Scholarships at Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University is proud to offer scholarships to currently enrolled students, incoming freshmen and transfer students.  The VSU Foundation and University Scholarships are established by private donors and awarded each year to students with excellent academic achievement and/or those students with financial need.  Scholarships are financial awards given to students who represent the high standards of Valdosta State University.

Merit Based Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, potential, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, community service and individual scholarship criteria regardless of financial need.

Need Based Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.  For consideration of need-based scholarships, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1, as they can and list VSU as an institution of intent.  The FAFSA is available through our home page.  VSU’s Title IV School Code is 001599.  Additional requirements for need based scholarships include leadership skills, community involvement and individual scholarship criteria will also be considered. 

Regardless of your family’s income or your potential eligibility for a scholarship, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all other financial aid documents required by the VSU Office of Financial Aid.  Need based scholarships require the FAFSA.

Students should read each scholarship description carefully. Some scholarships require the student to contact the donor or department directly to obtain application information.  The majority of scholarships offered through VSU require the on-line VSU General Scholarship Application.  Keep in mind, most scholarship deadlines are early spring semester for the following academic year.

The VSU General Scholarship Application for the 2013-14 academic year is available January 1 through March 1 via your BANNER Web account under Financial Aid. 

If you should have any questions, please feel free to use our "Contact Us" form on any of our web pages, or call the VSU Office of Financial Aid at 229-333-5935.

 

STATE WIDE SCHOLARSHIPS 

 

NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP

DESCRIPTION

HOW TO APPLY

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

Georgia's HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible college in Georgia.  To learn more about the HOPE Scholarship Program, visit www.gacollege411.org.

Apply by submitting the VSU HOPE Processing Application and must have a completed Financial Aid file. 

ZELL MILLER HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

Georgia's Zell Miller HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible college in Georgia.  To learn more about the Zell Miller HOPE Scholarship Program, visit www.gacollege411.org.

Apply by submitting the VSU HOPE Processing Application and must have a completed Financial Aid File.  

 

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia Scholarship

Full tuition awarded throughout the State of Georgia on a rotating basis. Must be a Georgia resident, undergraduate with superior academic achievement, good citizenship and financial need.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Ty Cobb Scholarship

Awarded annually to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  To qualify, one must be a Georgia resident, demonstrate financial need, and possess at least a “B” average.

Applications available from: Ty Cobb Foundation, P.O. Box 725, Forest Park, Georgia 30051, or by e-mail: tycobb@mindspring.com.

 

 

UNIVERSITY WIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

VSU offers academic scholarships each year to incoming freshmen. Various criteria are considered, such as SAT or ACT scores and high school grade point average. The Office of Admissions notifies eligible students of their selection and the amount of their scholarship.  An application is not required, as eligible students are automatically selected by the Office of Admissions.  Any questions or inquires, should be directed to the Office of Admissions.  The scholarships offered are as follows: 

 

John and Gertrude Odum Scholarship

Provided from funds donated to the University by the late John and Gertrude Odum. Mrs. Odum was a Professor of English at VSU for many years and a long-time supporter of academic excellence.

The Office of Admissions notifies eligible students of their selection.  An application is not required.

R.B. Whitehead Scholarship

Provided from funds donated to the University by the late Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Whitehead of Valdosta.The Whiteheads were enthusiastic supporters of the University, donating money not only to scholarships but also to campus beautification.

The Office of Admissions notifies eligible students of their selection.  An application is not required.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS BASED ON MAJOR

 COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

 

Robert F. Barr Scholarship

Funds are available for scholarship awards for promising instrumentalist Music and Music Education majors through the Robert F. Barr Scholarship Fund.  The Department of Music selects recipients on the basis of audition.

Apply to the Department of Music

Lee M. Bennett Art Scholarship

 

VSU students majoring in art, who meet certain criteria are eligible to apply for this scholarship, created by Mrs. Bennett’s will.

Apply to the Department of Art

Wesley Ren Christie Scholarship

 

This scholarship is provided for communication arts majors. High school seniors must have a combined SAT score of at least 1100.  Applicants for this scholarship will be chosen on the basis of SAT or ACT scores, the academic average and standing in high school or junior college, and an original essay.

Apply to the Department of Communication Arts 

Elene D. Dorminy Scholarship

 

Scholarship funds are provided by the John Henry Dorminy Foundation. Awarded annually to an undergraduate music major, based on musical ability and potential.  Recipients are selected by the Department of Music on the basis of audition.

Apply to the Department of Music

LaForrest Eberhardt Theatre Scholarship

 

This scholarship is awarded to theatre majors based on a combination of academic achievement and audition or portfolio presentation.

