GPEF annually awards scholarships to Georgia residents attending Georgia colleges and universities who are pursuing a career in the field of journalism. There are four honor scholarships awarded to excelling students and they are:
1. Kirk Sutlive Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior majoring in either the news-editorial or public relations sequence at the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Established in 1986, the recipient is selected from three nominations submitted by the University of Georgia. The Sutlive Scholarship is named in memory of William Kirkland Sutlive, published of The Blackshear Times and a past president of the Georgia Press Association.
2. William C. Rogers Scholarship
Established in 1981, this scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in the news-editorial sequence at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The recipient is selected from nominations made by the University of Georgia. The Rogers Scholarship is named in honor of William C. Rogers, publisher of The Blade, Swainsboro, and a past president of the Georgia Press Association.
3. Morris Scholarship
Established in 1987 by Charles Morris, Morris Newspaper Corporation, Savannah, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding print journalism student. Applications are submitted through newspapers in the Morris Newspaper Corporation chain and recipients are named by the Foundation.
4. Durwood McAlister Scholarship
Established in 1992 by The Atlanta Journal, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in print journalism at a Georgia college or university. The McAlister Scholarship is named in honor of Durwood McAlister, former editor of The Atlanta Journal..