Pickens High School Counseling Department

Students A - F

Jana Champion

Elisha Wilson

Students G - O

Elisha Wilson

Students P - Z

Tara Joyce

College & Career Coordinator

Daniel Bell


Click HERE to access the Dual Enrollment website.




Counseling Secretary

Randi Ray






Important Information for Students




How to Schedule an Appointment with Your School Counselor




Class Change Requests

The Spring 2024 Class Change form was available from 12/20/23 until 1/10/24 on the PHS Counseling Webpage.  Moving forward, if there is an extenuating situation in which a student might need a class changed for the Spring 24 semester after January 10th, then the student will need to come by the PHS Counseling Suite and pick up an Administrative Class Change Form.  After completing the necessary steps outlined on the Admin. Class Change Form, then a PHS Administrator will make the decision if the class change request will be permitted or not.


Please know that class change requests will not take place if they are for one or more of the following reasons:

1) Teacher preference.

2) Peer preference (because you have a friend in that class).

3) Lunch time preference.



PHS Tutoring Schedule

Students are encouraged to speak with the teacher of whom they need tutoring for to schedule a time when they can come in to get extra assistance with their work.



GA Tutor Program

In addition to PHS Tutoring, students can also receive tutoring via the GA Tutor Program.  Georgia high school students have access to school work support Monday through Friday from 4-10pm, Saturdays from 10am-8pm, and Sundays from 1-8pm via Zoom meetings through the GA Tutor Program.

To schedule a help session with the GA Tutor Program, students must first log into their Infinite Campus accounts and select MORE on the left side of their screen.  From there they will select SLDS Portal on the right side of the screen and then they will click on the GA Tutor icon.  From there, students will select their specific subject and date for their help session.  PHS students must use their school email address during the registration process and once it is submitted they will receive an email with a Zoom link to the help session.

For more information on the GA Tutor Program and for technical support please click HERE.




Work-Based Learning (WBL)

The WBL program allows students the opportunity to earn high school elective credit(s) for their work experience. Interested students must apply to the program and be approved by the WBL Coordinator and CTAE Director, Ms. Carissa Parker, before WBL will be added to a student's schedule.  If you are interested in applying to potentially participate in the WBL program, then please click on the electronic application link below and complete the form using your student Gmail account:

2023-24 WBL Program Application





2023-24 Student Parking Permits

Click HERE to access the 2023-24 PHS Student Parking Permit Form.  Please know that you will also need to provide a copy your driver's license and vehicle insurance when you turn in your parking permit.  Parking permits will be sold in room 132 by Coach Martin and Coach Bennett.  ALL student drivers must have a current parking permit to park their vehicle on the PHS campus.



PHS Bell Schedule and School Hours

PHS is open from 7:00 AM to 2:15 PM.  Students report to 1st period by 7:40 AM and are released at 2:15 PM.  Click HERE to view the bell schedules.




Technology and IC Help

All students are issued a PCSD chromebook.  If you have questions or concerns regarding chromebooks, chargers, etc., then please email your requests and/or concerns to:



If you need assistance with logging into your Infinite Campus (IC) student account, student email account, and/or your Parent IC account, then please click HERE to see how you need to proceed and who you can contact if you need assistance.



Accessing an Unofficial Transcript in IC as a Student

Many students need access to their unofficial transcript to check their class rank, weighted and unweighted GPA's, GPA's on both a 100 point scale and 4.0 scale, etc.  Click HERE to access the directions on how a student can view his/her unofficial transcript in his/her IC account.




Enrolling a Student to Attend PHS

 If you want to enroll your student to attend PHS, then please first complete registration and enrollment via the Registration Department at the PCSD Central Office.  Click HERE to access the PCSD Registration webpage.

Once you have completed registration, then our school will be notified and you will be contacted by the counseling secretary about setting up a new student appointment with your PHS Counselor.

Please know that you will have to first complete the registration process, registration notifies PHS once it is complete and they have processed your application, and PHS will have to receive a copy of the student's records before we will schedule a new student meeting.



