• Financial Aid Information: Paying for College


    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

    Henry Futures Presents:

    Paying for College: Financial Aid and FAFSA Night 

    March 10, 2022 Presentation: Click Here

    HCS FAFSA Night Recording


    HCS FAFSA Night Recording(Spanish)  


    General Financial Aid Information
    • FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.
    • StudentAid.gov – 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 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.

    Super Scholarship Saturday Workshop (October 16, 2021)
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    Session Presentations

    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

    Scholarship Opportunities

    2022 Congressional Black Caucus Scholarships

    For more than three decades, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) in partnership with CBC Spouses has awarded scholarships to talented and deserving students. Each year, more than 300 scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate leadership ability through exemplary community service and academic talent. The CBC scholarship programs support current or upcoming college students across a variety of disciplines.  DeadlineVaries for each scholarship

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    2022 Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

    The Horation Alger Association offers various scholarship opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.  The scholarship categories include state scholarships, career & technical scholarships, targeted scholarships, and national scholarships.  Deadline:  Varies for each scholarship

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    To support scholars pursuing STEAM opportunities post high school, NCNW Henry-Clayton section will award $1000 to one senior in each of the Henry and Clayton District and $500 to one junior in each of the Henry and Clayton District.  Visit the website for application requirements. Deadline: April 15,2022

    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


    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


    Questbridge Scholarship/College Prep Scholarship

    Selection as a College Prep Scholar is a distinction that signifies academic success and leadership despite having faced financial challenges. College Prep Scholarship awards give high-achieving, low-income juniors the tools they need to prepare successful applications to top colleges, and help them understand that the generous financial aid at these colleges makes attending affordable- if not free.  The awards include a full scholarship to college summer programs, invitations to our National College Admission conferences, and more. The application is completely free. January - February 2022 ( Various deadlines)

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    2022 Metro Atlanta Relocation Council (MARC) Scholarship

    The Metro Atlanta Relocation Council (MARC) is proud to announce the eleventh annual MARC Scholarship Program for current high school seniors who have relocated into the Atlanta area over the course of their high school career.  The student must have relocated more than 50 miles sometime between grades nine (after completion of 8th grade) and grade 12, and changed schools due to their family's relocation.  DeadlineTues. March 1, 2022 by 5 p.m.

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Eugene Edwards Foundation Inc., Scholarship

    The Board of Directors of the Eugene Edwards Foundation, Inc. will be awarding technical scholarships to seniors graduating from the Henry County Schools district.  Deadline:  Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    2021-2022 GBAA Scholarship Announcement

    The Georgia Business Aviation Association is offering scholarships for Georgia High School graduates that are pursuing careers in aviation. Students can apply online for any scholarships.  Please contact  Kristopher Parsons if you have any questions or concerns @ kristopherparson@yahoo.comDeadline:  March 1, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here:


    Google Doodle

    An Art contest for  K- 12-grade students. We're excited to see some strong doodles this year! Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry forms. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a png, or jpg.  Deadline: March 5, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    Bhat Scholarship Henry County Schools

    This scholarship is available for graduating seniors who want to major in the healthcare field.  The scholarship is worth $5,000 and is ideally given to one candidate who meets the qualifications.   Deadline:  April 15,2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Henry County Alumnae Chapter- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship

    High school seniors can now apply for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship.  The selection criteria includes: (1) academic achievement (at least a B average); (2) education goals/career plans; (3) extra-curricular activities; (4) leadership; (5) community service; (6) essay; and (7) interview.  Deadline:  March 14, 2022 


    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    2022 Piedmont Masters Gardeners, Inc. Scholarship

    The Piedmont Masters Gardeners scholarship, Inc. is awarded to students in the following fields of study:  Agriculture, Horticulture, or Forestry.  A scholarship committee determines the total award amount.  The scholarships are available to Georgia residents that are incoming freshmen or students currently attending a post-secondary institution in the state of Georgia.  DeadlineWednesday, March 16, 2022 by 5 p.m.    
    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here

