Naval Helicopter Association Scholarship – The NHS Scholarship Fund is looking for qualified applicants for several scholarship awards.  The will award four (4) national undergraduate scholarships, ranging in value from $2,500 to $3,000; they will also award five (5) regional undergraduate awards, each worth $2,000.  There is no restriction on eligibility – but students with military affiliation (either prior service or a relative who has served) are given special consideration.  Apply online at  Deadline November 15, 2008.

 Nestle’ Very Best in Youth Program – This program was created to spotlight the best in youth leadership.  The program identifies teens whose efforts are making a profound impact in lives other than their own.  Nestle’ applauds the passionate commitment to community service made by these young people.  Nestle’ helps young people who want to make a difference realize their dreams by donating $1,000 in the name of each winner to the charity of his/her choice.  Nestle’ also awards the winner a trip for them and their parents to Los Angles for the Nestle’ VBIY awards ceremony.  Winners are also featured in a special publication and all entrants will receive a certificate of achievement from Nestle’ and samples of Nestle’ products!  Nominees must be between 13 and 18 years old, demonstrate good citizenship, have a strong academic record, and show how they have made a special contribution to their school, church, or community.  Apply online at – applications are also available in the FC Scholarship Cabinet.  Deadline November 20, 2008.

 Texas A&M University Honors Program – The Honors Program provides attractive opportunities for competitive academic scholarships and honors study.  Typically, over 600 applicants are offered a President’s Endowed, Lechner, or McFadden Scholarship, which range in value from $10,000 to more than $12,000 and cover approximately of the cost of required tuition and fees.  Texas A&M also offers one-year Merit Plus Awards of $2,000 to all National Merit Semifinalists who enroll in the freshman class.  Texas A&M invites you to apply and be considered for Academic Scholarships.  To be considered for scholarships, applications must be received in the Honors Program Office by December 1, 2008 – but they strongly suggest you apply prior to November 1, 2008.  Applications are available online at, or in the FC Scholarship Cabinet.

 The Society For Automotive Engineers (SAE) – This organization offers more than 60 scholarship awards from $1,000 - $10,000 annually.  Interested students must be a senior at the date of application, intend to earn a degree in engineering or related science, and meet individual scholarship criteria.  Starting this year – no application fees!  Applications are accepted September 1 – December 1. Visit for additional information and application instructions.  Postmark Deadline December 1, 2008. 

George W. Jenkins Scholarship (University of Miami) – Funded by Publix Supermarkets Charities, this is considered one of the premier scholarships available at the University of Miami.  This four-year scholarship is awarded to students based on academic merit, financial need and an essay that demonstrates a personal history of overcoming adversity.  The award includes tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, books and supplies, and a $1,000 stipend per semester (totaling more than $45,000 annually!)  To qualify, you must have a minimum weighted GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, a well-rounded college preparatory curriculum, participation in school or community activities, a strong work ethic, a history of overcoming adversity, and high financial need.  See Mrs. Royer if you would like to be nominated for this scholarship (if you plan to apply/attend the University of Miami) 

Deadline December 1, 2008.

KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program – Winning this scholarship could mean up to $5,000 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board!  This scholarship program is dedicated to assisting students with financial need who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public institution within their legal state of residence.  To qualify, you must: maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher, enroll at a public, in-state college/university, pursue a bachelor’s degree, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  Complete your application online   Online applications will be available from December 1, 2008 – February 10, 2009.

Mississippi State University – Has a variety of scholarships and scholarship opportunities available to graduating high school seniors in the Class of 2009.  Scholarships range from one-time awards of $500 to $34,000 spread over four years.  To apply, you must complete an admissions application – then fill out the online scholarship resume.  Deadlines: Distinguished Scholarships - December 1, 2008; Freshman Academic Scholarships - February 1, 2009; Leadership and Service Scholarships - February 1, 2009.

Deltapine – is please to announce the “My Future in Cotton” Scholarship.  For this year’s high school seniors, Deltapine cotton will award nine (9) $1,000 scholarships.  You must write an essay, 500 words or less, on the topic “My Future in Cotton.”  For complete details on eligibility, rules, and regulations, visit Deadline December 7, 2008.

 AXA Achievement Scholarship – Many students are affected by the high and rising coasts of college tuition – so to help, the AXA Foundation offers their annual AXA Achievement Scholarship!  They will award one (1) $10,000 scholarship in each state (52 scholarships of $10,000 each!), and then 10 scholarships worth $15,000 each will be awarded to the 10 national recipients chosen from the pool of 52 state winners.  Qualified students are those who set and reach ambitious goals, demonstrate drive, determination, and ability to succeed in college and who have respect for self, family, and community.  For more information and application instructions, visit December 15, 2008.