Withdrawing a Student from PHS

If your student will be leaving PHS to transfer to another school, then you will need to reach out to our registrar, Ms. Candy DiPrima, to withdraw your student.  You will need to do the following:


1) Set up an appointment with the registrar, Ms. DiPrima, to withdraw your student by either coming in person, calling PHS at 706-253-1800, or by emailing her at candydiprima@


2) Come in to withdraw your student, sign the appropriate paperwork, and turn in your student's chromebook, charger, and case.

3) Before you leave from your student withdrawal appointment, the registrar will give you a document that contains your student's transfer grades (if student moves within the semester and does not complete the semester with PHS) or a copy of the student's final transcript if the student finished the semester at PHS and earned his/her credits.  Please know that final grades will not be available on transcripts until report cards go out (which is typically a week into each new semester.  Ex. 1st week of January and 1st week of June).



Attendance and Records Assistance

1) Sick/Doctor's Notes - If you are out of school for any reason, then please bring a doctor's note or sick note to the front desk.  Doctor's notes and/or sick notes are not accepted after five days of returning to school.  You can also email your sick note or doctor's note to phsattendance@


2) Records Requests - If you need to request records and/or update your information in Infinite Campus (such as phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, etc.), then please contact the PHS Registrar, Ms. Candy DiPrima.  Her email address is candydiprima@




Information Regarding Graduation Requirements, Grade Promotions, Classes Offered at PHS, and Student Organizations/Clubs

Click HERE to access the document that provides detailed descriptions regarding the following information:

-Graduation Requirements for PHS students.

-The number of credits required to be promoted to the next grade level.

-Academic class offerings and their sequences of how they should be taken at PHS.

-Elective class offerings and their pathway sequences of how they should be taken at PHS.

-Students Organizations and Clubs at PHS.


PCSD YouTube Channel on Graduation

Click on the link above to view the following videos regarding graduation info on the PCSD YouTube Channel:

1) Graduation Requirements

2) Graduation Pathway: Accelerated Career Diploma

3) Graduation Pathway:  Dual Enrollment



Yearbooks, Letterman Jackets, and Class Rings

Click HERE to access the PHS page through Jostens where you can purchase yearbooks, letterman jackets, and class rings.





PHS Cafeteria Information

Mrs. Andrea Wood is the PHS Cafeteria Manager.  Students can either pay for meals/snacks with cash or add money to their student accounts by using the My Payments Plus website.  Click HERE to access the My Payments Plus website.  The prices for meals can be seen below:



Families that are eligible for free or reduced-price meals must apply to receive them, and all other students must pay full price for their meals.  All families are encouraged to complete the free/reduced lunch application if you believe your student(s) may be eligible.  You can use your cell phone camera and scan the QR code below to access the online application.  Paper copies are also available at the school.  Please click HERE for an important news flyer regrading free and reduced-priced meals from the PCSD Nutrition Department:





Transcript Requests and Attendance Verifications


Need a copy of your transcript, an education verification, and/or attendance verification (ex. for military purposes, Social Security benefits, insurance purposes, etc.) completed?  Then please send your transcript request to phstranscripts@pickenscountyschools.orgFor all transcript requests please include the following information:

1) Your first and last name (please provide your maiden name when necessary).

2) The year you graduated.  If you are currently a PHS student, then please identify what grade you are in.

3) Your date of birth (Month/Day/Year).

4) The last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN).

5) Where you need your transcript to be sent to.


The counseling secretary will process your request within 72 hrs.  If you would like to pick the transcript up in person or have it emailed to yourself, then please indicate so in your transcript request email.  For previously graduated PHS students, the cost for a transcript request to be processed is $5.00.  Please know that "official transcripts" will show your 100 point scale weighted and unweighted GPA's.  If you would like to see your 4.0 scale GPA, then you will need to request an "unofficial" copy of your transcript.


