COEHS Scholarships

The College of Education and Human Services offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities. The 2014 awards totaled over $20,000. Below is a list of the available scholarships along with the criteria each candidate must meet in order to be awarded the scholarship. The 2015 scholarship deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015.

The College of Education and Human Services utilizes a common application process where students can apply to one or multiple scholarships all at once. The application requests demographic information about the applicant, a statement of financial need, a career statement, a statement of service activities, and two faculty recommendations. Faculty recommendations are also due by Friday, March 6, 2015. A hyperlink is provided to students at the conclusion of their application to email faculty requesting their recommendation.

TO APPLY: Each candidate must complete a General Application which can be accessed at: https://valdosta.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5pyqBufSWMzz4DH.

Scholarships Available:


Scholarships for All Graduate & Undergraduate Students in COEHS

Dorothy Dewar Service Scholarships (Up to 5 Awards)

These scholarships were established in honor of Dorothy Dewar and are available to all COEHS graduate and undergraduate students.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree within the COEHS
  • Recipient must demonstrate a record of exemplary service
  • Recipient must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Scholarships for Any Undergraduate Student who has a Major in COEHS

Mattie H. Dewar Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mattie Hendry Dewar.

Criteria for application:

  • Available to all undergraduate College of Education and Human Service Majors
  • Recipient must have a GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Recipient should demonstrate financial need, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

Scholarships for Education Majors

COEHS Deserving Student Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Carroll and Mary Alice Griffin in honor of Mary Alice Griffin’s long teaching career at VSU.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Education
  • Recipient must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program
  • Recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Recipient should demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

The James and Mary Threatte Scholarship

This scholarship was established by James L. and Quay T. Allen in honor of Mrs. Allen's parents.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Education
  • Recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

The Ola M. Brown Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Ola M. Brown, who served as Head of the Department of Early Childhood and Reading for several years. This scholarship can be renewed at the discretion of the COEHS Scholarship and Honors committee. Award winner must contact the committee by January 1 to request a renewal of this award.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be an undergraduate minority student who has been accepted into the Teacher Education program at VSU
  • Recipient must have a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need

Ralph B. Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Noeliene J. Moore and her sisters, Louise J. Westbrook, Nettie J. Hult, and Nellie J. Spinks in memory of their brother, Ralph B. Johnson.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a degree in Education for the purpose of teaching or educational counseling in public or private schools
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

The Emerging Teacher Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Maggie Roberts. Mrs. Maggie Roberts currently teaches in Middle Grades Education and for many years served as the Director of the Advising Center for the College of Education.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be an undergraduate student in the Middle Grades Education major
  • Recipient must be a rising senior student
  • Recipient must have a GPA of a 3.5 or better
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

Saralyn Sammons Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Miss Saralyn Sammons, who served as the department head for 26 years. Upon her retirement, a scholarship fund was set up in her honor.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be at least a sophomore undergraduate, certification-only, or a graduate student in the Department of Adult and Career Education
  • Recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

The Catherine Hensley McDonald Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the Valdosta Junior Service League in memory of Catherine Hensley McDonald, who was a business education teacher at Lowndes High School at the time of her death.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be a junior or senior Business Education major
  • Recipient must have been admitted into the Teacher Education program
  • Recipient must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Recipient should demonstrate financial need, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

The Ruby and John Sullivan Scholarship

This Scholarship, established by Mrs. Ruby Sullivan in honor of her son John, will be awarded to an outstanding education major. This scholarship will provide the recipient with a stipend that will assist with tuition and expenses. The scholarship can be renewed for an additional year if the student is progressing successfully in his/her major. Upon graduation, if the student takes a teaching job in one of the rural counties listed below, he/she will receive the stipend amount for two additional years to assist in supporting his/her efforts to “give back” by teaching in a rural community.

Upon graduation if a scholarship recipient is awarded a contract to teach in a public or private school located in a country in the state of Georgia with a poverty rate that is 50% or more above the state of Georgia average as determined by the most recent census, then that scholarship winner may apply for and receive an annual stipend equal to the amount of her or his annual scholarship award for a period of not more than 2 years provided that employment remains in effect under said circumstances for the two-year period. The scholarship winner needs to contact the COEHS Scholarship and Honors Committee by January 1 to renew the scholarship.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a teacher education program.
  • Recipient must have been admitted into the teacher education program.
  • Recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be an important criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award.
  • Recipients for this scholarship must come from a rural area, with a poverty rate 50% below the state poverty level. See list of eligible counties below.
  • Recipients who are awarded this scholarship must agree to serve as reading tutors in the Ruby R. Sullivan Literacy Center in the Dewar College of Education.
  • Students coming from Mitchell County will be given additional consideration for this scholarship.

Atkinson County

     Clarke County

    Grady County

     Quitman County

     Terrell County

 

Baker County

     Clay County

    Greene County

     Randolph County

     Thomas County

 

Baldwin County

     Colquitt County

    Hancock County

     Seminole County

     Toombs County

 

Ben Hill County

     Crisp County

    Jefferson County

     Stewart County

     Treutlen County

 

Bulloch County

     Dougherty County  

    Jenkins County

     Sumter County

     Turner County

 

Burke County

     Early County

    Johnson County

     Taliaferro County

     Warren County

 

Calhoun County

     Echols County

    Macon County

     Tattnall County

     Washington County

Charlton County

     Emanuel County

    Mitchell County

     Telfair County

     Wheeler County

     Wilcox County


Scholarships for Graduate Education Majors (M.Ed.)

The Sonny Martin Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mrs. A. B. Martin.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a Master’s degree in Education
  • Recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all required courses
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

Scholarships for Communication and Science Disorders

The Robert A. Hull Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Department of Communication and Sciences Disorders.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be a currently enrolled senior in the VSU Department of Communication and Sciences Disorders who is planning to complete the Master of Science Degree at VSU in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Recipient must be a member of the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the national and local chapters of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Recipient must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Recipient must have a documented record of service

Elizabeth Darlene Sikes Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the College of Education in Honor of Elizabeth Darlene Sikes.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a graduate degree in Speech and Language Pathology
  • Recipient must show evidence of past volunteerism.
  • Recipient must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

Valdosta Junior Service League Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Valdosta Junior Service League.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology
  • Recipient must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Recipient must have completed at least 50 hours of academic work at VSU
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need; it will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award

Scholarships for Psychology

The Vicky Lynne Foshee Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Vicky Lynne Foshee, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Donald P. Foshee. The award winner can renew the award until they graduate as long as they complete no less than 6 hours of required work per semester with no grade less than a B. The award winner needs to contact the COEHS Scholarship and Honors Committee by January 1 to renew scholarship.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be a graduate student enrolled in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at VSU
  • Recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Recipient must demonstrate financial need will be a criterion considered, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award