Apply for the Ferst Award

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The Division of Student Life is pleased to announce the availability of The Alvin M. Ferst Leadership and Entrepreneur Award. This $2,500 award will be given to a junior or senior with at least a 2.5 GPA who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and/or entrepreneurial skills while at Georgia Tech.

The Alvin M. Ferst Leadership and Entrepreneur Award will be presented at the annual Student Honors Celebration.

Qualities of the Ideal Candidate:

  • A person of vision

  • A driving force to create a business or organization

  • An inspiration to others to reach their potential

  • A leader with the ability to anticipate future needs

  • An optimist about finding solutions

  • One who generates support of the dream

  • And a person of character who says, “why not,” not “why.”

Applications must include a one-page cover letter describing qualifications for the award along with resume and two letters of reference that can be submitted here.  The letters of reference must be from Faculty, Staff and/or Employer, and can either be submitted with the cover letter and resume or sent directly to

The letters of reference should address:

  • Leadership qualities of the candidate with examples, and/or
  • Entrepreneurship achievements of the applicant, and
  • Why this student is worthy of the recommendation

The deadline to submit application is Noon, March 7, 2018. Finalists will be notified and interviewed by the Ferst Award selection committee.

Questions - Contact Debbie Dorsey, Director of Administration for Student Life or 404-385-1562

The Alvin M. Ferst Leadership and Entrepreneurship award was established by Charlotte Ferst to honor her husband, Alvin, who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1943. Alvin Ferst was a member of the Alumni Association Board and the Georgia Tech Foundation for decades. The Ferst family name has a long tradition on the Georgia Tech campus and the scholarship will assure the family’s involvement in perpetuity.


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