Scholarship PROGRAMS at Berry College

There are many scholarship programs available at Berry College. The process starts with your completed application for admission and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We'll review your application and will notify you of scholarship programs that may be a fit for you based on your individual interests, academic profile and financial circumstances. Please see below for a full list. If you have any questions about these opportunities, please email or call your admission counselor.

+ Academic Scholarship
Berry awards academic scholarships in recognition of superior academic achievement. As a first-year applicant admitted to Berry College, you will automatically be considered for academic scholarships. Attributes used to determine your scholarship eligibility include GPA, class rigor, and your highest SAT/ACT score submitted. You will be required to maintain an acceptable grade-point average while attending Berry College. To ensure full consideration for an academic scholarship, we recommend that you submit an application by the Regular Decision deadline of January 15th, 2018. 
+ Need-based Scholarship
Scholarships and grant aid are available to students demonstrating financial need. Endowed scholarships are made possible through the generosity of friends of Berry College. These funds make up a substantial portion of financial aid packages awarded to students each year. You may apply for these awards by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1st, 2017.
+ Transfer Scholarship
All admitted transfer students are considered for transfer scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on your cumulative grade-point average and your grade-point average at the last college or university attended.

Community Scholarships

+ Bonner Scholarship
Deadline: Closed
The Bonner Scholars Program is a community service and need based scholarship program. Berry selects 20 incoming freshmen each year for the Bonner Program. Students are invited to interview for selection based on the application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The program is reserved for students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others in their communities. The majority of selected students must have significant financial need. Bonner Scholars receive a stipend in exchange for their work in the Rome and Floyd County community and are eligible for special grants to help cover educational expenses. Applications will be available for Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.
+ Gate of Opportunity Scholarship
Deadline: Closed
The Gate of Opportunity Scholarship is a work-based and need-based scholarship program offered to up to 10 incoming freshmen each fall. This distinctive scholarship exemplifies the Berry mission by offering students an opportunity to graduate debt-free from one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges through hard work in and out of the classroom. Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $20,000 or less, according to official results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are eligible for consideration. Interested students must be admitted to Berry, submit an online Gate of Opportunity application and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadlines. Applications will be available for Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.
+ Leadership Fellows Scholarship
Deadline: Closed
The Leadership Fellows program recognizes high school graduates with extraordinary leadership and service records. Through the program, students engage in various activities to further their leadership development, and they are expected to pursue leadership opportunities within the campus community. The goal of Leadership Fellows is to create a student leadership education team who will deliver programs designed to cultivate leadership in all students. This four year, merit-based scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen through a competitive selection process. Applications will be available for Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.
+ The Whitehead Scholars Program
Deadline: Closed
The Whitehead Scholars program is a need-based scholarship community (requires filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA) giving young women the opportunity to deepen and integrate their education of the “head, heart, and hands” through required work and service along with guided goal-setting and reflection by academic year. In accordance with guidelines prescribed by the founder, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation supports women who are residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, who have been accepted to Berry College, and who self-identify as Christian. Applications will be available for Berry applicants through the Common Scholarship Application on their VikingWeb account.

Talent Based Scholarships

+ Performing Arts Scholarships
Deadline: Open
The music and theater programs offer talent-based scholarships to incoming students by audition. Information and requirements are available here. If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Lexi Hardman, Admissions Counselor at or (706) 236-5492.
+ Viking Drum Line Scholarship
Deadline: Open
Students interested in joining the Berry College Viking Drum Line may apply for a supplemental music scholarship. Students must demonstrate significant ability and potential within marching percussion. Students will be asked to perform Rudiments: Double-stroke Roll, Single-stroke Roll, Flam Accent, Single Paradiddle, Student’s choice and a prepared solo or etude on snare drum. Music audition applications are available here.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

+ Goizueta Foundation Scholarship

Thanks to the generous support of The Goizueta Foundation each year more Hispanic students who apply and receive admission are able to enroll and graduate as Goizueta Scholars from Berry College. As a regional institution of choice for Hispanic students, Berry College strives to promote opportunities for all students by combining rigorous academics, meaningful hands-on experiences and community service in a distinctive environment of natural beauty. It is Berry’s goal to make an excellent private liberal-arts education accessible to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.

Admitted students who are of Hispanic descent or heritage may be considered for The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship. Additionally, students and their families should reside in the U.S. Students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1st. The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year. Amounts are awarded based on the applicant’s academic merit and financial need. Scholarships are renewable each year upon satisfactory academic progress and submission of a FAFSA.

+ The WinShape College Program Scholarship
Deadline: Closed. Early deadline for the WinShape College Program Scholarship is November 15th, 2017.
Created by S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., the WinShape College Program equips students in the areas of discipleship, community, and leadership. As a part of the program, students receive a yearly scholarship of up to $4,000 per year. Participants will experience a training process that includes exploring their unique strengths while navigating a thirty foot sailing vessel and discovering their life purpose while standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Applications are available here.