Counseling info for high schoolers

AHEPA Mother Lodge Scholarship
AHEPA offers five different scholarship opportunities based on merit and financial need, merit alone, one for a scholar-athlete, one for Holy Cross Seminary, and one for the Johnny N. Economy Scholarship.  You must be a senior with at least a 3.0 GPA.  For more information or for a copy of the application please see Ms. Attia in the counseling office.

The Metro Atlanta Relocation Council (MARC)
Two $1,500 scholarships are available for seniors who have moved more than 50 miles sometime between grades 9 (after completion of 8th grade) and 12 and changed schools due to their family’s relocation.  Completed applications (which must include the essay, application, and score transcripts from the counselor’s office) must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For more information or a copy of the application see Ms. Attia in the counseling office.

Kids Who Care Awards

Students can receive a scholarship for $1,100 and be featured on 11 Alive News. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2015.  This is for students who have dedicated time to volunteering in the community.  You can download the application here.

Evening of Stars Scholarship
Any seniors who have at least a 2.5 GPA and are planning on attending an HBCU are eligible for this scholarship. UNCF is looking for students attending a UNCF member college or university who have made the commitment to excel as leaders in the classroom and who make a difference in their campus and/or local communities. We are also looking for students who love scientific discovery, playing with mathematical ideas, and gearing up to make the next generation of discoveries in technology and engineering. For more information please see Ms. Attia or Ms. McKinney in the counseling office.

2015 Student-view Scholarship Program

The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors.
It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need.  Student Insights will award the following prizes:

        One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.
Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.
Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each
Must be a senior to apply.
* NO minimum SAT or ACT score
* NO minimum grade point average
* NO lengthy, time-consuming paperwork
* NO essays
* NO application fees
Simply complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.  DEADLINE: April 22, 2015.  Click here for the application and more information.

Appeal Foundation Scholarship
Deadline March 12, 2015. Contact for more information.

Princeton Club of Georgia 2015 Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award
The Princeton Club of Georgia welcomes nominations for the 2015 Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award.  Established in 1985 by the Princeton Club of Georgia, the annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award honors Atlanta area high school juniors who, through community involvement and personal initiative, best exemplify the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by Woodrow Wilson, former President of the United States of America and of Princeton University.  If you are interested in being nominated, bring a resume to Ms. Attia by February 13th.

Carter G. Woodson Legacy Award
Berea College is recognizing promising African American high school juniors with the Carter G. Woodson Legacy Award. Students selected to receive this prestigious award will be honored at an on-campus event at Berea College on Saturday, March 28th, 2015.
While on campus, they’ll also learn more about how to prepare for college, how the college admissions and financial aid processes work, and what it is like to be a college student. Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to be nominated for this award:
African American students currently in their junior year of high school
Actively involved in community, school, civic and/or church organizations
Rank in the top 20% of their class
Cumulative, unweighted GPA of a 3.3 or higher
Demonstrated financial need, such as qualifying for free or reduced lunch (regardless of whether they have applied for it)
If you are interested in being nominated, see Ms. Attia by February 6th.

Wall Street on West Peachtree
Do you think you would have had a better start in life if you had just known a little bit more about money and investing?  Do you think your student could benefit from a week of financial training at Georgia Tech’s Sheller College of Business? We are offering “Wall Street on West Peachtree” again this year to 160 students.   This is a one-week class offered 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.  We currently have offerings every week of June 2015. The overall goal of this program is to provide high school students with a portfolio of basic money management and investing tools that will equip them to make strong financial decisions and achieve long-term financial success. The program will be housed at the “Ferris Goldsmith-Trading Floor” where we teach our trading classes.  This facility simulates a real Wall Street trading floor environment.  The primary instructor is Dr. Barry Marchman.  Dr. Marchman has been teaching finance classes at Georgia Tech since 2007.   Dr. Jonathan Clarke, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, may also be leading part of the program.  We would be delighted to have your students join us this year.  The program is geared towards rising juniors and seniors, but any high school student can participate.
Registration is first come, first served. Registration is available here:

Prom Dress Giveaway
This event will be held Saturday, March 14th from 9-1 pm.  Dresses are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Parent or guardian must accompany attendee.  Dresses and accessories are new and/or gently used.
Community Achievement Center
4522 Flat Shoals Parkway
Decatur, GA 30034



1.  DeKalb County Police Explorers:   The DeKalb Police Explorers offers students exposure to law enforcement, preparation for work, and scholarship opportunities. Any student 14 years or older with at least a 2.0 GPA interested in exposure to law enforcement education and recreational activities are welcome to come to the DeKalb Police Explorer Open House on Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30 pm, 1950 w Exchange Place, 3rd Floor, Tucker, Ga 30084.

