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 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 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:     / /  /

    *NEW scholarship links:

        *   Scholarships by category:

    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):        


    2019 Student of Integrity Scholarship/Better Business Bureau will award scholarships to graduating high school seniors (Class of 2019) who personify high character through leadership, community service, personal integrity and academic accomplishments. Apply online @  

    The deadline to apply is December 1, 2018. Any questions should be directed to Crystal McPherson at 404-419-8753 or (10.23.18)


    The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program: ($2,500): recognizes students for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Applicants must have the following::

                  *3.0 GPA  (or higher)

                   *Demonstrate financial need

                   *Reside in a community served by Comcast

                  *Commitment to community service

                  *Outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership

                  *Plans to attend an accredited university/vocational/technical college in U.S.(full-time student)

    Contact Ms. Danielle Harrison in Counseling for more information or stop by the CRC for an informational flyer. Deadline is December 7,, 2018. (10.23.19)


    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 Deadline to submit essay is December 31, 2018. Winners will be notified by January 31, 2019. (10.25.18)


    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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