ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Realizing that transplantation poses financial hardships on the entire family, the Georgia Transplant Foundation annually awards academic scholarships to selected students who are transplant recipients, dependents of a transplant recipient, living donors, parents or the sibling of a transplant recipient under the age of 22. The scholarships are awarded to students who are presently enrolled in an accredited institution or beginning such a program.

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Scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 and are renewable for a period up to four years (unless otherwise noted) depending on educational program requirements and continuing to meet grade requirements.

Scholarships are available to applicants who meet one of the following categories:

  • Transplant recipient.
  • Dependent of a transplant recipient.
  • Parent of a transplant recipient.
  • Living donor.
  • Sibling of a transplant recipient (both the sibling and the recipient must be 22 years of age or younger).

AVAILABLE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Click the rows below to see what scholarships are available to each category of applicant.

Transplant Recipients

Thomas F. Smith Recipient Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient in honor of, Thomas F. Smith. Mr. Smith, a kidney recipient, founded the Georgia Transplant Foundation in 1992.

Meg Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient in memory of long-time GTF volunteer, friend, and supporter Meg Jeffrey and her passion for helping young transplant recipients “redesign the dream” and pursue their goals in life following a transplant.

Mallory Smith Legacy Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient or a dependent. This scholarship was endowed by the Smith family in memory of Mallory Smith, a two-time liver recipient, cheerleader and mentor.

Michael Calkins Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. It honors the perseverance exhibited by those impacted by transplantation; who overcome the illness and its many tethers to pursue an education that allows them to develop intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Daly “Perfect Match” Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. This scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Daly’s successful kidney transplant from her “perfect match” donor, Mr. Daly. The Daly family wants to honor other transplant patients and families by providing this scholarship for a deserving applicant.

Donate Life Georgia Scholarship honors donor families without whom transplantation would not be possible. It is awarded to an organ donor family member, an organ recipient, or the dependent of an organ recipient attending a college in the state of Georgia. This scholarship was created by Donate Life Georgia, a statewide alliance formed to educated the public about organ, tissue, and eye donation whose mission is to assist in mobilizing the transplant community to educate Georgians on the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and to motivate the public to make an actionable donor designation. To learn more about Donate Life Georgia, visit DonateLifeGeorgia.org.

Couey Memorial Educational Scholarship was established in memory of siblings Danny Couey, a heart transplant recipient and his sister Mary Couey, an artist, naturalist and avid supporter of donation.

Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to support an applicant, in the above categories, who is interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare. This scholarship is sponsored by Georgia Chapter ITNS.

Dependents

Thomas F. Smith Recipient Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient in honor of, Thomas F. Smith. Mr. Smith, a kidney recipient, founded the Georgia Transplant Foundation in 1992.

Dunkerley Family Dependent Scholarship is awarded to a dependent of a recipient in honor of the Dunkerley family, who has been instrumental in developing the programs of the Georgia Transplant Foundation.

Michael Calkins Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. It honors the perseverance exhibited by those impacted by transplantation; who overcome the illness and its many tethers to pursue an education that allows them to develop intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Daly “Perfect Match” Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. This scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Daly’s successful kidney transplant from her “perfect match” donor, Mr. Daly. The Daly family wants to honor other transplant patients and families by providing this scholarship for a deserving applicant.

Donate Life Georgia Scholarship honors donor families without whom transplantation would not be possible. It is awarded to an organ donor family member, an organ recipient, or the dependent of an organ recipient attending a college in the state of Georgia. This scholarship was created by Donate Life Georgia, a statewide alliance formed to educated the public about organ, tissue, and eye donation whose mission is to assist in mobilizing the transplant community to educate Georgians on the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and to motivate the public to make an actionable donor designation. To learn more about Donate Life Georgia, visit DonateLifeGeorgia.org.

Couey Memorial Educational Scholarship was established in memory of siblings Danny Couey, a heart transplant recipient and his sister Mary Couey, an artist, naturalist and avid supporter of donation.

Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to support an applicant, in the above categories, who is interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare. This scholarship is sponsored by Georgia Chapter ITNS.

Living Donor

Theresa Lackey Living Donor Scholarship is awarded to a living donor. This scholarship was endowed by the Lumpkin family in honor of kidney recipient Karen Lumpkin Sortor’s living donor Theresa.

Donate Life Georgia Scholarship honors donor families without whom transplantation would not be possible. It is awarded to an organ donor family member, an organ recipient, or the dependent of an organ recipient attending a college in the state of Georgia. This scholarship was created by Donate Life Georgia, a statewide alliance formed to educated the public about organ, tissue, and eye donation whose mission is to assist in mobilizing the transplant community to educate Georgians on the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and to motivate the public to make an actionable donor designation. To learn more about Donate Life Georgia, visit DonateLifeGeorgia.org.

Couey Memorial Educational Scholarship was established in memory of siblings Danny Couey, a heart transplant recipient and his sister Mary Couey, an artist, naturalist and avid supporter of donation.

Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to support an applicant, in the above categories, who is interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare. This scholarship is sponsored by Georgia Chapter ITNS.

Parents/Sibling of a Transplant Recipient

GTF Sibling Scholarship is awarded to the sibling of a transplanted child 22 years old or younger.

Michael Calkins Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. It honors the perseverance exhibited by those impacted by transplantation; who overcome the illness and its many tethers to pursue an education that allows them to develop intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Daly “Perfect Match” Scholarship is awarded to a transplant recipient, dependent or sibling of a transplanted child. This scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Daly’s successful kidney transplant from her “perfect match” donor, Mr. Daly. The Daly family wants to honor other transplant patients and families by providing this scholarship for a deserving applicant.

Couey Memorial Educational Scholarship was established in memory of siblings Danny Couey, a heart transplant recipient and his sister Mary Couey, an artist, naturalist and avid supporter of donation.

Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society Scholarship is a one-year scholarship to support an applicant, in the above categories, who is interested in pursuing a degree in healthcare. This scholarship is sponsored by Georgia Chapter ITNS.

Thanks to our partners for their generosity in helping to fund these scholarships: Donors of the Meg Jeffrey Memorial Fund; Emory Healthcare physicians and staff; Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society; Mike and Lisa Smith; Susan Lumpkin; the Calkins Family; the Couey Family; the Daly Family; and Donate Life Georgia.

ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

Applicant must be:

  • Pursuing a post-high school educational program at an accredited college, university, or technical school.
  • A resident of Georgia.
  • Accepted or enrolled in an accredited college, university, vocational technical or professional degree program.

ALL of the following items MUST be submitted for consideration:

  • Completed Academic Scholarship Application form.
  • School Verification/Transcripts:
      • Official high school transcript (grades 9-12, or Fall semester) OR college/technical school transcript for all courses.
      • GED certificate, if applicable.
      • If your last schooling was more than 5 years ago, current admission testing is acceptable in place of high school transcripts.
  • Copy of the acceptance letter to your current institution (or the one you will be attending in the Fall).
  • Personal Statement
      • Typed.
      • Maximum of three (3) pages.
      • Describe yourself and how transplantation has affected your life. Tell us something about you that would help us to know you better. You might relate some event that changed your life or beliefs, or an issue about which you have strong feelings. Please tell us about your life goals as they relate to your field of study.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, including contact information for each.
      • At least one of them should be from an academic source.
      • NO letters from relatives or classmates.
  • Complete information must be postmarked by the MAY 1 DEADLINE

All information will be kept confidential. Applicants who do not submit all of the above information will not be considered.

Apply Online

You can use our online form to apply for this program (all requirements must be submitted by the May 1 deadline).

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Apply By Mail

Once you have completed the application, mail it to the Georgia Transplant Foundation at the address listed below. Applications and all supporting materials must be postmarked by the May 1 deadline to be considered for review.

Georgia Transplant Foundation
Attn: Scholarship Committee
2201 Macy Drive
Roswell, GA 30076

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