Global Innovators Scholarship

The Fort Valley State University Global Innovators Scholarship, worth more than $40,000, is designed to prepare high achieving students for roles as innovators, change agents, and leaders in global society, including commerce, scientific research, the arts, or thought. The program is designed to develop inquisitive, culturally adaptable students who create change. The program will help students understand methods for conducting meaningful and thoughtful research into an idea or opportunity, move ideas to meaningful action, and create new approaches to problem-solving. At the same time, students will develop a greater understanding of globalism by living, learning, and working with people in other countries.

If selected for the scholarship, students receive the following:

  • $40,000 scholarship, awarded as $10,000 each year for four years, to be used toward tuition, room, board, books, and fees for full-time enrollment at FVSU*
  • A $2,000 stipend to study abroad
  • Funding to develop a customized creative project based on the scholar’s unique personal interest, which may include scientific research, artistic or written exploration, or entrepreneurial idea development
  • A personal faculty mentor to help guide them through enhanced academic and co-curricular opportunities
*Scholarship distributions of up to $40,000 are awarded based on a student’s unmet need.

Scholarship recipient selection will be based on the following:

  • A 3.5 high school grade point average (based on the following courses: four math, four science, four English, three social studies, and two foreign language)
  • An 1100 SAT score (Reading and Math) or 22 ACT score (English and Math)
  • Demonstrated leadership, civic engagement, and creativity in developing original ideas through academics, research, participation in clubs, organizations, or businesses
  • A mandatory on-campus interview on February 17, 2018

Compete for the Global Innovators Scholarship

Global Innovators Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process. It is open to students who will be first-time freshmen in any major at FVSU. To be eligible, students must register for the competition and complete an FVSU application for admission by February 2, 2018, and visit campus to be interviewed and complete an on-site essay on February 17, 2018.

1. Qualified students can register for the Global Innovators Scholarship Competition by completing the form below.

2. All students who register for the competition must also complete an FVSU application for admission.

Click to apply for admission to FVSU

Key Dates

February 2, 2018
Completed registration form, admissions application, and all required documents must be received by FVSU.
February 17, 2018
On-campus interviews and essay
March 16, 2018
Scholarship recipient selection is announced

The Global Innovators Scholarship Program is part of FVSU’s leadership in the evolving landscape of collegiate education. According to national studies, 72% of students say colleges should allow them to design their own degree programs, and 63% want colleges to offer courses in founding a business. At the same time, 60% of employers do not believe recent college graduates have adequate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  This program will help students customize parts of their study at FVSU based on their own interests, while at the same time preparing them to think globally, adapt to new perspectives, and find new solutions to tough challenges.*

For more information on applying for the Global Innovators Scholarship, contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at (478) 825-6520 or email admissions@fvsu.edu.

* A 2014 Northeastern University “Innovation Imperative” study found that 72% of students say colleges should allow them to design their own degree programs, and 63% want colleges to offer courses in founding a business. The Payscale Workforce Readiness Report showed that 60% of managers do not believe recent college graduates have adequate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.