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The Ramsey Honors Scholarship was created by the trustees of The University of Georgia Foundation in 2000 and is named for the university’s most generous individual benefactor, the late Bernard Ramsey (BS ’37), long-time chairman of the board of Merrill Lynch.

Ramsey Scholars are selected through the Foundation Fellows application process. The program welcomed 9 new students this year, with a total of 27 Ramsey Scholars now studying on the UGA campus.

The Ramsey Scholarship provides an annual stipend of $5,536 for in-state students (plus the Zell Miller Scholarship, currently worth $8,590 per year) and a $9,090 yearly stipend for out-of-state students (plus an out-of-state tuition waiver, valued at $18,210 per year). First-year Ramseys also receive a housing supplement of $546. An additional $3,000 is available to each Ramsey Scholar for travel-study.

In 2013-2014, incoming Ramsey Scholars had an average SAT score of 1527 (math+verbal only). Their high school grade point average was a 4.14 on a 4.0 scale (indicating extra points for Advanced Placement classes).

It should come as no surprise that Ramseys are among the most decorated students on the UGA campus. In the past year, Ramsey Scholars were recognized with membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Blue Key, and other honor societies, and students received a host of other prestigious and well-deserved honors, including the Goldwater Scholarship.

Ramseys at an art workshop

Students enjoy Ramsey community events throughout the year, including a weekend retreat in the mountains of North Georgia, book discussions and seminars with premier faculty, kayaking down the Broad River, the Ramsey graduation banquet, and a spring break service trip (past destinations have included Miami, New Orleans, Asheville, and Charleston).

ramsey spring break service trip

Stephen Lago ’14
The Ramsey service trip has consistently been a highlight of my spring semester. A student-led and student-driven activity, the trip gives us the opportunity to choose service that we feel is most meaningful. Bonding with the other Ramsey Scholars through both service and excursions has caused the group as a whole to become more closely knit; it has transformed some people who were only acquaintances into close friends.

Ramsey Scholars on Service Trip

I have opted to join the Ramsey alternative spring break all four years, as well as helped with planning and organizing the trip whenever possible. The spring break trips have always done a tremendous job of balancing the work and the fun. The service itself has ranged from strenuous labor making a trail for the North Carolina Arboretum, to the educational and unusual job of surveying oyster populations off the coast of South Carolina, to the more mundane but necessary work of volunteering at the South Florida Food Bank.

ramsey scholars kayaking the broad river

Thanks to continued and generous support from the Foundation, the program has only grown larger in the four years since it was initiated, allowing us to stay longer, travel farther, and accomplish more. As much as it pains me to be done with these trips personally now that I’ve graduated, I’m very excited to see how the program will expand and improve with a new generation of Ramseys.




Ramsey Honors Scholarship

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