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* Disclaimer: The University of West Georgia Financial Aid Office is not held liable for any disputes with the organization or parties holding these scholarship opportunities. Check each opportunity carefully over before giving your information. Nothing on this listing should ever ask you for your credit card or payment information. If you do encounter such a problem please let the Financial Aid Office in Aycock hall know so we may remove that listing. Thank you and happy hunting.

[A note about scholarships]- They are a lot of work! Don’t expect money to just fall in your lap. Most scholarship applications consist of essays or resumes or interviews. Many are like applying for a new job.

Known Private Scholarships

A & F Scholarship

Contact:
Submit essays to scholarships@abbottandfenner.com

Award: $1,000

Deadline: June 20

Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Must be between 16 and 30.
  • Must answer one of two essay questions in less than a 1,000 words.
  • Check with http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm for details.

AES Engineering Scholarships

Award: $500

Deadline: September 15

Requirements:

  • Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study.
  • This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.
  • You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
  • Check website for details. http://aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm

Alvin Cox Memorial Scholarship

Contact:
Email: applications@alvinmemorial.com

Award: $1,000

Deadline: September 30

Requirements:

  • Write a brief essay on any topic involving why you should get the scholarship and why you decided to attend college.
  • Refer to http://www.alvincoxmemorial.com/ for details.

Believing in Greatness Scholarship

Contact:
Email: Click link http://www.elpublishers.com/contactus.php

Award: up to $10,000

Deadline: September 30

Requirements:

Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund

Contact:
Home Builder's Association of Georgia
3015 Camp Creek parkway
Atlanta, GA 30344
Phone: 404-763-2453
Fax: 404-559-1531
Email: jroyals@hbag.org

Award: varies by cost

Deadline: March 1

Requirements:

  • Must be in a program that will lead to a degree that directly relates to the home-building industry.
  • Must submit the application to the local HBA office or directly to the HBA headquarters.
  • We do have applications at the Financial Aid Office in Aycock Hall.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Contact:
Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
Howard University
2218 6 th St., NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202)806-4363
Email: pscroggs@howard.edu

Award: up to $28,000

Deadline: In the Winter

Requirements:

  • Must be in the senior year of undergraduate study or have completed undergraduate degree and be seeking admission to enter graduate school in the fall for a two-year program.
  • Community, academic, other extra-curricular, and leadership activities will be considered.
  • Must be willing to work as a Foreign Service Officer for three years.
  • Must have at least a 3.2 GPA.
  • Check with website http://www.howard.edu/rjb/rangelprogram_old.htm for details.

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Chick-Fil-A Scholarships

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university.
  • Must be currently employed at a Chick-Fil-A.
  • Application must be submitted with the approval of the unit operator.
  • A letter of recommendation from you operator.
  • A letter of recommendation from a non-work related individual.
  • High school or college transcripts.
  • A letter of acceptance or proof of enrollment in a two-year or four-year accredited college or university.
  • Check with http://eatmorechicken.com/scholar_info.html for more details.

College Affordability Essay Contest

Contact:
Email: pdelatorre@americanprogress.org

Award: $2,500

Deadline: October 29

Requirements:

The Fountainhead Essay Contest

Contact:
The Fountainhead Essay Contest, Dept. W
The Ayn Rand Institute
PO Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619-7044
Phone: (949) 222-6550
Email: essay@aynrand.org

Award: $30-$10,000

Deadline: September 17

Requirements:

NOTE- There are three essay contests available. The one offered to college students is on the book Atlas Shrugged.

