Scholarship Weekend

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 participation from 300+ students from more than 20 states, so this is a great time for you to connect with potential college classmates! Scholarship Weekend will also feature an array of informative panels and discussions offered for parents and guardians so they can participate fully in the college decision-making process.

Scholarship Weekend events will take place on-campus and you must be present to participate.

In qualifying for Scholarship Weekend, you have already earned a renewable, annual merit award of at least $18,000! Participation in Scholarship Weekend can only serve to increase your total award.

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 the “About Our Scholarships” page for complete information. Each scholarship competition will consist of a series of optional and mandatory events that will take place between approximately 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. In order to be eligible to win, you must be physically present for the mandatory portions of each competition in which you participate. A full schedule will be sent out in advance of the event.

  • 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, 2025 or Saturday, February 15, 2025. 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, February 14, 2025.
  • 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 14, 2025.
  • The J. Fred and Catherine B. Agel Leadership Scholarship acknowledges your superior record of leadership in extracurricular activities, either in school or in the community. The J. Fred and Catherine B. Agel Leadership Scholarship competition will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2025.

Parent and Guest Programming

Attendance at Scholarship Weekend is optional but encouraged for parents and guests! There will be a full track of “Parent and Guest Programming,” complete with information about financial aid and internships, meetings with faculty and administrators, and time for campus tours. There will be unique parent programming on Friday and Saturday.

No Commitment Necessary

Scholarship Weekend is the perfect opportunity to decide if Oglethorpe is the best fit for you! You do not have to commit to attending the institution in order to attend Scholarship Weekend.


If after reviewing these materials you have further questions about Scholarship Weekend, please feel free to contact the Admission Office at [email protected] or 404-364-8307.