Impact Diversity Scholarship

The Athens State University Impact Diversity Scholarship targets students who demonstrate an interest in academic excellence, community leadership, and a commitment to creating a positive change regarding the philosophy and ideals of diversity. The scholarship will complement the university’s strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

To Apply, a student must:

  1. Be fully admitted as a new or continuing undergraduate degree-seeking student at Athens State University
  2. Complete the online Scholarship Application
  3. Provide a personal statement essay (as part of the application) explaining the following:
    1. Why you would be a good candidate for this scholarship and
    2. How do you meet at least two of the following criteria:
      1. A first-generation college student
      2. A member of an underrepresented or marginalized group (including but not limited to underrepresented racial populations, women, LGBTQI, low-income, individuals with disabilities, etc.)
      3. Have overcome personal, social, and/or physical obstacles pursuing an education and/or be from a living environment or academic setting that may have hindered educational pursuits
      4. Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion and/or leadership in working with underrepresented groups through employment, community service, or other involvement.

To be Offered, a student must:

  1. Be an approved candidate as determined by an interview with the Athens State Diversity Committee or their designees
  2. Have a completed and accepted (current) FAFSA at Athens State University that demonstrates financial need through Pell Grant eligibility (not Pell receiving) in accordance with the FAFSA
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  4. Have no previous bachelor’s or master’s degree
  5. Be in a degree-seeking program
  6. Not receiving funding from Men of Kennis, Bonner Leaders, or ASSIST

To Accept, a student must:

  1. Accept the Terms and Conditions of the scholarship online
  2. Enroll in at least 9 credit hours by the first day of the semester