The sections below contain details about the scholarships available to College of Education undergraduate and graduate students.
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The following is a tentative list of all scholarships available from the College of Education. They are broken down into three Areas. Please click on the area in which you are interested
PLEASE NOTE: The actual amount of a scholarship is determined by the availability of funds. Many of our scholarships have been affected by the recent economic crisis. Some scholarships may not be awarded if funds are not available.
- Graduate Students Only
- Undergraduate Students Only
- Both Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students Only
Douvanis (Dr. Gus) Memorial Award
Awarded to graduate student with strong academic standing and financial need.
Linton Deck Leadership Scholar Fund
The Linton Deck Leadership Scholar Fund will enable an annual award to a University of West Georgia graduate student by a scholarship committee within the College of Education. When selecting the recipient(s), the following criteria shall be applied:
- Recipient must be a graduate student majoring in Educational Leadership.
- Preference will be given to candidates who work in schools with at-risk populations.
- Preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need, as screened through the financial aid office at the University of West Georgia.
Leona Ingram Scholarship
Awarded to a teacher who is pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in education. Criteria include scholarship and financial need.
The scholarship was established by Leona Ingram, sister of Irvine Sullivan Ingram. She was a career educator beginning with the Crawford County School System and later joining the Atlanta School System.
Pearl Nix Scholarship
Awarded to a student pursuing a master's degree in education.
The scholarship was endowed by Dr. Pearl Nix, retired Professor of Education, who served as a department head and as the Director of Psychological Services.
Dr. Thomas W. Sills Scholarship
Outstanding Education major.
The scholarship was established by the friends and family of Dr. Thomas W. Sills, the first Dean of the (then) School of Education at West Georgia College. This award will rotate annually between education departments of Learning and Teaching and Educational Technology and Foundations. Educational Technology and Foundations will decide the award in 2015
Bernice Freeman Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate student who is working towards a master's degree in education in Reading.
The scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Bernice Freeman, who served as Professor of Education and head of the Department of Secondary Education at West Georgia.
Annie Belle Weaver Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate student pursuing a Media degree.
The scholarship fund was endowed by a bequest from the estate of Miss Annie Belle Weaver, West Georgia's first librarian.
Priscilla Bennett Family Scholarship
Awarded to a student pursuing school media certification (masters or certification only). Part-time and full-time students who have completed at least one term in the media program and show professional promise are eligible to apply.
The scholarship was established to honor Dr. Priscilla Bennett, a Professor in the Department of Research, Media, and Technology; her son, Robert Bennett; and her mother, Alice Barnes. The Media Department selects the recipient.
Dr. John J. and Ann K. Pershing Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a masters or educational specialist student in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.
The scholarship honors Dr. John Pershing, former Professor and Head of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.
Edwin M. Blue Scholarship
A graduate student in Educational Leadership is selected on the basis of scholarship and professional promise.
The scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Edwin M. Blue, who served Georgia for more than 40 years as public school and college teacher and administrator.
Peggy S. Steelmon Scholarship
A graduate student who is in exceptional academic standing, collaborative support and intervention program in Reading, and has demonstrated leadership abilities and qualities to become an outstanding educator. Financial need will be considered.
The scholarship was established by family and friends of Peggy S. Steelmon.
Thomas S. Upchurch Scholarship for Educational Leaders
Awarded to a graduate student in Educational Leadership based on merit and financial need. Student must have intent to establish future leaders in education.
The scholarship was established by family of Thomas S. Upchurch.
David Davis Memorial Scholarship
The recipient(s) of this scholarship shall be a University of West Georgia graduate student working towards a Master’s Degree in Education.
The scholarship was established by Dr. Judy Butler in memory of her brother, David Davis.
Debbie Forrester Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a senior or graduate student with an education major who is a resident of Gwinnett County, GA and actively involved in the West Georgia Baptist Student Union. The recipient must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Financial need will be considered.
The scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to honor the late Debbie Forrester.
Louis Herzog Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate student majoring in Special Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Financial need will be considered. Preference given to Carroll County High School graduate who has demonstrated leadership qualities.
The scholarship was established to honor Louis Herzog for his 32 years of service to Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens.
