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.

Applications for these scholarships are now closed and the majority will reopen during spring of 2019.

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.  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.The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.


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 application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.

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 application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.

Established in 2016, with a bequest from 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. The application will open for submissions in the fall of 2018.


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. The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.


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. The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.


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. The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.


Honors students with outstanding academic records and exceptional Honors participation are invited to apply for this merit-based award; successful applicants will have completed or are currently enrolled in at least five Honors courses at Georgia State and will be in good standing with the Honors College. The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.

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. This merit-based scholarship is open to students who have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA for at least two semesters. 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. This award is a one-time $1,000 scholarship. The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.

Established in 2017 by Nancy and Larry Mansfield. Dr. Hudson believed in the value of education and its impact on an individual’s life. The trustee of the Dugald W. Hudson Charitable Trust, Nancy R. Mansfield, would like continue Dr. Hudson’s legacy at Georgia State University by creating the Dugald Hudson & Nancy R. Mansfield WomenLead Scholarship endowment for Honors College students in his memory.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide a one-time award to student(s) who are participating in the WomenLead program in the Georgia State University Honors College.

The recipient(s) of the award(s) must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good academic standing in the Honors College.
  • Have completed or be currently enrolled in the required WomenLead class.

The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.

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.The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.


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

The Cooter Kinesiology and Health Award is open to students pursuing a major in the Department of Kinesiology and Health who are in good standing in the Honors College. The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.


Established in 2017 by Professor Emeritus of Sports Administration Rankin Cooter to provide financial support for student athletes in the Honors College.

The Cooter Student Athlete Award is open to student athletes (associated with the NCAA) of all majors who are in good standing in the Honors College. The application will open for submissions in the spring of 2019.