About our Scholarships

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ABOUT THE AWARD

The James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) competition recognizes your outstanding record of academic achievement and great potential to contribute to the community life of Oglethorpe University. Up to four full-tuition scholarships will be awarded following the JEO competition at Scholarship Weekend. Winners will be named a JEO Scholar. But remember, all participants at Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $10,000 – $21,000!

Each James Edward Oglethorpe Scholar will receive:

  • A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $159,000
  • An invitation to participate in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program
  • A professional fellowship with one of Atlanta’s top companies
  • A distinguished professional to serve as a career mentor
  • An invitation to enroll in an Honors course during your first semester at Oglethorpe
  • The opportunity to live in Honors housing in Dempsey Hall during your 1st year
  • A stipend toward participation in a study-abroad course at one of our 16 exchange partner campuses around the world or a Global Oglethorpe campus in London, Barcelona, or Rome
  • A personal college advisor to assist with academic planning, co-curricular learning, and social support during your first year

JEO Scholars will be required to accept or decline the award by May 1, 2018. (A winner who does not respond by May 1 will forfeit the offer of full tuition.) JEO Scholars are required to live on campus and will be expected to assist with future Scholarship Weekend and admission events during their time at Oglethorpe.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Three primary activities will help determine the winners of the JEO scholarship. These three components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are effective communicators, emerging leaders, and dynamic community participants.

Seminar:

Oglethorpe professors and small groups of scholarship candidates gather for a discussion-based seminar that centers on a topic of common interest. In December, you will be notified of the seminar options, and will be asked to go online to rank your preference. Shortly before the competition, you will download and review a reading related to your assigned topic. As a participant, you will get to experience an Oglethorpe classroom setting at the same time that our faculty members can observe the qualities that you bring to the discussion at hand.

Essay:

Following the discussion session, each candidate has an opportunity to respond in writing to the seminar. The prompt for this essay will be related to the seminar discussion, and the scholarship committee will review this writing sample as a further indication of your thought processes and self-expression.

Interview:

Members of the Oglethorpe alumni community meet individually with candidates for a one-on-one personal interview lasting about fifteen minutes.

The scholarship committee will also give consideration to each candidate’s academic achievement and involvement as evidenced in the admission application.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Civic & Service Engagement competition acknowledges your deep commitment to service and leadership in your community. In conjunction with Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement and the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB), these scholars are at the forefront of leadership and service initiatives both on and off campus, and they seek to understand the connections between their academic pursuits and the society around them. Two full-tuition Civic & Service Engagement scholarships will be awarded following Scholarship Weekend. But remember, all participants in Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $10,000 – $21,000!

Each Civic Engagement & Service Scholar will receive:

  • A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $159,000
  • An invitation to participate in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program
  • An invitation to enroll in an Honors course during your first semester at Oglethorpe
  • The opportunity to live in Honors housing in Dempsey Hall during your 1st year
  • A stipend in support of a self-designed internship at the non-profit of your choice
  • Guidance and support to complete 30 hours of volunteer service per semester
  • A personal college advisor to assist with academic planning, co-curricular learning, and social support during your first year

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Three primary activities will help determine the winners of the Civic & Service Engagement scholarship. These three components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are engaged community members, emerging leaders, and devoted volunteers.

Interview:
Center staff, faculty and community partners will meet with you individually to conduct an interview lasting approximately ten minutes. While not interviewing, you will hear from current students and faculty about experiential learning opportunities available through our A_LAB.

Presentation:
You will present on ONE service or leadership experience that has been meaningful to you. Presentations should be 5-6 minutes in length, and should include an electronic visual component such as PowerPoint or Prezi. Presentations should be prepared prior to the event, and should either be accessible by web or saved onto a flash drive. Though you are encouraged to be creative, in your presentation you might:

  • Describe your specific role in your service or leadership project
  • Explain the goals of the overall service or leadership project
  • Discuss why and how this project was meaningful to you personally or academically
  • Share how you plan to continue your work with this project or a similar cause

Roundtable:

Candidates will hear a panel of community leaders and participate in small-group discussions on the nature of civic engagement. You will be invited to download and review a short reading in January prior to the competition. The roundtables also aim to better acquaint candidates with the focus and work of the Center.

Learn more about Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic & Service Engagement on the A_LAB website.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The OU Theatre competition honors your commitment to performing and understanding the field of theatre. This award is the result of exciting collaboration between Oglethorpe University and its professional theatre company partners in the city of Atlanta. Scholars may also be interested in Oglethorpe’s minor in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies! Two full-tuition OU Theatre scholarships will be awarded following Scholarship Weekend. But remember, all participants in Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $10,000 – $21,000!

Each OU Theatre Scholar will receive:

  • A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $159,000
  • An invitation to participate in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program
  • An invitation to enroll in an Honors course during your first semester at Oglethorpe
  • The opportunity to live in Honors housing in Dempsey Hall during your 1st year
  • An internship with a professional theatre company in residence during junior year
  • A stipend toward participation in a study-abroad course at one of our 16 exchange partner campuses around the world or a Global Oglethorpe campus in London, Barcelona, or Rome.
  • A personal college advisor to assist with academic planning, co-curricular learning, and social support during your first year

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Three primary activities will help determine the winners of OU Theatre scholarship. These three components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are talented thespians, interdisciplinary learners, and effective communicators.

Essay:

Following the seminar, participants will be asked to write a 3-4 page paper based on the seminar discussion that must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. More information about the essay requirements will be given during the seminar.

Audition:

Candidates must prepare two contrasting Shakespearean monologues, one comedic and one dramatic, each no more than 90-120 seconds in length. Total audition time is not to exceed 4 minutes. Memorization is expected, and any props should be basic and required by the monologue (such as a piece of paper for a letter). Candidates will perform in the same “street clothes” worn for the seminar. Auditions will take place in a group setting.

 

Learn more about Oglethorpe’s Theatre major.