Georgia Commitment Scholarships are endowed, meaning that they will be awarded in perpetuity—helping students for many years to come.
The Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, a highlight of the historically successful Commit to Georgia Campaign, was created 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.
Each year, around 20 percent of UGA undergraduates receive a federal Pell Grant, which is awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Among those Pell Grant recipients, well over a thousand students report a family income less than tuition and fees. For many, that means everything in their college experience—housing, food, transportation, tuition—is up to them. Some contribute to their family’s income on top of it all.
And 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 $11,500 on average.
These students, who pursue education in the face of financial strain, deserve to be supported. That’s where the GCS Program comes in.
Since the program’s creation in 2017, GCS donors have seen their gifts transform to have twice the impact: the UGA Foundation matched any gift in the amount of $50,000; $75,000; or $100,000 to establish an endowed undergraduate need-based scholarship. Those endowments are providing significant scholarships in perpetuity to support deserving students with unmet financial need, and they will help generations of students earn a degree at the University of Georgia.
The GCS Program is committed to…
Some call it giving back. We call it being a Georgia Bulldog.
Hundreds of scholarships have been established to help driven, deserving students. It is our goal to support every UGA student in need, and the GCS Program is helping us get there.
More than 590 scholarships created
My scholarship has given me the opportunity to focus on my dreams and lighten my financial burden. Continuing my studies wouldn’t be possible without this generous support!
– Fardosa Hassan
Being able to further my education and begin the journey to the successful lifestyle that awaits me is all I ever dreamed of, and with the help of this scholarship fund, I am moving even closer to it.
– Cy’Riah Pearson
This scholarship means the world to me. It has helped me afford the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to the University of Georgia, meet new and exciting people, expand my network, and many, many more blessings.
– Calvin Brown
This one-pager provides a by-the-numbers look at how the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program is helping students, who it’s helping and the support that makes that help possible.
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Note to students: Inquiries about this scholarship should be made through the Office of Financial Aid.