• SCHOLARSHIP CENTER

     

    SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

    (The following is a summary of a bulletin published by The College Board.)

    Hundreds of scholarship services are on the market, but many are scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns students to beware if the scholarship service:

    • Guarantees that a student has won a scholarship
    • Pledges that this scholarship is not available anywhere else
    • Requests a credit card or bank account number so that they can hold the scholarship for the student
    • Promises that the service will do all the application work
    • Requests payment before they give the scholarship
    • Claims “a national foundation has selected you to receive a scholarship” or “you are a finalist” in a contest the student never entered
    • Offers membership in a “club” that guarantees funds for college

     Scholarship scams usually have a particular set of characteristics. Watch out for these warning signs:

    • Application fees
    • Other fees
    • Guaranteed winnings
    • Everybody is eligible
    • Unsolicited opportunities
    • Typing and spelling errors
    • No telephone number
    • Mail drop for a return address
    • Operating out of a residence
    • Masquerading as a federal agency
    • Time pressure
    • Unusual requests for personal information
    • Notification by phone
    • High success rates
    • Disguised advertising
    • A newly-formed company

     Steps for Getting a Scholarship

    1. START EARLY

    • The more time you give yourself, the more successful your search will be.
    • If possible, start the process at least two years before you need the aid.
    • Always remember that you should apply for scholarships about a year before you will actually receive the aid.

    2. GET INVOLVED

    • Often scholarships are awarded to students who are involved in activities both in school and out of school. A well–rounded student has a great opportunity of receiving scholarships.
    •  Many clubs and organizations have scholarships associated with them. Doing your research in the beginning may help you obtain more scholarships.

    3. DO RESEARCH

    • Figure out what makes you a special individual. This could include such things as academics, community service, athletics or your family background.
    • Consider unique circumstances or conditions that might make you eligible for aid such as being a foster child, having asthma, being a single parent or having a disability.
    • Scholarship opportunities can be found in many places including financial aid offices, libraries, local civic organizations, your (or your parents’) employers, local businesses, your high school guidance counselor’s office, the Internet and/or Student Outreach Services (call 1-888-2-outreach).

    4. SEND AWAY FOR APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION

    • After you collect all of the information about the scholarships for which you are interested in applying, you will need to contact the organization.
    • Most organizations will require that you contact them via regular mail or internet to request applications and other pertinent information. Some organizations will give potential applicants their phone numbers and email addresses to expedite the request information.
    • Give the organization ample time to send you the necessary paperwork. Be aware of all deadlines associated with applying.

    5. APPLY

    • Once you receive the application and understand all of the information that you are expected to send to the organization, apply for the scholarship.
    • Information required from most organizations will include a completed application, an essay, recommendations, and/or a resume. Make sure you have given yourself plenty of time to gather all of the required information.
    • Most scholarships have deadlines for applying. You may want to keep a calendar with all of the deadlines listed so that you do not let any expire.
    • Before you send in your completed application, make sure to double check for spelling and grammar errors. Put your best effort forward, be neat and organized –First impressions count!
    • Remember that the application process takes time and it could be months before you are notified of any awards. It’s not uncommon for there to be no follow-up correspondence from the organization, as they receive numerous applications. 

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    Looking for college scholarships?  

    Have you visited the Scholarship and Financial Aid Information pages 

    of the colleges you are interested in attending?  

    Have you considered searching on a national scholarship search engine? 

    Visit the following links to find the scholarships that are right for you!