Dr. Dano M. Faires Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate student majoring in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - 5) and has a GPA of 3.0. Financial need will be considered.
Undergraduate Students Only
Georgia Power Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an exceptional student in STEM field of study who possesses leadership qualities and have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher.
This scholarship will be awarded to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who major in STEM fields and pursue secondary education certificates through the Uteach Program. Recipients demonstrate their commitment to education equity by pledging to teach for two years in an at-risk or high-needs school after graduation.
This internship is awarded to STEM students who have a desire to work in STEM education programs at the university and local education sites. The purpose of this internship is to help retain student interest in STEM teaching by giving them hands-on experience as interns.
Oglethorpe Power Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who majors in STEM fields and is enrolled in the Uteach program. Preference will be given to students with an energy-electricity focus.
UTeach Teacher Preparation Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who major in STEM fields and pursue secondary education certification through the Uteach Program.
Earline J. Powers Scholarship Fund
Awarded to a senior who is majoring in Education and completing the internship phase of the program. Preference given to students from one of the following counties: Carroll, Fulton, DeKalb, Fayette, or Stephens.
Gunter (Connie Wright)
Top incoming full-time freshmen who are majoring in Early Childhood Education and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Combs (Lewis L. & Floy Burson) Memorial Scholarship
Preference should be given to a student who attended high school in Heard County or Carroll County, GA and who are majoring in Education.
Jill Bryson Legacy Scholarship
Awarded to a Freshman student by admissions. Awarded by the Admissions Office.
Bill Cummings Scholarship
Awarded to an undergraduate student in the College of Education that is “most deserving.”The Bill Cummings Scholarship was established in 2010 by Mr. Bill Cummings to recognize and reward outstanding College of Education students. This Endowment will serve as a lasting tribute to the life and work of Bill Cummings.
Jay Chapman Memorial Scholarship
The Jay Chapman Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded annually to two students by a committee within the College of Education. A minimum will be awarded to one male and one female student each year.
- The recipient must be an undergraduate student majoring in Education;
- The recipient must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
- A preference for recipients who have participated in intramural sports.
The Jay Chapman Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 by the Chapman family and friends to support students who are majoring in Education.
Judy Kerr Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a female student majoring in Early Childhood Education. Minimum GPA of 2.0 required. Preference given to Parkway Baptist Church members.
The scholarship was established by Parkway Baptist Church in memory of Julia Ann (Judy) Kerr. She received a masters and a specialist in Education degree from West Georgia College. She was an elementary teacher in Cobb County for seventeen years.
Sadie Morrow Hughes Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in teacher education.
The scholarship was established by Mr. C. Eugene Hughes in honor of his wife, a member of the first graduating class at West Georgia.
Joe H. McGiboney Scholarship
Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in a Secondary Education program.
The scholarship honors the man who was instrumental in establishing the close working relationship between West Georgia's teacher education program and the Carroll County Schools. A Carroll County native, Mr. McGiboney served as teacher, principal, and superintendent of Carroll County Schools from 1915 through 1952.
Hugh McTeer Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to an education student with demonstrated academic ability and promise, as well as financial need.
Dr. McTeer was a longtime member of Education faculty at West Georgia and is remembered as a master teacher.
Dot McNabb Scholarship
Awarded to a junior or senior Physical Education major who demonstrates merit and leadership potential. Financial need is a secondary consideration. Minimum GPA of 2.8 required
Colleagues, friends and former students of Dorothy "Dot" McNabb established this scholarship in honor of her 35-year career as a teacher and coach at West Georgia. "Miss Mac" was largely responsible for the development of the women's athletic program.
Dr. Robert M. Reeves Scholarship
Awarded to a rising senior majoring in Physical Education or Health. Minimum GPA of 2.5 required, must be a member of a professional organization related to the student's major; the student must display leadership, cooperation, enthusiasm, and dependability.
The scholarship was established by Dr. Reeves following his retirement from West Georgia's Department of Physical Education and Recreation.
Mary White Davidson Scholarship
Awarded to juniors and seniors who shows promise of becoming an excellent middle grades teachers.