  • Must be enrolled in a college degree program at time of entry.
  • A stapled cover sheet MUST include: name and address of entrant; entrant’s e-mail address; name and address of entrant’s university; topic selected; and declared major.
  • Essay must be no fewer than 1,000 and no more than 1,200 words in length, and must be typewritten and double-spaced.
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant and only one entry is allowed.
  • Employees of the Ayn Rand Institute, its board of directors, and their immediate familymembers are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • Check website for rules. http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_contests_atlas

Garden Club of Georgia Scholarships

Contact:
The Garden Club of Georgia
2450 South Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30602-5817
Phone: (706)227-5369

Award: varies by scholarship

Deadline: March 1

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, land management, or allied subjects.
  • The Cherokee Rose Scholarship is available to a qualified graduate student majoring in historic preservation, decorative arts, or historic architecture. Career goals must demonstrate objectives that are garden-related.
  • Applicants must have been a resident of Georgia for the past four years and must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in Georgia.
  • Check website for details. http://www.uga.edu/gardenclub/Scholar.html
  • We do have applications at the Financial Aid Office at Aycock Hall.

George E. Sims Nursing Scholarship

Contact:
Glenda Jones, West Georgia Health System
1514 Vernon Rd.
LaGrange, GA 30240
Phone: (706)845-3722

Requirements:

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Georgia Press Educational Foundation Scholarships and Internships

Contact:
Georgia Press Educational Foundation
Georgia Press Building
3066 Mercer University Dr., Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4137
Phone: (770)454-6776
Email: mail@gapress.org

Award: Up to $2,000

Deadline: February 1

Requirements:

  • Open to students majoring or planning to major in Journalism.
  • Student will need to be hired by local newspaper that is a member of GPA.
  • Internships are for the summer.
  • Scholarships also available that don’t require internships.
  • For details check with http://gapress.org/scholar_intern.html
  • For an application check with the Financial Aid Office in Aycock Hall or go to website.

Institute for Humane Studies Fellowships and Summer Internships

Awards: varies, up to $12,000

Deadlines: varies

  • For Humane Studies Fellowship, Dec. 31
  • For Film and Fiction Scholarship, Jan. 15
  • For Internships, varies

Requirements:

IRS Hope Tax Credit

Contact:
Internal Revenue Service
Regional offices listed at www.irs.gov
Phone: (800)829-1040

Award: Up to $1,500

Deadline: file with annual taxes

Requirements:

  • Award in the form of tax credit determined by IRS criteria such as amount paid for qualified tuition and related expenses and income.
  • Must be student in the first two years of college or other eligible post-secondary training.
  • May not take the credit if claimed as a dependant on another person’s tax return, if filing status is married filing separately, or if adjusted gross income is $110,000 or more if married filing jointly or $55,000 or more if single, head of household, or qualifying widower.
  • Must file form 8863 with US income taxes.
  • Refer to FAQ at http://www.irs.gov/faqs/faq-kw85.html for details.

Jacob Mcgavock Dickinson Scholarship

Award: $700

Deadline: April 15

Requirements:

  • Be enrolled full-time the following year of enrollment.
  • Be able to express Christian beliefs in a two paragraph essay.
  • See the Financial Aid Office for details and application.

John Gyles Education Awards

Contact:
John Gyles Education Awards
Attention: R. James Cougle, Administrator
P.O. Box 4808, Station “A”
259-103 Brunswick Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Canada E3B 5G4
Phone: (506)459-7460

Award: up to $3,000

Deadline: June 1

Requirements:

John L. Carey Scholarships

Contact: educat@aicpa.org
Phone: (212) 596-6221

Award: $5,000/year, renewable

Deadline: April 1

Requirements:

  • Applicants must have obtained a liberal arts degree prior to enrolling in a graduate accounting program.
  • Applicants must be liberal arts degree holders of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • Applicants must be accepted into, or in the process of applying to, a graduate program in accounting that will enable them to sit for the CPA Examination at a college or university whose business administration program is accredited by the AACSB - The International Association for Management Education or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • Applicants must express the intention to pursue a CPA certificate. The scholarship will be awarded contingent upon the applicant's acceptance into a graduate program.
  • Students who are already actively participating in a graduate accounting program are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Check website for more details. http://www.aicpa.org/MEMBERS/DIV/CAREER/mini/jlcs.htm

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Journyx Excellence in Project Accounting Philosophy Essay Scholarship

Contact:
Email: scholarship@journyx.com

Award: $500

Deadline: June 1

Available: September 1

Requirements:

