Nearly 400 incoming freshmen, including 5 from local area, begin classes at Georgia Southwestern

Press release from Merit Pages

AMERICUS, GA (08/28/2019)– On August 19, just under 400 incoming freshmen began classes at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in GSW’s Class of 2023.

At the Freshman Convocation held August 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.

GSW is looking forward to watching these students take their first year by storm!

Lyrica Blackwell of Monroe

Ayianna Hopson of Loganville

Brooklyn Liebert of Social Circle

Madison Liebert of Social Circle

Sarah Riley of Monroe

Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation. Visit for more information.

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