Highlander Scholars Program

Program Description

The Highlander Scholars Program (HSP) is a partnership between Gordon State College (GSC) and Georgia Tech (GT). Its purpose is to allow promising applicants not admitted to GT's engineering programs preferred admission for their junior year. Admission is competitive. After completing a defined two-year curriculum at Gordon State, HSP students can apply to transfer to GT's engineering program. 

Applicants to the program must:

  • Hold a minimum 3.0 high school GPA or equivalent;
  • Have applied to GT and not gained acceptance;
  • Apply and be accepted to Gordon State College;
  • Complete an interview with Gordon State College personnel;
  • Be enrolled full-time at Gordon State College for the course of the program;
  • Complete a face-to-face summer bridge program that includes FIRE 1000; 
  • Reside in one of the following counties: Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, Twiggs, or Walton.

Preference will be given to members of marginalized groups who demonstrate financial need.

Applicants will be contacted after they have been fully admitted to Gordon State College. 

Students accepted into the HSP program will receive a scholarship covering tuition, room, and board while they attend GSC. This program does not provide funding once a student has transferred to GT.

Once accepted to the program, continuing scholarship support is contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 GPA at GSC.

Please remember, you must apply to both GSC (and gain admission) and apply to the HSP program. See below for links.

If you have questions, please contact Program Coordinator Prof. Kelly Carter at kellyc@gordonstate.edu

You can also contact Dr. Marwan Zabdawi at mzabdawi@gordonstate.edu with questions about the Regents Engineering Pathways program (REP) and the ability to transfer with an Engineering Associate's degree to other University System of Georgia institutions. 

Additional contacts:

Dr. Scott Shubitz, Department Head, Mathematics and Applied Sciences

Dr. Stephen Raynie, Dean, School of Education, Mathematics, and Applied Sciences