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Greetings, Class of 2016! Welcome to the January issue of The Senior Scholarship Bulletin, your guide to scholarships and money for college. Each month this newsletter will give you information on scholarship applications that come through the counseling office, plus general financial aid, and HOPE scholarship information. Please remember that this list is not inclusive of all scholarships that are available to you and that more scholarship information is available on the Internet and directly from colleges. Also please be sure to listen during morning announcements for local scholarship applications that may be available in the counseling office throughout the school year.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2016 9:00AM-11:00 AM

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 6:00PM-8:00PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016 9:00 AM-11:00 AM


New Scholarship Listing for January 2016

  • Buick Achievers Scholarship Program. If you have the passion to succeed-especially in fields of study related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is looking for you. This year, they will award 50 renewable scholarships of up to $25,000 per year. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the following factors: academic achievement and financial need, participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries. Special consideration will be given to the following applicants: first generation college attendees, females, minorities and dependents of military personnel. The majority of the scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in STEM disciplines. The application period will open on January 4, 2016 and will close at 5:00 pm on February 29, 2016. For more information, visit

  • Rise Scholarship. Applicant must be a current high school senior with a 2.5 or higher GPA, planning to attend an accredited college or university. Applicant must have a documented learning disability (a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD alone does not qualify). For more information and to apply, please visit www. Deadline: February 10, 2016

  • Davidson Fellows Scholarship. The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people who have completed a significant piece of work. Applicant must submit a significant piece of work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy or “outside of the box.” For more information and to apply, please visit www. Deadline: February 10, 2016

  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who plan on attending a four year college. Applicant must show leadership potential, dedication to community service, and evidence of financial need. For more information and to apply, please visit and click on the apply tab at the top of the page. Deadline: February 15, 2016.

  • Church’s Chicken Community Scholarship Program. Applicant must be a high school senior and have at least a 2.7 GPA. Scholarship award amount is $1000.00. For more information and to apply, please visit Deadline: February 15, 2016

  • AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship. Applicant must be a high school student who will be entering an accredited four-year college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to Alzheimer’s disease. Scholarship award amount is $5,000.00. For more information, and to apply please visit www. Look under the “Take Action” tab to apply for the scholarship. Deadline: February 15, 2016.

  • The Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who are planning to attend a four year college in fall of 2016. Applicant must submit a 1, 000-word personal essay and submit two letters of recommendation. Students applying for this scholarship must exhibit extraordinary leadership in their schools and communities and a meaningful effort to address issues of social justice. For more information and to apply, please visit Deadline: February 19, 2016

  • Savannah Area Republican Women Scholarship. Each year the Savannah Area Republican Women award a $1000.00 scholarship to a high school senior female who will be pursuing a college degree and is involved in conservative community initiatives. For more information and a scholarship application, please see Ms. Jackson in the counseling office. Deadline: February 29, 2016

  • Pay Scale Women in Stem Scholarship. Are you a female planning to pursue a degree to help you become an engineer, mathematician, software developer, researcher or another STEM job? If so, Pay Scale wants to help you achieve your goals. Pay Scale will award a $2000.00 scholarship to help support the educational goals of one exceptional female actively pursuing an associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree in a STEM field. For more information and to apply, please visit Deadline : February 29, 2016

  • The Sweet and Simple Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors. Applicant must submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: “Not every gift has to be expensive or extravagant. In fact, sometimes it’s the sweet and simple things that make a real difference in our lives. Think back and tell about something you received as a gift and why it meant so much to you.” Scholarship award amount is $1500.00. For more information and to apply, please visit Deadline: February 29, 2016.

  • The Princeton Review 2016 College Hopes and Worries Scholarship. Take three minutes for a chance to win a $2000.00 scholarship! This scholarship is open to all high school seniors. Applicant must complete an online survey about their thoughts on the college search and college admissions process. Scholarship award amount is $2000.00. For more information, and to apply, please visit www. Deadline February 29, 2016

  • Regions Bank Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest. This scholarship is open to high school seniors with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Applicant must write an essay on what inspires them. For more information and to apply, please visit Deadline: February 25, 2016

  • TAB (Tanya Andrea Burdette) Scholarship. This scholarship is available to seniors who have been accepted as students at an accredited, post- secondary intuition beginning in the fall of 2017. Scholarship awards range from $150.00-$500.00. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirement and deadlines to qualify. The eligibility criteria is as follows: high school senior transitioning to college, minimum grade point average of 2.5, 50 hours of active community service within the past 12 months. Applicants are required to submit a 500 word or less essay on one of the following topics:

  • Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school, and tell how your leadership impacted positive change.

  • Teacher quality is the number one determinant of student’s achievement. Describe the attributes of your favorite teacher and the impact he/she had on your academic achievement.

  • Discuss why you want to obtain a college education and how you are going to use that degree to impact your community and the world.

