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HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
 
Start with FINDING that scholarship(s)! Scroll down the page to find links to scholarship search sites and to local scholarship information! The scholarship information below is in 3 sections: Scholarship Search Sites, Local Scholarships, and "Other" Scholarships (meaning the scholarship may not be local but are worth checking out)
 
Once you find those scholarships, what is the best way to complete an application? 
 
First, start a scholarship folder or packet that contains all the information required by most scholarships. This way you can have all the information on hand each time a new scholarship comes your way. You'll need a copy of your transcript, your GPA and class rank, a copy of your SAT or ACT scores, 2-4 letters of recommendations, a resume or vitae, the names & phone numbers of 2-3 additional references, and an essay (see information on writing the essay). Contact records or your school counselor to get a copy of your transcript, your GPA, and class rank. You can print your SAT or other admission scores from the testing website. 
 
Second, complete a BRAG SHEET. Most scholarships require 1-3 letters of recommendations. The BRAG SHEET is a way to share information about yourself with your recommenders, allowing them to write the best recommendation possible. Complete the BRAG SHEET with as much information as you can; often it is best to elicit the help of your parents, guardians, coach, club leaders, etc to help you with this process. Once completed, you can bring the sheet back to your VHS counselor to have copies made for sharing. A copy of the BRAG SHEET can be picked up in guidance or you can print one from the word document attached at the bottom of this section. 
 
Third, prepare your essay. Many scholarships ask for the same information, even the same type essay. Yet  you do want to make sure that it is adjusted to fit each individual scholarship. Read up on information or suggestions on how to write that essay. You can also ask an English/Literature teacher at VHS for help in reading your essay. Some helpful websites: Make Your Scholarship Essay Stand Out, Write a Winning Essay, Essay Example, and How to Write a Resume
 
Fourth, be aware of your deadlines and how you should return your scholarship. Some require that you hand deliver it to a certain individual, others require that it be received by a certain date in the mail, or even others require it to be postmarked by a certain date. 
 
Fifth, when in doubt, ask your school counselor! We are here to help! 
(Scroll down for local scholarship applications)
 
SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SITES
 
The majority of scholarships are for graduating Seniors! Although you can often find an essay type contest that is open to other grade levels.
Seniors! Remember, there are MANY scholarships out there and it is your job to find them! We are happy to provide you with a list of sites to help you on your search!
Most importantly, you do not ever need to pay a sight to look for scholarships! There are so many free ones out there! You can search by degree interest, ethnicity, state, school, or even scholarship deadlines!
Also, remember to see Mrs. Shiver about getting a Brag Sheet to go along with those recommendations you will need! You can also find the link to print a brag sheet below under "How to Complete Your Scholarship Applications". 
 
StudentScholarships.org
 
Scholarships.com
 
College Covered
 
Fast Web
 
UNCF Scholarship Search
 
Unigo Scholarship Search Site   www.unigo.com
 
College Green Light
 
LNESC Scholarship Page
(League of United Lation American Citizens- National Educational Service Center)
 
Hispanic/Latino American Scholarship Search
 
 
Have other search engines that are FREE and you LOVE to use for your scholarship search?
Let us know! Email Mrs. Gaskins at egaskins@gocats.org
 
updated 9/18/18 by egaskins 
 
 
 
Deadline: February 1, 2019 (MSU admissions deadline) 
 

Seniors! Interested in moving out of state for college? A potential FULL RIDE scholarship to

 

Michigan State University is available for one Valdosta Area student. 
High GPA & test (SAT/ACT) scores are important! Preference given to African American students and/or potential

 

Law students BUT all students are considered. This is a great opportunity for our top AP, IB, or other students who

 

are looking to move out of Georgia for their college experience and who don't mind the snow!
MSU is a division I sports team with over 25 varsity sports; so those looking to walk on at a school may also

 

look here! See your counselor for more information or if you plan to apply!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8L1E3x5Pqw

COMING SOON
Class of 2019
Local Scholarships
 
Below are the OLD scholarship applications from the Class of 2018. The class of 2019 will need to complete the NEW applications that will typically become available in February of their senior year. 
 
OTHER Scholarship Opportunities
(Note: As stated in the first section of this page, we can not list all possible scholarships! It is up to YOU, the student, to search scholarship sites and dig for that information!)
2018-2019 School Year
 
Deadline: January 23, 2019
The Coolidge Scholarship: https://coolidgescholars.org/
 
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Horizon Award: Southern Association for College Admission Counseling  ($1000)
Deadline: December 15, 2018
(They have general applicant scholarships and employee based scholarships)
 
Deadline: October 31, 2018
 
Deadline: October 25, 2018
Horatio Alger Association: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/
 
 
2017-2018 School Year
 
Deadline Feb 1, 2018
Colquitt EMC Walter Harrison Scholarships: http://colquittemc.com/walter-harrison-scholarship/ 
 
Deadline Feb 1, 2018
 
Deadline Feb 15, 2018   
National Co-op Scholarship Program : http://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html
 
Deadline Feb 16, 2018
Mediacom World Class Scholars Scholarship: http://www.mediacomworldclass.com/
  
 
Deadline March 1, 2018   
Joe Lee Hansley Foundation
(Academic, Military, & Sport Scholarships): http://www.jlhfoundation.com/jlhf-scholarship
 
Deadline March 12, 2018
Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association Essay http://www.georgiafiresprinkler.org/events/essay-contest/
 
Deadline April 1, 2018
R. Wayne "Bubba" Alexander Jr. Scholarship (LOCAL) https://bascholarship.org/index.php/scholarship-application
 
Deadline April 15, 2018
 
Deadline April 27, 2018   
 
Deadline August 31, 2018 
 
Deadline May 1, 2018   
Georgia Development Authority (Studying Agriculture or related field): http://www.gdaonline.com/Content/Default/3/3/0/scholarships/scholarships.html
 
Deadline June 30, 2018
Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/scholarships/
$1,000 award students pursuing health-related degree program who have been personally affected by addiction.