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 (2017.18)

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


    *NEW scholarship links:

        *   Scholarships by category:

        *   Scholarships with deadlines in November: 


    BBB (Better Business Bureau) Center of Character Ethics 2018 Student of Integrity Scholarship ($1,000 – $3,500):  Seniors (Class of 2018) who personify high character should apply. Application checklist includes:

                *High School Transcript

                *Letter expressing your thoughts on leadership (school/community involvement)

                *Essay (topics available online)

                *Recommendation Form ( )

    Apply online at

    Deadline to submit online application is Dec. 15, 2017 (10.4.17)

    Any questions should be directed to Nitascia Washington at 404-419-8753 or


    Directv Deals Scholarship ($1,000) for a performing arts student to further their education. Two ways to enter: Write an essay (400-500 words) or create a video (2 to 2 ½  minutes) explaining  the role and/or impact of technology in your theatre/film studies. Visit  for detailed information and to apply online.  Deadline to apply is Jan. 28, 2018 (9.13.17)


    2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to all United States high school students in grades 9-12 attending a public, private or home schools.  Contest topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917. Essay length: 700 to 1000 words. For complete guidelines, curriculum materials, visit  The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2018. (9.26.17)


    Walter Harrison/Walton Electric Membership Corporation is pleased to offer  a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior (Class of 2018). To be eligible, the student must live in a house that receives electric services from Walton EMC. Georgia Power customers are not eligible.

    Other criteria includes:

                *Acceptance letter to confirm admission to a GEORGIA college/technical college

                *Two page autobiographical sketch


                *ACT/SAT/ACCUPLACER Test Scores

                *Two letters of recommendation

    Applications available in the CRC-6.204 and must be returned by January 8, 2018. (11.6.17)



    The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-profit national organization founded in 1973 to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson. Each recipient will receive up to $28,000 over four year. Eligibility includes:

                *Be a graduating minority high school senior (class of 2018)

                *Plan to attend an accredited/approved four year college within the USA

                *Show leadership potential/demonstrate dedication to community service

                *Be a United States citizen

                *Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 (math/critical reading) OR

                 ACT composite score of 21

    Apply on-line at Deadline to to submit online application is February 1, 2018. (11.3.17)


    Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) Scholarship (range from $2,000 to  $5,000):  for seniors planning to pursue a career in aviation (pilot, aircraft mechanic, crew scheduler/dispatcher, insurance agent, salesperson, aeronautical engineer, attorney, finance specialist, flight attendant). All students must:

                *Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

                *Be accepted for fall semester as a full-time student into an accredited FFA         

                 approved college program  pursuing an aviation-related certificate or

                 undergraduate degree

                *Submit a 500-1000 word essay on how this scholarship will  impact your career


    Stop by the CRC-6.204 for information on how to submit the online application. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. (10.2.17)


    Mitchell & Crunk, attorneys in Winder and Commerce, Ga, are pleased to offer the Mitchell & Crunk Adoption Scholarship ($500). Special consideration will be given to an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing a career in Adoption law and can share a story of their own adoption or of someone they know. Other requirements includes:

                *Minimum GPA of 3.0

                *Must be enrolled to attend college/fall semester-2018

                *Unofficial  transcript

                *Recommendation letters and/or resumes

                *Able to demonstrate merit/need

    Apply online at

    Deadline to apply is May 31, 2018. Direct any questions to regarding this scholarship to  (9.25.17)

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