• SCHOLARSHIP CENTER

     

    SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

    (The following is a summary of a bulletin published by The College Board.)

    Hundreds of scholarship services are on the market, but many are scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns students to beware if the scholarship service:

    • Guarantees that a student has won a scholarship
    • Pledges that this scholarship is not available anywhere else
    • Requests a credit card or bank account number so that they can hold the scholarship for the student
    • Promises that the service will do all the application work
    • Requests payment before they give the scholarship
    • Claims “a national foundation has selected you to receive a scholarship” or “you are a finalist” in a contest the student never entered
    • Offers membership in a “club” that guarantees funds for college

     Scholarship scams usually have a particular set of characteristics. Watch out for these warning signs:

    • Application fees
    • Other fees
    • Guaranteed winnings
    • Everybody is eligible
    • Unsolicited opportunities
    • Typing and spelling errors
    • No telephone number
    • Mail drop for a return address
    • Operating out of a residence
    • Masquerading as a federal agency
    • Time pressure
    • Unusual requests for personal information
    • Notification by phone
    • High success rates
    • Disguised advertising
    • A newly-formed company

     Steps for Getting a Scholarship

    1. START EARLY

    • The more time you give yourself, the more successful your search will be.
    • If possible, start the process at least two years before you need the aid.
    • Always remember that you should apply for scholarships about a year before you will actually receive the aid.

    2. GET INVOLVED

    • Often scholarships are awarded to students who are involved in activities both in school and out of school. A well–rounded student has a great opportunity of receiving scholarships.
    •  Many clubs and organizations have scholarships associated with them. Doing your research in the beginning may help you obtain more scholarships.

    3. DO RESEARCH

    • Figure out what makes you a special individual. This could include such things as academics, community service, athletics or your family background.
    • Consider unique circumstances or conditions that might make you eligible for aid such as being a foster child, having asthma, being a single parent or having a disability.
    • Scholarship opportunities can be found in many places including financial aid offices, libraries, local civic organizations, your (or your parents’) employers, local businesses, your high school guidance counselor’s office, the Internet and/or Student Outreach Services (call 1-888-2-outreach).

    4. SEND AWAY FOR APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION

    • After you collect all of the information about the scholarships for which you are interested in applying, you will need to contact the organization.
    • Most organizations will require that you contact them via regular mail or internet to request applications and other pertinent information. Some organizations will give potential applicants their phone numbers and email addresses to expedite the request information.
    • Give the organization ample time to send you the necessary paperwork. Be aware of all deadlines associated with applying.

    5. APPLY

    • Once you receive the application and understand all of the information that you are expected to send to the organization, apply for the scholarship.
    • Information required from most organizations will include a completed application, an essay, recommendations, and/or a resume. Make sure you have given yourself plenty of time to gather all of the required information.
    • Most scholarships have deadlines for applying. You may want to keep a calendar with all of the deadlines listed so that you do not let any expire.
    • Before you send in your completed application, make sure to double check for spelling and grammar errors. Put your best effort forward, be neat and organized –First impressions count!
    • Remember that the application process takes time and it could be months before you are notified of any awards. It’s not uncommon for there to be no follow-up correspondence from the organization, as they receive numerous applications. 

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    Looking for college scholarships?  

    Have you visited the Scholarship and Financial Aid Information pages 

    of the colleges you are interested in attending?  

    Have you considered searching on a national scholarship search engine? 

    Visit the following links to find the scholarships that are right for you!

     

    Absolutelyscholarships.com 

    Collegeboard.com

    Cappex.com/scholarships

    Collegenet.com

    Fastweb.com

    GAcollege411.org

    guaranteed-scholarships.com

    Schoolsoup.com

    Scholarships.com 

    Scholarshipguidance.com 

    Studentscholarships.org

    Army ROTC Scholarship Information

    Air Force ROTC Scholarship Information

    Navy ROTC Scholarship Information

    http://gobuildgeorgia.com/scholarships

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    200 Free Scholarships for Minorities 

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    1LT Robert Collins Scholarship       

    This is a $5,000 scholarship presented each year by the family of 1LT Robert Collins who was a 2004 Sandy Creek High School graduate.  This scholarship is open to all Sandy Creek High School class 2015 students.  The application can be found in the scholarship file cabinet located in the guidance office.                            Deadline March 27, 2017

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    Academic Achiever Scholarship  http://www.absolutely-not-guilty.com/#academic-achiever-scholarship

    This scholarship is reserved for high school students nationwide and also current college students that plan on or are currently attending a 4-year college or university and also has a minimum 3.75 GPA and above.

