The Application

The Georgia Tech Gold Scholarship is offered annually to the top two percent of high school seniors from across the United States who enroll at Georgia Tech. Selected scholars demonstrate academic excellence, a strong moral compass, and a desire to have a remarkable impact on technology and society through collaborative endeavors.

To ensure consideration for both the Gold Scholars Program and its partner, the Stamps President’s Scholarship, potential first-year students must apply for admission to Georgia Tech by the early action deadline. For Georgia residents the deadline is Monday, October 18, 2021 and Monday, November 1, 2021 for Non-Georgia residents. There is no additional application used to determine semifinalists.

Transfer applicants are not eligible; applicants must also be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or the United Kingdom to be considered.

Application Suggestions

Describe your extracurricular activities well, and write an impactful and meaningful essay. These are crucial factors in the evaluation of your admission application when being considered for the Gold Scholars and Stamps President's Scholars Programs.

No additional materials will be accepted by the program. Each student is evaluated solely by their Georgia Tech admission application.

For information on what our program looks for in essays and extracurricular involvement, please refer to the following links:

Selection Process

About 20,000 high school seniors apply for admission by the early action deadline each year; 325 of those will be selected as semifinalists in December (Georgia residents) and mid-January (non-GA residents). The semifinalist pool will participate in a virtual interview. All semifinalists will be asked to submit additional documentation, including a resume.

Around 100 finalists will be named in late January (GA residents) and early February (non-GA residents) and invited to participate in Scholars Weekend, a two-day on-campus event taking place March 11-12, 2022. A total of 40 Stamps President's Scholars and 60 Gold Scholars will be named from that group.

All finalists who attend Scholars Weekend will be guaranteed one of our two top merit awards: The Stamps President’s Scholarship or the Gold Scholarship

Program Pillars

We use our four program pillars of scholarship, leadership, progress, and service as the criteria that guide our decisions about which candidates advance in the selection process. We look very closely at the Georgia Tech admission application, including essays and activity descriptions, to find the strongest students admitted to the Institute according to all four pillars.

No pillar is any more important than another. For example, a perfect test score is not viewed as better than outstanding leadership. On occasion, however, we do select students who are not as well-rounded, but are truly exceptional in one pillar. For example, someone who might have the potential to become a Nobel Laureate.

The following are examples of how students who demonstrate excellence in the four respective pillars might be described. We are looking for scholars who:


  • Outside Classroom
    • are creative, curious problem solvers who can think critically
    • seek to learn about one or more subjects outside their field
    • demonstrate intellectual activity beyond the classroom
  • Inside Classroom
    • take a rigorous course schedule (for school) and earn and mostly A grades; earn high GPA and rank usually in the top 5-10% (weighted when available)
    • Note: higher test scores may enhance application when reported but unreported scores due to Covid disruptions will not hurt applicant


  • leave a clear footprint of impact through influence
  • are globally minded citizens and exceptional communicators
  • take initiative and exhibit strong character
  • motivate others toward significant achievement
  • perform significant work in schools and communities by improving existing organizations or establishing new ones, whether holding an official title or not


  • act with passion, purpose, and energy, especially regarding technological and/or societal improvement
  • show consistent involvement in activities
  • demonstrate improvement from start to finish
  • move groups or organizations forward by facilitating collaboration or teamwork
  • exhibit grit or perseverance through challenging situations or circumstances OR by surmounting obstacles blocking the achievement of significant goals
  • Note: holding a job to develop one’s skills, responsibilities, or independence may be considered progress as well


  • share time and talent to make a positive difference through volunteering and public service
  • coach, tutor, or mentor others
  • perform nonprofit work
  • consider others in decision making
  • have an orientation towards helping others
  • Note: work for pay or extraordinary duties conducted in support of the family may be considered as well

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list of traits and behaviors that fall under the four pillars. We encourage you to reflect on your own journey and consider how your experiences relate to these areas.