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.
Scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 and are renewable for a period up to four years depending on educational program requirements and continuing to meet grade requirements.
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. Founders Dick and Pat Dunkerley and their family are avid volunteers and have been instrumental in developing the programs of the Georgia Transplant Foundation.
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.
Meg Jeffrey Memorial Scholarship is be 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.
GTF Sibling Scholarship is awarded to the sibling of a transplanted child 22 years old or younger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to funding from these generous partners: Donors of the Meg Jeffrey Memorial Fund; Emory Healthcare physicians and staff; Georgia Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society; Mike & Lisa Smith; Susan Lumpkin; The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, the Calkins Family, and the Couey Family.
Any of the following qualified individuals who are pursuing a post high school educational program at an accredited college, university, or technical school are eligible to apply. The applicant must be a resident of Georgia and accepted or enrolled in an accredited college, university, vocational technical or professional degree program.
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)
Applicants for the scholarship must submit all of the following:
- Completed application form
- A copy of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return for the entire household (proof of income)
- Official transcripts or grade reports from the most current institutions attended, including high school, GED, technical school, or college; if you are presently a high school senior, transcripts from grades 9-12; if you are presently enrolled in an educational institution, transcripts for all course work; or if none of the above apply, the most recent transcript from the last school attended
- High School exit exam scores
- A copy of either the ACT or SAT scores (entrance test)
- Three letters of reference from previous teachers, employers, or counselors
- A neatly written personal statement of no more than two pages describing career objectives, how this school will help you attain your goals, and any other pertinent information that may affect your application
- A copy of the acceptance letter or most recent registration card/class schedule from the program you will be attending
- Complete information should be submitted by the JUNE 1 DEADLINE
All information will be kept confidential. Applicants who do not submit all of the above information will not be considered.