• Financial Aid Information: Paying for College

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    There are several types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, work-study jobs, loans, aid for military families, and aid for international studies.  To obtain any of these forms of financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on the types of financial aid and how to complete the FAFSA, please review the website: Federal Student Aid

    Need a guide to help you complete the FAFSA? Here is a step by step process just for you: FAFSA Application Completion

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    General Financial Aid Information
    • FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.
    • StudentAid– Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
    • College Affordability Guide – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.

     

    SCHOLARSHIPS! SCHOLARSHIPS!

     

    Scholarships

    Scholarships are gifts that typically don’t have to be repaid and are designed to help students pay for costs related to earning a college degree or certificate program. They can be a one-time gift or are renewable, depending on the scholarship.

     
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    Types of Scholarships

    Some scholarships are earned by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by scholarship providers. Some scholarships reward a student’s academic achievement or a combination of academics and special talents, traits, or interests. Other scholarships are based on a student’s financial needs. 

    • Financial need
    • Merit
    • Talent (visual and performing arts, athletics)
    • Volunteerism and service
    • Religious affiliation
    • Organizational affiliations
    • Other qualifications

    To be considered for most scholarships, students will have to submit applications that require basic information including, transcripts, activities resume,s and in most instances complete an essay. 

     

    Tips for Qualifying for Scholarships

    Eligibility varies by scholarship, but students can improve their overall chances of winning a scholarship by:

    • Getting good grades
    • Preparing and practice to do well on the ACT or SAT tests
    • Being involved in school clubs and extracurricular organizations (outside of school)
    • Submitting through college applications 
    • Submitting applications prior to deadlines and meeting eligibility criteria
    • Following directions carefully
    • Writing exceptional essays to respond to questions within scholarship applications
     

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    2024 Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG) Scholarship

    Each year, the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia accepts applications and essays from high school seniors in Georgia for one of its multiple scholarships.  The scholarship committee reviews and rates the essays in anonymity.  Submissions are due by midnight March 15th.  The scholarship information is posted below. 

    2024 COAG Scholarship

     

    2024 Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Application

    The 2024 scholarship application is available at www.hcacdst.org or contact your school counselor. Application Deadline is March 15, 2024.


     

    GEORGIA UNITED FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

    Named for the credit union's founder and notable board members, the program offers an opportunity for high school seniors to showcase their scholastic achievements and creativity through a video competition. This year a total of $17,500 will be awarded to 12 students. Each scholarship will be split evenly among two recipients.

    Apply by January 31

    Applicants or the parent/grandparent of the student must be member(s) of Georgia United for at least 6 months and be in good standing. Membership will be verified upon receipt of entry. For more details, view the Official Rules.

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    If you have any questions, please email scholarship@gucu.org.


    FVSU CDEP STEM Scholarship

    Scholarships are available to aid minority and female high school seniors in obtaining educational opportunities in STEM and preparing them for careers in the STEM workforce. Scholarship applications will be accepted after the priority deadline. However, CDEP’s goal is to select the 50 scholarship recipients who will participate in CDEP’s Annual Energy Career Day and Student Recruitment Conference on February 25-27, 2024.   NOTE: In addition to the CDEP scholarship application on www.fvsu.edu/cdep, a Google Forms application is also available at https://forms.gle/LCKYX8y9urYoTSEr7 
     
    Scholarship applications will be accepted after the priority deadline; however, CDEP’s goal is to select the 50 scholarship recipients who will participate in CDEP’s Annual Energy Career Day and Student Recruitment Conference on February 25-27, 2024.   NOTE: In addition to the CDEP scholarship application on www.fvsu.edu/cdep, a Google Forms application is also available at https://forms.gle/LCKYX8y9urYoTSEr7
     
     

    BigFuture Scholarships for Sophomores and Juniors

    Students can now qualify for BigFuture Scholarships as early as 10th grade. Beginning this December, all sophomores and juniors in the classes of 2024 and 2025 can earn chances at scholarships by taking steps in BigFuture to explore careers, plan for college and pay for college. Students who complete one or more steps on their BigFuture dashboard, beginning with starting a career list and building their college list, will be entered into one monthly drawing for $40,000 scholarships and another for $500 scholarships. 

