Financial Aid – Scholarships

Scholarships can be apart of a student’s financial aid in a post-secondary setting.  The general nature of a scholarship leads it to be very individualized.  One student’s approach does not have the be the same as another student’s.  The main concept is to put yourself out there!  You will not know what you qualify or what you’re eligible for unless you research and apply.  Below you will find resources for scholarships in various forms.  Some that are locally based, others that are more broad and nationally based, and then there will be links for you to create profiles on site and filter your searches.

  • 2018-19 Financial Aid Night Presentation

    Click the above link to find the presentation for the Financial Aid discussion during our College Essentials Info events.  Below you can click on the icons to go straight to the FAFSA website, FSA ID website or to the GA Student Finance Commission.

    fafsaClick to view the official FAFSA website

    Image result for fafsa fsa id Click to complete your FSA ID (electronic signature for the FAFSA – parent/guardian &student need it)

    gsfcClick to view the GSFC website for any questions about state aid programs like: the HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant and Zell Miller Grant.

  • Financial aid is money that the government and other organizations give you or lend you so you can pay for college. To qualify for financial aid, you have to apply.  Check out this link to on 5 helpful steps of the financial aid journey: Financial Aid Tips_Wells Fargo

    Grants – Grants are called gift aid because they do not have to be paid back. Grants come from federal and state governments and from colleges. Most grants are need based, which means they are usually given based on your or your family’s financial circumstances.

    Scholarships – Scholarships are also gift aid. Scholarships come from governments, colleges and private organizations. They may be awarded for academic or athletic ability, interest in a certain subject, or volunteer work, for example. Some scholarships are given based on membership in an ethnic or religious group. Companies may also give scholarships to children of employees.

    Loans – Borrowing money from a bank, government or lending company is called taking out a loan. A loan must be paid back with an extra charge called interest. The federal government offers low-interest loans to students with financial need. Other lenders charge more interest.

    • Subsidized or Unsubsidized – Click here for more information about Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loans.

    Work Study – The Federal Work-Study Program offers paid part-time jobs to help students pay for part of their college cost.

    Information accessed and pulled directly from on 9/8/15

    More information on Student Aid can be found HERE.  You can also check out this video about student aid on FAFSA,  Loans and Work Study resources from the same source:

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    Parents, check out this video about the FAFSA and FSA ID:

  • HOPE – Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally – is Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible public and private colleges and universities and public technical colleges in Georgia.

    To find out more about the program and the scholarship and grant options click HERE.

    Take a moment and look at the HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship Rigor Requirements:

    Check out this great video about the financial aid students can receive by going to a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) school, starting with the HOPE Grant and Zell Miller Grant:

    For application details, please click the here for the link to GAfuture’s information for student’s applying for the HOPE scholarship (sign-in information is required).

  • While we’re collecting information and waiting on local scholarships to become available, go ahead and get on Mrs. Long’s Scholarship Blast List for emails.  Send her an email at and put in the subject line: “add to scholarship page”.

    Winder-Barrow High School Scholarships & Awards (2018.19)

    Students are encouraged to visit the following websites to search for national scholarships:     / /  /

    *NEW scholarship links:

        *   Scholarships by category:

    The Horatio Alger Association have funded need-based college scholarships for low-income youth to pursue their dreams through higher education.To view the many  scholarships available (state, career & technical, targeted and national)  log-on to the link below (please be aware there are various deadlines for each scholarship):        


    Barrow County Masonic Scholarship: For high school seniors planning to attend a college or technical college in fall of 2019. Criteria will include the following:

    •          * 500 words or less essay telling why you need this scholarship
    •      * Involvement in church/community events
    •        * Club/school/sport activities

    Applications are available in the Career Center and must be returned by the end-of-the-school day –April 11, 2019. (1.17.19).


