About our Scholarships

Explore our top scholarships. To learn what competitions you have been nominated for please see your invitation letter.

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 $18,000 – $22,000!

Each James Edward Oglethorpe Scholar will receive:

  • A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $165,000
  • 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, 2019. (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.

There are two available dates to participate in the James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) competition for academics and leadership. You may choose to participate on Saturday, January 26, 2019 or Saturday, February 16, 2019. For either date, you should plan to be present from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Civic Engagement & Service 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 Engagement & Service scholarships will be awarded following Scholarship Weekend. But remember, all participants at Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $18,000 – $22,000!

Each Civic Engagement & Service Scholar will receive:

  • A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $165,000
  • 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 Engagement & Service scholarship. These three components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are engaged community members, emerging leaders, and devoted volunteers.

  1. 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.
  2. Service Project Development & Presentation: You will have the opportunity to work in teams to develop a service project or organization in an area of interest.  With the help of an Oglethorpe community member, you will work together to develop a mission, implementation plan, budget, and impact statement. Finally, you and your team will deliver a 5-8 minute presentation about your project or organization to a panel of leaders in the Atlanta non-profit community. Service project teams will be assigned at check-in, and no material needs to be prepared ahead of the competition date.
  3. Reflection: You will have the opportunity to complete a 1-2 page typed reflection on your experience developing a service project or organization, as well as discuss your intended contribution to the civic engagement and service efforts led by the Oglethorpe community. Specific reflection prompts will be distributed at Scholarship Weekend and will be due on Wednesday, January 30th by 5pm.
All activities related to the Civic Engagement & Service Scholars competition will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019. You must be physically present for the entirety of the competition to be eligible. To learn more about Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement and the A_LAB, visit alab.oglethorpe.edu/. For information about Scholarship Weekend travel, accommodations, competition logistics, or to RSVP, please visit the Scholarship Weekend 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 at Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $18,000 – $22,000!

Each OU Theatre Scholar will receive:

  • A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $165,000
  • 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, January 30, 2019. 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.

All activities related to the Oglethorpe Theatre Scholarship competition will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You must be physically present for the entirety of the competition to be eligible.

Learn more about Oglethorpe’s Theatre major.

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Hammack Scholarship competition is named for the recently created Q. William “Bill” Hammack, Jr. School of Business, slated to open in Fall 2019. The Hammack Scholarship recognizes your outstanding record of academic achievement, 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). One full-tuition scholarship will be awarded following the Hammack competition at Scholarship Weekend. The winner will be named the Hammack Scholar. But remember, all participants at Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award with a value between $18,000 – $22,000!

Each Hammack Scholar will receive:

  • A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $165,000
  • An invitation to participate in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program
  • A stipend toward a study abroad course or a professional internship 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 personal college advisor to assist with academic planning, co-curricular learning, and social support during your first year

The Hammack Scholar will be required to accept or decline the award by May 1, 2019. (If you do not respond by May 1 you will forfeit the offer of full tuition.) The Hammack Scholar is required to live on campus and will be expected to assist with future Scholarship Weekend and admission events during your time at Oglethorpe.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Three primary activities will help determine the winner of the Hammack Scholarship. These components (outlined below) seek to identify students who are emerging leaders, bold thinkers, and dynamic community members. Students may also be assessed on their meaningful interactions with Oglethorpe University business faculty and current students.

Presentation:

Each student is asked to search out an article from a reputable news source pertaining to a relevant business issue of interest to him/her. Students will be expected to give a brief presentation (2-3 minutes) on the content of the article and expand on its connections to business decision-making.

Simulation:

Working in teams of four students with an OU business student-mentor, the Computer Simulation Competition allows assessment of a student’s interpersonal and leadership skills as well as the ability to grasp and apply  his/her understanding of the basic foundations of business.

Writing Assessment:

Finally, students’ written communication and analytical skills will be assessed using a post-computer simulation writing assignment.  This assignment will be based on a prompt given after the simulation and due one week after scholarship weekend.

All activities related to the Hammack Business Scholarship competition will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You must be physically present for the entirety of the competition to be eligible.