Stamps President's
Scholars Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarship Calendar

Date Event Details
October 15 Application Deadline This is the early action application deadline for Georgia Tech. You must apply by this date to be considered for the Stamps President's Scholars Program.
Mid- January Status Update Students who are selected as semifinalists will be notified.
February 9, 2019 Semifinalist Interviews All applicants who advance to the semifinalist stage must participate in an interview by video or in person. In keeping with best practices of the nation's most prestigious scholarship programs, we regret that no interviews will be scheduled on alternate dates. Students living outside the U.S. will be scheduled separately.
March 8-9, 2019 Finalist Weekend Activities Finalist Weekend activities and interviews will be held on the Georgia Tech campus on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019. In keeping with best practices of the nation's most prestigious scholarship programs, we regret that no interviews will be scheduled on alternate dates, and participants must attend all activities for the weekend.

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes a full Stamps President's Scholarship at Georgia Tech?

A Stamps President's Scholarship (SPS) includes all tuition and fees, including meals and housing, funds for personal expenses and books as well as $12,000 over four years toward enrichment activities including international academically oriented travel and unpaid research or internships, plus an eight-day outdoor leadership trip your first year. SPSs also receive a $1,100 stipend for the purchase of a laptop. For in-state students, part of this is expected to be the Zell Miller/HOPE Scholarship provided by the State of Georgia. For out-of-state students, this includes a tuition waiver, which reduces the cost of tuition to the same as that of an in-state student. View the estimated Cost of Attendance.

What is the deadline for consideration?

You must apply for admission to the Institute by the early action deadline, October 15.

Is there anything else I need to do to apply?

No, just apply to Georgia Tech before the early action application deadline.

However, please note that if you should advance in the selection process, you will be required to participate in semifinal interviews on Saturday, February 9, 2019 (unless you live outside the U.S. which will be scheduled separately). In keeping with the best practices of the nation's most prestigious scholarship programs, we regret that no interviews will be scheduled on alternate dates.

If you should become a finalist, you must participate in ALL activities all day Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019. Again, we regret that no interviews will be scheduled on alternate dates.

Is applying to Georgia Tech by the SPS deadline binding in any way?

No, Georgia Tech and the Stamps President's Scholars Program do not offer an early decision option. The early action admission due date simply allows for consideration of your application in the scholarship competition. Early submission of an admission application in no way binds you to attend GT, if accepted.

You will have until May 1 to choose to enroll at Tech and accept the SPS, if selected.

I have a conflict with scheduled semifinalist or finalist interview. Can you reschedule for me?

Because the Stamps President's Scholars Program is so highly sought after, we will not allow students to reschedule interviews when they have conflicts unless it is for a documented hospitalization or the funeral of an immediate member of their household. Students must simply make the difficult choice to prioritize their interview or the competing opportunity first.

In the case of a student withdrawing due to a conflict, we will often open up a coveted semifinalist or finalist space to another deserving candidate. Semifinalist interviews (except alternately scheduled ones for students living outside the U.S.) will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019. Final interview activities will be held Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

What's the last time that I can take the ACT or SAT and have my scores count?

There is no hard and fast last date for taking the test. Instead we encourage you, at the time you take either test, to have your scores reported to Georgia Tech. Students worry sometimes that if one of their subscores is lower than they would prefer, that this will be an issue. Please know because we only review your best ACT and/or SAT subscores that this should not be a concern or prevent you from reporting scores directly from ACT or the College Board at the time you take the test. If you have further questions about timing, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Is there a minimum SAT score, GPA, or class rank needed to apply?

No, there is not definite cut-off for test scores or GPA, although the SAT and ACT middle-50% range for semifinalists is on average 1450 - 1560 and 33 - 35, respectively. 

Is the SAT subject test required?

No, SAT subject test scores are used only for course placement after you enroll.

Are transfer applicants or international students eligible?

Only potential, new first-year students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or citizens of the United Kingdom are eligible.

Is there more information on what our program looks for in essays and extracurricular activities?

Yes, please refer to the following links:

When will I be notified?

Semifinalists will be chosen after students are admitted early action to Georgia Tech. All early action applicants for admission will receive notification online of their progress in the selection process in mid-January. See Scholarship Calendar above.