The Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program is designed to grow the number of need-based scholarships awarded to UGA students—a giant step toward eliminating the financial obstacles for those seeking a UGA education. The UGA Foundation will match any gift in the amount of $50,000; $75,000; or $100,000 to establish an endowed undergraduate need-based scholarship.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 percent of UGA undergraduates are receiving a federal Pell Grant, which is awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Among those Pell Grant recipients, 1,538 students reported a family income less than tuition and fees. For many, this means that everything in their college experience—housing, food, transportation, tuition—is up to them. Some also contribute to their family’s income on top of it all. These students, who pursue education in the face of financial strain, deserve to be supported.
Even after receiving HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships and the Pell Grant, students from the lowest income families still have a financial aid gap of $13,000 on average.
A donation of $100,000 transforms to have twice the impact. The endowment will provide a significant scholarship in perpetuity to support deserving students with unmet financial need, helping students for generations to come earn a degree at the University of Georgia. Now that’s commitment.