The scholarship was established by students and friends of Mrs. Davidson.
Herbert S. and Pauline T. Hatton Scholarship
Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in Special Education and demonstrating financial need.
The scholarship was established by their son, Herbert W. Hatton, to symbolize the Hattons' concern and compassion for mentally and physically challenged children.
Dr. Prentice L. Gott Family Scholarship
Awarded to a student majoring in Secondary Education based on financial need.
Dr. Gott was an administrator and faculty member in secondary education from 1964-1983, and was named Outstanding Retired Professor in 1998.
Fred F. Hallum Scholarship
Awarded to an athlete, with preference given to Physical Education majors chosen by a committee appointed by the Chairman of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation.
The scholarship was established by Rosemary N. Hallum.
Edna Becker Hallum Scholarship
Awarded to a student majoring in Education and chosen by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Education.
The scholarship was established by Rosemary N. Hallum.
George Colyer Scholarship
Awarded to junior or senior Special Education major on the basis on academic achievement and outstanding ability to work with exceptional children. Minimum GPA of 2.75 required.
The scholarship honors a former member of West Georgia's Special Education faculty.
CHREA 20th Century Award
Awarded to a rising junior accepted into a teacher education program. Must be a graduate of a public school in Carroll County or Heard County. Financial need will be considered. Two professors (education and major area) must provide recommendation. Minimum GPA of 3.0 required.
The scholarship was established by the Carroll County Retired Educators Association.
Wilda Seagraves Jackson
Awarded to a senior majoring in education in recognition of scholastic achievement. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.
The scholarship was established by family and friends of Wilda Seagraves Jackson.
Effie McGuire Scholarship
Awarded to a rising junior majoring in Elementary Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Financial need will be considered. Preference given to graduate of a Carroll County high school. This scholarship will continue through the senior year for a maximum of two years.
The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Effie McGuire, beloved teacher at the Oak Mountain schoolhouse for more than ten years.
Both Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Perkins, Margaret N., Pilots Club of Carrollton Scholarship
Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Special Education or Speech Pathology. Students will submit an essay of at least 500 words describing how the student's course of study or future goals relate to brain related disorders.
Johnnie B. and Edna P. Huey Scholarship
Awarded to a Junior or Senior undergraduate or graduate student having a 3.0 GPA with preference given to a student from Bowdon, GA or Ranburn, AL.
The scholarship was endowed by Jonnie B. and Edna P. Huey.
Carrollton Civitan Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Special Education. Selection criteria include academic achievement and involvement in the field of Special Education.
The scholarship was established by the Carrollton Civitan Club.
Moselle T. Chappell Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student majoring in Special Education who is in good academic standing, demonstrates financial need, and exhibits leadership qualities.
The scholarship was endowed by the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens in memory of Moselle Chappell, the first special education teacher in Carroll County, and a founding member of the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens.
Pilot Club of Carrollton Scholarship
Awarded to a full time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Special Education or Speech Language Pathology.
The scholarship was established in honor of past or current Pilot Club members.
CHREA 21st Century Award
The award shall be designated for a non-traditional undergraduate or graduate student 25 years of age or older, pursuing a degree in education. Based on merit and financial need. Must be a current resident of Carroll or Heard County.
This fund was established by the Carroll Heard Retired Educator's Association to be awarded annually based on merit and financial need.
William D. Conner Scholarship
Preference will be given to a graduate student who is studying to become a Secondary Mathematics teacher, with financial need, and who is a minority. If a graduate student does not meet the criteria, an undergraduate who is majoring in Mathematics Education will be awarded the scholarship
The scholarship was established by William D. Conner.
Miss Michele May and Dr. Nancy Ellen Pollard Scholarship
Shall be awarded annually by a committee within the Department of Special Education and Speech Language Pathology choosing a recipient following these criteria:
- Majoring in Special Education (required)
- Needing financial support for his/her continuing education (required)
- One or more of the following:
- a. Being a parent of an individual with a disability,
- b. Being a university student with a documented disability, and/or
- c. Previous experience in special education as a paraprofessional.
Wilma K. Thornton Memorial Scholarship
Student will be a graduate of Georgia high school.