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Ramsey Scholar in New Zealand

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.

The program welcomed 8 new students in 2016-2017, bringing the total number of Ramsey Scholars to 26.

The average SAT score for the incoming class was 1547 (math + verbal only), and the average ACT score was 35. Their high school grade point average was 4.28 on a 4.0 scale, which indicates extra points for Advanced Placement classes. The Ramsey Scholars also have impressive high school academic and extracurricular credentials.

Ramsey Scholars are selected through the Foundation Fellows application process.

benefits of being a ramsey scholar

  • Participation in a community of scholars who stimulate each other’s intellectual and personal development through the exchange of ideas and experiences
  • Annual stipend: $5,857 plus the Zell Miller Scholarship (currently worth $9,362 per year) for in-state students; $9,832 plus an out-of-state tuition waiver (currently worth $18,210 per year) for out-of-state students
  • First-year housing supplement of $579
  • Four fully funded domestic spring service trips (valued at $2,000)
  • Individual travel-study grant of $3,000 (closely related to students’ academic and professional goals, can be combined with semester stipends for study overseas for a full semester or academic year)
  • Special seminars and book discussions with UGA and visiting professors
  • Faculty and peer mentoring
  • All-scholar fall retreat

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 include Austin, Miami, New Orleans, Asheville, and Charleston).

ramsey spring break service trip

Stephen Lago – 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 Scholars
Contact Information

Scholarships Office
Emily Myers,
Program Administrator

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