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The Correll Scholars Program was established in 2014 and began Fall semester 2015 to recognize and prepare exceptionally promising students as future community leaders in our region. The program has since ended and is no longer accepting applications.

    • Awards were $5,000 per student, renewable annually, for a maximum of four years. Twenty scholarships were awarded each year.
    • Students had to attend East Georgia State College’s Swainsboro campus.
    • Correll Scholars who met eligibility requirements and continued their studies as a junior or senior in a baccalaureate degree program at EGSC were given first consideration for subsequent year awards.
    • Students had to attain qualifying enrollment status to receive subsequent year funding: “sophomore” for year two, “junior” for year three, and “senior” for year four.

Application Process

The Application process was designed to identify students who demonstrate the talent, motivation, and potential to transform themselves and their community. It required the following:

    • Completion of the Correll Scholars Program Application
    • Submission of an essay, “How will you use your education to transform your community?” (1000 word maximum) ( included in online submission)
    • Interview

Before an applicant was able to accept the scholarship they had to apply and be accepted to EGSC. 

Selection of Scholars

Members of the Correll Scholars Program Selection Committee reviewed all completed applications and essays.  A list of finalists was selected and invited for personal interviews by the committee.  Final selection of Correll Scholars was based upon committee approval.  Notification of recipients was made by the middle of December for Scholars entering the following Fall Semester.


    • Have a Competitive HS GPA
    • Challenging course load
    • General knowledge beyond field of study
    • Ability to think critically
    • Ability to make an impact and influence others
    • Focus on the global society
    • Excellence in communication
    • Motivation to excel
    • Strong character
    • Demonstrated strength in coaching, tutoring, mentoring
    • Volunteer & Nonprofit work experience
    • Community activities
    • Demonstrated commitment to others
Rigorous Program Standards
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
    • Complete at least 26 credit hours in freshman year to maintain eligibility for sophomore year.
    • Participate in a one hour credit course each semester that focuses on issues and challenges facing our region and work collaboratively to design solutions for those challenges.
    • Actively participate in tutoring and mentoring of local high school students at the Fulford Center.
    • Attain the Service Seal of Distinction.


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