Scholarships & Financial Aid

Lee M. Bennett Art Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was created in memory of retired VSU Art Professor Lee M. Bennett, who taught art history, drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and graphics. VSU students majoring in art meeting specific criteria are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The Lee M. Bennett Art Scholarship is renewable. Apply to the Department of Art.

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. Recipients are selected on the basis of audition by the Department of Music.

Wesley Ren Christie Scholarship

A scholarship for up to the amount of full tuition for Communication Arts majors. High school seniors must have a combined SAT score of at least 1100. Applications 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

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

LaForrest S. Eberhardt (‘28) Scholarship

Created by the estate of Lieutenant Colonel LaForrest S. Eberhardt, U. S. Navy, Retired, this endowed scholarship assists VSU theatre majors of outstanding ability. Recipients are chosen on the basis of a combination of academic achievement and audition or portfolio presentation. The scholarship is renewable. Apply to the Department of Communication Arts.

Tammy Lee Fortner Scholarship

This scholarship, awarded to art majors, honors Tammy Lee Fortner, who graduated from VSC in 1983 with a degree in fine arts. Herparents, Lloyd L. and Tamlin B. Fortner, desired to honor her with a living memorial that would be used for educational purposes. This endowed scholarship is renewable and is awarded on the basis of need and academic merit. Apply to the Department of Art.

Myrtis A. Howell Music Scholarship

Established by Leonard R. Howell, Jr., and Myrtis A. Howell, this scholarship funds a scholarship each year to one undergraduate and one graduate student majoring in voice or piano. The undergraduate award recipient must have completed one year at VSU; is chosen on the basis of academic achievement, musical ability and potential, and degree of participation in the Music Department's programs and activities; and must have high moral character. Apply to the Music Department.

Kay M. Jennett Music and Theatre Scholarship

This scholarship honors Kay Jennett,an arts enthusiast, and supports the College of the Arts, specifically the Music Department and the Theatre Program and their student-performers. Each year scholarship funds will be divided equally between the two departments, and the Department Head for the Music Department and the Area Head for the Theatre Program shall determine the number of recipients within their departments. First preferences for awardees are as follows: (1) The student shall be an instrumental music major in the Music Department to receive a scholarship from the Music Department or a major in Theatre Arts to receive a scholarship from the Theatre Program; (2) The student shall maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA. State residency shall not be a determining factor in the selection process. Scholarships are renewable. Recipients may apply for renewal and may be awarded a scholarship continuation at the discretion of the appropriate Department or Area Head, provided the applicant continues to meet the requirements. For application and deadline information, contact the College of the Arts.

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 12 credit hours per semester during the year prior to application and must have maintained an overall 3.5 GPA. Renewable for up to three years if the student maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and continues to major in music, art, or communication arts. Apply to the College of the Arts.

Ola Lee Means Scholarship

Refer to the awarding criteria listed in College of Arts and Sciences section.

Robin Robinson Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Robin Robinson, (VSC Class of 1982, B.F.A., Theatre) a strong actor with a lovely voice, late son of Maj. And Mrs. Aubrey M. (Robbie) Robinson, Jr. This award supports the College of the Arts, specifically Musical Theatre, and student-performers. Awards will be made annually to male musical theatre student(s). VSU theatre faculty will determine recipient(s) on the basis of an audition. The student(s) shall maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Georgia residency shall not be a determining factor in the selection process. Recipients of the scholarship may apply for renewal and may be awarded a scholarship continuation at  the discretion of VSU theatre faculty, provided the applicant continues to meet the requirements. For application and deadline information, contact the College of the Arts.

Louise Sawyer Theatre Scholarship

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

Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts Scholarship

The Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission, Inc., began this scholarship to award outstanding art students. Art majors must have completed at least 45 credit hours of study and no more than 90 credit hours of study toward their art major at VSU; pursue at least 12 credit hours per semester and be enrolled in a minimum of one major curriculum class per semester; maintain a 2.7 overall GPA; maintain a 3.0 GPA in major course work; and submit a current grade transcript, a completed application form, a brief essay, and at least two letters of recommendation. Other criteria may apply. Further information and applications are available from The Department of Art.

Golden Circle Theatre Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to theatre majors on the basis of academic achievement and audition or portfolio presentation. Apply to the VSU Theatre Department.