AMERICUS, Ga. — On Aug. 19, just under 400 incoming freshmen began classes at Georgia Southwestern State University in GSW’s Class of 2023.
At the Freshman Convocation held Aug. 18, each student was given a silver coin by GSW President Dr. Neal Weaver to signify the beginning of their GSW journey. Upon graduation, they’ll receive a gold coin in its place, giving the silver coin to someone who made a difference for them during their time at GSW.
The Class of 2023 is the first class to bring in more than 200 students with the new Southwestern Promise scholarship available to Georgia freshmen. The scholarship program, established in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath, automatically guaranteed scholarships of either $1,000 or $2,000 to beginning freshmen who live in a 56-county region of Southwest Georgia. Students living outside the 56-county area were also eligible to receive the scholarship upon application.
Among GSW’s first-year students are:
• Ashton Barwick of Coolidge.
• Meg Croft of Moultrie.
• Haley Nolan of Meigs.