For more information and a scholarship application, please see Ms. Jackson in the counseling office. Deadline: March 1, 2016.

  • Structural Engineers Association of South Carolina (Hilton Head Chapter) Scholarship. This scholarship is open to high school seniors who have been accepted to a college and enroll with the intent to pursue an engineering degree. Scholarship award amount is $1500.00. For more information and for an application packet, please see Ms. Jackson in the guidance office. Deadline: May 2, 2016.


Previous Scholarship Listing

  • Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement of AT&T is accepting applications for their scholarship program. You must meet the following requirements: minimum unweighted GPA of 3.4, who plans to attend an accredited college (2 year or 4 year). You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Students from any ethnic or cultural background are eligible to apply. For more information and to download the application, please visit

Deadline: January 31, 2016

  • Fannie Wilder Educational Fund. The Fannie Wilder Educational Fund is providing scholarships for deserving students. Applicants must be a female high school senior, must be a resident of Georgia, must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, must demonstrate traits of high personal character and leadership, must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. For more information, please visit The application period will be open from January 18, 2016- March 14, 2016.

  • UNCF Stem Scholars Program. The UNCF STEM Scholars Program is a new initiative designed to provide scholarship and academic support for talented African American high school students who aspire to pursue careers in the STEM fields. Tiered tuitions scholarships up to a total of $25,000

    • $2,500-freshmen and sophomores academic years

    • $5,000-juniors and seniors academic years

    • An additional $5,000-fifth year students

    • A $5,000 internship stipend for a STEM-related project

To qualify, applicant must be an African American, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on an unweighted scale in math and science courses including pre-calculus, and have a demonstrated financial need. For more information, please visit www., and click on the UNCF Stem Scholars Program tab. Deadline: February 3, 2016

  • Georgia Business Aviation Association. Awards of up to $2,000 each are available to students pursuing an education in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Operations, Aviation Management, Aeronautical Engineering, and other aviation-related disciplines. Awards of up to $5,000 each are available to students pursuing an education as a Professional Pilot. For more information visit: Deadline: March 1, 2016

  • Champion Law Firm Scholarship. The Champion Law Firm is offering a $2,500 scholarship to one Georgia high school aged student and one college-aged student. 
    Students will be asked to create a short (30-120 second) video telling about how they plan to become the champion at whatever they do or plan to do. You must also tell how this scholarship will help you reach your goals. The student will then upload their video to YouTube. For more information visit: Deadline: March 15, 2016

  • Savannah Coastal Empire Society of Women Engineers Scholarship. SWE Savannah Coastal Empire will be awarding a $1000.00 scholarship for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The student must meet the following requirements to apply: female enrolled in her senior year of high school, intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an ABET university in engineering, computing or engineering technology, be a resident of one of the following Georgia counties: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, Long or McIntosh. For more information and to download the scholarship application, please visit Deadline: April 3, 2016

  • 2016 Julian and Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is an opportunity for students to learn more about the importance of community banking and what it represents in the community. The scholarship is open to Georgia high school seniors who will be entering a Georgia college, university or technical school (two year program or more) in the fall semester of 2016. Four winning recipients will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Applications must be submitted to the Community Bankers Association of Georgia through a local CBA member bank. (Carver State Bank (912)233-9971, Mr. Robert James or First Chatham Bank (912)629-2920, Mr. Ken Farrell). The student will then contact the bank and ask for sponsorship. For more information and to complete the application packet and essay requirements, please visit: Deadline: April 8, 2016 (Application must be submitted to the local CBA member bank.)

  • Nursing Scholarship. Nursing School Almanac has launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. One $1000.00 scholarship will be awarded to an inspiring nurse who best demonstrates: a record of academic excellence, particularly in math and science and a passion for the nursing/healthcare field. This scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in nursing, including LPN, LVN, ADN and BSN programs. For more information visit: and click the banner on the right-hand side of the webpage. Deadline: June 30, 2016

  • College Sports Scholarships. Sports is a more than wins and losses and while we are committed to helping athletes find opportunities to play sports at the college level, we believe the most important thing is getting a college education. As an organization we are proud to award a $1,000 scholarship to a college student who best represents a true leader in sports and life. We encourage all current or future college students who competed in a sport at the high school level to apply for the College Sports Recruiting Scholarship. For more information visit:

  • The Great Clips Scholarship. Current students, high school students and anyone interested in cosmetology or barbering as a career can apply for a scholarship through the Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program. These scholarships can be used at any cosmetology or barbering school. These scholarships are given twice a year in January and July to applicants who can demonstrate a passion for the craft and dedication to developing their skills. For more information and to apply, please visit The deadline for application is June 30, 2016.

