Georgia Tech Val-Sal Scholarship

Georgia Tech is committed to expanding access and reducing financial barriers for our state’s most talented students. To realize this vision, valedictorians and salutatorians who are Georgia residents with significant financial need as demonstrated through the financial aid application process may be eligible to receive an annual $2,500 Georgia Tech Val-Sal Scholarship.

Scholars who are selected for the Val-Sal Scholarship and are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant may be eligible for an additional $2,500 (total of $5,000).

This scholarship is available to entering first-year students starting in Fall 2024 and beyond.

Financial Aid Application Process

Students must complete the standard financial aid application process by January 31 (preceding the start of the student's first year) to be considered. Candidates may be asked to provide verification of family financial information including, but not limited to, what is listed on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are selected in advance of their first semester attending Georgia Tech as an entering first-year student.

Selection Process and Program Eligibility

Comprehensive Review Process

A comprehensive evaluation including, but not limited to, the factors below are completed for each candidate:

  • Hold legal residency in the state of Georgia.

  • Graduate from an accredited Georgia high school.

  • Enter as a first time, first-year student.

  • Submit a complete financial aid application each academic year by the required deadline.

  • Meet citizenship requirements and other eligibility standards for Federal financial aid programs.

  • Enter with documented eligibility for either the Georgia HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship.

  • Dependent students whose parents:

    • Are both classified as legal residents of Georgia and filed Georgia tax returns for the FAFSA base year and, if requested, for the most recent and all subsequent years.

    • Have less than $75,000 in total combined annual income, assets, financial resources, and monetary/financial/in-kind support.

    • Filed a U.S. tax return for the FAFSA base year and, if requested, for the most recent and all subsequent years (all schedules and attachments associated with each year’s tax return are also required).

Required Documentation

The comprehensive evaluation includes an assessment of all family income, assets, and resources. Financial information will be required from both parents, regardless of current marital status. If requested, tax and income documentation will be required from multiple tax years.

During the review, families may be asked to provide statements and copies of supporting documentation listing all sources of untaxed and/or unearned income, gifts, and/or resources of support from any/all sources.

Documentation is expected to be complete and determined to be a reasonable representation of the family’s financial strength. Incomplete applications and/or applications with unreasonable information will not be considered.

Maintaining Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to the first eight (8) semesters of full-time enrollment. In order to maintain the Georgia Tech Val-Sal Scholarship, students must:

  • Continue to meet the program requirements as listed under the comprehensive review process each year.

  • Achieve and maintain a minimum 2.0 semester grade-point average (out of a possible 4.0)

  • Be in good standing with the Institute.

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.