Scholarship PROGRAMS at Berry College


There are many scholarship programs available at Berry College. The process starts with your completed application for admission and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We'll review your application and will notify you of scholarship programs that may be a fit for you based on your individual interests, academic profile and financial circumstances. Please see below for a full list. If you have any questions about these opportunities, please email or call your admission counselor.

+ Academic Scholarship
Berry awards academic scholarships in recognition of superior academic achievement. As a first-year applicant admitted to Berry College, you will automatically be considered for academic scholarships. Attributes used to determine your scholarship eligibility include GPA, class rigor, and your highest SAT/ACT score submitted. You will be required to maintain an acceptable grade-point average while attending Berry College. To ensure full consideration for an academic scholarship, we recommend that you submit an application by the Regular Decision deadline of January 15, 2019. 

+ 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. You may apply for these awards by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1, 2018.

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

Community Scholarships

+ Bonner Scholarship
Priority Deadline: January 6, 2019; Final Deadline: January 27, 2019
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 selected students must have significant financial need, an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or less based on the FAFSA. 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 Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ Gate of Opportunity Scholarship
Priority Deadline: January 6, 2019; Final Deadline: January 27, 2019
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 Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ Leadership Fellows Scholarship
Priority Deadline: January 6, 2019; Final Deadline: January 27, 2019
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 Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ The Whitehead Scholars Program
Priority Deadline: January 6, 2019; Final Deadline: January 27, 2019 
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 Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ The WinShape College Program Scholarship
Deadline: January 27, 2019
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.

PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

+ Music Scholarships
Deadline: Open
The music program offers talent-based scholarships to incoming students who are interested in majoring or minoring in music by audition. Scholarships may also be available for students who wish to participate in one of Berry's performance ensembles. Information and requirements are available here. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Tessa Howard, Admissions Counselor, at thoward@berry.edu or 706.368.6909.

+ Theatre Scholarships
Deadline: Open
The theatre program offers talent-based scholarships to incoming students who are interested in majoring or minoring in theatre by audition. Information and requirements are available here. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Tessa Howard, Admissions Counselor, at thoward@berry.edu or 706.368.6909.

+ Viking Drumline Scholarships
Deadline: Open
Students interested in participating in the Viking Drumline 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; and a prepared solo or etude on snare drum. Information and requirements are available here. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Tessa Howard, Admissions Counselor, at thoward@berry.edu or 706.368.6909.

Talent-Based Scholarships

+ Art Scholarship
Deadline: January 27, 2019
Students interested in majoring or minoring in Art (Studio Art, Art History, or Art Education concentration) will be invited to 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 a 5 piece portfolio evaluation (Studio Art and Art Education concentrations), or an art history evaluation (Art History concentration). Applications are available for Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their  VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ Communication Scholarship
Deadline: January 27, 2019
Students interested in majoring or minoring in Communication will be invited to apply for a supplemental scholarship. Recipients of the Communication Scholarship also participate actively in one of the following publication/media teams: Campus Carrier (newspaper), Viking Fusion (video multimedia), or Valkyrie (lifestyle magazine). Students are asked to submit an application form, samples of original work, and a recommendation form from a teacher or advisor. Applications and recommendation forms are available for Berry applicants through their VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ English and Creative Writing Scholarships
Deadline: January 27, 2019
Students interested in majoring or minoring in English Literature or Creative Writing will be invited to apply for a supplemental scholarship in literary criticism or creative writing. Students will be asked to respond to a writing prompt and provide samples of original work. Applications are available for Berry applicants through their  VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ Forensics/Speech Scholarship
Deadline: January 27, 2019
Students interested in competing on the Forensics Team are invited to apply for a supplemental Berry College Forensics Union Scholarship. To be eligible, students must commit to compete as a member of the BCFU for the entirety of the academic year for which the scholarship is applied. To be considered for this scholarship, students must deliver or perform a 10-minute speech or oral interpretation. Applications are available for Berry applicants through their  VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ Mathematics Scholarship
Deadline: January 27, 2019
Students interested in majoring or minoring in mathematics, and participating in the extracurricular activities of the mathematics department, will be invited to apply for a supplemental mathematics scholarship. Students will begin the application process by submitting a response to a writing prompt that will be provided by the department. After a review of the responses, selected students will be invited to participate in an on-campus competition in the style of the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, a meeting of the Berry College Dead Poets Society (the math department’s recreational mathematics group) and dinner with current students and faculty. Applications are available for Berry applicants through their  VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

+ Model United Nations Scholarship
Deadline: January 27, 2019
Students interested in joining and competing with the Berry College Model United Nations will be invited to 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. Applications are available for Berry applicants through their  VikingWeb account. To apply, log in to VikingWeb, choose the Admissions header, and select the Scholarships page.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

+ History Scholarship
Students who are majoring in History or History-PLUS will be considered for the supplemental scholarship based on their admissions application. The scholarship will be based on merit, high school achievement, and the student’s interest in History.

+ Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Students who display significant interest or experience in entrepreneurship will be considered for this supplemental scholarship based on their admissions application. In addition, the student will minor in Entrepreneurship or Social Entrepreneurship (pending approval of the academic council in December 2018).

+ World Language Scholarship
Students who are majoring in World Language will be considered for the supplemental scholarship based on their admissions application. To be considered, the student must have had 3+ years of Spanish, German or French. Strong preference for students who took AP Language class.

+ 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 $3,000 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.