Scholarships Available at Berry College


There are various named scholarships available at Berry College. Eligibility is based on individual academic and financial circumstances.    

Merit-based Scholarship

Berry awards academic scholarships in recognition of superior academic achievement. All freshmen applicants admitted to Berry College are automatically considered for academic scholarships. Attributes used to determine scholarship eligibility include GPA, class rigor, and the highest SAT/ACT score submitted. Recipients are required to maintain an acceptable grade-point average while attending Berry College. To ensure consideration for an academic scholarship, high school students should be admitted by February 1. Merit-based academic scholarships are typically awarded to admitted students approximately two weeks after being notified of admission to Berry College. 

Need-based Scholarship 

Scholarships and grant aid are available to students demonstrating financial need. Endowed scholarships are made possible through the generosity of friends of Berry College. These funds make up a substantial portion of financial aid packages awarded to students each year. Students apply for these awards by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on an annual basis after January 1st of their senior year in high school.   

Transfer Scholarship

All admitted transfer students are considered for transfer scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on the cumulative grade-point average and the grade-point average at the last college or university attended.    

Community Scholarships

Bonner Scholarship-Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015

The Bonner Scholars Program is a community service and need based scholarship program. Berry selects 20 incoming freshmen each year for the Bonner Program.  Students are invited to interview for selection based on the application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The program is reserved for students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others in their communities. The majority of selectees must have significant financial need. Bonner Scholars receive a stipend in exchange for their work in the Rome and Floyd County community and are eligible for special grants to help cover educational expenses. Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.

Gate of Opportunity Scholarship-Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015

The Gate of Opportunity Scholarship is a work-based and need-based scholarship program offered to up to 10 incoming freshmen each fall. This distinctive scholarship exemplifies the Berry mission by offering students an opportunity to graduate debt-free from one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges through hard work in and out of the classroom. Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $20,000 or less, according to official results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are eligible for consideration. Interested students must be admitted to Berry, submit an online Gate of Opportunity application and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadlines.  Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.

For more information, please visit: Admissions | Financial Aid 

Leadership Fellows Scholarship- Deadline: Monday, January 26, 2015

The Leadership Fellows program recognizes high school graduates with extraordinary leadership and service records. Through the program, students engage in various activities to further their leadership development, and they are expected to pursue leadership opportunities within the campus community. The goal of Leadership Fellows is to create a student leadership education team who will deliver programs designed to cultivate leadership in all students. This four year, merit-based scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen through a competitive selection process. Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.

The Whitehead Scholars Program- Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015

The Whitehead Scholars program is a need-based scholarship community (requires filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA)  giving young women the opportunity to deepen and integrate their education of the “head, heart, and hands” through required work and service along with guided goal-setting and reflection by academic year. In accordance with guidelines prescribed by the founder, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation supports women who are residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, who have been accepted to Berry College, and who self-identify as Christian. Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account. 

Talent Based Scholarships

Performing Arts Scholarships- Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015

The music and theater programs offer talent-based scholarships to incoming students by audition, specific audition information and requirements available here.  If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Susanna Brown, Assistant Director of Admission and Fine and Performing Arts Liaison, at  sbrown@berry.edu or (706) 238-7923.  

Art Scholarship-Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015

Students interested in majoring or minoring in Art (studio art, art history, or art education concentration) may apply for a supplemental art scholarship. Students must be able to articulate interest, experience, and aspirations within studio art, art education, or art history. The on campus competition will include an interview and 5 piece portfolio evaluation (studio art and art education) or an art history evaluation (art history). Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application (talent based section) on their VikingWeb account. 

Entrepreneurship Scholarship- Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015

Students interested in majoring or minoring in business and have interest in being involved with our entrepreneurship program may apply for a supplemental entrepreneurship scholarship. Students must demonstrate significant interest or experience in entrepreneurship. The on campus competition will include a business idea competition to be judged by faculty, alumni, and current business students. Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application (talent based section) on their VikingWeb account. 

English-Creative Writing and Nadassy Scholarship- Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015

Students interested in majoring in English or creative writing, or minoring in writing may apply for a supplemental creative writing scholarship. Students must demonstrate experience in creative writing through a provided portfolio.  Students must submit 5 original pieces (no more than 25 pages total) of at least 2 different genres (short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essay, or a selection from a novel) to be evaluated by English faculty. Students interested in majoring or minoring in English may apply for the Nadassy Scholarships. Students applying for the Nadassy scholarship must submit no more than 15 pages of literary criticism from a high school English class. Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application (talent based section) on their VikingWeb account. 

    Forensics/Speech Scholarship- Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015

    Students interested in joining and competing with the Berry College Forensics Union may apply for a supplemental scholarship forensics scholarship.  During the on campus competition students must perform a 10 minute prepared speech, or an oral interpretation including an original introduction to the literature. Students may also choose to compete by preparing a 5-7 minute impromptu speech (delivered in response to a provided prompt). Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application (talent based section) on their VikingWeb account. 

    Mathematics Scholarship- Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015

    Students interested in majoring or minoring in mathematics and interested in joining our Berry College mathematics team may apply for a supplemental math scholarship. Students must demonstrate significant ability and experience in mathematics. The on campus competition will include an interview with our mathematics faculty and a math competition.  Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application (talent based section) on their VikingWeb account. 

    Model United Nations Scholarship- Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015

    Students interested in joining and competing with the Berry College Model United Nations may apply for a supplemental Model United Nations scholarship. Students must demonstrate significant Model UN or simulation experience and submit an essay response to a prompt provided by Berry faculty. After a review of the application materials, selected students will be invited to participate in an on-campus competition that includes a dinner with current students and faculty and mock UN session.  Applications are available for admitted students through the Common Scholarship Application (talent based section) on their VikingWeb account. 

    Viking Drum Line Scholarship- Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015

    Students interested in joining the Berry College Viking Drum Line may apply for a supplemental music scholarship. Students must demonstrate significant ability and potential within marching percussion. Students will be asked to perform Rudiments: Double-stroke Roll, Single-stroke Roll, Flam Accent, Single Paradiddle, Student’s choice and a prepared solo or etude on snare drum.  Music audition applications are available here.

    Additional Scholarship Opportunities

    Goizueta Foundation Scholarship

    Thanks to the generous support of The Goizueta Foundation each year more Hispanic students who apply and receive admission are able to enroll and graduate as Goizueta Scholars from Berry College. As a regional institution of choice for Hispanic students, Berry College strives to promote opportunities for all students by combining rigorous academics, meaningful hands-on experiences and community service in a distinctive environment of natural beauty. It is Berry’s goal to make an excellent private liberal-arts education accessible to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.

    Admitted students who are of Hispanic descent or heritage may be considered for The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship. Additionally, students and their families should reside in the U.S. Students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1st. The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.  Amounts are awarded based on the applicant’s academic merit and financial need. Scholarships are renewable each year upon satisfactory academic progress and submission of a FAFSA. Eligibility consideration will take place after Monday, March 2, 2015. For more information or questions, please contact Noemi Sarrion, Admission Counselor and Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator, at nsarrioncortes@berry.edu or phone at 706.368.5646

    The WinShape College Program Scholarship-Deadline: Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Created by S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., the WinShape College Program equips students in the areas of discipleship, community, and leadership. As a part of the program, students receive a yearly scholarship of up to $4,000 per year. Participants will experience a training process that includes exploring their unique strengths while navigating a thirty foot sailing vessel and discovering their life purpose while standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  Applications are available here