The Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program 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 $13,000 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.
From 2017 – 2020, GCS donors saw 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 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.
So, thanks to GCS donors, over 500 need-based scholarships have been created since the start of the program. Now that’s commitment.