UWG Hosts President's Day Scholarship Program

Monday, February 18, 2008

Providing prospective students with thousands of reasons to consider the University of West Georgia, UWG will host its second annual President’s Day Scholarship Program on Monday, Feb. 18.

Eligible high school students will have the opportunity to compete for the West Georgia Foundation Scholarship that will offer more than $50,000 in academic scholarships. There will be 10 awards at the $2,000 level and 30 awards at the $1,000 level. These awards are not renewable. Foundation Scholarships have been in existence for a number of years, however a majority of the awards are now targeted directly to prospective students for recruitment purposes.

According to Dr. Scot Lingrell, associate vice president for enrollment management, attracting high-achieving students and retaining them to graduation is a high priority at UWG.

“The $50,000 Foundation Scholarship for new students, along with other excellent scholarships like the Presidential, Goizueta and talent-based scholarships, provides not only an added incentive for talented students to choose UWG as their first-choice institution, but provides a sound financial basis from which they can launch their four-year college career,” Lingrell said.

“We believe that many students will choose to enroll at UWG because of the extra $1,000 or $2,000 they receive through the Foundation Scholarship program,” he added.

The minimum qualifications for these new scholarships are a 3.5 academic high school grade point average, 1150 combined critical reading and math SAT score, and acceptance to UWG by March 1.

In addition to scholarship competitions, Scholarship Day will include lunch with current students and faculty, campus tours, and financial aid FAFSA completion workshops. UWG faculty, staff and students will be available to answer questions prospective students may have about the university.

“We have chosen to highlight our scholarship programs by inviting prospective scholarship earners to our one-day opportunity for potential students to witness the educational excellence we espouse in our motto while competing for thousands of dollars in scholarships,” Lingrell explained.  “Our goal is that by the end of the program, students will have fallen in love with UWG and will decide to enroll here whether or not they are awarded a scholarship!”

In addition to the West Georgia Foundation Scholarships, other scholarships are available for entering freshmen. Students with superior grades and test scores may qualify for UWG’s highly competitive Presidential Scholarships. In addition, students will compete for scholarships in music, theatre and art during Scholarship Day. Competition will also be held for The Goizueta Scholarship for Hispanic/Latino students.

UWG President’s Day Scholarship Program will also feature scholarships opportunities with the departments of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts.   For additional information regarding art scholarships, visit www.westga.edu/~artdept/ or contact the Art Department at 678-839-6521.

Friends of Theatre New Talent Award and Theatre Work Study applications will be available.  For more information concerning theatre scholarships, visit www.westga.edu/~theatre or contact Shelly Elman at 678-839-4700.

For music scholarship and audition requirements, visit www.westga.edu/~musicdpt/AA or contact Dr. Kevin Hibbard, chairman of the Music Department, at musicdpt@westga.edu or call 678-839-6516.

Students who are eligible for the Foundation Scholarships may reserve a space for Scholarship Day by visiting www.westga.edu/scholarshipday by Feb. 7. Students eligible for Presidential Scholarships will be invited by the Honors College based on their completed admissions application.

Students interested in competing for art, music, or theatre scholarships must contact the individual departments for registration and invitation. Students interested in competing for the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship for Hispanic/Latino students should visit www.westga.edu/~goizueta/ or call Nova Davidson at 678-839-5600 for scholarship application and more information.

One week prior to Scholarship Day, all students will receive a confirmation, schedule and program information, map and directions to campus. Call the Admissions Office at 678-839-5600 with any questions.