Scholarship and Grant Process

Scholarship and Grant

GAU Foundation provides full and partial scholarships and skill training grants to students in health sciences and technology.  This will ensure that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are allowed to pursue careers in the health sciences and technology sectors.   The current scholarship programs are publicized on the GAU Foundation website, social media platforms, university websites, and university social media platforms.

This Foundation was established and design after realizing that the main contributors to the University’s attrition rate were students who were unable to fulfill their financial commitments.  In addition, to ensure that students receive a rewarding experience, there is a need for developing and increasing the facilities of the University for broader educational opportunities.

The criteria for eligibility for the program:

A student must accept an offer for a qualifying, full-time program at the Georgetown American University. A student must apply and accept the University’s offer before applying to the GAU Foundation for a scholarship or grant.

Criteria for selection:

            1. A student must:

a.       Meet the grade requirements and conditions that come with the offer: Official transcripts must be on file to confirm the student met the minimum grade criteria for the scholarship or grant. Each scholarship and grant being offered may specify the minimum grade required.


b.       Have household income below the designated minimum threshold, or priority may be given to those from low-income households

2. Random selection method will be used for choosing students who qualified. 

Requirement for maintaining/renewing scholarship

1. Maintain a satisfactory academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

2. Actively participate in the community service programs at the University

Supervision of Scholarship and Grants

The current Scholarship and Grant Committee will be a standing committee of the GAU Foundation Executive Board.  The charge of the Scholarship and Grant Committee is to oversee the annual scholarship and to ensure the timely and fair disposition of scholarship funds.  The committee will be responsible for publicizing and soliciting applications and making decisions based on the applicants’ responses.  It will also be responsible for scholarship(s), grant(s), and follow up with recipient(s) to ensure the scholarship(s) or grant(s) awarded are received.

When a scholarship or grant application is received, the foundation will first verify students’ records and status directly through the University Registrar’s office. When a scholarship or grant is awarded, the foundation will notify the University and student. Payments will be made directly to the student’s university account.

Scholarship or Grant Probation

When a student fails to maintain their scholarship or grant requirement, they may be placed on scholarship probation for a period of one (1) academic term by the university’s academic committee. During the probationary period, the student will continue to receive the award payment(s).  The student will also be required to complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Training Session. Failure to complete a training session will result in the automatic cancellation of future scholarship payments of the affected scholarships. Should the student complete training and meet the requirement(s) of the scholarship(s) at the end of the probationary period. In that case, the student will then be in good standing and continue to eligible to receive  future scholarship payments.

Scholarship or Grant Suspension

If the student fails to meet the scholarship or grant requirements at the end of the probation period, the student may be placed on scholarship suspension by the university’s academic committee. Students on scholarship suspension may have their future payments cancelled. If placed on scholarship suspension, the student will have the opportunity to submit an appeal to the university’s academic committee and the Scholarship and Grant Committee. 

Reinstatement of Scholarship or Grant

A student who loses their scholarship or grant in a previous term and are able to satisfy the requirements of the scholarship(s) in a future term may submit an application to the Scholarship and Grant Committee for scholarship reinstatement.

The committee will comprise of members of the Executive Board of the GAU Foundation and Faculty Advisors from the University. The members will fulfill the following criteria: 

1. Willingness to spend time individually evaluating and reviewing scholarship and grant applications;

2. Use the Foundation’s numerical rating system and the university’s management information system (MIS) Foundation section to document processes and decisions; 

3. Attend scheduled meetings during the months of April, August and August annually; 

4. Work with other reviewers in a team environment; 

5. Openness in revealing any conflict of interest with potential scholarship and grant applicants;

6. Understand the need for fairness, objectivity, and non-discrimination within the scholarship and grant selection process; 

7. Ability to focus on the specific selection criteria in determining the awards; 

8. Under the guidance of GAU Foundation staff, make recommendations on recipients for each assigned scholarship or grant to the Foundation Board for final approval