Apply to the Department of Theatre Arts

Golden Circle Theatre Scholarship

 

This scholarship is awarded to theatre majors based on a combination of academic achievement and audition or portfolio presentation.

Apply to the Department of Theatre Arts

Tammy Lee Fortner Scholarship

 

This endowed scholarship was created to honor the memory of Tammy Lee Fortner by her parents and family. The scholarship is available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in art. It is renewable. The scholarship will be awarded based upon a combination of need and academic merit, and recipients are selected by the Department of Art Scholarship Committee.

Apply to the Department of Art

Bernard L. Linger Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship

 

This endowed scholarship was created to honor the memory of Bernard L. Linger and is awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in music, art,or communication arts. The recipient must have carried a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours per semester during the year prior to application and must have maintained an overall 3.5 grade point average. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years if the student maintains a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and continues to major in music, art, or communication arts.

Apply to the College of the Arts

Ola Lee Means Scholarship

 

This non-renewable scholarship is offered to outstanding students in the field of English and those enrolled in a program in the College of the Arts. In even numbered years, the award will be made to a student majoring in English. In the odd numbered years, the award will be made to a student enrolled in a College of the Arts major of study. Recipients are selected by the appropriate college or department.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Louise Sawyer Theatre Scholarship

 

This scholarship fund established in memory of Louise Sawyer is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in theatre arts. Recipients are selected by the Department of Theatre Arts.

Apply to the Department of Theatre Arts

Lucy Martin Stewart Scholarship

 

Awarded each year to a vocal music major. Selection is made solely on promise as a performer. Recipients are selected by the Department of Music on the basis of audition.

Apply to the Department of Music

 

  

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

 

Alpha Kappa Delta Scholarship

This annual endowed scholarship is available to undergraduates and graduates based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship was established to promote interest in the study of Sociology at VSU. Recipients are chosen by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice.

Apply to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice.

Harold S. Gulliver, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Harold S. Gulliver, Sr. The scholarship is based on academic ability and financial need. Preference will be given to English and humanities majors.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Andy Koppy Memorial Scholarship

This annual endowed scholarship was created to honor the memory of Andy Koppy and is awarded to student(s) majoring in Computer Science, who is/are also minoring in German. The recipient(s) must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all courses and are chosen annually on the basis of ability, promise and need, by an agreed decision from the Department Heads of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Senior Professor of German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Apply to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

James E. Martin Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of James E. Martin. The scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a B.S. degree in physics. The scholarship can be renewed for up to three years if the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average in all courses required for the physics major. Recipients are selected by the Department of Physics.

Apply to the Department of Physics

Ola Lee Means Scholarship

This non-renewable scholarship is offered to outstanding students in the field of English and those enrolled in a program in the College of the Arts. In even numbered years, the award will be made to a student majoring in English. In the odd numbered years, the award will be made to a student enrolled in a College of the Arts major of study. Recipients are selected by the appropriate college or department.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Julia Wisenbaker Sumerford Scholarship

This non-renewable scholarship is offered to outstanding students in the fields of chemistry and nursing. In the even numbered years, the award will be made to the student majoring in the field of chemistry. In the odd-numbered years, the award will be made to a nursing student.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

 

  

HARLEY LANGDALE, JR. COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

Belk-Hudson Management Scholarship

This endowed scholarship provided by Belk-Hudson of Valdosta, awarded to an outstanding management major, is renewable if the student maintains a 2.75 grade point average and is making satisfactory progress toward completion of the B.B.A. degree. Recipients are selected by the College of Business Administration.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Citizens Community Bank Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded based on student recommendations by the Dean of the College of Business Administration. Minimum requirements include an SAT score of 1000 or higher and a high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. A current FAFSA should be on file at the Office of Financial Aid.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

James L. Dewar, Sr. — Park Avenue Bank Scholarship

Created in honor of Mr. Dewar, Sr., this scholarship invites applications from students who graduated from a Lowndes County school and majoring in Business Administration.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

John Henry Dorminy Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by the Dorminy Trust Fund. Incoming freshmen at VSU who will be majoring in the College of Business Administration are eligible. This scholarship is renewable for up to three years if the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Georgia Gulf Sulfur Business—Athlete Scholarship

