Scholarships


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Explore the Possibilities


Scholarships give our donors a chance to invest in the future by helping deserving students pursue their dreams of higher education. Students, meanwhile, benefit from that financial assistance as well as from the prestige and academic recognition. We’d call that win-win.

Scholarship Opportunities


The Achieve Atlanta scholarship is a need-based award designed to support low-income Atlanta Public Schools students pursuing various paths after high school.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate from an APS high school (includes charters)
  • Be enrolled in an APS high school continuously since at least the start of 11th grade
  • Graduate with a cumulative, weighted GPA of at least 75 to qualify for a scholarship to a technical or associate degree program
  • Graduate with a cumulative, weighted GPA of at least 80 to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year college or university
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Demonstrate financial need by qualifying for either a full or partial Pell Grant
  • Enroll full-time in an accredited, nonprofit college or technical program by the fall immediately following high school graduation
  • Note: To use this scholarship outside the state of Georgia, you must attend a school that has a graduation rate of 50% or higher

Award Amount

For students attending a four-year college, Achieve Atlanta will award up to $5,000 per year (renewable for up to four years of school). For students attending a two-year college or technical program, the award is up to $1,500 per year (renewable for up to two years of school).

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

Apply

For more information about Achieve Atlanta, visit www.achieveatlanta.org, email info@achieveatlanta.org, or call 404.880.3500.

To provide support for graduating high school seniors at Henry W. Grady High School in their pursuit of a college education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • High school seniors graduating from Grady High School in Atlanta, GA
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Preference for students attending a Georgia college or university
  • Previous recipients are renewed if they maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA and submit the current year’s renewal application

Award Amount

$5,000 annually for up to four years (eight semesters)

Scholarships Available

Up to four awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

To provide scholarship opportunities for deserving students who want to pursue their education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA, maximum 3.0 GPA; anyone whose GPA is below 2.0 or above 3.0 is not eligible
  • Enrollment in or acceptance to an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school to pursue an undergraduate degree
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Full-time enrollment; partial scholarships may be considered at the discretion of the DreamsScholarship Committee for part-time students
  • Relatives of members of the DreamsScholarship Committee are not eligible for this scholarship
  • Previous recipients are encouraged to reapply but must maintain the minimum GPA required by the school, or a 2.0 GPA if the school does not have a stated minimum
  • Students are responsible for obtaining and submitting the current year’s application, and must reapply each year
  • Previous recipients are not guaranteed additional awards

Award Amount

$2,000

Scholarships Available

Six awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For graduating seniors with financial need living in Oconee County, Georgia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduating high school senior
  • Resident of Oconee County, Georgia
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Acceptance to or enrollment at an accredited college, university or technical school
  • Previous recipients are renewed if they maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA and submit the current year’s renewal application form
  • Preference will be given to applicants from families involved in the Freemasonry tradition

Award Amount

Up to $1,500

Scholarships Available

Two awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For undergraduate or graduate students with financial need pursuing a degree at the Atlanta University Center colleges.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Legal resident of Georgia
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine or Spelman College
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Potential for success in chosen field
  • Commitment to community service
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Previous recipients are encouraged to reapply, but must obtain and submit the current year’s application form
  • Previous recipients are not guaranteed additional awards

Award Amount

Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000

Scholarships Available

20–30 awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For adults who have completed a literacy program and wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Persons who have completed a literacy program and obtained a high school diploma or GED
  • Legal resident of Georgia
  • Accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a post-secondary institution
  • Recommended by either Literacy Action or a Georgia Certified Literate Community Program
  • Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply, but must obtain and submit the current year’s application form
  • Previous recipients are not guaranteed additional awards

Award Amount

Awards range from $500–$1,000

Scholarships Available

Up to 10 annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

To provide scholarships for medical school students pursuing degrees at a Georgia institution.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Resident of Georgia
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (undergraduate or graduate)
  • MCAT score of 26
  • Enrollment in or acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning and pursuing a graduate degree in Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Mercer University School of Medicine or Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated history of commitment to community service

Award Amount

$5,000 annually for up to four years (eight semesters)

Scholarships Available

Up to two new awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For a graduating senior from Frederick Douglass High School, an Atlanta Public School, in honor of the late Lester W. Butts, the first principal of the school.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The recipient must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and community involvement
  • High school senior graduating from Douglass High School
  • Acceptance or enrollment at an accredited college, university or technical school
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • History of community service

