Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Georgia Scholars have carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.
Specific requirements are as follows:
- A minimum combined score of 1360 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) at one sitting or a composite score of 31 at one sitting on the American College Test;
- Earned 22 Carnegie units of credit for graduation;
- A non-weighted, cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3 .75 on a 4.0 scale, where A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, and D = 1 in core courses;
- Participated in a minimum of three different competitive interscholastic activities during grades 9-12;
- Been appointed by school official or elected to positions of leadership in a minimum of two different activities sponsored by the school;
- Shown evidence of leadership in a minimum of two different youth activities outside the school, including being appointed by an organization sponsor or elected to a position of leadership or role of responsibility in a minimum of one of these activities;
- Registered to vote if a United States citizen and 18 years of age on or before March 1 of the year in which their application for the Georgia Scholar Program is submitted to the Georgia Department of Education;
- Shown evidence of self-esteem and concern for others in day-to-day activities.