Merit-Based Scholarships

The Emory University Office of Undergraduate Admission offers merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year students through a variety of programs. The primary merit-based scholarship opportunity is through the Emory University Scholars Program which has an advanced application deadline of November 15.

Emory University Scholars Program

Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School offer merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year students through the Emory University Scholars Program. This highly selective program seeks students that are “intellectually carbonated” and also challenges those students to utilize their talents to impact the Emory community, Atlanta, and the world. Further information and details about the application process can be found at the Emory University Scholars Program website.

MLK Scholars

Emory University awards Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships and Benjamin E. Mays Scholarships each year to outstanding students from the Atlanta Public Schools. Students who receive these scholarships demonstrate outstanding character through contributions to their communities, intellectual and personal vigor, high academic achievement, leadership qualities and the potential to enrich the lives of their peers here at Emory.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships—open to all ethnicities—cover full tuition, fees, room and board as well as any additional needs as demonstrated by the College Scholarship Service’s PROFILE. The Benjamin E. Mays Scholarship provides a two-thirds tuition award.

If you are interested, seek nomination through your high school guidance/college counselor. As many as ten candidates may be nominated by each school. We mail nomination forms to the Atlanta Public Schools in early fall and the nomination form and your complete application for admission must be submitted by November 15.

Jenkins Scholarship

The George W. Jenkins Scholarship, funded by Publix Super Markets Charities, is a four-year scholarship awarded to admitted first year students based on academic merit, financial need, and a sincere interest in service and enhancing community engagement. Founded in 1930 by George W. Jenkins, a Georgia native, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. The George W. Jenkins Scholarship was established through the generosity of Publix Super Markets Charities in partnership with Emory University in honor of the innovative self-starter and civic minded Publix founder.

The award includes full tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, and a stipend each semester. In addition, the scholarship provides a computer at the start of the program of study. Two incoming Emory College first-year students will be named the George W. Jenkins Scholars each academic year. The scholarship is renewable for four years of undergraduate study with students needing to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment.

The Jenkins Scholarship is open only to U.S. citizens who are residents of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee (all of which are home to Publix Super Markets), graduating from a high school within their home state and enrolling full-time at Emory College. Successful candidates will show in their application for admission purposeful engagement impacting their community, a strong work ethic, a history of overcoming significant adversity, and high financial need. Interested students must submit an additional essay emailed to Associate Dean of Admission, Giselle F. Martin ( describing any special circumstances, specifically any history of overcoming significant adversity (500 word max). Please make sure to include your full name, date of birth, and either Common Application ID# or EMPLID in the email you send to Ms. Martin. Students will need to submit their Common Application online and email their additional essay by the regular decision deadline of January 15, and submit all required financial aid materials including the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by the March 1 deadline. Students will be notified of their selection for the George W. Jenkins scholarship at the time regular decision notifications are released at the end of March.

HOPE Scholarship – Georgia Residents

Georgia students are often curious as to whether Emory recognizes the HOPE scholarship program. Yes, Emory offers assistance to Georgia students who qualify for the HOPE scholarship and graduated from an eligible high school with a 3.0 of higher grade point average. For Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, students attending Emory University who qualify for the HOPE scholarship with receive $1,800 per semester towards Emory tuition. Georgia residents must complete a FAFSA to receive this scholarship.

National Merit Scholarship

Entering National Merit finalists, who select Emory or Oxford as their first choice college, will receive a National Merit Scholarship of $1000 - $2000 sponsored by Emory / Oxford. If the National Merit Scholarship recipient has been awarded institutional grant funding, the grant award will be reduced by the amount of the scholarship.

Debate Scholarship

Named after former United States vice president and Emory alumnus Alben W. Barkley, the Barkley Forum is Emory’s nationally recognized, award-winning debate team. The Barkley Forum, in conjunction with the Emory Office of Admission, awards a merit scholarship to incoming first-year Emory College students each year. To be considered, you must demonstrate academic achievement and debate excellence. Submit your application directly to the Barkley Forum and Emory’s dean of admission. The information required on the application includes your current cumulative GPA, standardized test scores and a record of debate accomplishments. For more information, call the Barkley Forum at 404.727.6189 or email the Barkley Forum.

Music Scholarship

Each year, Emory College’s Department of Music offers several half-tuition Dean’s Music Scholarships to incoming first-year students who show exceptional promise in their applied areas of music. The Dean’s Music Scholarship is only for music majors. To be considered, first-year applicants must demonstrate the highest musical merit through the admission process. Candidates who qualify based on their application will be invited to audition. All scholarships finalists will be notified in April.