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Scholarships

The Ruffin Humanities Scholarship

Renewable for four years, the Ruffin Humanities Scholarship carries an award equivalent to (in state or out of state) tuition, mandatory fees, and a textbook allowance. The scholarship is awarded at Southern Scholars’ Showcase or Scholars’ Day. It is awarded in addition to other scholarships.

Established by the late Dr. David A. Ruffin, the Ruffin Humanities Scholarship seeks to reward excellent students who have an interest in the humanities. Candidates for the scholarship must display an outstanding academic and extracurricular record of achievement and be of exemplary personal character.

To be considered for the Ruffin Humanities Scholarship, you must:

  • Have formally declared a humanities major: a foreign language, history, literature, philosophy, or writing. Students who change their majors from one of these areas will lose their eligibility for the Ruffin Scholarship.
  • Have undergraduate status (i.e., the student is entering, continuing, or transferring into a baccalaureate program).
  • Have a minimum 3.0 high school academic average or a 3.0 college cumulative grade point average.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout the award period. Eligibility for continuation will be verified at the end of each fall and spring semester.
  • Complete an application form. See the Admissions web site for guidelines and deadlines.
  • Solicit two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic and extracurricular achievements and character, as well as to your collegiate and professional potential. (Letters from family or friends are generally seen to be of little value.) Letters should be given to you in a sealed envelope in time for you to submit them with your application.
  • Scholarships are competitive, and preference will be given to applicants with GPAs that exceed the minimum and/or SAT scores of 1300 or greater (ACT scores 29 or greater).
Application Procedure

Applicants must complete the general application for scholarships found on MyScholarships.

The Cultural Heritage Graduate Scholarship

The Cultural Heritage Scholarship supports a clearly defined program of graduate study and research on a significant dimension of the cultural heritage of the South, preferably Georgia. The scholarship is for one year; renewable for one additional year, if the recipient is making appropriate progress toward completion of his or her graduate degree in the judgment of the selection committee.

To be considered for the Cultural Heritage Scholarship you must:

  • Be accepted into a graduate degree program in anthropology, history, or sociology.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a clearly defined program of academic study and research which focuses on a significant dimension of the cultural heritage of the South, preferably Georgia.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (please submit unofficial copies of your undergraduate transcript if you are an entering graduate student or your graduate transcript if you have already completed a semester in the graduate program).
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for the period covered by the scholarship.
  • Submit a prospectus describing your plan of study and research (limit 4 double-spaced pages). Demonstrate how it focuses (or will focus) on a significant dimension of the cultural heritage of the South, preferably Georgia.

Applicants must complete the general application for scholarships found on MyScholarships.

The Warren F. “Spike” Jones Scholarship

Renewable for four semesters, the Warren F. “Spike” Jones Scholarship awards a minimum $1,000. The scholarship is awarded each year for Fall registration.

To be considered for the Warren F. “Spike” Jones Scholarship, you must:

  • Have declared a major in any discipline within the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
  • Be a rising junior or senior
  • Be a full-time student
  • Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA

Preference will be given to first-generation college students and on the basis of financial need.

Application Procedure

The scholarship is awarded in spring for the following fall and spring semesters. Applicants must complete the general application for scholarships found on MyScholarships.

Last updated: 6/7/2016