Anne Gary Pannell Merit Scholarship


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The purpose of the Pannell Honors Scholarship is to recognize and reward first-year students of exceptional initiative and ability, and to provide them with a unique opportunity to explore an area of interest more fully during their sophomore year. This may include a scholarly project, research, a creative endeavor, travel for academic purposes, or service. Projects can be broadly imagined — in a specific academic discipline, or interdisciplinary, possibly service-oriented. Projects may be related to a course, to future career interests, or to explore an intellectual interest.


The selected scholars will receive a merit award applied to Sweet Briar College tuition (typically in the range of $1,000-$3,000). In addition, the award will include funds to support the student’s proposed project, as approved. The maximum project budget is $3,000. There is no minimum; most budgets are in the range of $750 to $1,000.


Students eligible to apply include first-year honors students in good standing (that means enrolled in a three-credit, spring, first-year honors seminar) AND first-year students with a cumulative GPA that places them within the top 15 members of their class year.

By the end of the spring semester, first-year honors students must have completed the required First-Year Honors courses or approved substitute/s with a B+ average or higher, and all candidates must have completed at least 27 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Selection Process

The Honors Committee, a committee of faculty from different programs across campus, reviews all submitted proposals. The total number of Pannell Scholarships awarded depends on the number of proposals received and the amount of funding requested for each project.

Awards will be selected based on:

  • the quality of the proposal;
  • the merits of the project;
  • the alignment of budget to purpose;
  • the commitment and preparation of the student.