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 Presentation_2017-18

College Essentials Night_Financial Aid 101 Presentation_2016-17  

Click the above links 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 or to the GA Student Finance Commission.

fafsaClick to view the official FAFSA website

gsfcClick to view the GSFC website


 

  • 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:

    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 (2017.18)

    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/

        *   Scholarships with deadlines in January: https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/january-scholarships/

     

     

    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

                *Transcript

                *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)

     

    2018 Student of Integrity Scholarship/Better Business Bureau will award seven scholarships to graduating high school seniors which range from $1,000 to $3,500.  The application process consists of the following:

                *Letter expressing your thought on with it means to be a leader and how it feels to

                 Give back to your community/school

                *High School Transcript

                *Essay

                *Recommendation (on-line)

    Apply online at http://go.bbb.org/atl-scholarship-form

    The recommendation link is http://go.bbb.org/atl-recommendation-from

    Deadline to apply is January 19, 2018 (1.8.19).

     

    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 www.jackierobinson.org Deadline to to submit online application is February 1, 2018. (11.3.17)

     

    2018 HONORSGRADU Scholarship: Design a Better Future (Five $10,000 awards): Honors Grad U is an educational blog dedicated to empowering students and teaches to take ownership of their learning. High school seniors must submit a proposal for how they’ll better their communities. For more information, visit the website at: www.honorsgradu.com or email scholarship@honorsgraduatin.com  

    The application process has 3 rounds: first round deadline is February 11, 2018 (1.8.2018)

     

    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

                  goal

    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)

     

    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 16, 2018. (1.8.18)

     

    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 16, 2018. (1/8/18)

     

    The Christopher M Page Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) honors the memory of Christopher M Page, a 1992 graduate from Winder-Barrow High School. To be considered for this scholarship, the following information is required:

                *Copy of transcript (GPA of 3.0 or higher)

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

                *One letter of recommendation (from a teacher, counselor or administrator)

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

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204. Completed application and all supporting documents must be received in the CRC by NOON on March 28, 2018. This scholarship is only for Winder-Barrow High School Seniors/Class of 2018. (01.08.2018)

     

    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 https://www.mitchellcrunk.com/commerce-ga-adoption-attorney/#scholarship-application

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

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