    Hayden Camp Memorial  Rotary Scholarship: will award a $500 scholarship in memory of Haden Camp to a graduating senior to further his/her education at an accredited vocational or technical college. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, effort, outside work, extra-curricular activities which best demonstrate the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.” Applications are available in the CRC and must be returned by NOON on Friday, April 15, 2019(3.21.19)


    The Joseph Schmittou Detachment #1083 of the Marines Corps League ($1,000), Athens, GA is accepting applications from seniors (class of 2019) from Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe Counties. The criteria for this scholarship is:

                *Extra-Curricular Activities

                *Community Service

                *Essay (400 to 800 words) on the following topic:

    “The Duties & Responsibilities of an American Citizen” (based on accuracy,      completeness, grammar, neatness, spelling and  punctuation as well as original thought).

    Applications available in the Career Center and be postmarked by April 15, 2019. (10.25.18)


    Barrow Co Historical Society-C. Fred Ingram Agri-Business Scholarship ($500)  for a student graduating in May-2019 and plans to major in an agribusiness related field (from food and/or nutrition research to culinary arts; veterinary medicine/vet. technician; food and/or fiber production or entrepreneurship. The application also includes the following criteria:

                *Extracurricular Activities (clubs/sports/church/community)

                *Brief statement on “how this scholarship impact your plans for the future”

                *Major in an Agribusiness related field

    Applications are available in the CRC 6.204 and must be returned to the CRC by end-of-the school day on April 15,  2019. (3.4.19)


    The Winder Rotary Club will award a $1,000.00 scholarship  to a graduating senior to further his/her education at an accredited four year college/university. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, effort, outside work, extra-curricular activities which best demonstrate the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.” Applications are available in the CRC and must be returned by 2 pm  on Monday- April 15, 2019  (3.21.19)


    W.H. Jennings Memorial Scholarship ($500): Criteria include:  Must be a WBHS graduating senior (class of 2019), participation in school clubs/activities,  community involvement, athletic participation and/or fine arts. Applications are available in the CRC 6.204—and must be returned by NOON on Wednesday, April 18, 2019 (3/22/19)


    The Winder-Barrow High School Student Council Essay Competition($500): open to any WBHS senior graduating in May 2019. The competition is comprised of writing an essay that completely answers this question: Why are leadership skills necessary during and after high school, and how being a leader can help you accomplish your future goals?Applications available in the Career Center and must be returned to Ms. Harris or Ms. Martin on or before  April 19, 2019  by 3 pm(4.9.19).


    NEW PATH Scholarship ($1,000): is partnering with Bethlehem Church to provide financial support to seniors attending college/technical college after high school (Class of 2019). The following guidelines are:

                *Minimum GPA of 3.0 (copy of transcript)

                *Good attendance/behavior

                *Total Family Income must be UNDER $40,000

                *Provide proof of acceptance to a college/technical college

                *Brief answers on:

    1. How would you benefit from this scholarship?
    2. What career path you plan to pursue/what led you to this career?
    3. Describe any challenges/obstacles you have dealt with/overcome in life and how will it help you succeed in college and beyond.

    Applications available in the CRC and must be mailed/received by NEW PATH  by 4 p on May 1, 2019 (3.28.19).


    Winder Kiwanis Club / B.C. Hill Scholarship: will be awarded to a graduating senior at WBHS in order to further his/her education at an accredited college or technical college. This scholarship will be awarded to the student who best reflects the spirit of the Kiwanis motto through their school and extracurricular activities and educational goals while maintaining satisfactory academic achievement. Other criteria includes: GPA, ACT/SAT scores and a brief statement telling why you would be deserving of this scholarship. Applications available in the Career Center and must be returned by 12 NOON on Monday, May 6, 2019 (4.3.19)

  will award two scholarships ($1,500) to student-caregivers to help cover cost of tuition and books (student must care for an adult relative while enrolled in college). Students (class of 2019) must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two or four year college/university in the United States.

    For detailed information and online application, log onto:  

    Deadline to submit application is June 30, 2019 (3.1.19)

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