The John and Betty Pope Caregivers Scholarship

The John and Betty Pope Caregivers Scholarship is designed to support students engaged in informal caregiving roles, while helping them learn about the importance of caregiving and ultimately reach their higher education goals. The scholarship encourages recipients to explore career opportunities within the care economy, as well as bring strengths and skills developed through their personal caregiving experiences to other fields.

Caregiving can overshadow students’ academics and other personal responsibilities. The Pope Scholarship alleviates some of the financial burdens for students while facilitating meetings, projects, and community engagement to better their understanding of caregiving.

Eligibility requirements

  • Enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (undergraduate) or 9 credit hours (graduate) for a full award. Students who are unable to maintain full-time status due to caregiving-related duties are encouraged to apply as well and, dependent on annual funding availability, partial awards may be considered.
  • At least a 3.0 GPA, with awardees expected to maintain while receiving scholarship funding.
  • Three letters of recommendation from an individual familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional, and/or caregiving background. At least one must be focused on their caregiving background. Candidates are discouraged from submitting a letter from a family member, but these can be accepted.
  • Provide a resume that is tailored to the student’s personal and/or professional caregiving experience as well as volunteer activities, special projects, and any other relevant information.

"Alumni of the Pope Scholarship program have demonstrated time and again that caregivers bring tremendous strengths to the classroom and to our campus. The Pope Scholarship empowers students who are caregivers and those with an interest in caregiving, and we’re grateful to have them as part of the GSW community. I can’t wait to meet this year’s inspiring cohort."

- Dr. Neal Weaver, President of Georgia Southwestern State University
Mrs. Betty Pope talks with Pope Scholars at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers.
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