Scholarships

The ELS houses several scholarship opportunities for students. Information on the Bradley-Turner Leadership Scholarship and Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Building Bridges Scholarship can be found below.

Bradley-Turner Leadership Scholarship

The Bradley-Turner Leadership Scholars Program provides scholarships for outstanding students who exhibit superior leadership capabilities while in high school and who aspire to be student leaders at The University of Georgia.

The scholarship offers a $10,000 annual award, and up to $1,000 per year for leadership development activities. The award may be renewed for three additional years (a total of four years or eight semesters) of full-time undergraduate study at The University of Georgia, or until the completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Scholars must maintain a cumulative UGA grade point average of at least 3.2 to retain eligibility.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants should:
• Be in the upper 10% of their high school graduating class;
• Achieve a total SAT score or 1850 (old SAT)/1310 (new SAT) or an ACT composite of 29;
• Have a record of outstanding leadership in extracurricular school, community, civic and/or religious activities; and
• Have completed and submitted a UGA admissions application.

The selection process is highly competitive with only one scholarship awarded annually to an entering first-year student. Preference is given first to residents of the Columbus, Georgia area, secondly to residents of Georgia, and finally to out-of-state applicants. The application materials, including recommendation(s), are due by 11:59PM on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Finalists will be notified by April 30, 2021. Questions may be directed to Lori Crawford at lori.crawford@uga.edu.

Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander Building Bridges Scholarship

The Building Bridges Scholarship program awards scholarships to outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment toward understanding difference among people by engaging in actions that cross traditional boundaries in a spirit of enlightenment, acceptance, and greater understanding. Two scholarship recipients will be selected to receive a one-time scholarship award of $1,000 for the Fall 2021 term. Applicants will be notified of their selection by May 3, 2021. 
To be eligible applicants should:
  • Be currently enrolled and in good academic standing at the University of Georgia and have at least one (1) more full semester remaining before graduation.
  • Demonstrate efforts of an established commitment to help move the University of Georgia, the Athens area, the state, or the world toward a better understanding of immutable differences among people, particularly those based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Differences may also include religion, culture, and disabilities.
  • The demonstration of a commitment shall be evidenced by engaging in actions that cross the traditional boundaries of those groups and instead reach out to others in a spirit of enlightenment, acceptance and greater understanding. This can take the form of, but not be limited to:
    •  putting on or helping to put on programs regarding diversity subject matter for various communities to attend;
    • helping to sponsor such programs, helping to raise funds, or awareness of such issues;
    • providing opportunities for cross-cultural understanding through public conversations, speak outs, letters to the editor, University or legislative proposals, or other writings;
    • providing opportunities for engaging other organizations, including predominantly homogenous organizations or those involving affinity groups different from those of the student; and/or advocacy regarding these issues.

In considering scholarship awardees, the selection committee shall look for actions that promote understanding of diversity issues, with an emphasis on the student engaging with others outside of his/her group in an effort to bring greater understanding of diversity issues across traditional lines.

The applicant is required to submit a seconding letter of recommendation from someone who has worked with the nominee in his/her diversity efforts. The seconder’s letter should set forth why the nominee is a good candidate to receive the scholarship based on their diversity work within the confines of the scholarship’s criteria.

Application materials, including a letter of recommendation, are due by 11:59PM on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Finalists will be notified by May 3, 2021. Questions may be directed to Lori Crawford at lori.crawford@uga.edu.

William Moore Crane Memorial Scholarship

The William Crane Scholars program is jointly administered by the Honors Program and Engagement, Leadership, and Service. The scholarship offers a $1,000 annual award, renewable for one additional academic year. Candidates will be rising third- and fourth-year students in the Honors program who have displayed outstanding leadership and involvement on campus and maintain at least a 3.7 cumulative UGA GPA. 

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Hughes at ejhsears@uga.edu.