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:

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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 (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 March

        *   Scholarships with deadlines in April

        *   Scholarships with deadlines in May

    *Students pursuing a career in Agriculture (May 7th, 2018 deadline): http://www.gdaonline.com/Content/Default/3/3/0/scholarships/scholarships.html

     

    College Covered: Powered by Discover Student Loans was created to provide students/parents with the know-how to plan and pay for college. This website offers a variety of resources and tips to help students/parents through each step of the process and provide them with the power to plan their future. This year, entrants have a chance to win $10,000 to help pay for college! Visit www.discoverstudentloans.com  or call 1.800.STUDENT anytime.

     

    Barrow Co Historical Society-C. Fred Ingram Agri-Business Scholarship ($500)  for a student graduating in May-2018 and plans to major in an agribusiness related field in the fall of 2018. 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 10, 2018. (3.30.18)

    Barrow County Masonic Scholarship: For high school seniors planning to attend a college or technical college in fall of 2018. 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, 2018. (2.5.18)

     

    The Georgia Club Foundation Scholarship (amount: TBA): for graduating seniors planning to attend college/technical college in the fall/2018 (priority is placed on financial need and academic). Other criteria include:

               *Extracurricular/community activities

               *Honors and recognitions

               *ACT/SAT Scores

                *High School Transcript

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

    Applications are available in the CRC-6.204 and must be mailed and received at The Georgia Club by April 14, 2018 (3.26.18).

     

     

    Marine Corps of Athens, GA- $1,000 Scholarship (for seniors/class of 2018): Must write an ESSAY of not more than 600 words on the following subject:

    “Responsibilities and duties of an American citizen”

    Other documentation includes:

                *official high school transcript (including GPA)

                *ACT/SAT Scores (copy of score report)

                *Extracurricular Activities

                *Community Service

                *Must be graduating from a high school in any of the following counties: Clarke,

                  Oconee, Madison Oglethorpe, Barrow and Jackson.

    Applications are available in the Career Center and must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2018 (2.27.18)

     

    W.H. Jennings Memorial Scholarship ($500):

    Criteria include:

    •         Must be a WBHS graduating senior (class of 2018)
    •         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, 2018 (3/12/18)


    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 NOON on Friday, April 20, 2018 (3.23.18)

     

    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 20, 2018 (3.23.18)

     

    The Winder-Barrow High School Student Council Scholarship Essay Competition: ($500.00 for graduating seniors/Class of 2018).The competition is comprised of writing an essay that completely answers the following question:

    Why are leadership skills necessary during and after high school, and how being a leader can help you accomplish your future goals?”

    Your essay must also:

                *Be original (and relates to the above question)

                *Have no major grammatical errors

                *Share your personality

                *Well organized

    Applications are available in the Career Center and must be returned to Kathy McDaniel (Rm. 6105) by 3:00 pm on April 20, 2018. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. (3.23.18

     

     

    Tailgate Barrow Scholarship ($500): Barrow Co Chamber of Commerce/Tailgate Barrow Senior Scholarship Essay Competition is open to any senior graduating in May 2018. The competition is comprised of writing an essay that thoroughly address the following topics:

    *Why are leadership skills essential for success in modern society?

    *How have you  utilized your leadership skills to make a difference in your school/community?

    *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

    April 25, 2018. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. (4.10.18)

    White Linen Gala Scholarship Essay ($500 to $1,000): For 2018 graduates planning to enroll full-time at a two year or four year accredited college/university. The following must also be submitted:

                *Transcript (GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale)

                *Copy of college acceptance letter

                *Cover Letter

                *Resume

                *Two letters of recommendations

                *1000 words (minimum) Essay (typed/double spaced) Topics listed on application

    Applications available in CRC-6.204 and must be mailed/received by Scholarship Committee/PO box 1646/Athens, GA by  April 27, 2018. (4.10.18)

     

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