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 Georgia Scholar Program


​​Through the Georgia Scholar program, GaDOE identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma. Applicants should be aware that Georgia Scholar is a recognition-only program and no scholarship funds are associated.

​2022 Honorees

A total of 216 graduating seniors from across Georgia have been recognized as 2022 Georgia Scholars, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced on March 31, 2022.

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for their diploma.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to the 2022 Georgia Scholar honorees," Superintendent Woods said. “These students have worked hard, become leaders in their schools and communities, and taken advantage of the opportunities offered in Georgia public schools. I wish them well as they embark on their next steps after high school and know they'll continue to make us all proud."


​Georgia Scholar Criteria
Please be aware that these criteria are set in state law and exceptions are not possible.

CRITERION ONE: The student must earn at least 22 Carnegie Units of credit for graduation and have taken:

4 Units in English Language Arts

4 Units in Mathematics, including one unit in Algebra II (or its equivalent)

3 Units in Science, including one unit in Physics or Chemistry

3 Units in Social Studies, Including Economics, Citizenship, World History, and U.S. Studies

2 Units in a single Foreign Language

1 Unit in Fine Arts, chosen from Visual Arts, Music, Dance, or Dramatic Arts (Can be waived if Fine Arts are not required by your school district)

CRITERION TWO: The student must have a minimum combined score of 1360 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) at one test sitting; OR a composite score of 31 at one test sitting on the American College Test (ACT).

CRITERION THREE: A student has a non-weighted, cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, where A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, and D = 1 in core courses.

CRITERION FOUR: The student must be registered to vote, if a United States citizen and 18 years of age on or before March 1, 2022.

CRITERION FIVE: A student must show evidence of self-esteem and concern for others in day-to-day activities.

CRITERION SIX: The student must have participated in at least three (3) different competitive interscholastic activities (e.g., athletics, music and literary events, fairs, and exhibits).

CRITERION SEVEN: The student must have been appointed by a school official, or elected to, positions of leadership in a minimum of two (2) different organizations sponsored by the school.

CRITERION EIGHT: A student has shown evidence of leadership in a minimum of two (2) different organizations outside the school, including being appointed by an organization sponsor or elected to a position of leadership or role of responsibility in a minimum of one (1) of these activities. Note: This does not include paid positions.​

 Contact Information

​​Dawn Ashmore, Ed.S.

Director of Strategic Alignment
Dawn.Ashm​or​e@doe.k12.ga.us


Arlecia Brooks

Excellence Recognitions Specialist
Arlecia.Brooks@doe.k12.ga.us ​​

 District & School Coordinators

​​Are you a new district or school coordinator? ​Please complete the Excellence Recognition Programs Coordinator ​c​ontact form.


 Georgia Scholar Application

2023 Application Window:
November 4-February 10​

​The 2023 Georgia Scholar application will open November 4.