2.  Attention Juniors who have a 3.2 core GPA and are interested in Joint Enrollment for your senior year:  Please attend the information session on Feb. 11, 2015 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the FAB auditorium.  We will have a representative from a local college here to answer questions.  You will need to take the SAT or the ACT prior to the April 15 deadline.

3.  Attention Current Joint Enrollment Students:  Please bring a copy of your college spring semester classes to Dr. Fenner in the Counseling Office as soon as possible.  Please be sure to register for classes during the same periods as fall semester.  Accell applications will not be approved until Dr. Fenner receives the schedule.  

4.  Seniors:  If you failed a class first semester or still need a class required for graduation please see your counselor as soon as possible.  If  you do not make up the class required for graduation you will not graduate.

5.  Buick Achievers Scholarship:  Applications are now open for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program! Are there students you know who are dedicated both inside and outside the classroom? Those who drive positive change in their communities? Those who plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university in 2015-2016. Those who plan to major in a field focused on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry. Visit our website for more information:
6.  2015 Student of Integrity Scholarship:   BBBis proud to announce the call for entries for our 2015 Student of Integrity Scholarships. Our scholarship program is funded by our Educational Foundation and each year we give six $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who will be graduating in 2015. Deadline: February 13, 2015.  For more information click here:

7.  The following information was featured in the DeKalb Council of PTAs newsletter and is a good resource for scholarship opportunities.

Gladys Cook Scholarship Application

The DeKalb County Council of PTAs is pleased to announce that we are once again able to offer the GLADYS COOK SCHOLARSHIP for 2015 to deserving seniors from DeKalb County High Schools with an active PTSA in good standing. The amount will be determined after all scholarship donations have been received. The link to the scholarship application and guidelines is below and can be downloaded from our website at  All forms must be filled out by the applicant, parent, or guardian and signed by the student, parent, school principal and counselor. All applications must be received by the Scholarship Co-Chairs, Mrs. Carole Rice or Mrs. Joy Pardee on or before March 2, 2015.  No late applications or applications missing documentation will be accepted or reviewed. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please email for more information or with questions.

Application for Gladys Cook Scholarship
Scholarship Resources

For anyone who has had a child in college, you know that there is serious sticker shock when you realize how much college costs.  There are many resources out there to help with those expenses, but it requires some research and some work.  Below are a few links to help you get started in your search and to get you thinking about different ways to help pay for your child’s education.  Don’t forget to check local businesses, organizations and others who have an interest in education.

GAcollege411/Hope Scholarship Overview

The Bonner Program

The Office of Advocacy & Outreach (OAO) recently released its USDA 1890 National Scholars Program.  The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the USDA and nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions (HBCUs) to award scholarships to students to attend one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employment benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the following universities:

*         Alabama A&M University

*         Alcorn State University

*         Central State University, Ohio

*         Delaware State University

*         Florida A&M University

*         Fort Valley State University, Georgia

*         Kentucky State University

*         Langston University, Oklahoma

*         Lincoln University, Missouri

*         North Carolina A&T State University

*         Prairie View A&M University, Texas

*         South Carolina State University

*         Southern University, Louisiana

*         Tennessee State University

*         Tuskegee University, Alabama

*         University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

*         University of Maryland Eastern Shore

*         Virginia State University

*         West Virginia State University

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, have been accepted at one of the 1890 HBCUs, study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related academic disciplines, demonstrate leadership and community service, and etc.  Please visit the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program website for more information.

The scholarship may be renewed each year contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree.  High school applications and college applications may be downloaded from the site below:
8.  Stamps Leadership Scholarships:

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. supports over forty colleges and universities that award Stamps Leadership Scholarships.  About 200 new awards will be given for the 2015-16 school year.  One of the nation’s most prestigious honors for high school seniors, Stamps Scholarships are typically four-year awards providing full tuition or even up to the full cost of attendance.  Enrichment funds are also available to help cover the costs of study abroad, academic conferences, research internships, etc.  Other benefits include a national network of scholars and a biennial convention (to be held in Atlanta in 2015!)  Partners include: UGA, Mercer, Morehouse, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, UVA, Michigan, and many others.  Deadlines and details vary, so check the website to learn more: and  Lakeside’s first Stamps Scholar is Ben Horst (Class of 2013, now at Georgia Tech).  Who will be the next one?


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