    Georgia Compensatory Educational Leaders, Inc. Scholarship

    The Georgia Compensatory Educational Leaders (GCEL), Inc. Scholarship is designed for high school seniors who will attend an institution of higher education (4-year college or technical college)
    in the fall of 2022. GCEL, Inc. will award four (4) scholarships valued at $1,500 per student.  Applicants must be enrolled as a senior in a Georgia Title I High School for the 2021-2022 year.
    Scholarship application packages must be postmarked by Thursday, March 31, 2022. Late, incomplete, or applications with insufficient postage will not be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Deadline:  March 31, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    National High School Essay Contest

    Students who are in grades 9-12 and attending school in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the US Territories Awards: $2,500 to the writer of the winning essay, in addition to an all-expense-paid trip to the nation's capital from anywhere in the U.S for the winner and his or her parents, and all-expense-paid educational voyage courtesy of Semester at Sea. Runner-up receives $1,250 and full tuition to attend a summer session of the National Student Leadership Conference's International Diplomacy program. Due to COVID 19 some prizes may not be claimable immediately.  Deadline:  April 1, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    2021 Sigma Omega Zeta Chapter Power of the Word Scholarship

    Sibongile B.N. Lynch Power of the Word Scholarship assists young women with furthering their education and their pursuit toward becoming productive global citizens, allowing them to pour back into their communities. The scholarship is open to graduating female students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who attend high schools in Clayton or Henry County with funds upward of $1000 per student.  DeadlineApril 15, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

    Maximum Award: $10,000.00, you must be between 8-18 years old and be nominated for this prize. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors students between the age of 8 and 18 who have made significant improvements to people and the planet. The Barron Prize honors twenty-five winners nationwide. Half of the winners have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment.  Deadline: April 15, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    Dreams To Kings and Queens Scholarship

    The Dreams To Kings and Queens Scholarship is open to Class of 2022 high school seniors that plan to attend a college, university, or technical school in Fall 2022. This contest will not require any writing, but will require students to use their creativity and make a video answering one of 3 questions. There will be 2 winners (1 boy, 1 girl). Each winner will receive $1,000.  DeadlineApril 29, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Landau Amaze Yourself 2022 Scholarship

    The Amaze Yourself 2022 Scholarship is determined to support an amazing, new generation of healthcare professionals dedicated to making a positive social impact by way of healing.  Deadline:  April 29, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here



    The Henry County NAACP Branch will award its 2022 Freedom Fund College Scholarship to a graduating senior in Henry County Public Schools. The award, for tuition and fees, will be sent to the Office of Student Financial Aid in September 2022 upon proof of enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited four-year, two-year college/university or technical school. The nonrenewable scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement, awards/honors, extracurricular, community service, leadership and activities. Recipient(s), nor their parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to be members of the Henry County NAACP Branch but are encouraged to join.  DeadlineApril 22, 2022 

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here

    Shawn Carter (Jay Z) Scholarship Foundation

    Applicant must be a US Citizen, 25 years or younger, with at least a 2.0 GPA  Deadline: April 30, 2022

    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.

    Scholarship Requirements: Click here

    All About Education $3000 Scholarship

    Available to US students 13 years of age or older respond (250 words mac): " How will a $3000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?'   Deadline: April 30, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    Kaine Law Growing your Community Scholarship

    At Kaine Law, we desire to improve our local area by helping injured people get justice and compensation for harms they suffered through no fault of their own. But we recognize that there are hundreds of ways to help grow your community. There is no better way to assist others in improving their communities than by encouraging education, but schooling often costs a prohibitive amount of money. That’s why we offer $1,500 to the person who shows true dedication to their community. Deadline: June 15, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here



    2022 Parrish Construction Group Scholarship

    This scholarship opportunity is open for high school seniors who plan to pursue an education in Construction Management, Engineering, or a related field.  Deadline:  April 29, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Henry County Retired Educators Association Scholarship

    A $500 scholarship is available to a deserving high school senior planning to pursue a college career in education.  Applicants must reside in Henry County and be a graduating senior from an accredited high school.  High school seniors who are planning to major in the education field can apply.  Deadline:  April 30, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Georgia Development Authority (GDA) Scholarship

    The David Skinner/Georgia Development Authority Scholarship will award annually six (6) scholarships in the amount of $2,400 to students enrolled in the study of Agriculture or an Agriculture-related field.  Deadline:  May 2, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    YCteen Essay Contest

    The contest is open to American teens, between the ages of 14 and 19, and is held twice a year. To enter, submit an original, nonfiction essay of 800 words answering a given essay question. Past questions have focused on issues such as climate change and activism. Deadline: May 4, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    B.Davis Scholarship

    This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. There is no age restriction. Essay required. Award: $1,000. Deadline: May 21, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    2022 Honors GradU Scholarship

    This scholarship allows high school seniors to participate in a design-thinking community building project to design and work on a community improvement project.  There will be up to five (5) award recipients, each receiving a $10,000 scholarship to the U.S.-based college/university or trade school of their choice.  Deadline:  May 28, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

    Students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 who attend schools in the US, Canada, or their territories. Are you passionate about the exciting world of science? Are you intrigued by the possibilities that the latest scientific ideas and developments may hold for our futures? The essay for this program should be between 700 and 1,000 words. They should also include a list of research sources Award:$5,000. Deadline: May 31, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    Abbott and Fenner Business

    The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution.  Deadline:  June 12, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation Scholarship

    Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation supports hospice education and research.  Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a post-secondary career in a hospice-related field or any student who has experienced the loss of an immediate family member.  Deadline:  June 2022 

    Scholarship Requirements:  Click Here


    Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

    The Family Travel Forum is looking for students to blog about family vacations. It is available to junior high and high school students between the ages of 13 and 18. Applicants must submit a travel blog of no more than 600 words. Deadline: July 14, 2022

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship

    This scholarship is given to students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. Each student who is selected as a national Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship recipient will receive a $5,000.00 scholarship, as well as a $5,000.00 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice in their local community. If the student is not yet enrolled in an institution of higher education, then in lieu of a scholarship, a contribution in the amount of $5,000.00 shall be made to a qualified 529 Plan established by the family of that student for the benefit of that student. 

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Scholarships are open to students ages 13 and up in grades 7 through 12. Scholastic clearly states that young artists and writers are free to explore any and all topics. They assure all who apply that no work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Awards because of the nature of its content.

    Scholarship Requirements: Click Here


    Legacy of Pearls Foundation, Inc. & Alpha Kappa Alpa Sorority, Inc.

     Sigma Omega Chapter will award a variety of scholarships for fall 2021 students in post-secondary education. Various scholarships are available.

    Scholarship Details: Click Here:


    College Board Opportunity Scholarships 

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

    Scholarship Requirement: Click Here   

    Zeta Mu Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Southern Crescent Ques Friendship Foundation
    Steven “Slique” Graham Scholarship 

    ZMN/SCQFF will award scholarships in a range of $1,000 up to $5,000 to the winner(s) that begin their matriculation at an institution of higher learning for the academic school year beginning in Fall 2022. These individuals will be graduates of a public or private high school located in Clayton or Henry County (GA).

    Scholarship Requirement: Click Here https://bit.ly/SCQFFScholarshipApp


    Harriett's Daughters, Inc Scholarship

    The financial costs a family may inherit as a result of caring for a mother with stage 4-cancer, and then closing the chapters of her life, may impact her daughter's ability to pursue post-secondary opportunities. To off-set a small amount of the financial burden, Harriett's Daughters will award educational scholarships to those young women--who plan to go to college during the 2022-2023 academic school year. Scholarship amount $2000

    Scholarship RequirementsClick here https://www.harriettsdaughters.org

    Gordon State College Foundation Scholarships

    The quality of the educational experience should be the main reason for choosing Gordon State College, but we realize that expenses may also be a major consideration for you and your family. The Gordon State College Foundation is committed to providing as many resources as possible to assist you in earning a high-quality education.

    Through generous donations from Gordon State College alumni and supporters, the Gordon State College Foundation provides annual scholarships ranging from $400 to $3,000 annually.  Click the button below to view the list of scholarships available.

    Scholarship Requirements: Click here https://www.gordonstate.edu/alumni/give-to-gordon/gordon-college-foundation/fnd-scholarships/index.html

    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/


    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 


    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.
    Scholarships for Undocumented Students


    10 Best Scholarships for DACA Students

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    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.


    Summer Programs  
    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.


    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