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.

College Essentials Night_Financial Aid 101 Presentation_2016-17  gsfcfafsa

Click the above link to find the presentation for the Financial Aid discussion during our College Essentials Night in October 2016.  Below you can click on the icons to go straight to the FAFSA website or to the GA Student Finance Commission.


  • 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:

    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 (2016.17)


    Tailgate Barrow Scholarship ($500): Barrow Co Chamber of Commerce/Tailgate Barrow Event will award this scholarship to a graduating senior/class of 2017. The competition is comprised of writing an essay that completely answers this question:

    Why are leadership skills necessary during and after high school (how will you use your skills as a leader to accomplish your future goals)?”

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be returned by 3 pm by

    March 30, 2017. (2.22.17)

    Sims Family Memorial Book Award is designed to help alleviate the cost of college book(s) and may range from $100 to $300. Students must be graduating from a Barrow Co High School/Class of 2017. Applications are available in the Career Center-6.204 and must be returned to the Career Center by NOON on March 31, 2017.(2.21.17)


    The Brotherhood Club, Inc. Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior/class of 2017 attending a university/college or technical college in the fall of 2017. Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and include the following:

    • ACT/SAT scores, GPA and class rank
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • Community Service
    • Personal Statement.

    Deadline to return application to the CRC is Friday, March 31, 2017 (3.17.17)

    Winder Woman’s Club Scholarship ($500): will be awarded to a well-rounded senior  who serves their community. Other criteria includes:

                *Extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, band, etc)

                *Volunteer/community service (school/church)

                *Essay describing how you contribute to your community and why you are

                 deserving of this scholarship (100 words or less–typed or neatly written)

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be submitted to Pam Veader/41 S Center Street/PO Box 1720/Winder, GA 30680 by March 31, 2017 (2.8.17)


    Winder-Barrow Community Theatre Scholarship (range from $500 to $1,000): will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in fine arts (drama, music, art, etc).  Other criteria for this scholarship includes:

                *Official Transcript

                *Student Essay

                *Copy of college acceptance letter/program of study

                *Fine Arts Teacher Recommendation Form

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be submitted to Pam Veader/41 S Center Street/PO Box 1720/Winder, GA 30680 by March 31, 2017 (2.8.17)

    American Pest Control Scholarship (Amount:TBA): will be awarded to a 2017 high school graduate in memory of Gene Higginbotham, who dedicated 50 years to the Pest Management Industry. The application consist of the following criteria:  

                *Must be accepted to an accredited college/university

                *Have at least a 3.0 GPA and 900 combined SAT score

                *Submit ONE letter of recommendation

    * List extracurricular activities/community service

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be received by March 31, 2017 (1.9.17).

    Barrow Co Historical Society-C. Fred Ingram Agri-Business Scholarship ($500)  for a student graduating in May-2017 and plans to major in an agri-business related field in the fall of 2017. 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 Agri-Business 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 1, 2017. (1.24.17)

    Vivint Smart Home Scholarship is pleased to promote higher education and give back to the community with a $5,000 scholarship. The following guidelines to apply are:

                *Graduating in Spring 2017

                *Legal resident of United States

                *Must be enrolled in college by Sept. 30, 2017

                *Submit video

                *Planning/enrolled in one of the eligible majors listed in the “Official Rules”

    Application, official rules and information on video can be found at Deadline to apply is April 1, 2017 (1.24.17)


    The Christopher M Page Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) is being offered to WBHS/class of 2017. To qualify for this scholarship, the following information must be submitted:  

               *Copy of Transcript (GPA of 3.0 or higher)

               *One letter of recommendation (teacher/counselor/administrator)

               *Copy of college acceptance letter or other evidence to confirm college admission

               *Autobiography (500 words or less: typed/12 font/double-spaced)

    Applications are available in the Career Center-6.204 and must be returned to the Career Center by noon on Monday, April 3, 2017 (2.1.17)


    Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship – $1,000 (sponsored by Community Bankers Association of Georgia) is to assist deserving high school seniors in their first year of college and to promote community baking. To compete, students must:

    *Be sponsored by a local community bank

    *Demonstrate leadership (thur school activities)

    *Write a short

    *Provide teacher recommendation

    *Official Transcript

    Applications may be printed on line at

    (Hover over communications–scroll down and select  “Hester Scholarship”–click on “student packet” — print all 8 pages). Deadline for students to submit application to BrandBank is April 3, 2017(3.23.17).

    Barrow County Chamber of Commerce/Glen Segars Scholarship (amount: TBA):

    For seniors planning to attend college in summer/fall 2017. Other criteria include:

    *Extracurricular Activities/Honors/Awards/Community Service

    *Attending an accredited 4 year college in the United States

    *ACT/SAT Scores / GPA / Class Rank

    *Brief paragraph on why you deserve this scholarship

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be received by the Chamber by

    April 7, 2017. (2/23/17)


    Slaughter Scholarship/Barrow Community Foundation ($1,000): For graduating seniors/class of 2017 who plan to attend college and major in education (YOU MUST BE ENROLLED OR ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT IN AN EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAM AT AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY). Other requirements include:

                *Educational and career goals

                *School Achievements

                *Community Involvement

                *Essay: “Why have you choose education as your college major? If you do not

                               receive this award, how will you pursue your degree?”