    - Funds will be sent directly to the college/university of the winning applicant
    - Scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000
     Deadline is May 31, 2017

          • A current transcript MUST be submitted for consideration.

     

        • A 500-word minimum essay explaining your academic achievements and how those achievements will help you reach your career goals.
        • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters to substantiate their application for consideration.
        • ANY INCOMPLETE OR LATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    *Special consideration for people who have families with low income.

     

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    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Phi Pi Omega is pleased to announce its annual scholarship. This scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, leadership, character and community service. We will award several deserving students

     

    1- Applicants may be any “female” high school senior graduating from a public or private school.

    2- Applicant must reside in Fayette or Coweta County.

    3- Applicant must be applying to and/or accepted to an accredited 4-year college or university.

    4- Applicant must hold a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale.

    5 - Applicants who have immediate family members who are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,

    Incorporated® are not eligible for consideration, regardless of their current status in the organization.

     See Mrs. Dunn in Guidance for the application Dealine is March 11, 2017

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    B. Davis Scholarship http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

    This $1,000 Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.There is no age restriction. Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next. This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.      Deadline May 22, 2017

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    Better Business Bureau- Center for Character Ethics Foundations                 www.scholarships@atlanta.bbb.org

    Each year we give six $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

    Students must attend an accredited high school in one of the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Henry, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rabun, Rockdale, Spalding, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walton and White Counties.

    We are currently accepting entries for our Student of Integrity Scholarship program. The deadline for entries will be February 5th, 2017.

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    BigSun Scholarship http://www.bigsunathletics.com

    The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach or official. It's a $500 scholarship. Deadline June 19, 2017

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    Clayton State University Presidential Scholarship

    3.5 high school grade point average (recalculated based upon College Preparatory Curriculum courses). A minimum 1100 SAT (math and verbal sections) or 24 ACT composite score. A record of involvement in extracurricular activities

     PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS RECEIVE:

    An annual university grant of $3,000 (an approximate value of $12,000), University housing for 4 years, A textbook stipend

    To be considered for the competitive Presidential Scholars program, prospective students must: Apply for admission to Clayton State University as first-time traditional freshmen. Submit an additional application (including an essay) and meet Honors Program eligibility qualifications. Attend mandatory formal interviews (if selected as a finalist)

    Deadline February  1, 2017

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     Coweta Fayette EMC 2017 Scholarships- Melissa Segars Memorial Scholarship and WEST GEORGIA & SOUTHERN CRESCENT TECHNICAL COLLEGESCHOLARSHIP    www.utility.org                         

    Scholarships in the amounts of $3,000, $2,000,  $1,500, and $,1000 each will be awarded.  Heavy emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s personal involvement in community activities.  Attention will also be given by the judges to such factors as the applicant’s academic performance and financial need.      Completed applications (and all required attachments) must be received by Trust officials at any of the following offices: Palmetto Office - 807 Collinsworth Rd., Palmetto, Georgia  30268 , Fayette Office - 103 Sumner Rd., Peachtree City, Georgia  30269, or Newnan Office – 14 Hospital Road, Newnan, Georgia  30263 (Incomplete Applications Will Not Be Considered.)             Deadline February 1, 2017

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    Distinguished Young Women Scholarship www.distinguishedyw.org

    Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women is proud to have awarded more than $100 million in cash scholarships to participants at the local, state, and national levels over the past 57 years. During the 2011 program year, participants received more than $2 million in cash scholarships at programs across the nation. 

    DYW contestants compete in 5 different areas:  Interview, Scholastic, Talent, Fitness and Self Expression.

     College Granted Scholarships for the Class of 2017
    Gustavus Adolphus College
    St. Peter, Minnesota
    Four year renewable scholarships:
    • $7,000 - $20,000 annually recognizing any local/state participant who shows significant academic
    achievement, service or leadership in their high school, churches and communities
    Contact: Doug Minter, Associate Vice President Enrollment and Dean of Financial Aid, 507-933-7530,
    dminter@gustavus.edu

    Randolph College
    Lynchburg, Virginia
    $6,000 - $20,000 four year renewable scholarship with maintenance of 3.0 GPA to:
    • Any Distinguished Young Woman Participant
    Contact: Mike Quinn, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Mquinn@randolphcollege.edu
    If a student receives a scholarship of higher value from the Randolph College, that scholarship will replace the scholarship
    associated with Distinguished Young Women.