The Ron Brown Scholar Program – is pleased to announce its annual scholarship program.  Awards will be given to African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.  Applications and additional information are available on line at Postmark Deadline January 9, 2009 (to be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program only)

Gates Millennium Scholars – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation presents its annual scholarship award for undergraduate and graduate students.  This award is open to minority students who have significant financial need and leadership capabilities.  Interested students can pick-up an application packet in the FC Office or visit for an application and additional information.  Deadline January 12, 2009 for online applications and POSTMARK deadline for paper applications

McKelvey Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarship – This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit by owning and operating their own business while in high school.  Qualifying students must graduate from high school in the spring of 2009, attend a 4 year college or university (private or public) within the 50 states, own and operate a genuine business (including non-profits), and have at least one paid employee.  The McKelvey Foundation offers up to $10,000 per academic year for 4 years to any US college or university - $40,000 total!  Awards are based solely on demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit – not based on academic achievement or financial need. Apply online at and click on the “Entrepreneurial Scholarship” section.  Deadline January 25, 2009


The Betty Gray Teacher Education Scholarship - Foundation 2000 For Children is pleased to provide The Betty Gray Teacher Education Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.  Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in Georgia and pursue a degree in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, or Secondary Education.  Applicants must have at least a 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale in order to qualify for the scholarship.   Please see Mrs. Royer for an application.  Postmark deadline January 30, 2009.


National Co-Op Scholarship Program – The National Commission for Cooperative Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing high quality, college-level cooperative education.  As the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship in the United States, the National Commission will award 200 merit scholarships of $6,000 each, for a renewable value of $5,000,000!  To be eligible for a merit co-op scholarship, a student must apply and be accepted at one of the 10 NCCE Partner Colleges and Universities (see scholarship drawer for list of colleges).  Scholarship application and essay deadline February 15, 2009.


Cobb County Schools Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship – Each year, the Cobb County Public Schools Educational Foundation awards two (2) $1,000 senior scholarships to students attending each of the 16 Cobb County High Schools.  Qualified applicants must demonstrate involvement in extracurricular/community activities, leadership traits, and academic success.  Applications are available in the FC Scholarship Cabinet.  Please see Mrs. Royer for an application.  Postmark Deadline February 27, 2009.

Ayn Rand Institute - is pleased to announce its annual Essay Contest for high school students.  This competition is open to all 11th and 12th grade students.  First prize is a $10,000 scholarship.  Visit for additional information and to submit your essay online – no application is required!  Postmark deadline April 25, 2009


The American Legion – is please to announce the annual High School Oratorical Scholarship Program for 2009.  Contestants must be high school students under the age of 20, and be citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.  Cash prizes through the State championship can total as much as $2,500, and the National winners are awarded scholarships of $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000 respectively for first, second, and third place.  For more information regarding the scholarship contest, please contact David Burdette at (770)428-0400 or via email at

Other Important Opportunities

 Virtual Team Challenge – Save the Date for the Fall Competition!  This is a special e-learning opportunity.  You will learn, have fun, work in teams, and compete in a virtual business world to raise money for an environmental disaster.  Registration now open.  Reserve your spot today at www.virtualteamchallenge.comCompetition dates are October 12 – November 21, 2008.

The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) – sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, ACAP will take place from June 21 – 26, 2009 on the campus of Emory University.  ACAP was created to provide early exposure of the career opportunities in the accounting, finance, and other business related fields to high school students.  This one-week residency program provides students excellent opportunities to not only learn more about their future career opportunities, but also to meet other students within the Atlanta area.  Students will be selected for ACAP through the application process. All applicants must be in 11th or 12th grade, have a current minimum GPA of 3.0, and meet all requirements outlined in the application.  Applications available in the FC Scholarship cabinet or online at www.nabaatl.orgDeadline January 31, 2009.

 **Please note that not all scholarships have been researched and that it is the student's responsibility to investigate the information.**



 The Hope Scholarship Eligibility - 2007

  Current Method 2007 Method
High School Reports to GSFC Student GPA's only A complete transcript with course history
HOPE Grade Eligibility Determined by: Local High School Georgia Student Finance Commission
Nominal Standard for Eligibility:                         College Preparatory:             Other Diploma Types: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 80 on a numerical scale                       3.2 on a 4.0 scale or 85 on a numerical scale 3.0 on a true 4.0 scale - no numerical standard                    3.2 on a true 4.0 scale - no numerical standard
Core Credits counted in Calculation: 

English-                                    Mathematics-                             Science-                                    Social Studies-                           Foreign Language (college prep only)

4 Highest Graded Credits            4 Highest Graded Credits            3 Highest Graded Credits             3 Highest Graded Credits            2 Highest Graded Credits All credits Attempted                    All credits Attempted                   All credits Attempted                    All credits Attempted                    All credits Attempted
Courses Weighted in GPA Calculation Any May be Weighed (Local Discretion) Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate only
Weighting done by local high school system Georgia Student Finance Commission
Value of Weights Locally Determined Uniform Across the State

 *All GPA's are not weighted.

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