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HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, Zell Miller Grant Brochure from GA Futures



Local Scholarships

Information will be updated each Spring.  There is a bulletin board in Student Services with scholarship information.  The same information is posted online at http://chs.commercecityschools.org/resources/seniors.  See additional scholarship links posted at the bottom of this page.


Individual Scholarship Listings

Individual scholarship listings sorted by monthly deadlines.



Scholarship Search Engines

The following scholarship search engines have been determined to be the most effective by U.S. News and World Report.  The recommendations are based on three key elements:  how often their data is updated, whether they keep your information private, and what’s unique about each of them.

1.        www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org The staff performs a mass update of all scholarships annually; changes, corrections, additions, and deletions are also handled monthly.  College Board only uses your information to help you and to improve its services.  They do not rent or sell your information.

2.       www.collegenet.com – CollegeNET.com updates its data monthly through its license agreement with data aggregator, Wintergreen Orchard House.  CollegeNet.com does not rent or sell personal information to third parties.

3.       www.fastweb.com – Fastweb database is updated daily.  Fastweb does not share any information that can be tied to you without your permission.

4.       www.scholarships.com – Database is updated daily.  Users supply only the information they choose and are offered opportunities to opt out of receiving anything they do not want.

5.       www.scholarshipmonkey.com – Scholarship database is continuously updated by the company to ensure you are receiving the most relevant and useful information. Not private, unless you opt out from receiving information from third parties via email or snail mail.

Basics of Financial Aid PowerPoint from U.S. Department of Education

Click on Finding Money for College Presentation at https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/outreach/presentation.jsp


Financial Aid Essentials from College Board


Federal Student Aid at a Glance from U.S. Department of Education


The FAFSA Process from U.S. Department of Education


Paying for College Brochure from GA Futures


Additional information from various sources  

Complete List of College Cost Calculators: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid/college-calculators/

Financial Aid for Online Colleges: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid/financial-aid-for-online-colleges/

Guide to a Debt Free College Degree: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/graduating-debt-free/

Check out these FAFSA Myths: https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/2017/09/27/15-fafsa-myths-debunked/#more-24550

Various scholarships are below.  Use caution when applying for scholarships if it asks for money in order to apply!  Contact the counselor, Mrs. Scott, with any questions.

The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women: https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/

AED Superstore College Scholarship Opportunity: https://www.aedsuperstore.com/scholarship.html

Student Voice Scholarship: https://www.raphaelsonlaw.com/scholarship/

Flatiron School Scholarships for coding: https://flatironschool.com/scholarships/

Scholarships for students with disabilities: https://www.nitrocollege.com/scholarships/disabilities

Get Schooled MTV TRL Scholarship: https://getschooled.com/dashboard/tool/4115-trl-20000-dollar-scholarship

Mitchell & Crunk Adoption Scholarship: https://www.mitchellcrunk.com/commerce-ga-adoption-attorney/#scholarship-application

Spillers Law Firm Scholarship for Class of 2018: https://www.spillerslaw.com/scholarship-application/

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship: https://outreach.jkcf.org/tip-cs/?utm_campaign=2018_CS_Outreach&utm_source=DukeTIP&utm_medium=Talent_Centers