CAES Rural Scholars Program

CAES students walking out of Conner Hall on a fall day.


Overview and Purpose

The CAES Rural Scholars Program recognizes incoming, first-year University of Georgia students from Georgia's rural communities who have excelled academically, show strong leadership abilities, have a record of community service, and seek a degree in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). 

The program will welcome a cohort of four new students each year and each eligible Rural Scholar will receive an academic scholarship of $7,000 annually over four years. The scholarship can be used to cover the remainder of a student's UGA expenses, including tuition, housing, meal plan, books, transportation costs, etc. 

Through a cohort model, staff support, and co-curricular programming, the CAES Rural Scholars Program will provide an extraordinary experience to participating students as they pursue a degree. Scholars have the opportunity to participate in additional activities to enhance the college experience, such as the Freshman College Summer Experience and experiential learning opportunities, supported by grants, that allow students to learn outside the classroom.

Scholars are also eligible to participate in ALL Georgia Program opportunities. UGA's ALL Georgia Program was created in 2018 to provide resources and support for students from rural areas. These resources include academic support and tutoring, networking, social activities with students throughout campus, and introductions to a collaboration of partners to enhance students' experience and success.

Giving to CAES Rural Scholars Program

Gifts of all sizes are needed to support CAES Rural Scholars Program. One-time and recurring gifts can be made to the CAES Rural Scholars Operational Fund.

Endowments to establish a named CAES Rural Scholars fund in perpetuity range from $100,000 (to fund half a scholarship) to $200,000 (to fund a full scholarship). A gift of $25,000 provides funds for one scholar. Endowed and non-endowed gift options can be completed over multiple years. For additional information about how you can support the CAES Rural Scholars program, contact Mary Ann Parsons.

Application, Selection Process and Eligibility

Visit the CAES Rural Scholars Program page for students to find information additional details for interested applicants. A list of currently eligible rural counties in Georgia is also available on the page.