Emory has a prodigiously talented student body and the university proudly recognizes its excellence and achievements. From scholarships for first-generation college students or student leaders to monthly and yearly prizes for service and exemplary behavior, we have a number of awards that showcase our strengths and support our students. To learn more, click the links to the left.

Scholarships & Awards


The 1915 Scholars Program celebrates the heritage and on-going journey of students who are the first in their family to attend college. The program provides informational, academic, and social support to first-generation students in order to alleviate some of the barriers they commonly encounter – while encouraging and supporting students’ collegiate aspirations. The program involves faculty, peer, and alumni mentoring, specialized orientation programs, on-going academic workshops and community-building events through structured interactions with Campus Life, the Office of Undergraduate Educations, the Alumni Association, and various support services.

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The purpose of the Student Leadership Award is to give a deserving student the opportunity to continue to contribute to the Emory community in a positive way while relieving financial burden. The award is intended for an emerging student leader who is positively benefiting the community of Emory University.

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The Marion Luther Brittain Award is presented each year to two graduating students – one graduate and one undergraduate – from any of the nine academic divisions of the university. These students are considered to have performed the most “significant, meritorious and devoted service to Emory University, with no expectations of recognition or reward.” The award is made under provisions of a gift by the late Dr. M. L. Brittain, former President of Georgia Institute of Technology and an alumnus of Emory. The Brittain Award is generally acknowledged to be the highest honor bestowed on a student by Emory University.

About the Brittain Award

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2020 Brittain Award are now open! Nominations must be returned by Friday, December 6, 2019, and nominees must be fall 2019 or spring 2020 graduates. Please use the nomination form; forms must include a nomination letter and may include supplemental information. Nomination letters may also be delivered to Sandra Edwards in Emory Campus Life: AMUC/Suite 318F or sent via email directly to sandra.edwards@emory.edu

A thorough nomination enhances the review of a candidate’s merits. Each student nominated will be considered by a selection committee that ultimately determines the year’s Brittain Award recipientsFor additional information, please call 404.727.4364.

More information on nominations and requirements

Brittain Award nomination form