Please remember that your HOPE GPA is calculated by GA Futures, not by PHS; thus, to view your HOPE GPA, then you will need access your GA Futures account.





ADAP Test and Attendance Certificates for Licenses

If you need a copy of your attendance verification and/or your ADAP report for your learners or drivers licenses, then please email your request to:



Once your request has been processed, then the student and/or parent can pick up the items from the PHS Front Office Secretary.

For the 2023-24 school year the ADAP presentation and test were given on 10/25/23 to all 9th grade students.  If you were not at PHS on 10/25/23, then you missed both the presentation and test.  The ADAP (Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program) is a requirement in Georgia for anyone under the age of 18 to complete in order to obtain his/her drivers license.  The presentation and test are given only once each school year at PHS and for the 2023-24 school year, the presentation and test were given on 10/25/23.

Click HERE to register for the eADAP (electronic version of the ADAP) if you missed the test on 10/12/2022.  When registering for the eADAP, under "reason for enrollment" you will need to choose "other" and you will also need to use a personal email account instead of your student Gmail email address.  Click HERE to access the eADAP instructions from the GA DDS.

The ADAP presentation and test will be administered to all 9th grades students at PHS again in October of 2024.




ACT & SAT Dates for Pickens High School

Almost all colleges and universities, and some scholarships, will require you to have either a SAT or ACT score to submit.  In order to take the SAT and/or ACT you will need to create an account with their websites (links included on the document link above), register to take the test, and then utilize their website to have your scores sent to the school of your choice.  Once you have created an account, then you will be able to access your scores through the SAT and/or ACT websites.  Click HERE to access the SAT/ACT schedule for test dates at PHS.  Click HERE to access the "ACT Test Guide" and look below for more resources about the SAT.


PHS School Code 111695



SAT Resources

Listed below are multiple SAT resources provided by College Board:

1) Click HERE to access the "Getting Ready to Take the SAT" document that lists the steps you need to take during the process of registering for the test, how to send your scores, and how to access your scores.

2) Click HERE to view the "Benefits of Taking the SAT" document.

3) Click HERE to access the "SAT Student Guide" document that provides important information about the SAT, tips and advice on taking the test, and also contains practice questions to try.

4) Click HERE to view the "SAT Quick Reference Guide" that contains contact information for various departments within College Board such as the SAT, AP Testing, PSAT, and Services for Students with Disabilities.


5) Click HERE to view the "SAT Registration and Test Day Quick Guide" flyer.


6) Click HERE to access the "SAT Student Guide to Practice and Scores" document.


7) Click HERE to download a SAT practice test provided by College Board.  College Board also encourages student to utilize Khan Academy to do online test practicing.  Click HERE to access the Khan Academy website.


8) Click HERE to download the Student ID Form that you can use if you do not have proper identification to use for the day of your test.


9) Click HERE to access the "Parent's Guide to Getting Your Teen Ready for the SAT" flyer.




GSFC Grade Level Checklists

Below are helpful "grade level checklists" provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) to help you make sure that you are taking the necessary steps during your high school career to pursue your post-secondary goals:

9th-10th Grade Checklist

11th-12th Grade Checklist





PSAT and PSAT Score Instructions

For the 2023-24 school year, the PSAT was administered to all PHS 10th grade students on Wednesday, 10/25/23.  The school automatically registered all PHS 10th grade students for the test.  PSAT scores have been released as of 12/1/23 to the students' College Board accounts via www.collegeboard.org .

If you do not already have a College Board account, then you will need to create one by going to www.collegeboard.org . When creating your account, please identify Pickens High School as your current school and use the CEEB Code of 111695.  From there you will be able to access your PSAT score.

The PSAT will not be offered again at PHS until October of 2024.  Homeschool students interested in taking the PSAT test at PHS in October of 2024 will need to please email our PHS Testing Coordinator, Mr. Rick Goble, to inquire about this option at richardgoble@pickenscountyschools.org beginning August of 2024. 


