More than 250 talented students from 22 states and two countries joined us on campus January 21-22 for Oglethorpe University’s annual Scholarship Weekend.
Competing students participated in seminars on various topics, wrote essays centered on their readings and discussions and were interviewed by members of the Oglethorpe community. These components will collectively determine which of the participants will be awarded our prestigious scholarships.
Every student who attended is guaranteed a merit scholarship, and notifications will go out by February 14. In addition, each candidate from the weekend will be able to register for an exploratory Honors seminar as a freshman and later be eligible to receive a stipend for thesis research.
Five students will be awarded the James Edward Oglethorpe (JEO) Scholarship, which covers full tuition for four years and a short term study abroad excursion of their choice.
Of the participants, more than 60 students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership or service to their communities competed for three Civic Engagement Scholarships. This scholarship provides full tuition and a non-profit internship stipend.
In addition, nearly 30 students will compete for two Georgia Shakespeare Scholarships. This full tuition award is made in partnership with members of the Georgia Shakespeare staff and offers an internship and a short term Shakespearean focused study abroad excursion.
Scholarship Weekend competitors and their guests also had the opportunity to learn more about the OU community and distinctive features of the university by sitting in on various panels on academic and student life and interacting with current students, faculty, staff and alumni. Further, our guests were able to get a feel for our campus and city firsthand by taking a campus tour and visiting sites such as the King Center, Carter Center and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
By the end of the weekend, many students of the class of 2015 walked away with not only a scholarship prospect but also new friends and what could be the first of many great memories as a Stormy Petrel.