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be received at Chamber by

    April 7, 2017 (2.23.17)


    Barrow County Masonic Scholarship: For high school seniors planning to attend a college or technical college in fall of 2017. 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 12, 2017. (1.26.17)


    The Georgia Club Foundation Scholarship ($1,000): for graduating seniors planning to attend college/technical college in the fall/2017 (priority is placed on financial need and academic). Other criteria include:

                *Extracurricular/community activities

                *Honors and recognitions

                *ACT/SAT Scores

                *One letter of recommendation

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be mailed/postmarked by

    April 12, 2017 (3.1.17).


    Barrow Regional Medical Center/ Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship ($1,000): will be awarded to a student entering a course of study in the medical field.  This scholarship is an academic award first and foremost. Other requirements include:

    *Resident of Barrow County

    *Two letters of recommendation

    *Extracurricular activities/awards/honors/community service

    *Profile of yourself (one page – typed)

    *Must attend a 2 or 4 yr accredited college/technical college in U.S.

    *Tests scores (ACT or SAT)

    *Official Transcript

    *Official proof of college acceptance

    * 50 word statement of why you deserve this scholarship

    Students accepted to a government military academy are not eligible for this scholarship. Applications available in the CRC-6.204 and must be returned on or before

    April 13, 2017 (3/8/17)


    The Dr. Robert K Page Memorial Scholarship($500) will be  awarded to a graduating senior from Winder-Barrow High in memory of Dr. Robert K Page (former student of WBHS, who graduated in 1958). The application includes the following:

    *essay (extracurricular activities (clubs/sports); plans after graduation

    *two letters of recommendation

    *copy of official transcript  

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be submitted by April 30, 2017 (1.9.17)

    **The Dr. Robert K Page Memorial Scholarship if offered only to Winder-Barrow High School Students**



    Braselton Rotary Club Scholarship ($1,000): available to seniors/Class of 2017 with a Braselton OR Hoschton mailing address. Other requirements includes:

                *Official high school transcript

                *GPA of 3.0 (or higher)

                *ACT or ACT scores

                *Two letters of recommendation

                *Autobiography (500 words or less)


    Applications are available in the Career Center-6.204 and must be returned by April 15, 2017 (1.9.17)


    David Skinner GDA (Georgia Development Authority) Scholarship ($1,500.00 to be awarded annually) for students enrolled in the study of Agriculture or an Agriculture related field. The following information is also required to apply:

                *Three letters of recommendation

                *Official high school transcript

                *Copy of SAR (student aid report from FAFSA) OR copy of parents 2016 tax returns

                *Formal high school photo

    Apply on-line at  (click on the scholarship tab). Please be aware, once you begin the online application, there is NO option to SAVE and complete later. If you prefer to apply by mail, download the printable version. Completed application and all supporting documents must be submitted/postmarked no later than Monday, May 1, 2017 (1.18.17)

    Foothills Area Health Education Center Scholarship ($500) for students pursuing a career in Healthcare. Limited to the first 500 applicants. Apply online at      

    Deadline to apply is May 1, 2017. (3.13.17)


    Dreams to Kings and Queens ($500): for students who exhibits exemplary commitment to accomplishing their goals. Other requirements are:

                *2017 high school graduate

                *Minimum GPA of 2.5 (or better)

                *Must attend an accredited college/university

                *Official Transcript

                *500 words essay on the following topic: “How Do You Define Success?”

    Apply online at

    Deadline to submit scholarship is May 5, 2017 (3.12.17)



    Family First Scholarship ($1,000) for seniors (class of 2017) who are the first in their family to pursue a college education/degree. Criteria for this scholarship includes:

                *Minimum GPA of 3.0

                *Attending a 4 year college/university

                *500 word essay

                *Current Transcript

    Complete details and online application available at:

    Deadline to apply is May 31, 2017 (9.15


    Thomas, Webb & Willis, LLC (Atlanta law firm) is pleased to offer their Academic Achiever Scholarship ($1,000) to Class of 2017. Criteria for this scholarship includes;

                *Minimum GPA of 3.7

                *Attending a 4 year college/university

                *500 word essay

                *Official Transcript

                *Letter of recommendation

    Complete details and online application available at:

    Deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.(8.31.1


    UGA Triangle Achievement Awards/TAU Kappa Epsilon ($1,000) for MALE seniors who will be attending UGA in fall/2017. Applicants will be evaluated upon three criteria: academic success, extracurricular work and athletic achievement. Applications are available in the Career Center and must be postmarked by June 1, 2017. (3.7.17)


    Aspiring Nurse Scholarship ($1,000) will be awarded to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics. Seniors who plan to pursue a degree in nursing (including LPN, LVN, ADN and BSN programs) may visit and click the banner on the right-hand side. Here you will find detailed information and the official application form. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2017. (12.1.16)


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