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 scholarships at varying amounts up to the charges for full-time tuition. The scholarship is competitive and there are a limited number of awards offered. Deadline to apply is December 1!
Betty Hill Goah
The scholarships are entirely funded by the college, evidence of the deep institutional commitment to diversity. The name of the scholarship is also significant: it is named for Betty Hill Goah, a local African American woman who was well known as a community activist working on behalf of the poor, the sick, minorities, the homeless. She was also an alumna of Milligan. Read more »
In order to be considered for this program, applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
- First-year or transfer traditional undergraduate student at Milligan University (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 the 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 University community.
- Meet academic qualifications:
- Minimum 21 ACT (total score of 980 old SAT or 1060 new SAT) OR 68 CLT OR minimum 3.0 high school GPA overall weighted
- Athletes are eligible for the Goah Diversity Scholarship if they have a 21 ACT AND a minimum 3.0 high school GPA overall weighted and the recommendation of their coach (beginning Fall 2021)
- 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 University community and the educational experience of all students
- Interview by the Goah Diversity Scholarship Committee required
- The Betty Goah Diversity Scholars Program provides scholarships at varying amounts up to the charges for full-time tuition. Students are responsible for arranging payment for the balance including the remainder of tuition, 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.
- The scholarship may not be combined with other institutional academic or merit aid.
- 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 university will not make up the difference.
- Student must file a FAFSA each year.
- Goah recipients cannot receive Milligan University Work Study but ARE eligible for Federal Work Study. Students also are eligible to work for Pioneer College Caterers or the Call Center.
- Athletic recruits are not eligible to apply for the Goah Diversity Scholarship
- Goah Scholars who wish to participate in an off-campus program must apply for a Global Educational Opportunities Scholarship. This scholarship will override any other Milligan scholarship including the Goah Scholarship. This excludes the Semester in Ministry at Mountain Christian Church.
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)
- Make 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 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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.
- APPLY FOR ADMISSION: First apply for admission to Milligan.
- APPLY FOR GOAH SCHOLARSHIP: Complete the Goah Scholarship Application.
- REFERENCES: Submit two letters of reference (one from a church leader and one from a high school teacher or counselor) that address how the references believe you can enhance the educational experience at Milligan University through your diverse background and experiences. Send your references this link and politely ask them to complete it by December 1.
- INTERVIEW: Once your application has been received and your eligibility has been determined, you may be contacted for an interview with the Goah Committee.
DEADLINE: Deadline to apply is December 1! Students should be fully admitted AND submit all of the pieces of their Goah application to meet the priority deadline. Applications received after December 1 may be considered for the Goah Scholars Program if there is space available. Please contact the Admissions Office with questions regarding the application for the Goah Diversity Scholarship.
*You do not have to be admitted to MU to begin the Goah Scholarship Application, but you must be admitted to be interviewed for the scholarship.