Award Amount

$5,000

Scholarships Available

One to two annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For students with financial need who have been accepted for enrollment at prestigious private or out-of-state universities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Legal resident of Georgia for at least one year prior to application
  • A graduating high school senior
  • A combined SAT score of 1000 or higher (math and critical reading only)/ACT composite of 22 or higher
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference will be given to students attending selective private or out-of-state institutions
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrated history of commitment to community service
  • Students attending public colleges or universities in the state of Georgia are not eligible to receive this scholarship

Award Amount

$5,000 annually for up to four years

Scholarships Available

Up to five new awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For students pursuing an undergraduate degree with preference shown to employees of Pattillo Construction Corporation and their dependents.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students
  • GPA 2.0 or higher through the two previous quarters or the previous semester
  • Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, full-time employees (working a minimum of 40 hours/week) of Pattillo Construction Corporation or its affiliates, for a minimum of three years, and their dependents (spouse, children and stepchildren)
  • Previous recipients are renewed if they maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA and submit the current year’s renewal application
  • Enrollment as a full-time student, or enrolled as a part-time student if working full-time
  • Please note: You do not have to be affiliated with the Pattillo Construction Corporation in order to be considered

Award Amount

$3,500 annually for up to four years

Scholarships Available

15–25 awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in medicine and/or social work.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Legal resident of Georgia
  • Enrollment in or acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in medicine or social work
  • Demonstrated history of commitment to community service
  • Potential for success in chosen field
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply but must obtain and submit the current year’s application form.
  • Previous recipients are not guaranteed additional awards.

Award Amount

Up to $2,500 annually

Scholarships Available

Up to three annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For students pursuing degrees in mathematics, engineering or one of the physical sciences.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A legal US citizen
  • A legal resident of the state of Georgia for at least three years prior to application
  • Demonstrate high moral qualities
  • Have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, or be in the upper 15% of his/her graduating class
  • SAT (math and reading) of at least 1300
  • Have been accepted to a four-year accredited college or university to pursue an undergraduate degree in mathematics, engineering or one of the physical sciences
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service
  • Preference will be given to:
    • A student attending a college or university in the state of Georgia
    • A student who, in his/her essay, claims and can verify a connection with Tech High School

Award Amount

$5,000 annually for up to four years

Scholarships Available

Up to four new awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

To provide financial support to students enrolled at an accredited college pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Accepted for enrollment or enrolled at an accredited college, university or technical school
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in the arts and sciences, human services, music or ministry
  • Commitment to community service through school, community or religious organizations
  • Preference will be given to applicants from Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas
  • Adults returning to school in order to increase employability are eligible
  • Previous recipients are renewed if they continue to meet the scholarship’s criteria and submit the current year’s renewal application

Award Amount

$2,000 annually for up to four years

Scholarships Available

12–15 awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

For students enrolled in undergraduate studies at an accredited four-year college.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A graduating senior at any metropolitan Atlanta high school
  • Cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • SAT scores of at least 1000 (math and critical reading) or ACT composite of 22 or higher
  • Acceptance to a college or university to pursue an undergraduate degree

Award Amount

Up to $1,000 annually

Scholarships Available

Two awards annually

Deadline

The deadline for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year has passed. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 1, 2016.

Instructions for New Applicants


Each scholarship is different, and has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria. And each one is managed with varying degrees of involvement by the Foundation’s Education Advisory Committee. If you’re ready to apply for a specific scholarship, just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Review the information for each scholarship to determine your eligibility.
  2. To apply, follow the instructions on the page that describes each scholarship. Please review each application carefully.
  3. If you have additional questions or concerns not addressed in the application itself, please direct your inquiries to scholarships@cfgreateratlanta.org.

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Instructions for Renewing Applicants


If you’re a renewal applicant, you’ll receive an email to notify you of the renewal package due date. If you have not received an email explaining the renewal process and attachments, please complete the application as if you are a new applicant. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 15, 2016.

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Are you a philanthropist interested in creating a scholarship fund?

Christy Eckoff,
Director, Gift Planning
404.588.3183
ceckoff@cfgreateratlanta.org

Here to Help


If you’ve reviewed the information on our site and have questions, simply contact the Community Foundation scholarships team at:

scholarships@cfgreateratlanta.org
404.688.5525

Scholarships are awarded on a nondiscriminatory basis after careful review of eligible applications. Award recommendations are approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institutions where the successful candidates are enrolled.