The University of Georgia has announced the freshman recipients of the university’s premier academic awards, and of the nine, two are from Columbia County.
Announced Friday, the Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship recipients for the class of 2016 includes Swayamdipto Misra, the son of Suparna and Sudipta Misra, of Martinez, and Mihir Patel, son of Bharat and Rita Patel of Martinez. Both Misra and Patel are graduates of Lakeside High School, where Patel also was salutatorian of the 2012 graduating class.
Of the nine scholars, four of whom are from outside the state, Columbia County is the only county with two recipients this year, according to the announcement from UGA.
The Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship, created in 2000 by UGA Foundation trustees, recognizes the university’s most generous individual benefactor, Bernard Ramsey, a 1937 graduate of UGA’s Terry College of Business.
Ramsey Honors Scholars will enroll in UGA’s Honors Program, where they can participate in a variety of academic enrichment opportunities, including study abroad and undergraduate research. Senior faculty and current Ramsey Scholars serve as mentors for the new group.
“It is indeed a pleasure to welcome the new Ramsey Scholars,” said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of UGA’s Honors Program. “They are talented, they have impressive academic credentials, and they display a commitment to service. We look forward to working with them.”
In-state students receive an annual stipend of $5,050 and the HOPE Scholarship. Out-of-state students receive an annual stipend of $8,250 and out-of-state tuition waivers. Ramsey Scholars also receive $3,000 travel-study grants for additional academic opportunities.
The incoming class average SAT score is 1543 (math and verbal only) and the average ACT score is 35. The high school grade point average is 4.15 on a 4.0 scale, which indicates extra points for Advanced Placement courses. The Ramsey Scholars also have impressive high school academic and extracurricular credentials.
The Ramsey Scholars may renew the scholarship for an additional three years of academic study as long as they maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and are in good standing with the Honors Program. The new group will bring the current number of Ramsey Scholars to 26.