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Oglethorpe offers several merit-based scholarships, as well as information on other scholarships and programs for the traditional undergraduate student.  More information can be found in our Undergraduate Financial Aid section.

Oglethorpe University promotes superior potential for academic and collegiate success by awarding a wide range of merit-based scholarships to qualified students. Taken into consideration are a student's high school grade point average, SAT and/or ACT scores and a host of several other factors. These include leadership qualities, extracurricular activities, recommendations, relative strength of high school course schedule and an essay. Please feel free to submit additional information you believe will communicate your ability to contribute to the Oglethorpe community. You need not fill out a separate application for scholarship consideration.


James Edward Oglethorpe Scholarships (JEO) provide tuition for four years of undergraduate study, if scholarship criteria continue to be met. Scholars enrolled after the fall of 2007 also receive a two-week study abroad stipend to places such as Italy, Greece and Spain or a mini-semester in New York City. In addition, JEO scholars may be enrolled in an honors seminar during the first semester. Should the student be accepted into the Honors Program the sophomore year and persist, students will be eligible to apply for a $3,000 research stipend to complete the senior honor's thesis. Recipients are selected on the basis of an academic competition held on campus in the winter of each year. Students must have a combined SAT score of at least 1200 (ACT 25), a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade-point average, and a superior record of leadership in extracurricular activities either in school or in the community. For application procedures and deadlines, contact the Admission Office.

Oglethorpe Scholars Awards (OSA) (including Presidential Scholarships, Oxford Scholarships, University Scholarships, and Lanier Scholarships) are based on achievement and available to entering students with superior academic ability. A fundamental aim of Oglethorpe University is to prepare students for leadership roles in society. One way of promoting this purpose is to give special recognition to students who demonstrate superior academic abilities as undergraduates. Scholarships range from $4,000 to $15,000.

Recipients of funds from this program are expected to maintain specified levels of academic achievement and make a significant contribution to the Oglethorpe community. Each award is for one year but can be renewed on the basis of an annual evaluation of academic and other performance factors.

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