    Troy University
    Troy, Alabama
    Millennium Scholars Award: for any local/state participant with 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale and 32 ACT, 1420 SAT
    (verbal & math only)
    • For high school seniors: Four year, renewable full tuition scholarship plus room and board and out-ofstate
    fee waiver
    • For community college transfers: Two year, renewable full tuition scholarship plus room and board and
    out-of-state fee waiver
    Chancellor’s Award: for any local/state participant with 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and 28 ACT, 1260 SAT (verbal &
    math only)
    • For high school seniors: Four year renewable scholarship, full tuition and out-of-state fee waiver
    • For community college transfers: Two year renewable scholarship, full tuition and out-of-state fee waiver
    Contact: Tiffani Stephens Schmidt, Director of Enrollment Services, tnstephens@troy.edu, 334-670-3398

    University of Idaho
    Moscow, Idaho
    Four year, renewable Discover Idaho scholarship program guarantees these levels of funding from a combination of
    scholarships to all participants at the local/state level who are non-residents:
    • $8,000 with a 3.9-4.0 high school GPA
    • $6,000 with a 3.75-3.899 high school GPA
    • $5,000 with a 3.4-3.749 high school GPA
    • $2,000 with a 3.0-3.399 high school GPA
    Contact: Dan Davenport, Director of Financial Aid, dand@uidaho.edu

    University of West Alabama
    Livingston, Alabama
    $2,000 four year renewable scholarship (with maintenance of a 3.0 GPA) to:
    • Any local or state contestant (with at least a 19 ACT)
    Academic scholarships at UWA start at a 21 composite ACT and would be awarded in addition to any of the awards listed
    above.
    Contact: Libba McClendon, Assistant Director of Admissions, 205-652-3878

    Xavier University of Louisiana
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    $10,000 per year, four year renewable scholarship with maintenance of a 3.3 GPA to:
    • Any local/state participant with 23 ACT and 3.3 high school GPA
    Contact: Winston Brown, Dean of Admissions, 504-520-7388

    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Four year, renewable scholarship to all participants at the local/state level who are non-residents (must be
    admitted to UAB by May 1):
    • $15,000 with a 3.5 GPA and 30 ACT
    • $12,000 with a 3.5 GPA and 26 ACT
    • $10,000 with a 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 26 ACT
    • $7,500 with a 3.5 GPA and 20 ACT or 3.0 GPA and 24 ACT
    All students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enroll in UAB coursework during the fall semester immediately
    following their high school graduation in order to receive the awards listed above.
    **Note: do not contact a college regarding a scholarship until you are ready to apply to the school in your senior year. If you
    have questions about a scholarship before then, please contact the Distinguished Young Women National Office

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    Drexel University - Undergraduate Scholarships http://drexel.edu/drexelcentral/finaid/grants/undergraduate-scholarships/

    Drexel offers many scholarships based on merit and from many associations. Most scholarships are awarded when a student begins at Drexel with full-time enrollment. They are applied to all class terms and do not pay to your account while you are on co-op as long as you maintain full-time status and continue to achieve a 2.75 GPA.

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    Dr. John DeCotis Scholarship

    This will be the sixth year of granting a student $1500.00 in scholarship money in honor of Dr. John DeCotis, our former superintendent.The criteria for the scholarship are 1) planning a career in education 2) leadership 3) character.  April 15, 2017

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    Extend the Dream Scholarships This scholarship is awarded based on financial need, academic achievement and community service.  Awards are in the amount of $1,000 and are not renewable.   The Extend the Dream Student Scholarship is provided through funds from the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling.  https://www.cvent.com/events/extend-the-dream-scholarship-application/registration-10911cd8c750441ca640a45c5e5efbc5.aspx

     Scholarship Criteria 

    • Applicant must be a current high school senior graduating from a public, private, parochial high school or home school located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or the Caribbean. 
    • Applicant must be accepted by and plan to attend an accredited, non-proprietary, technical, community or four-year college in the fall following his/her graduation. 
    • Applicant must have at least a 2.75 grade point average for grades 9-12.
    • Applicant must have financial need. 
    • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to community service, social justice issues and/or leadership qualities. 
    • Applicant must submit ACT and/or SAT scores. 

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    Family First Scholarship   http://athenscriminallawyer.com/#scholarship-application

    This scholarship is reserved for high school students nationwide and also current college students that plan on or are currently attending a 4-year college/university and are the first in their family to pursue a college education and degree.  Here are some brief notes about this scholarship:
    • Funds will be sent directly to the winner’s college or university 
    • Scholarship is a one-time award totaling $1,000
    • Scholarship applications MUST be submitted by May 31, 2017
    • A winner will be announced in July 2017

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    Go Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors entering a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institution in a field of study that leads to a skilled-trade career. These $1,000 scholarships are made available by a collaborative partnership between Go Build Georgia, the GBG Foundation and TCSG. Go Build Georgia High Demand Career Scholarships can be used to cover tuition, requisite fees and materials. www.gobuildgeorgia.com

    GBG High Demand Career Scholarship Deadlines:

    Fall- June 15, 2016

    Spring- November 15, 2016

    Summer- March 15, 2017

    GBG Grant Application Deadlines:

    Fiscal Year 2016- May 15, 2016

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    Google Summer Camp- Generation Google Scholarship

    The Generation Google Scholarship helps aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2017-2018 school year. As part of the scholarship, current high school seniors who are entering their first year of university in 2017-2018 will be required to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2017.

