Freshman Foundation Scholarships
UWG’s Foundation Scholarship Program is a competitive merit scholarship program designed to recognize academic success in varying amounts up to $5,000. These scholarships cannot be combined with any additional institutional scholarships and are only available during your freshman year; however, they can be combined with the HOPE Scholarship.
- Acceptance to the University
- 3.5 minimum GPA on college preparatory subjects as calculated by the Office of Admissions (transcript required)
- SAT Critical Reading score of 550 minimum (or ACT English score of 24)
- SAT Math score of 550 minimum (or ACT Math score of 23)
- Academic Resume - including high school activities, student leadership roles, high school awards/honors, community services, etc. (example resume)
In order to be eligible to compete for our Foundation Scholarships, you must be accepted to the university and apply for scholarship consideration through the UWG Admissions Scholarship Portal by February 1st, 2015.
Apply For A Freshman Foundation Scholarship
Transfer and Non-Traditional Students
UWG is committed to offering scholarships to all incoming student types, including transfer and non-traditional students. To learn more about the available scholarship opportunities available for transfer and non-traditional students, please log into the UWG Admissions Scholarship Portal to find out eligibility and complete the online application.
Presidential Academic Scholarships
UWG awards several scholarships for students with outstanding academic credentials. The Honors College will invite students who are eligible for consideration for Presidential Scholarships. These awards are for $3,000 and $4,500 per year and are renewable for up to three additional years. To be considered, students must be accepted for admission by February 1st, 2015. No further application for the scholarship is necessary.
For more information regarding eligibility to the UWG Honors College or the Presidential Academic Scholarship, please visit the Honors College website.
Emerging Leader Awards
These awards are given to freshman who show promise in the development of leadership skills. Each recipient must commit to assuming a leadership role on campus and in the community through UWG’s Emerging Leader Program. As part of this program, participants learn the foundations of leadership development, commit to being strong leaders on campus and in the community, and develop the skills to be successful leaders in their future academic, co-curricular, and social lives. Emerging Leader Awards are in the amount of $1,000.
- Acceptance to the University
- 2.75 minimum GPA on college preparatory subjects as calculated by the Office of Admissions from the student’s high school transcript
- Essay outlining previous leadership experiences and intended interest in continuation of leadership growth.
- Completed admissions application and successful interview if selected to participate in the UWG President’s Day Scholarship Day on Monday, February 16th, 2015.
- The deadline to apply for consideration is February 1st, 2015.
After you are accepted for admission to the University of West Georgia, complete the Emerging Leaders Program Application by logging into the UWG Admissions Scholarship Portal.
Interviews and Campus Visits will take place at the UWG President’s Day Scholarship Day on Monday, February 16th, 2015. When your application is received, you will be contacted with additional information. For more information regarding the UWG Leadership Program through the Center for Student Involvement, please visit: Leadership at UWG.
UWG awards several scholarships* to students based on unique criteria decided by the donor. To apply, log into the UWG Admissions Scholarship Portal to find out eligibility and complete the online application.
Named scholarships include:
- Betty Reynolds Cobb Scholarship (Financial Need)
- James Emory Boyd Scholarship (Intended Graduate of Bremen High School)
- Jill B. Bryson Legacy Scholarship (Incoming Freshmen that are Pre-Education and attend a Douglas County High School)
- Hubert G. & Naomi C. Holland Scholarship (Intended Resident of Paulding County)
- Terry Kapetanakos Memorial Scholarship (Intended Cobb County Graduate - Preference to Osborne High School)
- Mary Ann Leathers Memorial Scholarship (Intended Graduate of Mt. Zion High School)
- Phil McDowell Scholarship (Intended Graduate of Central High School or Carroll County High School with JV/Varsity Sports Participation)
- Jennifer Lynn Olson Memorial Scholarship (Intended Cobb County Graduate - Preference to Lassiter High School)
- Tabatha and Logan Hancock Memorial Scholarship (Intended graduate of Woodland High School, AL)
- Barry C Carroll Scholarship (Intended Graduate of Carroll County, Pre-Criminology Major - must also submit 500 word essay)
- Farmer Scholarship (Parents must list Farming/Agriculture as their livelihood)
*The listing of these scholarships does not guarantee their availability. Awards are available based on funds available.
