealth of information related to financial aid!