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We suspect that cost is on your mind as you think about college. As you weigh the different options you have before you, don’t forget about the importance of value. Affordability at Berry has always been a two-way exchange. We invest our time and resources into you so that you graduate with a confident sense of where you are headed. Based off of your performance in high school and your family’s financial circumstances, you may qualify for any of the following:

Academic Scholarship

As we review your application for acceptance, we will also review your performance for academic scholarships. We look at the rigor of your coursework, your grades, and your test scores when awarding you with an academic scholarship. The beauty of this scholarship is once you receive it, you get to keep it all four years as long as you remain a student in good standing. To ensure full consideration for an academic scholarship, submit your application by the Regular Decision deadline of January 15th.

Berry Scholarship from Alumni and Friends

In the spirit of our founder, Martha Berry, friends and alumni of the college have given generously over the years to provide opportunities for students who need help affording a Berry education. These funds not only help us to keep our tuition and fees among the lowest in our conference but also help us to open doors for students who will contribute positively to the Berry community. You may apply for these grants by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) any time after October 1 of your senior year.

Transfer Scholarship

As we review your application for acceptance, we will also review your performance for academic scholarships. We look at the rigor of your coursework, your grades, and sometimes, your test scores when awarding you with a transfer scholarship. Once you receive a transfer scholarship, you get to keep it each year as long as you remain a student in good standing.

Signature Scholarship Programs

In addition to the above awards, you may be interested in one of Berry’s signature programs. Berry is a community of communities, working together to live out Martha Berry’s vision - to do good in the world. 6 signature scholarship programs, described below, are great options for you to hone your service, leadership and professional skills.

To be considered for them, you’ll need to start by submitting your application for admission. Your application will tell us a lot about you – your academic history, your activities, and hopefully a bit about the kind of person you are and who you want to become in college. If you’d like to be considered for any need-based program, you’ll also need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We’ll use all of this information to nominate you for the programs that seem like the best fit for you. If you feel especially connected to one of these programs, you also have the opportunity to let us know. Just log in to MyBerry, choose the Scholarships and Aid tab, and submit the Scholarship Program Interest Form before January 15.

The Bonner Scholarship Program*

The Bonner Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship for undergraduate students that challenges and supports them to engage their skills and talents to serve and build communities.  Each year, the Bonner program provides diverse, low-income, and under-represented students financial assistance fulfilling its motto “access to education, opportunity to serve.”  Students whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is less than $10,000 are eligible. Bonner Scholars serve an average of 10 hours per week at local nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and public schools in lieu of on-campus employment.  Additionally, the program offers an intensive experience in community-based learning and leadership development that focuses on civic engagement, community building, diversity, international perspective, social justice, and spiritual exploration.  The Bonner Scholars Program is the largest privately-funded, service-based scholarship program in the nation and seeks to “transform students, communities, and campuses through service.”  For more information about the national program, visit http://www.bonner.org/the-bonner-program

Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program*

The Gate of Opportunity program promotes engagement in the classroom, commitment to professional growth and development, and connection to Berry’s history through stewardship. Berry selects up to 20 incoming first-year students to join the Gate of Opportunity program each year. This scholarship program exemplifies Berry’s mission by offering students an opportunity to integrate their learning with professional experiences. Gate of Opportunity scholars commit to the maximum number of hours of paid professional work each week and in return, could graduate debt-free. Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $20000 or less will be considered for this program. 

Whitehead Scholars Program*

The Whitehead Scholars program is for young women and provides an opportunity to deepen and integrate the education of the “head, heart and hands.” Through guided goal-setting, reflection and portfolio development, you will bring together experiences from your classes, jobs and the community. In accordance with the 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 self-identify as Christian. 

* These programs require that you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via fafsa.gov to be considered.

Leadership Fellows Scholarship Program

The Leadership Fellows program is for strong student leaders to strengthen their leadership skills. You will go through a rigorous leadership curriculum that will open doors for leadership opportunities on campus. The goal of the leadership program is to create a student leadership team who will deliver programs designed to cultivate leadership in all students. 

Service Fellows Scholarship Program

The Service Fellows program is for strong service leaders to strengthen their leadership skills related to community service. You will go through a rigorous curriculum that will open doors for service opportunities on campus and in the local community. The goal of the service program is to create a student team who will deliver programs designed to cultivate a spirit of service and giving back in all students.

WinShape College Scholarship Program

This program is a Christian leadership and discipleship program available exclusively to Berry College students. Created by S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., the WinShape College scholars program will equip you to build strong, faith-based communities in the future. To apply for this program, visit college.winshape.org.

BUT WAIT, there’s more...

Love the stage? Music and Theatre Scholarships are awarded to students who show promising talent in these areas. Learn more about the audition requirements and request your audition for Music and Theatre Scholarships.

Additional scholarships may be awarded qualified students in other academic areas. You will automatically be considered for these departmental scholarships based on your admissions application.

Your mentors are waiting. Your faculty advisor, student mentor and boss (yeah, we said boss!) are all excited to guide you through your first year. We pair you with these guides before you even start at Berry. By taking advantage of 8 semesters of paid, professional growth opportunities through working a job on campus, you will be challenged and fulfilled at every turn. AND, you’ll have more money in your pocket. This opportunity is distinctively Berry. It builds your skills while placing more people in your corner, ensuring you graduate with a squad. Got questions? Please email or call your admission counselor. We’re ready to help you figure out which scholarship and program is best for you.

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