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 https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid-101/financial-aid-can-help-you-afford-college 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 liz.long@barrow.k12.ga.us 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:              www.collegeboard.com /   www.fastweb.com /  www.gafutures.org  / www.scholarship.com

    *NEW scholarship links:

        *   Scholarships by category:  https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/

    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):

    https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/national-scholarships/        

     

    Walter Harrison Scholarship for students whose residence is served by Jackson EMC. Stop by the Career Center for detailed information. Deadline to apply is January 25, 2019 (1.14.19).

     

    Walton EMC Scholarship ($1,000): for students whose residence is served by Walton Electric Trust

    Stop by the Career for detailed information. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2019 (1.14.19)

                            

    Free Speech Essay Contest: High School juniors and seniors for the 2018.19 school year are eligible to participate in FIRE’s (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) essay contest. To enter, students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic. One $10,000 first place, one $5,000 second place, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining essays in a drawing.

    To enter, visit www.thefire.org/contest Deadline to submit essay is December 31, 2018. Winners will be notified by January 31, 2019. (10.25.18)

     

    2019 InspirASIAN Scholarship ($1,000 to $2,000):students graduating within the state of Georgia are eligible to apply for the 43 available scholarships. Applicants will be evaluated on:

                   *Scholastic and personal achievements

                   *Leadership

                   *Community Involvement

                   *Work Experience

                   *Letter of recommendation

                   *Personal essay

    Apply on line at https://inspirasian.us/programs/scholarship-program/  or stop by the CRC for an informational flyer.  Deadline to submit application is January 31, 2019   (12.11.18)

    **This InspirASIAN scholarship is open to students of ALL nationalities**

     

    2019 MARC (Metro Atlanta Relocation Council) Scholarship ($2,000): for current high school seniors who have relocated to the Atlanta/Barrow County area due to their family’s relocation between grades 9 and 12.  Other criteria will include:

                  *GPA of 3.0

                  *Relocated more than 50 miles

                  *Essay

                   *Extra-curricular activities/work experience

                  *Transcript

    The application, along with student and counselor instructions, are available in the Career Center. Deadline to submit application is Feb. 22, 2019. (12.11.18)

     

     

    Legacy Student Scholarship/Peachstate Federal Credit Union ($2,000): This scholarship will honor the legacy of past and present board members and employees who have served Gwinnett Federal Credit Union for 20 years or more, and will be awarded to a graduating high school seniors– attending college to pursue a degree in education. Other considerations for this scholarship are:

                *A copy of your ACT/SAT scores

                *A copy of your transcript (including GPA)

                *A two page, double spaced, typed essay expressing your desire to be a teacher

                *Two letters of recommendation

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204. Peachstate Federal Credit Union must receive completed application by March 15,  2019. (11.29.18)

     

    Dan Cromer Scholarship/Peachstate Federal Credit Union ($2,000): honors Dan Cromer, a retired Superintendent of Barrow County Schools, for his contributions to the Barrow County School system. This scholarship will be awarded to a Barrow County public school graduating senior pursuing a degree in education. Other considerations for this scholarship are:

                *A copy of your ACT/SAT scores

                *A copy of your transcript (including GPA)

                *A two page, double spaced, typed essay expressing your desire to be a teacher

                *Two letters of recommendation

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204. Peachstate Federal Credit Union must receive completed application by March 15, 2019. (11.29.18)

     

    American Pest Control Scholarship (Amount:TBA): will be awarded to a 2019 high school graduate in memory of Gene Higginbotham, who dedicated 50 years to the Pest Management Industry. The application consist of the following criteria:

    *Accepted to an accredited college/university

    *3.0 GPA and 900 combined SAT score OR ACT composite score of 17

    *Must live in an American Pest Control service location

    *Letter of recommendation (teacher/administrator/counselor/community leader

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be emailed to marissac@ampest.com no later than Friday, March 22, 2019 (1.14.19).

     

    Wesley G Adair Scholarship is designed to assist “worthy and needy” Barrow Co students (class of 2019) who wish to attend college or vocational/technical college. To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must be a resident of Barrow County (or a lineal descendant of Mr. Adair) and submit the following:

           *Two letters of recommendation (counselor/teacher/administrator/employer)

           *Extracurricular activities (school/church/community)

           *Personal statement-describing why you are deserving of this scholarship

    Application available in the CRC and must be postmarked by March 29, 2019.(1.8.2019)

    Mail complete application/documents to:

    Shelley L Smith

    Synovus Trust Company, N.A.

    PO Box 1747

    Athens, GA 30603-1747

     

    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 mailed to Pam Veader/PO Box 1720/Winder, GA 30680. Applications/supporting documents must be received

    March 31, 2019 (1.14.19)

     

    Winder-Barrow Community Theatre Scholarship ( $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 MAILED to Pam Veader/PO Box 1720/Winder, GA 30680. Application/supporting documents must be received by March 31, 2019. (1.14.19)

     

    Constitutional Officers Association of GA, Inc Scholarship ($1,000): open to any high school senior (Class of 2019) seeking an undergraduate degree (not a diploma/certificate).The criteria for this scholarship includes:

                *Letter of acceptance/enrollment from a GEORGIA college

                *1,000 word essay

                *Scholarship Application Form

                *Proof of Georgia  residency (copy of driver’s license/passport)

    Applications may be downloaded at www.coagonline.org and must be received no later than March 31, 2019. Stop by the CRC-6.204 for a more detailed informational flyer. (1.14.19)

     

    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).

     

    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)

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