  • Army ROTC Scholarships. The Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. REQUIREMENTS: be a U.S. citizen, be between the ages of 17 and 26, have a high school GPA of at least 2.50, have a high school diploma or equivalent, score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores), meet physical standards and agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard).

APPLY ONLINE FOR AN ARMY ROTC FOUR-YEAR HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP: If you are applying for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY Log In page. Once you can successfully login to MY GOARMY, you can use your newly created account information to login to the scholarship application site. ARMY ROTC are specifically seeking college-bound students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).The Army has recently created “Cyber” as a functional branch for officers in order to build a professional team of elite cyber warriors to defend Army networks and provide dominant full-spectrum cyber operations. Visit

  • Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) is accepting applications for their 2015 Scholars Program. This program is for minority students (African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American) who have at least a 3.3 un-weighted GPA and have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities, and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. The application consists of three parts. Please visit: for application and additional information. Deadline: January 13, 2016.

  • The James (Coach) Day Scholarship. This scholarship is available to any high school senior track and field active team member of a school participating in the current Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must write an essay no more than 250 words describing how your experience in track and field will help you to achieve your career goals. $1000.00 will be awarded to the scholarship winner. Application guidelines and scholarship packet can be downloaded at Deadline: February 1, 2015

  • American Meteorological Society (AMS) Minority Scholarship. The AMS Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students. Scholarship eligibility: applicant must be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent resident status, student must plan to pursue careers in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences (marine biology is not eligible), students eligible to apply for the AMS minority scholarship program may also apply to the AMS Freshman Scholarship Program but can only select one scholarship if selected for both. For more information and to download scholarship application, visit located under students tab. Deadline: February 5, 2016

  • Auburn University is accepting applications for their scholarship program. Several scholarships (Presidential, Heritage and Charter) are available, and each has specific requirements. Please visit: for additional information. Deadline: February 10, 2016.

  • Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education. For more information please visit Deadline: February 10, 2016

  • Goizueta Scholarship. The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund award at Georgia State is made possible by The Goizueta Foundation, established by Roberto C. Goizueta, the late CEO and chairman of the board of directors of The Coca-Cola Company. The scholarship is designed to increase the number of students of Hispanic/Latino origin who enroll and complete their undergraduate degrees at Georgia State and provide mentors, internships and community service experiences to these students so that they can become the leaders of the future. Application Deadline:  February 15, 2016 .Please note that you should apply for admission to Georgia State no later than February 6 (and preferably much earlier) to allow sufficient time to be admitted to the university. You must be admitted to Georgia State before you can apply for the Goizueta scholarship.

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship. The vegetarian resource group scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors. You must have been active in promoting vegetarianism in your school and/or community; and have demonstrated compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle to be considered for this award. One award of $10,000 will be given and two awards of $5,000 will be given. For more information please visit Deadline: February 20, 2016.

  • Create- a-greeting card scholarship. The create-a-greeting card scholarship is open to high school students. To enter, you must design a holiday, get well or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship. For more information please visit Deadline: February 25, 2016.

  • Georgia Press Educational Foundation annually awards scholarships to Georgia residents attending Georgia colleges and universities who are pursuing a career in the field of journalism. For more information please visit Deadline: March 1, 2016

  • SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes. Thirty $500 scholarships will be awarded. Open to all high school seniors.  Not based on GPA or Financial need.  Enter once every 2 weeks, up to 15 times during the sweepstakes period.  Two winners randomly chosen every two weeks. The Scholarship Sweepstakes will begin on September 14, 2015. For more information please visit

  • George Washington Carver Scholarship. This scholarship awards grants to students who plan to attend a historically black college or university and major in an area of business, math, science or technology. Awards range from a book scholarship to $10,000. Students must demonstrate leadership ability, and have a minimum 40 hours of volunteer work. For more information, please visit Deadline: May 30, 2016

  • Discover Student Loans Scholarship. Discover is giving away $50,000 in scholarships to high school students now through February 29, 2016. Students are automatically entered to win a $2500 scholarship when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college at No purchase or student loan necessary for students to enter or win. To learn more about this scholarship, please visit

  • Big Sun Scholarship 2016. The Big Sun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. For more information please visit Deadline June 17, 2016.

  • Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship. The Jimmy Rane Foundation was established with the purpose of sending deserving students to college. Jimmy Rane Foundation scholars are students who exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills and community involvement as well as activities, awards and honors, and who have a demonstrated financial need in order to attend college. They must demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. For more information, please visit

  • 2016 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. Created to honor the legacy and character of President Ronald Reagan, this program annually rewards up to 20 college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with $10,000 renewable scholarships (up to $40,000 per recipient). Applications for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program open on October 12, 2015. For more information please visit

  • Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. Moody's Mega Math Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school students sponsored by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, and as a viable and exciting profession. Scholarship prizes total $150,000. Students gain the experience of working in teams to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by industrial applied mathematicians. For more information, please visit

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship. CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply. The 2016 application cycle will open October 2015.Please visit for more information.

