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

Scholarships ImageBerry 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 reported. 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. A select group of students from the top of our freshman applicant pool will be invited to campus to compete for additional merit scholarship opportunities. Students who are offered freshman admission by February 1 will be considered.  

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.   

Bonner Scholarship

The Bonner Scholars Program supports students with a passion for community service. Berry selects 20 incoming freshmen each year for the Bonner Program. The program is reserved for students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others in their communities. At least 17 of the 20 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. 

Departmental Scholarship

The music, theater, and communication departments offer talent-based scholarships to incoming students by audition and/or application. If you are an incoming student, please contact the Office of Admissions to learn more. Other departments may award scholarships to returning Berry students. If you are a current Berry student, please contact the Dean of your school of study to learn about availability of funds within your department. 

Competitive Scholarships

These supplementary scholarships will be available for new incoming students starting in the Fall of 2014. Students must be accepted to Berry College to apply for these competitive scholarships. Applications for each of these will be available soon through your Viking Web account.

     Entrepreneurship:

  • Students must display significant interest or experience in entrepreneurship.
  • Students must be a business major or minor and involved with the entrepreneurship program.
  • Competition will include a business idea competition to be judged by faculty, alumni, and current business students

     Art:

  • Students must be able to articulate interest, experience, and aspirations within studio art, art education, or art history.
  • Students must major in Art (studio, history, or education concentration)
  • Competition will include an interview and 5 piece portfolio evaluation (studio art and art education) or an art history evaluation (art history).

     English-Creative Writing and Nadassy(literary criticism):

  • Students must display experience in creative writing or literary criticism through a provided portfolio
  • Students must major in English or Creative Writing, or minor in Writing 
  • Students interested in the Creative Writing scholarship 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 the Nadassy scholarship will need to submit no more than 15 pages of Literary Criticism from a high school English class. 

     Forensics/Speech: 

  • 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).
  • Students are required to be a member of the Berry College Forensics Union and compete while receiving the scholarship.

     Model United Nations:

  • Students must display 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 a mock UN session. 
  • Students are required to be a member in good standing of the Berry College Model United Nations and compete while receiving the scholarship. 

     Viking Drum Line:

  • Students must demonstrate significant ability and potential within marching percussion.
  • Students can major, minor, or receive a performance grant(non-major or minor)
  • Applications available    Here
  • 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

The WinShape College Program Scholarship

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.  

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.  

Leadership Fellows Scholarship

The Leadership Fellows Program recognizes high school graduates with extraordinary leadership and service records. The program also identifies Berry students who work to make a difference in providing and teaching leadership in the Berry community. 

Gate of Opportunity Scholarship

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 $15,000 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. 

For more information, please visit: Admissions | Financial Aid