    Please visit www.google.com/students/generationgoogle for more information and to apply!

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    Hispanic Heritage Foundation  https://app.reviewr.com/hispanicheritage/site//hispanicheritage

    We are awarding over 200 scholarships in cities across the country, including but not limited to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and New York! (Click here to view the full list of cities)

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    Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program www.application.horatioalger.org

    Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree

    • Have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2016 with plans to enroll at a community college for the first time by fall 2016
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit community college in the United States (eligible schools must be affiliated with AACC – a list can be found here – http://www.aacc.nche.edu/pages/ccfinder.aspx)
    • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
    • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Be involved in community service activities
    • Be younger than 30 years old
    • Be a United States citizen   Deadline June 1, 2017 

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    James Weldon Johnson High School Scholarship http://www.sigmayouthleadership.org/scholarship-applications/

    It is worth $1,000, and it will go towards assisting one high school senior during the 2016-2017 academic year at their post-secondary institution.  All high school applications must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at the time of the application deadline.  This application is open to both male and female students and all races and ethnicities.


    Janice Folsom Music Scholarship see Guidance for application

    • Be a graduating senior at a high school located in Fayette County
    • Be a college bound student with the intent to major in Music Education (preferred) or Music
    • Have been an active participant in the music program (chorus, band and/or orchestra) throughout his/her tenure at the school of graduation
    • Demonstrate outstanding character, integrity and personal responsibility
    • Demonstrate solid academic performance

     Deadline March 31, 2017 

     _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Pets in the City- Veterinarian Science Scholarship 

    Criteria: Applicants must be attending college by the Fall 2017 semester. The Scholarship will be judged on merit and need. Academic achievements as well as any leadership experiences will be taken in to account. Award Amount: $500  Application: Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found toward the bottom of the page at: http://petsinthecitystpete.com/#scholarship-application   Deadline: July 31, 2017

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    Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

    The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented
    science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers.
    The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing
    highly effective K-12 STEM teachers, especially in high-need local educational agencies. 

    This grant will pay the entire cost of attendance for students that are intending to become science and mathematics teachers in Middle and Secondary schools.  There will be a small amount of money for freshman and sophomores to work with faculty on research topics early in the career. 

     The grant requires the student to teach in a high needs school for two years for every year they accept the scholarship.


     

    The Student of Integrity Scholarship Program

    This is an annual competition that recognizes six high school seniors who personify high ethical standards, as demonstrated through leadership, community service, personal integrity and academic accomplishments. Each year we give six $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

    Students must attend an accredited high school in one of the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Henry, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rabun, Rockdale, Spalding, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walton and White Counties.  *All above information can also be found on BBB Atlanta’s website at http://www.bbb.org/atlanta/center-for-character-ethics/programs/future-leaders-programs/student-of-integrity-scholarships/.    Deadline Feburary 5, 2017

     

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    WACE Natinal Co-op Scholarship Program http://www.waceinc.org/

    INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the National Co-op Scholarship Program Application including a (200 word) essay describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program.

    To qualify for this scholarship, students must:

    • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale

    • Apply for the 2017-2018 academic year at one of the WACE Partner Institutions listed.

    WACE encourages minority and female students as well as students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) to apply for this merit co-op scholarship. We do not require transcripts or recommendations. (Please do not send.)

    The application deadlines are different for each institution

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    Wells Fargo www.tuitionfundingsources.com

    Over 7 million scholarships totaling more than $41 billion


    Youth Financial Literacy Scholarship - YFL  http://yflfoundation.org/

    Each year, the Youth Financial Literacy Foundation donates scholarships to college students to aid in the advancement of their education. These scholarships are awarded based on a series of questions or an essay submitted by the student regarding a distributed financial topic. Our hope is that the research and development to produce the answers or essay will open up the conversation and mindset towards their enhancement of financial knowledge.

    The YFL Scholarship Program is available for current high school seniors and first year college freshman.

    Applicants with the highest exam scores and strongest essays will receive the following scholarships:

    1st place - $25,000

    2nd place - $20,000

    3rd place - $17,500

    4th place - $10,000

    5th place - $7,500

    6th - 10th place - $5,000 each

    11th - 40th place - $2,500 each

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