This scholarship established by the Georgia Gulf Sulfur Corporation to recognize outstanding performance in the classroom and the field of competition is awarded to an incoming freshman at Valdosta State University,  majoring in a College of Business discipline, and participating in one of VSU’s intercollegiate athletic teams. A minimum 950 SAT is required, and the scholarship can be renewable up to three additional years if the student maintains a minimum 2.5 grade point average, continues to pursue a College of Business degree program, and continues to participate in one of VSU’s intercollegiate athletic sports.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Bank of America Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded based on recommendations by the Dean of the College of Business Administration.  Preferences are given to business majors. Must be in good academic standing.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Maxwell Stephenson Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded based on student recommendations by the Dean of the College of Business Administration. Preferences are given to business administration majors. Must be in good academic standing.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Steele Scholarship

The premier scholarship of the Harley Langdale, Jr. College of Business Administration, this endowed scholarship was created in 2002 to honor the memory of Rea and Lillian Steele. Steele Scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding incoming freshmen and transfer students majoring in one of five business disciplines. Minimum requirements for consideration include an SAT score of 1240 and a high school or transfer grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Involvement in activities, leadership, service to the community and financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid) are also considered. A Steele Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years for recipients maintaining a 3.25 average while continuing to pursue a B.B.A. degree. Recipients are selected by the College of Business Administration.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

 

  

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

 

Gail Aberson Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was created to honor the memory of Gail Aberson, to assist teachers at the graduate level in their professional development/certification as Teacher Support Specialists (Mentors) and science teachers K-12. The award will provide assistance to teachers from member school systems in the Okefenokee RESA.

Qualified recipients may contact the College of Education for application information.

Ola M. Brown Minority Scholarship

This endowed scholarship designated for a minority student majoring in Education is available to a student with good academic standing and demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid). Selection will be determined by the College of Education Scholarship Committee.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

Mattie H. Dewar Scholarship

This annual endowed scholarship was created to honor the memory of Mattie Hendry Dewar by her family members. The scholarship is awarded to students pursing service occupations in the primary fields of education, welfare and religious activities.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

Vicky Lynne Foshee Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was created to honor the memory of Vicky Lynne Foshee, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Donald P. Foshee. The scholarship is to be awarded to a graduate student enrolled in the industrial/Organizational Psychology program.  Completing at least 10 hours per semester with a “B” or better grade point average may renew it.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

A.B. “Sonny” Martin Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded based on recommendations by the College of Education Scholarship Committee. Students must be pursuing a masters of education degree. Based on ability and promise.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

Catherine Hensley McDonald Memorial Scholarship

The members of the Valdosta Junior Service League established this scholarship in memory of Catherine Hensley McDonald. The scholarship is available to students majoring in the Business-Vocational Education program, who have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and have demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid). The scholarship is renewable for one year if the recipient maintains the 2.5 grade point average. Selection is made by the College of Education Scholarship Committee.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

Saralyn Sammons Scholarship

The Saralyn Sammons Scholarship was established to honor Miss Sammons, a member of the Vocational Education faculty for 26 years. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has completed 30 hours at VSU, has a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and has demonstrated financial need (must have a FASFA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid). Recommendations for this scholarship are made by the Department of Adult and Career Education.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

Elizabeth Darlene Sikes Scholarship

This scholarship was established to recognize an outstanding graduate student in Communication Disorders. Based on continuous community service, good academic standing and financial need. Must provide 2 letters of support.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

Speech and Hearing Scholarship

The members of the Valdosta Junior Service League have established this scholarship for a student majoring in Communication Disorders, who has completed 50 semester hours, has a minimum 2.5 grade point average, and has demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid).

Contact the Department of Speech and Hearing for application information.

Jim & Mary Threatte Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by Jimmy ’65 & Quay Allen of Tifton, in honor of Mrs. Allen’s parents, to recognize an outstanding student in the College of Education. The College of Education selects recipients.

For application and deadline information, contact the College of Education.

 

  

COLLEGE OF NURSING

 

Virginia McCraw Gaskins Scholarship

One scholarship is offered each year from funds provided in memory of Virginia McCraw Gaskins. Preference is given to students who are pursuing a course of study leading to a degree in nursing.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Kiwanis Club of Valdosta Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored annually by the Kiwanis Club of Valdosta. This scholarship is renewable, and recipients are recommended by the College of Nursing.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Thomas H. Moseley, M.D. Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is provided in memory of Dr. Thomas H. Moseley, Sr. It is awarded to senior nursing majors, with consideration given to academics and financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid).

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Jane Parramore Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to senior nursing majors based on academics and financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid). Recipient selected by the College of Nursing.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate female students, in good academic standing and with demonstrated financial need (must have FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid). Recipients selected by the College of Nursing.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Julia Wisenbaker Sumerford Scholarship

This non-renewable scholarship is offered to outstanding students in the fields of chemistry and nursing. In the even numbered years, the award will be made to the student majoring in the field of chemistry. In the odd-numbered years, the award will be made to a nursing student.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

 



OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Air Force ROTC Scholarship

Scholarships are available to students enrolled in ROTC at VSU and are based on performance, academic achievement and leadership potential.

