ramsey honors scholarship
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.
In 2014-2015, incoming Ramsey Scholars had an average SAT score of 1545 (math+verbal only). Their high school grade point average was a 4.12 on a 4.0 scale (indicating extra points for Advanced Placement classes). The program welcomed 9 new students last year, bringing the total number of Ramsey Scholars now studying on the UGA campus to 27. Ramsey Scholars are selected through the Foundation Fellows application process.
benefits of being a ramsey scholar
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
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.
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.