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 Georgia Scholar Program

Read the 2024 Georgia Scholar Press Release​ ​​

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. No scholarship funds are associated with this program. Georgia Board R​ule 160-4-2-.23​

​Georgia Scholar Criteria

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


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)​


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).


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.


The student must be registered to vote, if a United States citizen and 18 years of age on or before the date of application.


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


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


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.


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

Arlecia Brooks
Excellence Recognition Specialist​


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 Georgia Scholar Application

2024 Application Window:
January 8-March 1, 2024​

​The Georgia Scholar application closes at 5:00 p.m. on the last day
of the window.

Georgia Scholar A​pplication​ 
Available on January 8, 2024.​

Access Required Forms Here:
1. School Verification
2. Parent/Guardian Signature