Georgia Southwestern launches ‘Southwestern Promise’ scholarship for Hurricane Michael survivors

Georgia Southwestern launches ‘Southwestern Promise’ scholarship for Hurricane Michael survivors
Georgia Southwestern University President Neal Weaver talks to students in Lee County about the university's new "Southern Promise" scholarship. (Source: WALB)

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - High school seniors throughout Southwest Georgia are eligible for a new scholarship at Georgia Southwestern University.

Students who live in one of the 55 counties devastated by Hurricane Michael and meet certain academic requirements are eligible for a $1,000 to $2,000 scholarship called “Southwestern Promise.”

Georgia Southwestern President Dr. Neal Weaver announced “Southwestern Promise” to a group of Lee County High School students Monday morning.

One of them is a senior who says he wants to play baseball in college.

“I think it’s pretty cool, because it’s pretty much free money. It’s pretty cool because I talked to some more people and GSW and it isn’t that expensive so that helps out a lot. Plus with the Hope Scholarship and stuff, I could get in for not very much,” said Brian Myler.

Launching at GSW in fall 2019, the program guarantees scholarships of $1,000 (blue) for students with scores of 1100 for the SAT and 22 for the ACT and $2000 (gold) for beginning freshman with an SAT score of 1200 and an ACT score of 25.

“The most important thing is that students that are capable and have a desire to go to college, shouldn’t be impacted by a storm," explained Weaver.

Weaver expects more than 200 students to earn the scholarship.

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