     

    Absolutelyscholarships.com 

    Collegeboard.com

    Cappex.com/scholarships

    Collegenet.com

    Fastweb.com

    gafutures.org

    guaranteed-scholarships.com

    Schoolsoup.com

    Scholarships.com 

    Scholarshipguidance.com 

    Studentscholarships.org

    Army ROTC Scholarship Information

    Air Force ROTC Scholarship Information

    Navy ROTC Scholarship Information

    http://gobuildgeorgia.com/scholarships

    ScholarshipsGrants.us

    www.scholarshipsgrants.us/
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    200 Free Scholarships for Minorities 

     

    1LT Robert Collins Scholarship       

    This is a $5,000 scholarship presented each year by the family of 1LT Robert Collins who was a 2004 Sandy Creek High School graduate.  This scholarship is open to all Sandy Creek High School class 2019 students.  Plesae see Mrs. Dunn in the guidance office for an application.                         Deadline March 22, 2019

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    Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program


    Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants 
    are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 12th year.

     We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

     Scholarship Deadline   -  June 14, 2019.

    Application Process

    Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:  http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

    Full details are available on our site.

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    Atlanta Suburban Alumnae chapter Academic Scholarship and STEM Scholarship

    2019 College Within Reach Scholarship Cycle for the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Applicant must be a female student who meets the following criteria:

    * Is a prospective May or June 2019 graduating high school senior who is currently attending high school in theCity of AtlantaFulton County (select South Fulton schools)Clayton County, or Fayette County

    * Has a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or 3.75 on 5.0 scale)

    * Shows evidence of scholastic achievement, good moral character, and community service involvement

    * Will enroll and attend an accredited college or university beginning Fall Semester 2019

    * Demonstrates financial need

     

    Applicant must be a female student who meets the following criteria:

    * Is a prospective May or June 2019 graduating high school senior who is currently attending high school in theCity of AtlantaFulton County (select South Fulton schools)Clayton County, or Fayette County

    * Has a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or 3.75 on 5.0 scale)

    * Has taken at least five (5) high school courses in a STEM discipline and earned a B or better in each

    * Shows evidence of scholastic achievement, good moral character, and community service involvement

    * Will enroll and attend an accredited college or university beginning Fall Semester 2019

    * Will declare a major in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related studies

    * Demonstrates financial need

     

    The deadline for the application is February 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM. For your students’ convenience, the process is completely online. However, a copy of the application is attached for review purposes only. Should you have any questions regarding the application or application process, please contact the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@asacdst.org.

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     Cirkled In

    $2500 scholarship for students in 8th-12th grades. It’s an easy and free to apply scholarship, with no minimum GPA, no income requirements, and no long essay to write. Students can use the award for any educational-related need (tuition, books & supplies, etc). www.cirkledin.com. Click the "apply now" button. In 3 sentences, tell us: If you could make one person in the world, past or present (other than yourself or your family), immortal, who would it be and why? Deadline: March 31, 2019. 

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    COAG Scholarship 

    This year, we are giving away four $1,000 scholarships to the top applicants based on their essays.  Attached is the full application.  It is also posted on our website at: https://coagonline.org/coag-scholarship

    The scholarship application is also posted on www.scholarships.com as:

    Scholarship Title: Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG) Scholarship 
    Scholarship ID: 304630   

     The deadline for entries to be received is March 31, 2019.  

     The theme this year:  

    Every county in the State of Georgia has elected government officials known as "constitutional officers." County constitutional officers include the clerk of the superior court, judge of probate court, sheriff, and tax commissioner.   County constitutional officers are elected for four-year terms and have such powers and duties as provided by general law. In your essay you need to respond based on performing the following:  Interview a constitutional officer in your county. Spend some time with them and describe things that they do on a daily basis.  

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    Dreams To Kings and Queens Scholarship

    This scholarship is intended to help students have a chance at pursuing a college education and accomplishing their dreams. There will be (2) $500 scholarships and (2) $250 scholarships awarded.
     
    Eligibility requirements for this scholarship include:
    1. Must be a graduating high school senior (in the state of Georgia)
    2. GPA of 2.5 or higher
    3. Be accepted to and prepared to attend an accredited university/college
    To apply for this scholarship students must go to https://www.dreamstokingsandqueens.com/scholarship-giveaway
     
    Students can submit essays until April 5, 2019.

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    The East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 High School Scholarship for graduating African American seniors. 

