Scholarships for Current Students

The Honors College has several scholarships available exclusively to Honors College Students. Currently enrolled Honors College students must meet the eligibility requirements specific to each scholarship for which they are applying (and be in good standing with the Honors College). Students may apply for one or more scholarships. Please do not apply for a scholarship for which you are not fully qualified.

The scholarship awards listed below are made possible by generous donations from alumni, friends, and the business community. The purpose of the scholarships is to benefit students in their academic pursuits.

Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon exemplified the drive to be the best one can be, and at the same time, take care of others. Through Alonzo’s values of thrift, persistence, integrity, he succeeded as a barber, in real estate, and in insurance, founding the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and becoming the first black millionaire.  He also believed in advancing civil rights, founding the Niagara Movement in 1905 with W.E.B. Dubois and others. This movement was the precursor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. After Alonzo’s death, Norris continued Atlanta Life’s success.  Behind the scenes, he backed the Atlanta Student Movement in the early 1960s with financial and human resources.  

 The Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Human Rights Scholarship will be awarded to qualified Honors College students who are engaged in advancing human rights through scholarship, research, creative work, leadership, or community service.  Students must submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing their involvement with advancing human rights.  One letter of recommendation from a person aware or with knowledge of the student’s involvement is required.  Applicants must be in good standing in the Honors College. Applications are now closed.


Established in 2015 by Georgia State Honors Program alumnus Frank Apperson, this scholarship provides financial support to Honors College students who were not admitted directly to the Honors College upon enrollment at Georgia State. Mr. Apperson, who applied to the Honors Program after a professor’s encouragement, believes that Honors gave him the opportunity to excel – and the Apperson family wishes to provide this same opportunity to students in the Honors College.

The Apperson Family Scholarship is intended for current undergraduate Honors College students in any major who were not admitted to the Honors College as first-semester freshmen, who have completed at least 20 credit hours, and have participated in the Honors curriculum since joining the College. This $500 award, renewable for up to six semesters, requires that students maintain full-time enrollment and an institutional GPA of 3.5 or better. The Apperson Family Scholarship will next be awarded during Spring 2017.

Established in 2015 by Mary K. and Richard Roarabaugh and their family and friends, to award an outstanding Honors undergraduate. Madison Roarabaugh McLester graduated with honors from Grady High School and earned an accounting degree, also with honors, from Georgia State University. Before her tragic death in 2010, Madison was an outstanding student as well as a volunteer, a donor to non-profit organizations, and a mentor to young girls.

The Madison Roarabaugh McLester Scholarship is for students in any major who are in good standing in the Honors College.  Preference will be given to students who are are active in mentoring and volunteerism and/or are graduates of Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia. The award is a one-time $1000 amount. The Madison Roarabaugh McLester Scholarship will next be awarded during Spring 2017.

Established in 2016, in honor of Mary Lou Grabbe, a lifelong supporter of Georgia State University and international education, to provide financial support for Honors College students enrolled in a credit-bearing study abroad program. The award is a one-time $1000 scholarship (awarded at time of enrollment) for international study and is open to Honors students of any major who are also in good standing in the Honors College. At the time of application, applicants must be in the process of enrolling in a credit-bearing study abroad or international internship program.

Preference is given for programs sponsored by GSU, and those that take place in non-traditional locales. Applicants must not be planning to study in countries that are currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. Applications are now closed.


Honors students with outstanding academic records and exceptional Honors participation are invited to apply for this merit-based award; successful applicants will have completed a minimum of two Honors courses at Georgia State, and will be in good standing with the Honors College. Applications are now closed.

Honors students are invited to submit their best work produced for any Honors course, including the Honors thesis project, to be considered for this award. Successful applicants will have completed a minimum of two Honors courses at Georgia State, and will be in good standing with the Honors College at the time of application. Applications are now closed.

Established in 2011 by Dr. Nancy Mansfield in honor of Dr. Dugald Hudson, to provide financial support for students in the Honors College. During his tenure at Georgia State, Dr. Hudson was a Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies, and Risk Management and Insurance. Above all else, Dr. Hudson believed in the value of education and its impact on an individuals life.

The Dugald Hudson Memorial Scholarship is for rising juniors (45-60 credit hours) in any major who are in good standing in the Honors College. The award is $1000 per academic year for two years with the stipulation that students maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.5 GSU GPA. Applications are now closed.


Established in 2011 by Dr. Robert Sattelmeyer and Dr. Leigh Kirkland, to provide financial support for students in the Honors College. Dr. Sattelmeyer served as director of the Honors College from 2006-2011, and helped guide the transition to an Honors College. Dr. Leigh Sattelmeyer is a Georgia State M.A. and Ph.D. graduate and taught English here for many years.

The Kirkland-Sattelmeyer Scholarship is for rising juniors (45-60 credit hours) in any major who are in good standing in the Honors College. The award is $1000/year for two years with the stipulation that students maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.5 GSU GPA. Applications are now closed.