UGA's Premier Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Founded in 1972 by The University of Georgia Foundation’s trustees, the Foundation Fellowship is the University’s foremost undergraduate scholarship, placing students in a community of similarly dedicated scholars. It offers a stipend that approximates the cost of attendance, a post-first-year Maymester study abroad program at Oxford University, individual travel-study grants, spring group travel-study, research and academic conference grants, dinner seminars with some of the University’s best minds, and a mentoring plan that matches Fellows with professors who share their interests.
Beyond the obvious scholastic benefits, the Fellows program emphasizes fellowship, sharing of resources and ideas, and lifelong friendships. Peer mentoring (Big and Little Fellows), dinner seminars and book discussions, cultural events, group travel, the Fellows Library in Moore College, and twice-a-year off-campus retreats promote a sense of community among the Fellows. They quickly find themselves at home on campus within a close-knit group of scholars, and through extensive travel, they extend that experience to include global communities.
In the 2014-2015 academic year, 21 first-year Foundation Fellows, 9 Ramsey Scholars, and 3 Mid-Term Foundation Fellows joined the program, bringing the total numbers to 91 Fellows and 27 Ramsey Scholars.
New Foundation Fellows for 2014-2015 had an average SAT score of 1546 (math and verbal only). Their high school grade point average was 4.22 on a 4.0 scale, which indicates extra points for Advanced Placement courses. First-year Ramsey Scholars averaged 4.12 GPA and 1545 SAT (math and verbal only).
Calley Mersmann, FF Alumna ’11 – AmeriCorps VISTA, Tremont West Development Corporation of Cleveland
"I just spent way more time than I intended to poring over last year’s Annual Report, soaking in the photos and stories and reliving some of my own memories. What a magical time and an unparalleled experience the Fellowship provides! I’ve got my signed class picture hanging in my apartment, and by coincidence spotted [FF alumna] Grace Hale’s book on segregation in the American South featured at the Monroe County Library in Bloomington, Indiana a few days ago. How fortunate I am to be surrounded by such a fun, passionate, accomplished group of people! Many thanks to the Fellowship for changing the world one life at a time.”
Honors, Research, service, Career Development
Complementing the Foundation Fellows Program is UGA’s Honors Program, one of the oldest and most respected programs in the country. The program provides some 2,500 students with the resources to make the most of their higher education experience – including 300 Honors classes a year with an average class size of 17 students, expert advice from Honors and faculty advisors, independent research opportunities, mentoring, internships, lunchbox lectures and book discussions with faculty, and the Myers Hall residential community. Honors students may participate in graduate courses and pursue a curriculum leading to combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees in only four years.
Through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), students work with faculty on projects that allow them to reach beyond classroom learning and give them important research-related experience to demonstrate their passion to admissions staff at graduate or professional schools. Undergraduate research opportunities abound across the curriculum, from laboratory and social sciences to humanities and fine arts.
The Honors Program affords numerous opportunities for local, national, and global civic engagement and career development – including internship placements in Washington, New York, and Savannah; the Roosevelt Institution, a student-run think tank; the Corsair Society, which mentors undergraduates pursuing banking and finance and management consulting careers; the Atlas Business Society; MATHCOUNTS Outreach at UGA; PromoteAfrica; Association of Women in Science; Mock Trial; and the Thomas Lay After-School Mentoring Program.
Among the on-campus benefits provided to Fellows is access to Honors staff members, including the Major Scholarships Coordinator, who provides important counsel for a variety of pursuits – including drafting personal statements, resumes, and cover letters for job, scholarship, and postgraduate study applications.
Phillip Mote, FF Alumnus ’11 – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Class of 2015
“As I have spent the last couple weeks reflecting on my past and looking ahead to apply for a residency in pediatrics, few memories come to mind that can't be linked somehow to the Fellowship. My mentors in research, medicine, and life; my desire to work in an underserved community as a clinician, advocate, and developer; my yearning to longitudinally invest and serve globally through education and service; my modeling of how it looks to have healthy mentor-mentee relationships and peer collaboration. Indeed, each time I walk into Johns Hopkins Hospital, no matter what the hour, I can almost palpably feel the support of the Bulldawg nation.”