    The East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will award a limited number of scholarships, in the amount of $1,200 each, to graduating African American male and female high school seniors. Scholarships will be awarded in four categories: 1) Academic: Scholarships awarded in this category will be based primarily on the students’ academic record, including GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and class rigor. 2) Community Service: Scholarships awarded in this category will be based primarily on the students’ record of community service. 3) Leadership: Scholarships awarded in this category will be based primarily on the students’ leadership roles in both school and community. 4) EPCP Educational Development Programs: Scholarships in this category will be awarded to students who are current participants in East Point/College Park Alumnae Delta Academy, Delta GEMS, or EMBODI. Applicants in all scholarship categories must meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement (2.5 on a 4.0 scale).

    Applicants should provide a completed application packet, which includes: an application, official school
    transcript, counselor verification, Disbursement of Scholarship Funds Agreement and two letters of
    recommendation. The completed packet MUST be postmarked no later than March 1st. Mail application
    packets to:
    Academic Scholarship Program
    Educational Development Committee
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter
    Post Office Box 578
    Red Oak, Georgia 30272
    Applications may also be submitted electronically to scholarships@epcpdst.org. Electronic applications
    must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 1st. Please note that letters of recommendation and transcripts
    MUST be submitted via postal mail and postmarked by March 1st. Failure to submit a completed application
    packet will result in disqualification of the application.

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    GA State University Scholarship

    We at the Honors College at Georgia State University want to let you know that we have moved up the application deadline for our Presidential Scholarship to November 15, 2018.

    The earlier Presidential Scholarship deadline means that prospective students must also apply to Georgia State University by November 9, 2018 to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

    As you may know, our competitive Presidential Scholarship program recognizes incoming university freshmen who were leaders in their high schools with superior academic achievement, a commitment to service and inspiring personal qualities. The Class of 2022 Presidential Scholars boasted an average SAT score of 1431, ACT score of 32.5, GPA of 3.96.

    In addition to participating in an engaging, selective college community amidst the vast opportunities of a large and evolving public research university, our Presidential Scholars receive competitive financial benefits, including:

    • Cost of tuition (through HOPE/ZELL for GA residents)
    • Cost of mandatory student fees
    • Cost of housing
    • A yearly living expense stipend
    • A one-time $2500 stipend for credit-bearing study abroad expenses
    • Opportunity to compete for a paid University Assistantship where students work on special projects or research in an academic department

    This award totals anywhere from $12,244 to $23,474 per year depending on in/out-of-state student status and University Assistantship participation.

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     Janice Folsom Music Scholarship see Guidance for application

    • Be a graduating senior at a high school located in Fayette County
    • Be a college bound student with the intent to major in Music Education (preferred) or Music
    • Have been an active participant in the music program (chorus, band and/or orchestra) throughout his/her tenure at the school of graduation
    • Demonstrate outstanding character, integrity and personal responsibility
    • Demonstrate solid academic performance

     Deadline March 31, 2019

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    Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

    Our scholarships are for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training or trade school, community college, or four-year university. Our scholarships are need-based, and we award scholarships to every eligible applicant. 

    Please contact us at (571) 386-2642 or scholarship@mcsf.org.

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    The Newnan-Fairburn Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is happy to announce our Spring 2019 scholarship opportunities for students in our service area.

    The Harold Williams Memorial Scholarship $1,500 Reward (1 recipient will be awarded) The Newnan-Fairburn Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship $1,000 Reward (5 recipients will be awarded) Please direct all questions in reference to the scholarships offered by the Newnan-Fairburn Alumni Chapter by emailing us at nfac.kapsi@gmail.com.

    U.S. citizen or permanent resident of United States  3.0 GPA or higher (4.0 Scale)  High school senior who will matriculate full-time at a U.S. accredited Historically Black College or University beginning in the Fall of 2018.  Has demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in athletic completion, community services and other extra-curricular activities.

