Scholarships for Current Students

The Honors College has several scholarships available exclusively to our honors students to benefit them in their varied academic pursuits.

Eligible students must be currently enrolled in the Honors College and in good standing. Each scholarship also carries its own eligibility criteria, which you can review below.

 

CURRENTLY OPEN:

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 and 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.

AWARD: $3,000; disbursed over six semesters at $500 per semester

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student and in good standing.
  • Open to all majors.
  • Applicant must be engaged in and demonstrate a passion for advancing human rights through scholarship, research, creative work, leadership, or community service.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant thoroughly reflects on the importance of human rights in the contemporary world.
  • Applicant thoroughly describes their involvement in scholarship, research, creative, work, leadership, or community service either at Georgia State University, the Honors Colleges, or the greater Atlanta area and explains how their involvement is working toward advancing human rights.
  • Applicant describes human rights issues or problems they see as particularly significant in which they are or would like to contribute to in their future work.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

 

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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 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.

AWARD: One-time $1000 award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student and in good standing who has at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • Open to all majors.
  • Preference will be given to students who are graduates of Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant describes their major or areas of study.
  • Applicant describes the course(s) or teacher(s) that have influenced them to study this discipline and how they fostered that interest.
  • Applicant describes one extracurricular or community service activity at Georgia State University that has profoundly impacted them.
  • Applicant describes how attending an urban research university in the heart of Atlanta has been particularly meaningful to their academic and professional development.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Honors students are invited to submit their best work produced for any Honors course to be considered for this award.  Applicants will be judge in two categories: STEM disciplines and Social Sciences/Humanities.

AWARD: One-time award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing and have completed at least two Honors College courses.
  • Open to all majors.
  • Paper submitted must not be more than 10 pages long. Applicants may revise their papers before submission.  Creative work is also accepted and welcome.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicants project shows original thought.
  • Applicants project shows thoroughness and attention to detail.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  No recommendation required.

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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 individual’s life.

AWARD: $1000 per academic year for two years

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing.
  • Open to all majors.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant describes a significant obstacle or challenge that they have had to overcome during their education.
  • Applicant explains how they have overcome this obstacle and describes what kind of lasting impact it has had on their life.
  • Applicant thoroughly describes their academic and professional goals and how the financial support provided by the Dugald Hudson Scholarship will advance these goals.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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AWARD: One-time award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing.
  • Open to all majors.
  • Applicants will have completed or are currently enrolled in at least five Honors Courses.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant thoroughly describes their favorite Honors course and instructor.
  • Applicant thoroughly describes how Honors instruction has helped them to advance their academic goals at Georgia State.
  • Applicant thoroughly describes their involvement with the Honors College outside of the classroom.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Established in 2017, this scholarship seeks to recognize high-performing, first-generation students from underrepresented groups who matriculate through the Honors College of Georgia State University. The founders of the Scholarship, Petrina and James McDaniel, both share a special connection to the University and believe in the importance of lifting and encouraging others to pursue the best in themselves and their educational pursuits. This scholarship seeks to fill a gap by providing financial assistance to cover school-related costs such as tuition, fees, study abroad expenses and course materials.

AWARD: One-time $1000 award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing and a GPA of at least a 3.5.
  • Open to all majors.
  • Preference for diverse first-generation students. (You are considered a first-generation college student if neither of your parents received a bachelor’s degree.)

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant thoroughly explains how they have lifted and encouraged others to pursue the best in themselves and their educational pursuits.
  • Applicant explains how funding from the Empowering Excellence Award will assist them in their educational pursuits.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Established in 2017, this scholarship honors Ms. Mary Long, a distinguished nurse and civil rights pioneer. This fund provides scholarships for undergraduate students in nursing who have demonstrated financial need and who espouse the values Ms. Mary Long personified: compassion, fairness, collaboration, respect for cultural diversity and dignity in all people.

AWARD: One-time award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing who has maintained a 3.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need (determined by Expected Family Contribution).
  • Open to Nursing majors.
  • Preference given to those from an underrepresented background.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant thoroughly describes how they plan to make an impact on their profession as a nurse.
    • Applicant thoroughly describes how they plan to make an impact on their community as a nurse.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Established in 2017 by Professor Emeritus of Sports Administration Rankin Cooter to provide financial support for kinesiology and health students in the Honors College.

AWARD: One-time award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing who has at least a 3.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need ((determined by Expected Family Contribution).
  • Open to Kinesiology and Health majors.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant thoroughly describes how the Honors College will help them reach their personal, educational, and vocational goals.
  • Applicant thoroughly discusses a current issue in the field of Kinesiology and Health, helps the audience understand that issue, and explains why it is important to them.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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AWARD: One-time award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing who has at least a 3.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need (determined by Expected Family Contribution).
  • Applicant must be an NCAA Student-Athlete at Georgia State University.
  • Open to all majors.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant describes how funding from the Honors College will help them reach their personal and professional goals.
  • Applicant thoughtfully describes what being a student-athlete means to them.
  • Applicant describes how they plan to utilize their athletic experiences to impact the community at large (Georgia State, Honors College, or greater Atlanta area).
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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The Young Alumni Club is an organization that seeks to connect Honors College alums following graduation from Georgia State.  This was created to award students who exemplify core values of Honors College Young Alumni, particularly service orientation.

AWARD: One-time award to be paid in Fall 2019

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing.
  • Open to all majors.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant describes their service and volunteer experience in the Honors College, Georgia State University, and the greater Atlanta region.
  • Applicant describes how this service made an impact on themselves and their community.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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AWARD: Up to $1,000

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student and in good standing.
  • Applicant must be in the process of enrolling in a credit-bearing study abroad or international internship program. Acceptance to a study abroad program is not required at the time of application but will be required if selected for the award.
  • Applicants must not be planning to study in countries that are currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Students studying abroad in China, Korea, South Africa, or Brazil are particularly encouraged to apply as these locations align with University global partners (this is encouraged but not required).
  • Study abroad program and opportunities provided aligns with career interests and goals.
  • Quality of program (length, curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, etc. offered).
  • The student demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the impact of the opportunity on future goals.
  • Student's level of extracurricular involvement.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

  • The scholarship application deadline for students studying abroad during Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 semesters was February 20, 2019. Recommendations were due February 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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.

AWARD: $1000 per academic year for two years

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must be an Honors College student in good standing with a GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Must be a rising junior (45-60 credit hours).
  • Open to all majors.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Applicant thoroughly describes their major and/or area of study.
  • Applicant thoroughly describes their future goals.
  • Applicant describes what role their Honors College education plays in helping them achieve their goals.
  • Applicant thoroughly describes how the financial support provided by the Kirkland Sattelmeyer Scholarship will advance their goals.
  • Strong recommendation from a faculty or staff member.

DEADLINES:

Application due Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Recommendations are due Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.