COEHS Scholarships

The College of Education and Human Services offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities. The 2016-17 awards totaled over $40,000. Below is a list of the available scholarships along with the criteria each candidate must meet in order to be awarded the scholarship. Applicants for the 2017-18 academic year are due by midnight Monday, February 15, 2017.

Decisions regarding scholarship awards will be announced via e-mail by March 20, 2017.

The ceremony celebrating and presenting the scholarship awards will be on April 19 at 5:30 p.m.  The ceremony will be held at the University Center in Magnolia Rooms #1-#2.  Reception to be held in the Cypress room after the ceremony.

For further information regarding scholarship opportunities and to pose any questions about the process, visit us at twitter (www.twitter.com/VSUcoeSchlrshps ) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/VSUCOEHSscholarships).

COEHS Scholarship Process 

The College of Education and Human Services utilizes a common application process where students can apply to one or multiple scholarships all at once. Please click on the following link to access the application:

https://valdosta.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eDS0mU0eNEG25M1

If you would like to view a pdf version of the entire application before applying via the link above, click here.

Requested Information Required for the Application:

  1. Demographic Information
  2. A Statement of Financial Need
  3. A Career Statement
  4. A Statement of Service Activities 

You will be asked to provide the following information in order to complete your College of Education and Human Services Scholarship application. Please have this information ready before beginning your application.  

1. Demographic information (Name, VSU student ID, email address, mailing address, anticipated graduation date, etc.)

2. Provide a description of your financial need. This will be comprised of two parts: 

A.  First you will need to copy and paste the “Award Package by Aid Year” information which can be found in Banner: Log in, click Student and Financial Aid→ Financial Aid→ My Award Information. This report should include AID YEAR of the current academic year. Provide the following information:

  • Estimated family contribution
  • Cumulative Loan Information
  • Need Calculation

Financial need cannot be assessed without this information

B.  Provide a narrative statement describing the nature of your financial need.  If you are a graduate student and currently have a graduate assistantship (GA), please provide your stipend for this position. If you anticipate having a graduate assistantship next year, please indicate this information, as well as your anticipated stipend. 

3. Describe your anticipated career path and the goals you hope to accomplish within your chosen field. If you plan to be an educator, please provide specific reasons you chose this career.  If you are applying for the Ola M. Brown Scholarship, describe how your minority status and experience influenced your choice of career path.

4. Provide a description of your service involvement (i.e., community service or volunteerism) and summarize any documentation you have of that service. If part of your answer includes service for which you were paid, (including work completed as a graduate assistant), clearly identify which service activities were paid and which were unpaid. Then respond to the following:  

A. Describe how your service has influenced your growth as a person and/or professional. 

B. Describe the impact your service has had on the community.

An application will be considered incomplete if any required information is missing. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the committee.

Scholarships Available:

Scholarships offered university wide by VSU (Note: as these scholarships do not originate within COEHS, they are not covered by the common application offered on this page.  Rather, the links below direct you to a different site and different application process.)


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 (successfully completed the applicable 2999 course)
  •  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 (successfully completed the applicable 2999 course)
  •  Recipient must have a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher
  •  Recipient must demonstrate financial need
  • Recipient must provide a career statement elaborating how minority status and experience influenced choice of career path.

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, 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 student in the Department of Adult and Career Education 
  •  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. (successfully completed the applicable 2999 course)
  •  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. 

Below the State poverty line: Atkinson, Clarke, Grady, Quitman, Terrell, Baker, Clay, Greene, Randolph, Thomas, Baldwin, Colquitt, Hancock, Seminole, Toombs, Ben Hill, Crisp, Jefferson, Stewart, Treutlen, Bullock, Dougherty, Jenkins, Sumter, Turner, Burke, Early, Johnson, Taliaferro, Warren, Calhoun, Echols, Macon, Tattnal, Washington, Charlton, Emanuel, Mitchell, Telfair, Wheeler, or Wilcox

Georgia Power New Teacher Assistant Grant

This grant is offered by Georgia Power to graduating seniors.  It consists of a $1,000 grant for 1st year teachers to help with purchasing materials and supplies for their classroom.

Criteria for application:

  • Available to all graduating seniors who will be graduating by May of this year.
  • Recipient must have a GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Recipient should demonstrate financial need, but this factor alone will not determine the scholarship award
  • Family members of officers or directors of Georgia Power are not eligible for the grant.

Additional information

  • Recipients must secure a full-time position in a Georgia school before the grants are awarded in September.
  • You will be notified in March if you have been selected as a nominee for this grant; Georgia Power will select recipients during the summer.
  • If chosen as a nominee, you will need to supply a letter of recommendation from a professor attesting to your high aptitude for teaching and potential contribution to the field.  This recommendation letter will need to be provided by April 20—information concerning content and submission will be included in the email sent to notify individuals of their status as nominee.

 


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

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 for the following academic year 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 May 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

Scholarships for Social Work

Alheida B. Seever Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Alheida B. Seever.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.
  • Recipient must have a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Recipient should demonstrate pressing financial need
  • Recipient should demonstrate a record of community service and volunteerism comprising the previous five years.

Louise Stanford Chastain Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Louise Stanford Chastain.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.
  • Recipient must have a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher
  • Recipient should demonstrate financial need
  • Recipient should demonstrate a record of exemplary community service and volunteerism comprising the previous five years.
  • Open to any resident of Georgia.  Preference given to individuals residing in Thomas county or any of the rural counties in Georgia where average income is 50%

Below the State poverty line: Atkinson, Clarke, Grady, Quitman, Terrell, Baker, Clay, Greene, Randolph, Thomas, Baldwin, Colquitt, Hancock, Seminole, Toombs, Ben Hill, Crisp, Jefferson, Stewart, Treutlen, Bullock, Dougherty, Jenkins, Sumter, Turner, Burke, Early, Johnson, Taliaferro, Warren, Calhoun, Echols, Macon, Tattnal, Washington, Charlton, Emanuel, Mitchell, Telfair, Wheeler, or Wilcox


Carson McClane Inc.

This scholarship is funded by Carson McClane Inc. funeral services.

Criteria for Application:

  • Recipient must be pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree.
  • Recipient must have a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher
  • Recipient should demonstrate financial need
  • Recipient should demonstrate a record of community service and volunteerism comprising the previous five years.
  • Must have past or current experience in medical social work settings [i.e. hospitals, hospice, long-term care facilities].
  • Must be a resident of Lowndes or contiguous county [Brook, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, or Lanier]
  • Recipients must commit to 10 hours of community service each semester the scholarship is received.  The community service to be performed will be selected in consultation with McClane Funeral Services.