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Frito Lay Scholarship

     Four scholarships will be awarded to students with good grades and a passion for the community. A $25K scholarship is available.

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here  


    2024 Scholarship for Young Women

    Henry County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation Scholarship is open. The deadline is midnight, January 17, 2024.  The scholarship information is contained in the application and on the website.

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    The National Scholarship Directory:  By FastWeb

    Fastweb is the go-to source for students looking to find and apply for scholarships, grants and financial aid opportunities. The state-of-the-art scholarship database helps you save time by filtering through thousands of scholarships. Each scholarship and every grant is individually vetted by our research team before it reaches the national scholarship database.

    The huge directory organizes millions of scholarships and grants into simple categories. Whether you’re a high school student or parent looking for ways to fund your/your child’s college education, or you’re a current college student wanting to pay your way without racking up student debt, Fastweb’s scholarship directory is THE place to start.

    Think of its national scholarship directory as your scholarship sandbox—sift through scholarships by category, school year, unique or weird circumstances. Dig in to find the perfect scholarship opportunities to help you pay for college.

    Take your scholarship search to the next level by registering for a FREE college scholarship profile. Our state-of-the art algorithm uses your profile — what makes you unique— to find and send you perfect scholarship matches. You’ll also be notified of any new and hot scholarships you should apply for quickly.

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here 


    Minority Scholarships

    African American scholarships are available in colleges and universities across the United States and beyond.  This listing provides various minority scholarships.  DeadlineVaries for each scholarship

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here   


    2024 Atlanta Black College Expo

    The National College Resources Foundation presents various college resources on March 9, 2024.  More than 50 Colleges will be present. Scholarships offered at the event. .Application Fees Waived. 

    Registration Required: Click Here  Win a Scholarship - Deadline: 2/27/2024 


    2024 AKA Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarships 

    The AKA Eductional Advancement Foundation South Atlantic Region Cluster Endowment Fund 2024 Scholarships are available.  The deadline to apply is January 5, 2024.  You can access the qualifications by scanning the QR code or go to AKAEAF.org/endowments.

       


    United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships

    UNCF manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates, and required documentation.  To apply for a UNCF scholarship, students must apply using the online application process.  DeadlineVaries for each scholarship

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    College Covered: Discover Student Loans Scholarship

    Sign up for emails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter for a chance to win a scholarship!  Throughout the year, twelve (12) eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $5,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award!  DeadlineMonthly scholarship sweepstakes

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here  


    Varsity Tutors College Scholarship

    Monthly chance to win a $200 scholarship for submitting an essay.  Deadline:  Varies each month

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

    Scholarships are an integral part of TogetherATL, their commitment is to advance equity and shared prosperity in our region.  Attainment of a college degree is a key to economic and social mobility, and their scholarships help students to afford college and access new opportunities.  Scholarships also gives its donors a chance to make a direct impact on the lives of students in our region.  

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Clemson University Call Me Mister Program

    The mission of the Call Me MISTER® (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools. DeadlineVisit website

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Ron Brown Guided Pathway Support Program

    The Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS) is a FREE program designed to help college-bound African American high school juniors and seniors navigate the admissions process by directing them to the most comprehensive and reliable resources available, including – 

    • Access to GPS College Advisors
    • Weekly college and scholarship advising webinars
    • College scholarship, essay and supplement reviews
    • Scholarship application assistance
    • Access to SAT fee waiver
    • FAFSA and CSS profile application assistance
    • Test prep tools
    • College interview prep  

      Deadline:  Applicants are accepted year round.

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here  


    Student Life 45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students 

    This resource shares more than 45 scholarships for future and current students to supplement the cost of their education and professional development endeavors.The page outlines information on where to find the scholarships and grants, as well as organizes opportunities dedicated to specific demographics, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx students, and several others. The featured scholarships are current and provided by trusted organizations.


