The Betty Goah Scholars Program
for advancing diversity at Milligan

This program recognizes full-time undergraduate students who enhance the educational experience of all students by sharing their diverse cultural experiences through participation in the Goah Diversity Scholars Program. The program includes regular meetings, campus and community events, service projects, personal development opportunities, and campus events.

The Betty Goah Diversity Scholars Program provides a tuition-remission scholarship. Students are responsible for paying room, board, and fees. The scholarship is competitive and there are only 15 scholarship spaces available for Fall 2014. Priority deadline is January 15.

Betty Hill Goah

Betty Hill Goah thought Christians should never “talk the talk” unless they were also willing to “walk the walk.” And so she devoted her life to walking the way of Jesus, working tirelessly as a voice for the voiceless and as an advocate for the powerless. After attending Milligan College and Vanderbilt School of Religion, Betty served on various regional boards and local agencies in Johnson City that assist and support our most vulnerable neighbors. Her vision, passion, and persistence inspired all who met her. Betty was a faithful member of Thankful Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, until her death in March 2006.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for this program, applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • First-time traditional undergraduate student at Milligan College (does not apply to graduate or adult degree completion programs)
  • U.S. citizen or have permanent residence
  • Residential student: Scholarship recipients must live on campus and have a meal plan
  • Complete Milligan application process and be offered acceptance prior to scholarship award
  • Complete Goah Diversity Scholars Program application and interview process, including an essay describing how you believe your diverse cultural background has shaped who you are and how those life experiences will enrich and enhance the diversity of the Milligan College community. Priority deadline: Jan 15
  • Meet academic qualifications:
    • Minimum 21 ACT (980 SAT) OR Minimum 3.0 high school GPA overall unweighted
    • Athletes are not eligible for Goah Diversity Scholarship
    • Transfers must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 24 attempted semester hours or the above stated criteria if less than 24 hours
  • Selection criteria include academic performance; character; commitment to service and leadership; ability to enrich and enhance the diversity of the Milligan College community and the educational experience of all students
  • Interview by Goah Diversity Scholarship Committee required

Scholarship Provisions

  • The Goah Diversity Scholars Program provides a tuition-remission scholarship. Students are responsible for paying room, board, and fees. 
  • The scholarship applies to traditional undergraduate enrollment for spring/fall semesters only.
  • The scholarship applies to a maximum of 8 semesters for entering freshmen. Transfers will be evaluated at their point of admission and pro-rated accordingly. The scholarship will not cover any amount past the 8 semesters of study.
  • All state, federal, or external aid (including the Hope Scholarship for Tennessee residents) will be applied towards the room, board, and fees, up to the total cost of attendance (as determined by Student Financial Services). Total gift aid cannot exceed the student’s financial aid budget or need (no refunds will be allowed).
  • If a student loses his or her eligibility for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, the student must provide resources to cover the amount originally covered by the HOPE Scholarship. The college will not make up the difference.
  • Student must file a FAFSA each year.
  • Goah recipients are not eligible for Federal or Milligan College Work Study but are eligible to work for Pioneer Food Services.
  • Athletes are not eligible for Goah Diversity Scholarship
  • Only a portion of the Goah Scholarship is applicable to off-campus study programs (spring/fall only) recognized by Milligan College and listed in the Catalog. This includes the Mountain Christian Church program. Check with the Diversity Services Office for more information.

Scholarship Renewal

To maintain scholarship eligibility, recipients must:

  • Participate in the Goah Diversity Scholars Program, which includes regular meetings, campus and community events, service projects, personal development opportunities, and campus events that provide opportunities to share cultural heritage, special skills and abilities, and diversity experiences
  • Maintain full-time student status and live in campus housing
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA by the completion of the second semester and 2.5 thereafter (applies to total enrollment, even transferred semesters)
  • Nake satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree objective
  • Comply with the following regulations, which include: be a good citizen on campus; represent the school in a dignified and respectable manner; comply with all moral and lifestyle expectations as set forth in the Student Handbook
  • If a student loses state or federal grant aid, the student must provide resources to cover the amount originally covered by these amounts
  • File FAFSA each year
  • If a student leaves the institution for any reason in good standing, their Goah Diversity Scholarship is not automatically renewed but is at the discretion of the Goah Scholarship Committee. The student must request reinstatement in writing to the VP for Enrollment and go through the approval process again. Re-admission to the Goah Diversity Scholars program is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and Administration. Any student reinstated to the program returns under the new guidelines and expectations for that year.

Applying

Milligan College

Few Christian liberal arts colleges have a longer or richer tradition than Milligan College. For nearly 150 years, the college has integrated academic excellence with a Christian worldview and a mission to educate men and women as servant-leaders. Located in Northeast Tennessee, Milligan consistently is named one of the best colleges and best values in the South by U.S. News & World Report and one of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly.

The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. Milligan’s 24 varsity athletic teams successfully compete as members of the NAIA.