The Valdosta Sullivan Scholars Program

Changing the World One Teacher at a Time

About Ruby Sullivan

Ruby Sullivan

Mrs. Ruby Sullivan graduated from Valdosta State University (formerly known as Georgia State Woman's College) in 1932. She received her degree in education and taught for 67 years. She dedicated her life to teaching students in high-poverty schools in rural Georgia. Mrs. Sullivan’s passion for serving others and desire to honor her late son John, led her to create the Valdosta Sullivan Scholars Program.

Valdosta Sullivan Scholars Program (VSSP)

  • Cohort program for teacher education at VSU
  • Provides a degree in teaching at VSU
  • includes tuition, room/board, books, fees, small stipend per semester
  • Goal is to prepare students who want to teach in rural and/or Title I Georgia Schools

Eligibility Requirements

The Valdosta Sullivan Scholars Program is an invitation only scholarship program. Principals, assistant principals, teachers, and/or counselors can nominate rising high school juniors or seniors who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Students are Identified in 10th or 11th grade in a Rural Georgia High Schools (or non-rural high school in Georgia participating in pilot program)
  • Student has a passion for becoming a teacher
  • Student has Significant Financial Need (Direct Certified Free and Reduced Lunch)
  • Student is HOPE Eligible (4 rigor courses and 3.0 or higher HOPE GPA) or on track to become HOPE eligible upon high school graduation;
  • Student is a U.S. Citizen




Dr. Barbie Radcliffe, Director of VSU Sullivan Scholarship Program


Twitter: @VSUSullivanScholars