    College Board Opportunity Scholarships 

     This scholarship program guides students through six essential steps to plan and pay for college with the opportunity to earn scholarships from $500.00 to $40,000.00.

    Scholarship Requirement: Click Here   


    ScienceSaves Scholarship

    The Center for Inquiry is pleased to announce the #ScienceSaves High School Video Scholarship for College-Bound High School Seniors! All our lives have been improved by the discoveries of science. Scholarship amount $10,000

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click here https://sciencesaves.org/scholarship/



    2023-2024 Patriot's Pen Program

    VFW sponsors a youth essay competition for students in 6th, 7th, and 8ty grade.  Applicant must be enrolled in a public, private or parochial school in the U.S. or U.S. territories.  Dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools the opportunity to receive at least $500.  The first place national award is currently $5,000.00.

    Scholarship Requirements: Click herehttps://www.brainerdvfw.org/patriots-pen.html  


    2023-2024 Voice of Democracy  

    The annual Brainerd VFW Voice of Democracy competition is for students in grades 9 - 12 living within 50 miles of Brainerd, MN.  It is a 3 to 5 minute written and spoken essay. Local prizes are $200, $250, and $300. Nationally $30,000.

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click here  https://www.brainerdvfw.org/voice-of-democracy.html


    Scholarships for Undocumented Students 

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    Special Note:

    Explore institutional scholarships for specific colleges/universities of interest.  Go to the college/university website and click on the "Financial Aid/Scholarships" link to view the institutional scholarships available for students.  A lot of these scholarships have deadlines approaching, so make sure you visit the websites soon!                                                                                                                   


     
     Additional Scholarship Information 

    Finding scholarships can be quite a chaotic challenge; however, we have provided a kick-start to the process.  Need tips on how to write a college essay? Check out these sites: 

    https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/college-essay-tips  or https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/college-essay 

    Scholarships and Resources for Low-Income College Students - www.onlinecolleges.me/resources/low-income-students/

     

    Check out scholarships and colleges by creating an account on the following sites:  

    • Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
    • Career One Stop- Search for more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. 
    • Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
    • Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you. (Founded by a team of 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars!) Learn more about the creation of Peerlift.
    • Fastweb – Create a profile and let Fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
    • QuestbridgeThe National College Match: Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college
    • CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
    • Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
    • Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
    • Scholarships360.org- Free scholarship search tool.
    • Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
    • Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
    • KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
    • HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
    • Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity-building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
    • Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low-income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
    • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
    • American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
    • Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
    • UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room, and board.
    • Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
    • Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
    • Goizueta Legacy Scholarship - Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola employees.
    • American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS - The largest scholarship provider to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
    • The NSHSS Foundation - The NSHSS Foundation fosters the growth of students pursuing the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, including the NSHSS Honor Society, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth, and career interests.
    • Purdue Global - 45+ Scholarships for Minority Students.

    How-To Programs and Books

    The Scholarship Workshop – Scholarship information from an award-winning author and scholarship winner.

    The Scholarship Academy – Offers curriculum to help students identify tailored scholarship options and build a solid scholarship profile.

     


     
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    According to College Express, pre-college summer programs allow high school students to get a taste of college life, preview their dream schools, and give a boost to their college applications. Many colleges and universities offer summer programs, such as Boston University's Summer Challenge Program, Brown University's Summer @Brown, and Stevens Institute of Technology's Business Program.  It may be tempting to spend the entire summer at the beach or by the pool (and you certainly should do a little of that!), but why not use some of your free time to learn something new and make yourself a more attractive candidate for admission? In case you need convincing, here are just a few of the benefits of spending some of your summer on a college campus. College Express lists 5 reasons to engage in a summer program: (1) gift of time; (2) gift of space; (3) gift of attention; (4) a chance to learn the lay of the land; and (5) a chance to meet new people.
     

     

     


      
    CAREER INFORMATION
     

      
    Choosing a career can be challenging! Attempt to focus on your aspirations, interests, and what problems you want to solve in the world. Taking career inventories and career interests surveys can assist, such as the inventories conducted in elementary, middle, and high school. Some additional career assessments can be located on your student's GCIS account in Infinite Campus. U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2021