For further information, contact the VSU Air Force ROTC Office at (229) 333–5954.

Beth Burnette Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is created to honor the memory of Beth Burnette. The scholarship is available to students who are graduates of Valdosta High School. Recipients will be selected based upon a combination of financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid) and academic merit. The scholarship is renewable for three years.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Paul A. Burnette Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship established in memory of Paul A. Burnette, by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Burnette, awarded annually to a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The recipient must have a 2.5 grade point average and demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid).

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Louise S. Chastain Scholarship

This fund was established by Mrs. Chastain for students pursuing a Masters in Social Work. Preference is given to residents of Thomas County, Georgia.

Apply to the Division of Social Work

Griffin L.L.C. Scholarship

This endowed scholarship assists the dependent child of a Griffin Associate. Incoming freshmen, as well as students enrolled at VSU, with a Griffin employed parent, are eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is renewable if the student maintains a 15 credit hour enrollment at VSU, a 2.0 grade point average, is making satisfactory progress toward a degree, and the parent is maintaining employment with the Griffin Corporation.

Applications are available with the Griffin Corporation Human Resources Department, and are due April 1.

Dr. Joseph A. and Hazel Durrenberger Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is available to deserving undergraduate students, with preference given to those who are considered non-traditional, having reached the age of 25, maintaining a 2.5 grade point average, and enrolled full-time. This scholarship is renewable.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Sallie Hutchinson Scholarship

This scholarship is available to deserving undergraduate students, with preference given to female students who permanently reside in one of the following counties: Berrien, Cook, Lowndes, Thomas or Brooks. This scholarship is renewable.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Lorene Joiner Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. John W. Thomas, in memory of Mrs. Thomas’ mother, Lorene Joiner. The scholarship is intended to benefit students with demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid).

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Clare Philips Martin Scholarship

This scholarship is available to a student currently enrolled at VSU who has completed no less than 60 semester hours at VSU with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. To qualify, a student must have demonstrated intellectual growth and leadership through involvement in clubs, organizations, projects, and work experience while in college. This award is  presented during the University Honors Day Program, during spring semester. The deadline for application is March 1.

Apply by submitting the Clare Philips Martin Scholarship Application available January 1 through March 1 on the Forms Menu to your left.

Paul Scott Marty Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was created to honor the memory of Paul Scott Marty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Marty. The recipient must be an Air Force ROTC cadet who will be entering the junior year and will not be receiving the Air Force ROTC Scholarship.

The ROTC Detachment 172 will distribute and receive applications. For further information, contact the VSU Air Force ROTC.

VSU Minority Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the VSU Minority Alumni Association. The scholarship is awarded to students in good academic standing and with demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid). The recipient(s) will be selected by the VSU Minority Alumni Association.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Roy L. “Butch” Pierce Scholarship

Awarded each year based on academic excellence and financial need. May be renewed. Preference given to residents of Seminole County, Georgia, and the surrounding area.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Milton M. Ratner Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to benefit students in good academic standing and with demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid).

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Walter R. and Dorothy S. Salter Scholarship

This fund provides scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in a pre-medical program of study. The trustee of the estate of Mrs. Salter selects recipients. Students must be enrolled full-time, have a 3.0 grade point average, be a declared pre-med major having completed two major level courses in both chemistry and biology (4 courses).

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Barbara Pearlman Sosnik Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was created by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pearlman, to honor the memory of their daughter. To be awarded to deserving students with demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid).

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

James D. Walker Scholarship

Awarded to a junior transfer student. Based on academic excellence and financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid). May be renewed for the senior year. Preference given to residents of Suwannee County, Florida.

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to benefit students in good academic standing and with demonstrated financial need (must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid).

Apply by submitting the VSU General Scholarship Application

 

   

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

For scholarship information regarding a particular sport, contact the VSU Athletic Office.  

 

Georgia Gulf Sulfur Athletic Scholarships

These scholarships were established to assist academically and athletically talented students who are members of the VSU basketball teams.

Selection is made by the coaching staffs of the basketball programs.

Billy Grant Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Billy Grant, for his many contributions to the VSU athletics program. The scholarship is awarded to a member of the VSU golf team.

Based on recommendations from the golf coach and athletic director.

 

Jesse F. Tuggle Scholarship

The Jesse F. Tuggle Scholarship was established as an endowed scholarship, to assist members of the VSU football team. Recipients of the scholarship must be in good academic standing.

Selection is determined by the football coaching staff.