The Georgia Valedictorian Scholarship is an institutional program that recognizes superior academic performance.
Incoming freshmen and transfer freshmen who have attempted less than 12 credit hours in college, selected as valedictorian of their graduating class and are entering a degree program at Emmanuel College are eligible for this scholarship. (The graduating class must have at least ten graduates)
Incoming transfer students who have attempted 12 or more credit hours in college with a 3.65 cumulative GPA for all coursework attempted, selected as valedictorian of their high school graduating class and are entering a degree program at Emmanuel College are eligible for this scholarship. (The graduating class must have at least ten graduates)
For 2010-2011, the award is $4,385 per semester or $8,770 per year (tuition minus the HOPE Scholarship and the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant). Students beginning enrollment during the spring semester are eligible to receive this scholarship. This scholarship is not available during the summer semester.
Students receiving the Georgia Valedictorian Scholarship are not eligible to receive the Georgia IPHC/CHC Valedictorian, IPHC/CHC Valedictorian, Trustee’s Academic, President’s Academic, Dean’s Academic, Faculty Academic, Academic or Achiever Scholarship.
For incoming freshmen, high school transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.
For incoming transfers, high school transcripts and all college transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.
The Emmanuel College Application for Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are the applications for this scholarship. These applications need to be completed each year. The HOPE Scholarship and Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant Applications must be completed if a resident in the State of Georgia.
The student must maintain a 3.65 cumulative GPA for all coursework attempted. The Office of Financial Aid determines continuing eligibility for the next award year at the close of each spring semester.
A recipient cannot receive this scholarship for more than eight semesters.
The recipient of this scholarship must qualify as follows:
- Must be officially accepted for admission and enrolled as a full-time degree seeking student at Emmanuel College within seven months following high school graduation;
- Be a legal resident of Georgia 12 months prior to high school graduation;
- Be a U.S. citizen or national of the U.S. or have evidence from INS of eligible permanent resident alien status;
- Must have a completed Financial Aid file by June 15th;
- Must be coordinated with other financial aid awarded;
- This scholarship is non-transferable to other students or to any other institution;
- This scholarship is not redeemable for cash.
Contact Emmanuel College
Unless otherwise noted, please use the following address for all EC departments:
PO Box 129
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
181 Spring Street
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
Phone: (800) 860-8800
Fax: (706) 245-4424
Directions from Atlanta, GA
- Take I-85 North (toward Greenville, SC) to Exit 160 (GA 51) which is about the 159 mile marker on I-85
- Turn right on GA 51 and go approximately 11 miles (you will cross over GA 106)
- Continue on GA 51 until you intersect with GA 145 (Gas Station will be directly in front of you)
- Turn right and go approximately 1/2 mile
- Turn left on US 29 which will take you directly to the college (approx. 1/4 mile)
Directions from Greenville, SC
- Take I-85 South to Georgia Exit 173, Lavonia
- Take Hwy 17 South to Royston (approximately 12 miles); turn right on Hwy 29 South; go approximately two miles to Franklin Springs
All students who are legal residents of Georgia are required to complete both the HOPE Scholarship and the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG) when applying online even if not eligible for the HOPE Scholarship at this point in time. If the student becomes HOPE eligible in the future, this will save time.
Hope Scholarship - Legal residents of Georgia who have achieved a 3.00 average in the core curriculum and have been declared HOPE Scholars by the State may apply for the HOPE Scholarship to attend Emmanuel College. The HOPE Scholarship application must be completed at the http://www.GAcollege411.org web site. Students enrolled on a full-time basis (12 or more hours) and meet eligibility requirements as defined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission will receive $3,820 per academic year or $1,910 per semester. Eligible HOPE scholars enrolled at least 6 hours but less than 12 hours may receive $1,910 per academic year or $955 per semester.
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant - Legal residents of Georgia who are full-time may also be eligible to the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant. Students must complete the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG) application at the http://www.GAcollege411.org web site. The amount of the grant is $700 per academic year or $350 per semester full-time attendance.
A parent of a dependent student enrolled at least half-time is eligible to apply. The parent must also be a citizen or resident of the United States, pass a credit check, and not be in default or owe a refund to any student financial assistance program.
The yearly limit on a Parent PLUS loan is equal to the cost of attendance minus the sum of all other forms or financial aid already awarded. The interest rate is a fixed rate of 7.21% and begins to accrue as soon as the lender disburses the loan. Loan borrowers will be charged a fee of 4.288% for this loan. Repayment begins within 60 days after the lender disburses the final portion of the loan.
The amount listed on the award letter may show the maximum amount of loan eligibility for the Parent PLUS Loan. You are strongly encouraged to borrow only what you need to satisfy your financial obligations to the college.
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Federal Direct Student Stafford Loans is a common source of college loan funds. There are two types of Stafford loans: subsidized and unsubsidized.
SUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN
Subsidized loans are need-based, and the federal government pays the interest on these loans while you are in school. You become responsible for the interest at repayment - which begins 6 months after you drop below half-time enrollment.
If you do not qualify for Subsidized Stafford Loans or need more money than the subsidized program can offer, then you may qualify for an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan regardless of your family income.
UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOAN
Unsubsidized loans are not need-based, and you are responsible for all of the interest that accrues on the loan, including while you are in school.
- You must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
For Subsidized Stafford Loans, you must have financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
You must be enrolled or plan to enroll at least half time.
You must not be in default on any education loan or owe a refund on an education grant.
