CDEP Scholarships

CDEP awards full-ride scholarships to talented students.

Apply for CDEP scholarships here.

To be considered for a competitive-based CDEP scholarship, students must meet the criteria below:

  • complete a college-preparatory high school curriculum
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • have a combined math and critical thinking SAT score of 1170 (minimum 570 math) or a composite score of 26 on the ACT or above

These scholarships cover tuition, fees, room and board, and a supplemental book stipend. They cover the costs of matriculation at Fort Valley State University, Georgia Tech, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Penn State University, the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of Arkansas.

Scholarships for Georgia students are coordinated with the HOPE Scholarship in that the tuition is paid by HOPE. Tuition for non-Georgia students is paid directly by CDEP.


  • 3.5 GPA or above
  • Official high school transcript (1st semester grades from 12th grade must be included on transcript)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Combined math and critical reading Old SAT score of 1100 (minimum 550 math) or an equivalent composite score of 26 on the ACT; NOTE: New SAT combined score is 1170 (minimum 570 math)
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) –
    Note: FVSU’s Federal School Code, 001566, should be listed in section 8
  • Complete the Fort Valley State University Application for Admission
  • Georgia students must also complete the HOPE Application


  • Paid scholarship
  • Book stipend
  • Pre-college Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Academies (9th—12th Grade)
  • Full Summer internships with oil companies, government agencies, and partner universities