Georgia Student Finance Commission Scholarship for Engineering Education for Minorities

Scholarship for Engineering Education for Minorities

Important notes about the program:

  1. These funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served, basis.
  2. Applying for this fund is a good choice for eligible students who intend to remain in Georgia upon graduation.
  3. The application must be completed by the student, the Georiga Tech Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) and then goes to the Georgia Student Finance Commission for review.
  4. The OSFA recommends submitting your completed paper application to us as soon as possible.
  5. Complete details are available from the Georgia Student Finance Commission. An overview is provided below.

The Scholarship for Engineering Education for Minorities program offers financial assistance to Georgia residents who are engineering students attending an eligible postsecondary institution and enrolled in an engineering program of study approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).  The purpose of the program is to attract minority undergraduate students into the engineering profession and to increase the number of qualified engineers in Georgia.

Eligible Colleges and Universities

This program is available for engineering baccalaureate degree programs currently approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology.  The current eligible postsecondary institutions include Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University and the University of Georgia.

Award Amount
  • $5,250 per academic year to a maximum of nine (9) terms and $15,750.
  • If a student fails to complete service repayment, the student is required to repay, within six (6) years, in cash installments with interest accruing daily at a fixed interest rate, the prime rate as announced by the Wall Street Journal, plus one percent (1%). In no event shall the interest rate due exceed ten percent (10%) per annum.
Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Meet the definition of a minority in accordance with Titles VI and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: female, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian American, Black or African American, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
  2. Be a legal resident of Georgia for at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration for the school term for which this scholarship is being requested.
  3. Be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien who meets the definition of an eligible non-citizen under Federal Title IV requirements.
  4. Not yet have obtained a baccalaureate degree.
  5. Be enrolled full time at an eligible postsecondary institution in an accredited engineering program of study approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  6. Have earned at least 60 semester hours toward engineering degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale.
  7. Be certified by the financial aid office to be fully admitted into an approved engineering program leading to a baccalaureate degree.
  8. Agree to work in an engineering-related field in Georgia after graduation with an engineering degree or repay the loan plus interest according to the Promissory Note.
  9. Not owe a refund on a grant or scholarship previously received under any State of Georgia or federal program for attendance at any post-secondary educational institution.
  10. Not be in default on a loan previously obtained under any State of Georgia or federal program for attendance at any post-secondary educational institution.
Loan Forgiveness

Principal deferment options for eligible borrowers.

In return for the scholarship loan, students agree to work after graduation in an engineering-related field in Georgia for a reduction in balance up to $3,500 for each year worked.

Application Procedure

Click here to access the Scholarship for Engineering Education for Minorities Scholarship Loan Application and Promissory Note.

To Determine Eligibility

Complete Section A then forward the application and Promissory Note packet to the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility and complete Section B.

The Financial Aid Office will then forward the completed application and Promissory Note to GSFA for approval and processing.

Applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis pending available funding.

Loan Disbursements

Once the application has been approved, the loan disbursements will occur per the postsecondary institution's schedule.

Click here for detailed program regulations.