Amounts and Limits
Year in College
Independent Student or Students Whose Parents
$9,500 (up to $3,500 of this amount may be a
$10,500 (up to $4,500 of this amount may be a
Junior or Senior
$12,500 (up to $5,500 of this amount may be
Independent Student or Students
$31,000 as a dependent
$57,500 as an independent
The interest rate for 2014-2015 is a fixed rate of 4.66% for Subsidized Loans and Unsubsidized Loans. Repayment begins six months after a student graduates, withdraws, or drops below half-time enrollment. Loan borrowers will be charged a fee of 1.073% for this loan.
You are strongly encouraged to borrow only what you need. The loan amount on your award letter may show the maximum amount of loan eligibility for the Stafford Loan, although you may not need this amount to satisfy your financial obligation to the college.
Stafford Loan borrowers at Emmanuel College will need to complete:
The Federal Pell Grant is an educational grant that does not have to be repaid. It is an entitlement program for undergraduates who have not yet completed a first baccalaureate course of study or professional degree.
The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This formula calculates the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number which is used to determine Pell Grant eligibility.
For 2016-2017, eligible applicants can receive up to $2,907 per semester or up to $5,815 per year. The amount of the grant is pro-rated for an enrollment status of less than full-time.
The FAFSA is the application for the Pell Grant.
The FAFSA must be completed annually to determine Pell Grant eligibility. Eligible applicants may receive this grant each year provided they maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress.
John W. Swails (1915-2010)
John W. Swails was born November 26, 1915, in the small community of Andrews, S.C., to John W. Swails Sr. and Minnie Kellahan Swails. He was the 10th of 15 children. In January 1919, when Swails was only three years old, his mother fell victim to the Spanish Flu pandemic, and his father moved the family to an 80-acre farm in the Puncheon Creek Community. Swails quit school in the fifth grade to help work the farm until his father’s death in December 1932.
Swails’ eternal destiny and earthly future changed, however, in May 1932 when he accepted Christ at a three-week revival presided over by his uncle, W. T. (Bud) Swails, a minister from Rockingham, N.C. Following his conversion, God called the 16-year-old Swails into the ministry and placed within him an unquenchable hunger for the word of God. In a humble manner, Swails estimated that he read through the Bible at least 10 times in the three years following his conversion.
He also memorized countless scripture passages. Friends would often quote scriptures to him, and to their surprise, Swails would recount not only the book and the chapter, but also the verse from memory. He fondly recalled that while plowing a field for planting, he would memorize scriptures from a Bible that was falling apart.
Swails began his pastoral ministry in a home group in Jamestown, S.C., in early 1935. That year he was also accepted to Holmes Bible College, where he completed the requirements for graduation from both high school and Bible School in 1941. Swails furthered his education by earning a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Newberry College in 1944, a Master of Divinity at Lutheran Southern Seminary in 1946, and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Oklahoma in 1951. In addition, he completed 26 hours of post-graduate study at the University of Georgia.
In the midst of his graduate work, Swails still found time to focus on starting a family. On September 16, 1946, he married Glenda Mae Baldwin at Matthews Tabernacle Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lake City, S.C. During his first two years of marriage, Swails pastored Pentecostal Holiness churches in Elgin, Camden and Hamlet, S.C. The family’s time at Hamlet also saw the arrival of his eldest son, John W. (Johnny) Swails III. In 1948, Swails moved his young family west when he accepted a teaching position at Southwestern College in Bethany, Okla. His tenure there lasted three years and saw the arrival of his second son, Joseph B. (Joe) Swails.
In spite of offers to pastor large churches in Oklahoma, Swails accepted a second teaching position at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., in 1951. There he taught Bible, Christian ministries, and social sciences until his retirement in 1982. Many students were impacted greatly by Swails’ unique didactic style, and he always found it rewarding to be contacted by a former student or colleague. When Emmanuel’s new auditorium was christened in 1998, Swails was the board of trustees’ first choice for the honor, and the John W. Swails Center was so named. A street in Franklin Springs has been named for him as well.
While teaching at Emmanuel, Swails pastored the Elberton Pentecostal Holiness Church from 1953 to 1956. His youngest son, James R. (Jim) Swails, was born in 1953. Swails served as pastor for the Royston Pentecostal Holiness Church from 1956 to 1959, followed by a one-year stint as pastor of the Emmanuel College Church. In 1960 this pastorate consolidated with the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he ministered until 1982. Swails’ pastoral ministry concluded at Stephenson Avenue Pentecostal Holiness Church in Savannah in 1985.
Rather than completely retire, however, Swails continued to evangelize from his home in Franklin Springs until the last few years of his life. He lost Glenda, his devoted wife of almost 60 years, in 2006. Within a year, God brought his second wife, Sylvia Williams, into his life, and they were married on August 5, 2007. Sylvia was a devoted companion and great encourager for the final three years of his life.
John W. Swails passed away on June 12, 2010. In addition to Sylvia, survivors include his three sons and daughters-in-law—John W. Swails III, Ph.D., and wife, Joy Williams Swails, of Tulsa, Okla.; Joseph B. Swails and wife, Sue Duncan Swails, of Georgetown, S.C.; and James R. Swails, M.D., and wife, Deborah Redd Swails, of Franklin Springs, Ga.—and a stepson, Travia Marcus Williams. He is also survived by nine grandchildren—John W. IV, Jana, Jaffa, Jessica, Joel, Aaron Pierce, Ryan, Summer and Sydnah—and nine great-grandchildren.