Eligible students must be from one of the 18 counties listed below. A student’s permanent address must be within the designated county region at the time of high school graduation. Current high school seniors or current undergraduate students may apply for the scholarship. Students must plan to attend a 4 year, regionally accredited, non-profit college. The Foundation recognizes colleges and universities accredited by one of the six regional accreditation agencies, such as SACS.
Copies of an applicant’s ACT and/or SAT scores are required for current high school students, but not current college students.
The Foundation will combine a student’s highest sub-scores from each test. You may include up to six separate score reports on your application, though only one is required.
Current high school students must have at least a 3.0 high school GPA (4.0 scale) to be considered for the Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship. Current college students must have at least a 3.0 (4.0 scale) overall/cumulative college GPA.
All applicants who have never received a Watson-Brown scholarship must complete the online scholarship application. Please make sure your application is submitted online by February 8. A confirmation email will be sent immediately after successful application submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your application was not submitted and will not be considered.
What do I need to include in addition to my online application?
All supporting documents are now to be included within the online application. You may use the information below as a checklist while completing your online application. Please note that, at any time, you may view the upload status of your transcript/letters of recommendation on the homepage of your application. Make sure to stop and save a draft of your application by clicking the “Save Draft” button at the bottom of the application.
High School and/or College Transcript: All transcripts will be requested and submitted through the online application.
1. Log into the application portal and open your application. Choose “Open” under the section labeled “Transcript Request.”
2. Please click “+New Request” to begin your transcript request. High school students (including dual enrollment students) will provide their high school counselor’s information. Once complete click the “Send” button to email your counselor instructions detailing how to upload your transcript directly to your application. Verify with your counselor that they’ve received the request, as it may have been forwarded to their “Spam” or “Trash” folders.
*Current college students will need to request an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office on campus. You must then scan the transcript and upload it to the application yourself.
Please click “+New Request” and provide your personal email address. Click “Send” to receive instructions detailing how to upload your scanned transcript directly to your application. If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Marcano at [email protected]
Letters of Recommendation: The Foundation wants to know what others have to say about you. Please submit two letters of recommendation from teachers/professors, religious leaders, coaches, employers, or others who have important roles in your life. Keep in mind that one recommendation must be from your school. It is wise to choose someone who knows you best and who can take the time to write a descriptive letter.
1. Log into the application portal and open your application. Choose “Open” under the section labeled “Letter of Recommendation.”
2. Please click the “+New Request” button to begin the process of requesting your letters of recommendation. Once the form opens complete the requested information fields and click the “Send” button. Once the request is sent your recommender will be emailed instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation directly to your application.
Repeat Step 2 as the foundation requires two letters of recommendation for consideration. Verify with each recommender that they received the request, as it may have been forwarded to their “Spam” or “Trash” folders. At any time, you may view the upload status of your letters on your application homepage.
All remaining documents are to be uploaded directly within the application intake.
SAT and/or ACT Scores: Please include a copy of your student score report. It does not need to be an official score report (a screenshot is acceptable.) High school students, including dual enrollment students, will upload a copy of your standardized test score reports. We accept super scores, so make sure to include score reports that display your highest section scores. If you are a current college student you are not required to upload a copy of your SAT or ACT scores.
IRS Form 1040:
Students must submit a copy of the first two pages of their Parent/Guardian(s)’ most recent Federal IRS Form 1040. The pages must contain the “Adjusted Gross Income” of the filer(s). The form must be scanned/uploaded directly into the online application. If there is a reason you cannot provide these forms, please explain in the Financial Need Statement section of the application. In this case, a file must be uploaded in place of the 1040 (i.e. a Word document stating “will explain in Financial Need Statement”). You may also contact the Foundation directly with any questions.
You may submit 2018 tax forms if 2019 forms are not available. If submitting 2018 forms, please explain any significant income change and include an estimate of the current income.
Financial information is confidential and used by the office to estimate financial need; however, you must black out or remove the social security numbers. The documents will be destroyed 60 days after scholarships are awarded.
Essay: The essay not only demonstrates your writing ability but also portrays your personality and other qualities previously not listed on the application. The essay highlights the student beyond test scores and GPA. You may choose one of the following essay topics listed on the online application:
- Describe a difficult time in your life. Did your perspective on life change as a result of the difficulty? How did you handle the challenge?
- Discuss a significant activity, experience, or achievement in your life that you believe prepared you for college. Explain how and why.
- Describe your hobby or something you are very passionate about. How do you think it has contributed to your personal development or personality?
- Topic of your choice.
If applicable, you may submit an essay that you have written for college admission. However, make sure that it falls within our scholarship application parameters (i.e. approximately 500 words).
If uploading your essay to the online application, please include your full name and the essay prompt number at the top of the document.
Resume: Please include a list of extracurricular activities. You may either upload a copy of your resume directly or list activities you have participated in on the application.
Financial Need Statement: The cost of college is a financial burden to most families. Although the Foundation asks for specific income information on the application, please include any circumstance that may affect your family’s ability to pay for college. Loss of employment, death of parent, medical expenses, or having other siblings in college are all examples. This information is important during the application evaluation process. Please be as specific as possible.
Scholarship recipients may attend any four year non-profit regionally accredited institution in the United States. The only 2-year college exception is Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Please keep in mind that the Foundation only recognizes the main regional accrediting agencies as viable (example: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Currently, Watson-Brown Scholars attend over 140 institutions across the country!
Decision letters for all submitted applications will be mail from the Watson-Brown Foundation’s Thomson, Georgia office by April 15 of each year.
The Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship is renewable up to your first four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate studies. The Foundation does not fund additional semesters or fifth year seniors. If you were attending college when the scholarship was initially awarded, you may not be eligible for the full eight semesters of scholarship funding. For example, a college sophomore who has attended college for two years will only be eligible for two years of funding. All scholarships are renewed on a semester basis. Please contact the Foundation if you have questions about your eligibility.
Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If a 3.0 is not met, please continue to send the Foundation your grades at the end of each semester. Your scholarship may be reinstated if your grades improve.
Take a full course load (12 credit hours). The Watson-Brown Foundation will only award funding if you maintain at least 12 credit hours. Notify the Foundation immediately if you plan to drop below 12 credit hours.
At the completion of the Fall semester, complete the Online Renewal Form and upload your transcript/grade report. Scholarship checks will be sent to colleges in early January.
Complete the Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship Renewal Form at the end of the Spring semester and upload your transcript/grade report. Notify the Foundation office of a change of address and email address (email is our main form of communication).
Fall renewal deadline is June 1 and Spring renewal deadline is January 1 (but preferably before the Holiday Break).
Please notify the Foundation office if you transfer colleges or plan to study abroad. The Watson-Brown scholarship may help fund study abroad and/or other special educational programs (depending on your college’s policy). However, the scholarship amount will not increase for these purposes.