  • Write an essay of 1,000 on one of two topics.
  • An official academic transcript containing the entrant's spring semester grades for the academic year in progress.
  • A copy of entrant's resume that includes e-mail address, campus address and phone number, student ID number, permanent address and phone number, major, and expected graduation date .
  • See website for details. http://www.journyx.com/company/scholarship.html

Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship Fund

Contact:
Community Bankers Association of Georgia
1900 The Exchange, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770)541-4490
Fax: (770)5414496
Email: info@cbaofga.com

Award: $1,000

Deadline: March 30

Requirements:

  • These scholarships are open to Georgia high school seniors who will be entering a Georgia college, university or trade school (two year program or more).
  • Must contact a local CBA bank for a recommendation.
  • See website for details. http://cbaofga.com/marketing/hester-scholarship.php

Mama’s Health Scholarship Award

Contact:
MamasHealth.com
PO Box 2170
Pasadena, CA 91102-2170

Award: $300

Deadline: September 30

Requirements:

MENSA Scholarship

Contact:
Mensa Foundation Scholarships
PO Box 1371
Stone Mountain, GA 30086-1371

Award: $300-$1000

Deadline: January 15

Available: September 1

Requirements:

National Sculpture Society Scholarship

Contact:
237 Park Ave., Ground Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 764-5645
Email: Nss1893@aol.com

Award: $1,000

Deadline: May 31

Requirements:

  • Offered to students of figurative, realist, or representational sculpture.
  • Send a letter of application from the student, two letters of recommendation, 8-10 photographs of applicant’s work, and proof of financial need.
  • Check site for details. http://www.nationalsculpture.org/nss/programs/scholarships.cfm

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National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarship

Contact:
Jasmine Melendez or Lauren Sperle
(718)210-0705 (718)210-0705
Jasmine@nsnsa.orgLauren@nsnsa.org

Award: $1000-$5000

Deadline: January 11

Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in a state approved nursing program leading to an associate, baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, or generic master’s degree program; or enrolled in an RN to BSN, RN to MSN, or LPN/LVN to RN program.
  • Pre-nursing students taking courses to prepare for matriculation into a nursing program are also eligible.
  • Attending classes and taking no less than 6 credit hours per semester.
  • Involvement in student nursing organizations and/or community health activities.
  • Documentation of academic achievement.
  • Have financial need.
  • US citizen or registered alien with permanent resident status and an alien registration number.
  • For details go to http://www.nsna.org/foundation/scholarships/undergrad.asp

Nelnet $1 Million Scholarship Giveaway

Contact:
1-800-268-7256

Award: $1,000 or $25,000

Deadline: April 10, 2008 for last monthly drawing or by August 7, 2008 for Grand Prize Drawing

Requirements:

  • No essay, GPA, or ACT requirements.
  • Must submit an entry on the website www.nelnet.com/win
  • Must be attending an eligible university or college or a high school senior planning to attend an eligible institution.

Ongoing Poetry Contest

Contact: The International Library of Poetry
One Poetry Plaza
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Phone: (410) 356-2000

Award: $100-$10,000

Deadline: ongoing

Requirements:

  • Submit poem online.
  • Open to everyone.

Check website for details http://poetry.com/contest/contest.asp

Patrick Charnon Memorial Scholarship

Contact:
The Center for Education Studies
PO Box 208
San Francisco, CA 94104-0208
Email: scholarships@cesresources.org

Award: $1500

Deadline: March 31

Requirements:

  • Must value tolerance, compassion, respect for all other people in their community and must display these qualities in a 500 to 1,000 word essay
  • Must also be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program at a public university or college in the United States.
  • See website for details. http://cesresources.org/charnon.html

Pilot International Foundation Scholarships

Contact:
pifinfo@pilothq.org (for application or info)
lisamengarelli@plflaw.com (for local sponsorship in Carrollton)

Award: varies by scholarship

Deadline: March 1

Requirements:

