Emory University Scholars Program
The ProgramEmory 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 not only recognizes and provides financial awards to exceptional students with a history of academic excellence and outstanding extracurricular engagement, but also challenges those students to utilize their talents to impact the Emory community, Atlanta, and the world. Selection into the Emory University Scholars Program comes with the expectation that each Scholar will invest energy in active engagement with the community of Scholars and use the resources and support provided by the Program to shape the future of the University.
Emory University Scholars are "intellectually carbonated" individuals, leaders among their peers, and "spark plugs" in their communities. They are forward-thinkers who stretch the boundaries of intellectual inquiry, artists with distinctive talents and creativity and difference-makers that act as catalysts for positive change. Emory University actively seeks these budding visionaries to infuse energy into the Emory, Oxford, and Goizueta communities as they pursue their passions. The Emory University Scholars Program is committed to building a holistic community of Scholars and is uniquely designed to enrich each student’s personal academic experience while intentionally impacting community at Emory and beyond.
The Process – Application Deadline: November 15To be considered for the Emory University Scholars Program (including the Woodruff, Oxford, and Goizueta Scholarships), students must select one of Emory's three admission decision plans (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision). Students must submit all required application materials, including the additional Scholars Essay, by the November 15 Emory University Scholars Program deadline—if your selected admission plan is ED II or RD. Students applying ED I may apply for the Scholars program, but need to meet the November 1 deadline for all materials. Full instructions can be found via the "Questions" section of the Emory University supplemental "My College" page on the Common Application.
Please note for the 2013-2014 application cycle, applicants no longer need to be nominated by a high school guidance / college counselor to be considered for the Emory University Scholars Program, and no additional nomination forms are required. Students can nominate themselves via their Common Application, and the only additional requirement is answering one of the following two Scholar essays as part of the Common Application Writing Supplement on the Emory "My College" page:
"The future belongs to the discontented." Robert W. Woodruff – Just thirty-three years old when he took command of The Coca-Cola Company in 1923, Emory alumnus, Robert W. Woodruff shaped the fledgling soft drink enterprise and its bottler franchise system into a corporate giant with the world’s most widely known trademark. During the next six decades, Mr. Woodruff established a remarkable record as a global leader and philanthropist. Describe how this quote resonates with you. (500 word limit)
"The cynics will tell you that the good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Just do it anyway." Roberto C. Goizueta – The Goizueta Business School is honored to take its name from Robert C. Goizueta, who demonstrated a level of personal and professional courage throughout his lifetime that has ensured his legacy as one of the most respected business leaders of the 20th century. As a future business leader, what is the good you would like to contribute in the world, and why? (500 word limit)
SelectionThe selection for merit-based scholarships is administered by the Emory University Office of Undergraduate Admission in conjunction with Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School. The scholarship selection process remains separate from the financial aid application process and will have no impact on a student’s need-based financial aid award.
Scholar applicants will receive notification of their standing in the selection process by the end of January. If selected as a finalist, students will be required to attend the finalist interview weekend in February / March (2014 dates to be determined). The scholar weekend activities are designed to help finalists become better acquainted with programs and opportunities available to them and to aid the Scholars Selection Committee in making its final choices for the various awards. To be considered for a finalist award, attendance at the Scholars interview weekend is mandatory.
November 15: Emory University Scholars Program application deadline
Late January: Scholar notifications announced
Late February / Mid-March: Finalist Interview Weekend (2014 dates TBD)
Early April: Finalist awards announced
May 1: Enrollment deposit deadline
Selection of scholarships is highly competitive. Scholarships are renewable for four years of undergraduate study, provided students maintain high standards of personal and academic excellence. All scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of outstanding merit without regard to financial need, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran/Reserve/National Guard status, or national origin.
BenefitsThe Emory University Scholars Program offers an array of benefits to build and engage the diverse community of Scholars.
- Merit-based scholarships ranging from partial tuition awards to full cost of attendance, renewable for 8 semesters.
- Distinguished faculty serve as program directors and advisors helping Scholars to plan and implement their activities and facilitating their access to academic and cultural opportunities.
- Priority in university housing selection (after the first year) and course registration.
- Stipends for undergraduate research.
- The Scholarship and Service summer program, an international community that places Scholars in non-profit internships in Atlanta and focuses on issues of social justice.
- Summer study abroad stipends.
- Personal engagement with faculty mentors, faculty-led cultural outings in Atlanta, small-group discussion, and other intellectual endeavors.
- Stipends for cultural experiences in Atlanta.
- Community-building programming, including the Scholars Fall Retreat.
Learn more about the various Emory University Scholars Programs, their history and benefits at the following websites:
Frequently Asked Questions
Beyond the Common Application and Emory supplemental "My College" section, what additional materials are required for consideration for the Emory University Scholars Program?
The only additional application requirement for consideration is the submission of one of the Scholars Program essays via the Common Application Writing Supplement section. There are no nomination forms needed.
Can I use the same essay for my Scholars application that I used for my application essay?
No. There are specific writing prompts designed for the Emory University Scholars Program and students must answer one of the two questions.
Do all application materials need to be submitted by the November 15 deadline, or just the Scholars essay?
To be considered for the Emory University Scholars Program applicants must submit all required application materials by the November 15 deadline. Even if applying for the EDII or RD application plans, which have later application deadlines, one must still meet the November 15 deadline to be considered for any merit-based scholarship review.
If I want to apply Early Decision I and for the Emory University Scholars Program, what deadline do I need to meet?
Students applying Early Decision I may apply for the Scholars Program but need to meet the November 1 deadline for all application materials.
Do I need to be nominated by a high school official or guidance counselor?
In the past students needed to be nominated for the Emory University Scholars Program. Starting with the 2013-2014 application cycle there is no longer a nomination process, and students nominate themselves via their Common Application. High School Guidance Counselors may still submit supplemental nomination recommendation letters if they choose. However, it is no longer required.