Scholarships Available at Berry College

There are various named scholarships available at Berry College. Eligibility is based on individual academic and financial circumstances.    

Merit-Based Scholarship

Scholarships ImageBerry awards academic scholarships in recognition of superior academic achievement. All freshmen applicants admitted to Berry College are automatically considered for academic scholarships. Attributes used to determine scholarship eligibility include GPA, class rigor, and the highest SAT/ACT score reported. Recipients are required to maintain an acceptable grade-point average while attending Berry College. To ensure consideration for an academic scholarship, high school students should be admitted by February 1. Merit-based academic scholarships are typically awarded to admitted students approximately two weeks after being notified of admission to Berry College. A select group of students from the top of our freshman applicant pool will be invited to campus to compete for additional merit scholarship opportunities. Students who are offered freshman admission by February 1 will be considered.

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. Students apply for these awards by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on an annual basis after January 1st of their senior year in high school.   

Transfer Scholarship

All admitted transfer students are considered for transfer scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on the cumulative grade-point average and the grade-point average at the last college or university attended.   

Bonner Scholarship

The Bonner Scholars Program supports students with a passion for community service. Berry selects 20 incoming freshmen each year for the Bonner Program. The program is reserved for students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others in their communities. At least 17 of the 20 selectees 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. 

Gate of Opportunity Scholarship 

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.  

For more information, please visit: Admissions | Financial Aid 

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 apply for The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship. Additionally, applicants and their families should reside in the U.S. Applicants should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 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, essay, and financial need. Scholarships are renewable each year upon satisfactory academic progress and submission of a FAFSA. Applications will be available online in January 2015.  For more information or questions, please contact Noemi Sarrion, Admission Counselor and Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator, at or phone at 706.368.5646

Leadership Fellows Scholarship 

The Leadership Fellows Program recognizes high school graduates with extraordinary leadership and service records. The program also identifies Berry students who work to make a difference in providing and teaching leadership in the Berry community.  

The WinShape College Program Scholarship 

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.   

Performing Arts Scholarships

The music and theater programs offer talent-based scholarships to incoming students by audition, specific audition information and requirements available here.  If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Susanna Brown, Assistant Director of Admission and Fine and Performing Arts Liaison, at or (706) 238-7923.  

Art Scholarship

Students interested in majoring or minoring in Art (studio art, art history, or art education concentration) may apply for a supplemental art scholarship. Students must be able to articulate interest, experience, and aspirations within studio art, art education, or art history. The on campus competition will include an interview and 5 piece portfolio evaluation (studio art and art education) or an art history evaluation (art history). Applications will be available for accepted students after December 1st through VikingWeb. 

Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Students interested in majoring or minoring in business and have interest in being involved with our entrepreneurship program may apply for a supplemental entrepreneurship scholarship. Students must demonstrate significant interest or experience in entrepreneurship. The on campus competition will include a business idea competition to be judged by faculty, alumni, and current business students. Applications will be available for accepted students after December 1st through VikingWeb. 

English-Creative Writing and Nadassy Scholarship

Students interested in majoring in English or creative writing, or minoring in writing may apply for a supplemental creative writing scholarship. Students must demonstrate experience in creative writing through a provided portfolio.  Students must submit 5 original pieces (no more than 25 pages total) of at least 2 different genres (short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essay, or a selection from a novel) to be evaluated by English faculty. Students interested in majoring or minoring in English may apply for the Nadassy Scholarships. Students applying for the Nadassy scholarship must submit no more than 15 pages of literary criticism from a high school English class. Applications will be available for accepted students after December 1st through VikingWeb. 

    Forensics/Speech Scholarship

    Students interested in joining and competing with the Berry College Forensics Union may apply for a supplemental scholarship forensics scholarship.  During the on campus competition students must perform a 10 minute prepared speech, or an oral interpretation including an original introduction to the literature. Students may also choose to compete by preparing a 5-7 minute impromptu speech (delivered in response to a provided prompt). Applications will be available for accepted students after December 1st through VikingWeb. 

    Model United Nations Scholarship

    Students interested in joining and competing with the Berry College Model United Nations may apply for a supplemental Model United Nations scholarship. Students must demonstrate significant Model UN or simulation experience and submit an essay response to a prompt provided by Berry faculty. After a review of the application materials, selected students will be invited to participate in an on-campus competition that includes a dinner with current students and faculty and mock UN session.  Applications will be available for accepted students after December 1st through VikingWeb. 

    Viking Drum Line Scholarship

    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.