  • Applicants for these scholarships must be preparing for, or already involved in, careers working with people with disabilities/brain related disorders
  • Must have and maintain a GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be sponsored by a local Pilot Club.
  • Check with site for details http://pilotinternational.org/html/foundation/scholar.shtml

Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy

Contact:
11West 42 nd Street, 14 th Floor
New York , NY 10036
Phone: (212)763-2555

Award: $10,000

Deadline: February 1, 2008

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay of less than 2,500 words on a 4-6 point renewable energy plan proposal to curb our reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
  • For further details go to www.2008energyforum.org

Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy

Contact:
11West 42 nd Street, 14 th Floor
New York , NY 10036
Phone: (212)763-2555

Award: $10,000

Deadline: February 1, 2008

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay of less than 2,500 words on a 4-6 point renewable energy plan proposal to curb our reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
  • For further details go to www.2008energyforum.org

Ty Cobb Educational Foundation Scholarship

Contact:
Ty Cobb Educational Foundation
PO Box 937
Sharpsburg, GA 30277
Email: tycobb@mindspring.com

Award: check with contact for details

Deadline: June 15

Applications Available: March 10

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students who are residents of Georgia, have demonstrated financial need, and have completed at least 30 semester hours of academic credits with an average of "B" or higher in an accredited college or university are eligible to apply.
  • A completed application form including a section stating the specific circumstances which cause you to request financial assistance.

Check website for more details. http://tycobbfoundation.com

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Tylenol Scholarship

Award: $1,000-$5,000

Deadline: February 1st –May 15th

Requirements:

Unmet Need Scholarship

Contact:
The Sallie Mae Fund
12061 Bluemont Way
Reston, VA20190
Phone: (507)931-1682

Award: $1,000-$3,800

Deadline: In the Spring

Requirements:

  • Open to families with a combined income of $30,000 or less.
  • Must demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after the financial aid award package has been determined.
  • Must have a minimum GED average test score of 42 if applicable.
  • Be a high school senior or graduate planning to enroll or a student already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Check with www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship/Unmet_need.html for application and details.

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship

Contact:
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
PO Box 297
St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: (800)537-4180
Email: scholarship@usafunds.org

Award: $1,500

Deadline: In the Winter

Requirements:

  • Must plan to enroll or be enrolled in full or half time undergraduate or full time graduate or professional degree coursework at an accredited two or four year college or university.
  • If studying abroad, must attend a postsecondary institution eligible to participate in US student programs.
  • Family must have an annual adjusted gross family income of $35,000 or less, as documented on a 2006 federal 1040 income tax return on which the applicant is claimed as a federal tax exemption.
  • Students studying on an F1 visa are not eligible.
  • Students may be refugees with a Departure Record (Form I-94) from the US.
  • GED recipients also are eligible.
  • Check with http://www.usafunds.org/planning/access_to_education_scholarship/index.html?link=USA%20Funds:scholarship for an application.

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Competition

Contact:
Veterans of Foreign Wars
406 West 34 th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Phone: (816)756-3390
Email: info@vfw.org

Award: Up to $30,000

Deadline: In the Fall

Requirements:

  • Scholarship requires applicant to voice their opinion in a three to five minute essay based on an annual theme in the scope of patriotism.
  • May not be a foreign exchange student.
  • Must be younger than 20 years of age.
  • Must provide a 3-5 minute essay recorded on a standard cassette tape or CD on the given theme for the year.
  • Must make submissions to local VFW post.
  • Check with http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=150 for application.

Wal-Mart Associate and Community Scholarships

*Refer to the following link for information on how to apply for the various scholarships offered by the Wal-Mart Foundation. Online Applications become available in October of each year. http://walmartstores.com

Walter Harrison Scholarship offered by Georgia EMC’s

Award: $1,000

Requirements:

  • Open to high school seniors and undergraduate students attending any vocational school or two- or four-year accredited college or university in Georgia.
  • Applications must be submitted to your local electric co-op for consideration. For more information, or to apply for a scholarship, please contact your local EMC.

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