Statement of Purpose
Ms. Sylvia Shortt, retired Associate Director of International Services and Programs at UWG, was recognized statewide as an experienced authority on immigration rules and regulations. Her important role included communication with several government agencies, student recruitment, along with cultural training, counseling an international student support. As Oluwafemi Owodunni, UWG class of '98 stated,
"To begin to understand the enormity of Sylvia's role, one must first appreciate the assimilation challenges these students face coming from major international capitals to a town the size of Carrollton. Sylvia Shortt is the very essence of Southern hospitality, an embodiment of the creed that has kept West Georgia on our minds years after our sojourn on the campus. It is in appreciation of Ms. Shortt's commitment to ensuring a fulfilling and engaging experience for each student that this endowment was created."
Generally $1500 - $2300 annually, depending on the fund performance, divided equally over 2 semesters, Fall and Spring. Ms. Shortt personally endowed this scholarship upon her retirement from UWG. The fund is managed by the University Advancement office at UWG.
The Sylvia Shortt Scholarship shall be awarded annually by a committee within the Financial Aid and International Student Admissions & Programs Offices to an international degree seeking student (F1 visa). The criteria for consideration are:
Academic Excellence (Cumulative GPA, Academic Awards / Memberships)
Overall quality of personal essay
*Documenting Financial Need:
As international students are not eligible for federal financial aid and do not submit a FAFSA form, this criteria will be documented by the student holistically. Examples of financial need may include but not be limited to: curreny devaluation; natural disaster / loss of livelihood or medical expenses of the student, parent(s), or sponsor; war / civil strife in the student's home country; theft / ID fraud. All references to financial need mentioned in the student's essay must be documented with appropriate, compelling evidence such as: bank statements, news articles, police reports, medical summaries etc...
All documents must be received by February 1st, each year.
All applicants and the recipient will be notified in March each year.
Scholarships are awarded and monitored by International Student Admissions and Programs (ISAP).