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Spelman College Scholarships

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, standardized test scores, community service and leadership. To be considered, students must be in the top 20% of the applicant pool. The average GPA for scholarship recipients in the Fall 2022 incoming class was a 4.1 GPA. 

Please note, Spelman College has suspended the standardized testing requirement for students applying for the class of 2027. 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 in the admitted student packet. 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 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. 

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Packard Hall, 1st floor


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Scholarship Opportunities for New First-Time Applicants

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

Types of Scholarships

Dovey Johnson Roundtree Scholarship, C’38

The Dovey Johnson Roundtree Scholarship covers full tuition, fees and on-campus room and board for four years.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship covers full tuition, fees and on campus room and board for four years.

Dewitt Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship covers full tuition only 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.

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.

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In order to provide the best customer service to students, we offer our services in a variety of virtual, online formats. Email is the best way to connect with our staff. Utilizing emails helps us better serve you, giving our staff an opportunity to research your question before responding. Contact your financial aid advisor.

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Packard Hall, 1st Floor
350 Spelman Lane SW
PO Box 771
Atlanta, GA. 30314

Phone: 404.270.5222
Fax: 404.270.5220