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Student FAQs

I am interested in applying to Emory. Where do I find information about merit-based scholarships for incoming students?

Contact the Office of Admission.

Where do I find information about funding for study abroad?

For information about summer and semester study abroad programs and funding, visit Emory Study Abroad.

Where do I find information about need-based financial aid?

For information about need-based financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Are there awards for international students?

Yes. There are several awards available to international students. Read more about awards for international students here.

Do I have to be an Emory Scholar to apply? Are Scholars more competitive than other applicants?

You do not have to be an Emory Scholar to apply for any of the awards administered through our program. Scholars do not have a competitive advantage over other, similarly qualified applicants.

What kinds of qualities make an applicant competitive?

Each award foundation sets its own eligibility and selection criteria. Some awards focus on academics, while others focus on research, service, or leadership; many are interested in candidates who demonstrate strength in multiple areas. In general, applicants need a minimum 3.0 GPA to be competitive, though there are some awards for which a competitive GPA is significantly higher. Schedule a consultation with a NS&FP advisor on College Connect to discuss your eligibility and competitiveness for scholarships and fellowships. Advice on preparing to become a candidate for prestigious awards is available on our Canvas organization. To request access to Canvas, click here

I am a recent alum of Emory College. Am I still eligible to apply for awards through your office?

Yes, many of the awards we administer are open to Emory College alumnae/i. Age and enrollment status requirements vary by award, so we encourage alums to contact us to find out of they are eligible and competitive for awards open to alumni and recent graduates.

I am pursuing a graduate or professional degree through Emory. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, many of the awards for post-graduate study, research, and professional experiences are often to early career graduate students from outside Emory College (e.g. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory Law, Candler School of Theology, School of Nursing). Please see the list of awards for graduate students for more details. Doctoral students should explore the Laney Graduate School's Grant Writing Program for information regarding graduate-level Fulbright grants, pre-doctoral awards, and dissertation completion fellowships.

Are students from particular fields at an advantage for the Bobby Jones Scholarship?

No. The Bobby Jones Scholarship selection committee has no preferences for particular majors or areas of study. Historically, there has been a wide range of majors represented among Bobby Jones Scholars.

Are there gender quotas for the Bobby Jones Scholarship?


I am interested in a fellowship in medicine at Emory. Who should I contact?

Please visit the Emory Department of Medicine’s Education site.

I am interested in a Woodruff Fellowship at the Emory University School of Law. Where can I find more information?

Please visit the Woodruff Scholars and Fellows Program page on the Emory School of Law's Tuition and Financial Aid website.

Faculty FAQs

What qualities make students strong applicants for prestigious awards?

Students who demonstrate strong commitment to their academic field(s), to volunteer service, or to other forms of extracurricular engagement are potential candidates. Selection committees tend to look for depth, rather than breadth of experience and engagement.

What GPA do students need to be competitive?

Students typically need at least a 3.0 to be competitive, though the GPA range for some awards is much higher. While some awards focus primarily on academic achievement, others focus on leadership, service, and/ or other areas of achievement. Even if a student is not currently competitive for a specific award that we administer, we can provide them with additional resources and/or help them consider possibilities for the future.

Please contact us if you have questions about eligibility requirements for a specific award.

What kinds of opportunities are funded by the scholarships and fellowships promoted and administered by your office?

Awards support a variety of opportunities, including study, research, teaching, and professional experiences both domestically and abroad. Please contact us if you have questions about eligibility requirements for a specific award.

How do I refer a student who might be a good candidate for a scholarship or fellowship?

Email and give us the student’s name, year, major, and any information you would like to share about what makes the student a potential candidate for prestigious awards. Also directly encourage the student to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss the scholarship and fellowship opportunities that match their abilities and interests. Appointments may be scheduled via College Connect.

Note that you do not need to have a particular award in mind to refer a student; our advisors can help students identify awards for which they may be potential candidates.

I've heard that there aren't many opportunities for international students. Is that true?

While some awards are open to only US citizens, there are many opportunities for international students. Awards for which international students are eligible are listed here.

A student has asked me to write a recommendation for her scholarship application. What do I need to know?

Tailoring your letter to the specific selection criteria for the award to which the student is applying is crucial, as are specific examples that illustrate what you have to say about the student’s abilities, experiences, and potential. Be sure that your letter is signed, on letterhead, and includes your full title, including departmental or program affiliation. For advice on writing strong letters of recommendation for scholarship and fellowship competitions, see the Letters of Recommendation section on our Advising Resources page.

How can I mentor students to help them prepare to apply for scholarships and fellowships?

Encourage interested students to seek out service, leadership, internship, and/or research experiences and to take advantage of office hours to get to know faculty. Additional advice on mentoring students toward these kinds of opportunities is available in the Mentoring Students section on our Advising Resources page.

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