The guiding principle of the Godbold Scholarship Program is to provide economic access while rewarding academic achievement.
Francis S. (Bo) Godbold earned a bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech in Industrial Engineering in 1965 and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard in 1969. Mr. Godbold built a successful career in the financial services industry and currently is Vice Chairman for Raymond James Financial, Inc. He and his wife, Betsy, as well as their children, John Godbold (AE 1991) and Laura Blair, established the Godbold Family Foundation, and in 1999, they initiated an undergraduate scholarship program through their family foundation to help academically qualified students who face financial challenges in meeting their educational goals.
Mr. Godbold and his family continue to grow the scholarship program along with Georgia Tech, fulfilling the financial need of some of Georgia Tech’s top young scholars. The Godbold family hopes that the Godbold Scholarships will inspire the students who receive them to succeed in life and, in time, become Tech scholarship donors themselves.
In order to be considered for a Godbold Scholarship the student must:
- complete the regular financial aid application process.
- be an entering freshman from specific counties in South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee
- have an SAT score of 1500 or higher (combination of math and verbal scores only)
- demonstrate financial need
- be an on-time applicant
- final selection will be made after the interview process
- preference to students who's estimated family contribution is less than half the cost of attendance
Godbold Scholars receive 100% of their financial need. The need is met with Institute gift aid that is matched with a Godbold Scholarship in combination with a $2,500 Work Study opportunity.
The Godbold Scholarship is an annual offer that may be renewed for up to three additional years (a total of eight semesters). Future eligibility and awards will be based upon your academic achievement, financial need, and availability of funds.