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Scholarships for Future Students

NEW OPPORTUNITY: Formation Scholarship Announcement

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her award-winning album, "Lemonade," singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé Knowles-Carter recently established the Formation Scholars to be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Spelman College is pleased to announce it has been afforded the opportunity to select one 2017 Formation Scholar. The goal of this one-time award in the amount of $25,000 is to "encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box, and who are bold, creative, conscious and confident."

The scholarship eligibility requirements, including areas of interest and academic performance, are provided as specified by our generous donor, Parkwood Entertainment.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Be an incoming first-year or transfer student, or currently enrolled student
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher 
  • Have an intended (incoming first-year) or declared (new transfer and currently enrolled student) major/minor in one of these academic fields: creative arts, music, literature, African-American studies, women’s studies
  • Submit evidence of work in the field of study. For incoming students, this can be high school writing samples or community activities that demonstrate work in the field. Work can be shown in a traditional or via electronic portfolio. Writing samples need not be published works.
  • Submit a short (max. 300 words) essay on the following topic: How has the album "Lemonade"  inspired your educational goals?

All materials must be submitted by Friday, May 12, at 12 p.m. EST. The recipient will be announced by mid-June.


Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors

How do scholarships work at Spelman and how do I apply?
Your application for admission to Spelman also serves as your application for merit-based scholarships.  There is not a separate application you need to complete in order to be considered for scholarships. 

Once you apply and are admitted to Spelman you will be automatically considered for all merit-based scholarships available to first year students.  Scholarship decisions for incoming first-year students are made in the Office of Admissions, not the Office of Financial Aid thus all questions concerning scholarship status and selection should be directed to admissions officials at 404-270-5193.  If you are awarded a scholarship by Spelman you will be notified in mid-April of your award via email and postal mail.

What types of scholarships are available and what criteria do I need to have to receive a scholarship?
The following merit-based scholarships are available for incoming first-year students. The merit- based scholarship process is competitive, but all admitted students are considered based on a review of their application. Scholarships are typically awarded to approximately 10% of the incoming first-year student class. 

  • Presidential:  Covers full tuition, fees, room and board cost for four years
  • Dewitt Dean:  Covers full tuition costs for four years
  • Academic:  Covers half of tuition costs for four years
  • Student of Distinction:  Provides $5,000 per year for four years
  • Bonner Scholars:  Based on community service, this is a need-based scholarship and the award is calculated based on financial need.

I’m looking to transfer to Spelman are there scholarships available?
Unfortunately Spelman does not have scholarships established specifically for transfer students.  Once you have been at Spelman for two semesters there is the opportunity to apply for endowed and institutional scholarships.  We recommend that students planning to transfer to Spelman focus their efforts on locating and securing scholarships through outside organizations and corporations.  
What else should I know?
Be sure to apply for scholarships outside of Spelman.  Many organizations and corporations provide scholarships for high school seniors.  Please be aware that scholarships run in cycles; most scholarships open to applicants and have deadlines beginning in October through early May. 

There are very few scholarship opportunities to apply for during the summer months prior to school starting.  Don’t delay; start researching and applying for outside scholarships early and often (try to complete at least four to five scholarship applications each month).  Taking the time to research and complete scholarship applications will make a huge difference in how you finance your college education; you can never have too much scholarship money so be sure to apply for outside scholarships.

Scholarship Scams
Please remember that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is.  Scholarships NEVER have application fees.  Do not give out your social security number; instead, use other identifying information such as your birthday and middle initial.  When in doubt talk to your high school counselor or other school official or take time to research the organization or company offering the scholarship to make sure the opportunity is legitimate.

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