The Goizueta Scholarship
The Goizueta Foundation is committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of Hispanic students here at the University of West Georgia. It is through this mission that the Goizueta Foundation is presenting two renewable scholarships to qualified applicants for their four year undergraduate college careers at the University of West Georgia. To learn more about The Goizueta Scholarship, log into the UWG Admissions Scholarship Portal to find out eligibility and complete the online application.
The Department of Art at the University of West Georgia will offer scholarships to incoming freshmen enrolling as Art majors at the University for the Fall Semester of 2015.
To be eligible for consideration:
- Complete and submit the Incoming Freshmen Art Scholarship Application to the University of West Georgia Art Department (Main Office: Humanities 321A)
- Submit official copies of your transcript including your SAT/ACT scores.
- Submit two teacher/principal recommendation letters.
Students will be invited by the Art Department to participate. For additional information regarding art scholarships, please visit www.westga.edu/~artdept/ or contact the Art Department at 678-839-6521.
Friends of Theatre New Talent Award and Theatre Work Study are offered. Students must fill out the application and must audition or show their portfolio to be considered.
Friends of Theatre New Talent Award:
This scholarship is given to incoming Freshmen Theatre Major(s). This award is the result of the strong and continual community support for the West Georgia Theatre Company over the past ten years. The Theatre Program hopes to both honor the community and provide financial support to a deserving new Theatre student. Students must fill out an application and must audition or show their portfolio to be considered. Auditions and portfolio review dates are scheduled annually at the Georgia Theatre Conference in October and the Georgia Thespian Conference in February. UWG Faculty will participate in scholarship auditions at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March to view the work of current juniors in High School. Four scholarships are offered for returning students as well.
The Encore Theatre Company Theatre Achievement Scholarships
These scholarships provide financial assistance annually to two declared theatre majors, freshmen or higher, selected by the full time theater faculty. The recipients of the scholarship shall demonstrate talent in the performing arts via and audition or interview, and shall demonstrate continuing dedication to the University's theatre arts program as determined by the theatre faculty. The faculty may also take into consideration, as a secondary matter, the financial need. Encore Theatre Company was a private, independent theater group which was founded in 1997 by four individuals devoted to theatre. Encore was dedicated to quality and professionalism in independent community theatre. Encore disbanded in the 2007, and as is legacy, donated these endowed scholarships to the UWG Theatre Program.
Please contact Shelly Elman, Director of Theatre, at 678-839-4700 or visit www.westga.edu/~theatre/ for more information.
Anthropology Endowment Scholarships
The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Endowment in Anthropology was established by Mrs. Henrietta Waring in memory of her husband, Dr. Antonio J. Waring, Jr. (1915-1964). Dr. Waring was one of the pioneers of Anthropology in Georgia and is responsible for defining the prehistoric cultural chronology of the coastal region of Georgia. Although professionally trained in medicine, Dr. Waring had interests in archaeology and directed and participated in several major archaeological excavations in the southeastern United States. It is indeed fortunate that the training of a new generation of anthropologists is encouraged and supported by the generosity of the Waring family.
The Waring Endowment funds several programs including several scholarships for Anthropology majors, travel and research awards for Anthropology students, a lecture series, as well as the West Georgia Anthropological Society.
To view the guidelines for qualifying and applying for the the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Endowment in Anthropology, please visit the UWG Admissions Scholarship Portal.
Private scholarships are offered outside of UWG. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for these private external scholarships and to ensure that the funding is applied to their account balance prior to the fee payment deadline associated with their student registration.
How do I find private scholarships?
- Check with any group, organization, church, community, etc. of which you may be a member to see if they offer any scholarships.
- You may also find these scholarship search engines helpful:
For general questions about scholarships available for incoming students, please email the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-839-5600.