    U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of United States  Male, High School Senior who will matriculate to a college during the fall of this year.  Reside in NFAC’s Service Area (Coweta, South Fulton Counties)  2.75 GPA or higher (4.0 Scale)  Demonstrate leadership and community activities

    Application and supporting documents should be mailed to: Newnan-Fairburn Kappa Alpha Psi ATTN: Scholarship Committee Post Office Box 71871 Newnan, GA 30271

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    Old Town Garden Club of Sharpsburg

    The Old Town Garden Club of Sharpsburg is looking for a local graduating senior or college attendee who desires to pursue higher education in Horticulture or a related field. $500 Scholarship

    Submit a letter of application outlining your interests, qualification and goals.  These must be accompanied by a transcript or documented evidence of GPA, and a letter of recommendation by a teacher who has taught/­supervised the applicant.  Please include an acceptance letter from the college you will be attending. See Mrs. Dunn for more information. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2018.

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    Theta Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Thomas “TJ” Jefferson Foundation, Inc.  2019 Scholarship Program

    Applicant must be an African American male student who meets the following criteria:

    • The applicant must be a prospective 2019 May-June high school graduate from a public high school in Fayette or Coweta County.
    • Shows evidence of scholastic achievement, good moral character, community service involvement, and financial need.
    • Plans to attend an accredited college or university beginning Fall Semester 2019.  This includes Technical Colleges and other two-year college programs.

    The application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019 for submitting completed application and supporting documentation.

    Mail completed application (pages 1-3) and additional information to:

     

    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

    Thomas “TJ” Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

    P.O. Box 3662

    Peachtree City, GA 30269

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    UNIGO $10K SCHOLARSHIP www.unigo.com

    Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What's their favorite mobile app?

    Applicants must:

    • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
    • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
    • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

     

    Submit an online written response to the question:
    "Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What's their favorite mobile app?" (250 words or less)

    The Unigo $10K Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around March 31, 2019.

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    U.S. Bank

    Award Amount

    One $20,000 Financial Genius Scholarship will be awarded. Additional prizes are available at $10,000 and $5,000. All awards are provided on a one-time basis and are non-renewable.

    Recipients

    Six awards offered annually.

    Additional Information

    The U.S. Bank has sole responsibility for selecting the recipients and all decisions by the U.S. Bank are final. The applicant must be enrolled in school by September. It is the recipient's obligation to inform U.S. Bank which school he/she will be attending and about any changes in circumstance that would render the recipient ineligible to claim the scholarship award. Scholarship award recipients have no obligation to U.S. Bank, and scholarship awards are given without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability or national origin.

    Deadline Info

    Applications are available on the U.S. Bank website. Students may apply online or submit a 3 x 5 inch card with their full name, complete home address, day and evening phone numbers, email address ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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    VOLT Lighting Outreach

     https://www.voltlighting.com/womens-excellence-in-education-scholarship-award/p/scholarship-womens-education

    Women’s Excellence in Education - Scholarship Award - $400

    VOLT Lighting is proud to offer its first scholarship specifically for women! Offered bi-annually to women residing all across the United States.

    No Fee to Apply!

    Eligibility Requirements Are as Follows

    • Applicants must be female and have earned less than $30,000 during the previous calendar year.
    • Applicants must have an active email address i.e. yahoo, Gmail or an email address issued to the student by their respective high school, college or university.
    • Applicants must be a full-time high school student or enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (part-time or full-time). Students attending technical institutions also qualify.
    • Applicants must be between the ages of 16 – 25.

    Essay Topics to Choose From

    Applicants must submit an original, high-quality essay about one of the following topics:

    • Describe your long- and short-term goals.
    • Describe a female role model in your life. What influences have they made on you?
    • Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
    • Describe the meaning of success from your point of view. What kind of goals must you meet to be successful in your opinion?

    Application Deadline

    The scholarship is offered bi-annually from April 1 – July 31, 2018 and September 1 – December 31, 2018. There are two opportunities to apply per year with deadlines as follows:

    • July 31, 2018
    • December 31, 2018