  • Sussle will award a $1,000 scholarship each month to a senior. This is not your usual scholarship. There is no application or essay, and it’s actually fun. Sussle collects the best content by topic. By participating, you will be posting your knowledge for the benefit of others, and in return, the best contributor will win the scholarship. Visit: for additional information.

  • Common Knowledge Scholarship. Take a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It’s that easy! No essays, no GPA requirements, no applications, just scholarships. Award amounts range from $250-$2500. For more information please visit

  • Georgia Military Scholarship. The state of Georgia offers 42 scholarships per year to Georgia high school seniors who attend the University of North Georgia and commission as officers in the Georgia Army National Guard after graduating with a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship pays for your room, meals, tuition, books, uniforms, and fees. In addition, you receive National Guard weekend drill pay, GI Bill, pay for attending Army basic and advanced training. For more information and general requirements please visit

  • Georgia Tech offers Georgia Tech Promise Scholarship Program for students whose parents have less than $33,300 in income.  Visit for more information.

  • Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt.  The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Please visit for more information.

  • The Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs to help students achieve their education goals. To apply for a scholarship administered by the Asian Pacific Fund, please review the complete eligibility criteria for each scholarship program, and download the application for the program(s) for which you are eligible. Please visit for more information.

  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The awards process is highly competitive and is given to outstanding and qualified students who plan to earn a baccalaureate, graduate or law degree from an accredited college or university. The average award is $3,100 per student per semester. Most scholarships are one year, non-renewable unless otherwise indicated. For more information please visit

  • has several scholarships listed on their website. Please visit for the list and requirements. There is also a career and salary section that has lots of great information on many careers. Please visit for more information.

In addition to the scholarships listed above please visit the following websites for additional scholarship information:
HOPE Scholarship: Seniors, can access their preliminary HOPE GPA

 Go to

 Locate the box titled “Shortcuts” in the upper right column and select “Your HOPE GPA”

In addition to the HOPE GPA requirement, you must also meet the rigor requirements. For specific questions regarding the calculation process, please contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission at 770-724-9000.

Top Tips for Winning Scholarships
1.    Apply only if you are eligible. Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully. Make sure you are eligible before you send in your application. 

2.    Complete the application in full. If a question does not apply to you, note that on the application. Do not leave a question blank. Be sure to supply all additional supporting materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and essays. 

3.    Follow directions. Provide everything that is required. However, do not supply things that are not requested--you could be disqualified. 

4.    Neatness counts. Always type your application, or if you must print do so neatly and legibly. Make a couple of photocopies of all the forms before you fill them out. Use the copies as working drafts as you develop your application packet. 

5.    Write an essay that makes a strong impression. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: the who, what, where, and when of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you honestly present how you were affected. 

6.    Watch all deadlines. To help keep yourself on track, impose your own deadline that is at least two weeks prior to the official deadline. Use the buffer time to make sure everything is ready on time. Do not rely on extensions--very few scholarship providers allow them at all. 

7.    Make sure your application gets where it needs to go. Put your name on all pages of the application. Pieces of your application may get lost unless they are clearly identified. 

8.    Keep a back-up file in case anything goes wrong. Before sending the application, make a copy of the entire packet. If your application goes astray, you will be able to reproduce it quickly. 

9.    Give it a final 'once-over.' Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher, or parent to proofread it as well. 

10. Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, do not hesitate to call the funding organization or ask your counselor for assistance.

11. It is also important to make sure your letters of recommendation are addressed to the organization whose scholarship you are applying for and that they are current.

Upcoming Campus Open House Dates

  • Georgia Southwestern State University will host Campus Preview Days on the following dates: January 30, 2016 and April 2, 2016. To attend, contact the admissions office at 1-800338-0082 or email them at: or at You will have a chance to win a $1,000 GSW scholarship.

  • Georgia Southern University will host Open House on February 6, 2016. During the open house students will receive information on academic programs, student life and admission requirements. You will be able to take a campus tour, see resident halls and have an opportunity to talk with professors about the more than 124 degree programs Georgia Southern has to offer. For more information and to register please visit

  • Valdosta State University will host Open House on the following dates: January 30, 2016 and April 2, 2016. During the day, students and their families will experience Valdosta State University by: engaging with the entire VSU community including all academic departments, learning more about student life organizations and support services, explore the campus through a walking tour, and dining in the student dining hall for a complimentary lunch. For more information and to register for this event, please visit

  • Middle Georgia State University will host Campus Preview Days on the following dates: February 19, 2016, March 18, 2016 and April 16, 2016. To sign up for this event, please visit

  • Fort Valley State University will hold open house on the following dates: February 20, 2016 and March 19, 2016. For more information about this event, please visit

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