Scholarship money is money that you don't have to pay back. Scholarships can be found through the federal government, individual colleges, and private organizations. The scholarship research process can be time consuming, so it's best to get started early!
College Board Opportunity Scholarship
Applying to college is a complicated process, so College Board created a program that guides you through it. It doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships are open to all class of 2020 students who attend high school in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. Students in the class of 2021 will be eligible beginning in late 2019. There is no citizenship requirement.
To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, students must meet the following basic requirements:
- Meet HOPE's U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen requirements
- Be a legal resident of Georgia
- Meet enrollment requirements
- Be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements
- Meet academic achievement standards
- Be in good standing on all student loans or other financial aid programs
- Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990
- Not have exceeded the maximum award limits for any HOPE program
- Graduate from a HOPE eligible high school with a minimum 3.0 core grade point average (as calculated by GSFC). A core grade point average ONLY factors in grades from academic courses (Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Foreign Language)
The NHS Counselors gather scholarship information during the school year and upload all information into Naviance. Navigate to the Scholarships portion of Naviance to view local and other scholarship opportunities available to you, under the "Scholarship List."
Tips & Tricks
- Nothing comes free-spend the time and effort to research ALL opportunities. Block off time to dedicate to scholarship searches and information. One suggestion is to create a separate e-mail address for your scholarship search accounts so you are fully committed to reviewing information sent to you by these sites when you login to that particular e-mail account.
- Pay attention to deadlines and required materials. If you need additional materials (recommendation letters, transcripts, etc.) from someone, allow that person at least 10 days notice to get those materials back to you. Also, be sure you are allowing yourself enough time to frame and edit a stellar essay, review your application, and avoid the stress of sending materials at the deadline.
- Become a well-rounded student. Scholarships are competitive. Be sure you are taking all opportunities to challenge yourself academically while being involved in co-curricular organizations or athletics. Choose clubs in areas in which you are passionate to become dedicated and develop leadership roles throughout your high school career.
- Create a resume. Use your resume to concisely describe your achievements. Find ways to document your unique skills. Are you talented at making people feel welcome? Get involved with volunteer opportunities, jobs, or clubs that can allow you to use these skills and document it on your resume.
- Know yourself. Determine what makes you stand out and what makes you a good investment from an organization. Be able to advocate for yourself through personal statements/essays about what makes you stand apart from other applicants.
- Start Early! Begin reviewing scholarship opportunities early in your high school career so you will know what opportunities exist and how to best make yourself eligible your senior year.
Zell Miller Scholarship
To be eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship, students must meet the criteria to be awarded the HOPE scholarship, AND
- Graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 core grade point average (as calculated by GSFC) combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT test in a single national test administration and meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements.