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Spelman College Scholarships

Fund your education at Spelman College through our extensive range of scholarships, awarded based on merit, leadership, and community involvement.


Scholarships at Spelman

The Office of Admissions awards a limited number of merit-based scholarships to new incoming first-year students. Recipients are selected from a competitive pool of students based on the academic profile and details she submitted in her application.

The committee considers those who demonstrate strong academic performance and engagement in high school. This determination is based on the grade point average, curricular rigor, standardized test scores, community service, personal character and leadership. The average GPA for scholarship recipients in the Fall 2023 incoming class was a 4.1 GPA. 

Please note, Spelman College has suspended the standardized testing requirement for students applying for the class of 2028. All students will be considered for merit scholarships with or without test scores.

Students who have been awarded a scholarship are notified at the time of admission. The details of the scholarship are included on the student’s SpelCheck portal. Spelman does not require a separate application process for merit-based scholarship consideration nor do students have to request to be considered.

The Bonner Scholarship, UPS Scholarship, and Ralph Lauren Scholarship are need-based scholarships managed outside of the office of admissions and will require a separate application for consideration.

Students must apply Early Action or Early Decision to be considered for any of the Civic Scholar Programs mentioned above.

Scholarship Opportunities for New First-Time Applicants

The Office of Admissions will consider new first-time applicants for the following scholarships:

Dovey Johnson Roundtree Scholarship, C’38

The Dovey Johnson Roundtree Scholarship covers full tuition, fees and the cost of room and board for four years.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship covers full tuition, fees and the cost of room and board for four years.

Dewitt Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship covers full tuition only for four years.

Academic Scholarship

The academic scholarship covers half tuition for four years.

Student of Distinction (SOD)

The SOD covers partial tuition and varies between $5,000 - $15,000 per year for four years.

Bonner Scholarship

The Bonner scholarship is a need-based scholarship and is awarded to students who have been admitted to Spelman College, and have displayed academic achievement and good citizenship in their community.

Flanigan Scholarship

The Flanigan scholarship is a four-year scholarship for Georgia residents with preference given to graduates of Atlanta Public Schools. The number of awards vary per year and will be awarded based on financial need.

Jonathan Smith Scholarship

The Jonathan Smith scholarship is a four- year scholarship for residents outside the state of Georgia. The number of awards vary per year and will be awarded based on financial need.

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