In less than two years, the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program has led to the creation of more than 300 need-based scholarships, a resounding success in the University of Georgia’s ongoing mission to remove barriers and open doors for students.
The program, which was catalyzed by a $30 million gift from The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, was unveiled by President Jere W. Morehead in January 2017. Since that time, 322 scholarships from 206 donors have been created, putting the program well on pace to surpass its goal of 400 scholarships by June 30, 2020.
“The Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program is a testament to the generosity of the UGA family and a demonstration of their inspiring commitment to our students,” said Morehead. “These scholarships will provide students a path to higher education not just today and tomorrow, but in perpetuity.”
Through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, the UGA Foundation matches—dollar for dollar—any gift in the amount of $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 to establish an endowed undergraduate need-based scholarship. The scholarship is awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid within a year of the donor making his or her gift, and from that point forward, the endowment grows—increasing the size of the scholarship award over time and helping student after student earn a UGA degree.
The GCS Program offers students more than financial support to attend UGA. The program, in partnership with the Division of Academic Enhancement, provides tutoring, workshops, academic coaching and other support to help students transition into college life, find success while on campus and plan for life after graduation.