Scholarship Weekend

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Our best students compete for our best scholarships.

Scholarship Weekend brings together our best and brightest admitted students. At Oglethorpe, personal is powerful, and we believe in getting to know each candidate individually. The weekend will include seminars, interviews, presentations, or auditions which, in combination with your academic record of achievement, will help the scholarship committee make nominations for each award. We anticipate an attendance of 300+ students from more than 20 states, so this is a great time for you to meet potential college classmates! Parents or guests are encouraged to accompany their students to Scholarship Weekend; an array of panels and activities are offered for parents while students are in scholarship sessions.

All students who participate will receive a renewable, annual merit award of at least $18,000!

Nomination Process

Students must be nominated by the Office of Admission to compete in Scholarship Weekend. Nominations are determined by a holistic review of a student’s application, including their academic credentials, co-curricular activities, leadership experience, personal essay, and recommendations. Students are notified of the competitions for which they have been nominated in their admission Petrel Package and by email. The final deadline to RSVP for each competition is two weeks before the event date.

Full Tuition Awards

Oglethorpe offers full-tuition scholarships in several categories. Students are welcome, but not required, to compete in all competitions for which they have been nominated. Read an overview of our scholarships below, and click the “About Our Scholarships” tab for complete information. Each scholarship competition is scheduled to last from approximately 8:30 am – 5 pm. In order to be eligible to win, you must be physically present for the entirety of each competition in which you participate.

  • The James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) Scholarship recognizes your outstanding record of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and great potential to contribute to the community life of Oglethorpe University. There are two available dates for the James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) Scholarship competition: Saturday, January 25 or Saturday, February 22. Nominated students should choose one of the above dates to attend the competition.
  • The Hammack Business Scholarship recognizes your outstanding record of academic achievement, the pursuit of entrepreneurial or business-related opportunities, and desire to continue your study in a business-related field at Oglethorpe University (accounting, business administration, economics, human resources management). The Hammack Business Scholarship competition will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020.
  • The OU Theatre Scholarship honors your commitment to studying and performing works of theatre. The OU Theatre Scholarship competition will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020.
  • The Civic Engagement & Service Scholarship acknowledges your deep commitment to service and leadership in your community. The Civic Engagement Scholarship will be awarded based on a your dedication to service and community engagement as illustrated in your application and your participation in Scholarship Weekend.


If after reviewing these materials you have further questions about Scholarship Weekend, please feel free to contact Kellie Butler, at