Senior Related Information


Fall Senior Info Letters

During the Fall semester, all PHS seniors and their families were sent a "Fall Senior Info Letter" that included a copy of the senior's class schedule, transcript, and status check document.  This letter contains very helpful information to help you navigate your senior year.  Click HERE to view/access a copy of the "Fall Senior Info Letter."


Another letter was mailed out to the seniors and their parents on 11/7/23 regarding information that was went over on the 10/25 advisement day and about the Jostens 11/1 senior meeting.  Click HERE to view/access a copy of the "11/7 Senior Info Letter."



Senior Important Dates

Click HERE to access the "Senior Important Dates" document that lists important dates that all seniors and their families should keep in mind for the upcoming school year.





PHS School Profile

Please click HERE to view and/or access the PHS 2023-24 School Profile document.  Some college and scholarship applications will ask you to provide a copy of your high school profile.










Senior Cap & Gown Orders

All seniors who plan on walking in the May graduation ceremony must purchase their cap & gown package through Jostens.  It is highly encouraged that all orders be placed no later than when students leave from Christmas break in December.  Cap & gown orders will be delivered to the seniors at PHS the last week in March before Spring break.  Click HERE to access the link where you only purchase the "cap & gown" for $71.00 before taxes and fees.

Click on the picture below to use the QR code and/or view the website address to place your order and view all packages offered by Jostens:




Senior Pictures

Please know that in order for a senior to appear in the PHS Draca yearbook, he/she must have a photo made with Cady Studios.  Cady Studios was at PHS on 9/12/23 and 10/24/23 to do senior pictures.  Dates and times are available at other locations.  If you have any questions regarding your senior photos, then please reach out to Cady Studios at 678-722-3449.  Please click HERE to access the Cady Studios Senior Booking Guide and  HERE to access the Cady Studios website for more information.







Senior Information Packet

This Senior Information Packet (click on the link above) will assist you and your family with getting prepared to apply for college, scholarships, jobs, and creating professional relationships with your teachers and counselors.  Access to this packet is available to everyone who can download a pdf file.

Please click HERE to access a Word copy of the PHS Senior Information Sheet that you can type in or you can print it and write on it.  Many use this document to help them build a resume.

Please know that some scholarships may ask for you to complete a "senior profile."  THIS "PHS SENIOR INFO" DOCUMENT CAN BE USED TO ASSIST YOU WITH SCHOLARSHIPS; however, please know that this document will not always suffice for a "senior profile" requested by some scholarship applications (an example of this is the Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship as they have their own senior profile document to be completed).

Your school counselors are here to assist you as needed and wish you the best of luck this year!






PHS Senior Presentation

Please click on the link above to download the senior Power-Point presentation.  The Power-Point will open as a "Google Slides" presentation first; however, this will not allow you to listen to the audio that accompanies each slide.  Once the presentation opens as a "Google Slides Presentation," then please go to "FILE," then click on "DOWNLOAD," and choose to download as a Microsoft Power-Point Presentation.  This will then allow the presentation to download as a true Power-Point presentation to your computer.  After the Power-Point presentation downloads to your device, then please click on the "audio" icon in the lower right hand corner of each slide to listen to the presentation information recorded for you on each slide.





Applying to College

You can apply directly through the college of your choice for admittance to a college or you can use the Common App Tool.  When applying for admission directly through your chosen post-secondary school, please visit the college's "admission" page and follow the directions provided for that school.  Most schools require similar requirements but some may differ.  You will need to check your chosen college's application requirements to ensure you are submitting a complete application.

Common App is another common method of applying to a variety of schools in both Georgia (examples are UGA and Georgia State University) and nationwide.  Common App is a non-profit member organization that represents nearly 900 diverse colleges.  This tool connects students to a variety of public and private colleges and universities across all 50 U.S. states and 20 different countries.

-Click HERE to to be directed the Common App website and start your application process.

-Parents/Guardians/Families can click HERE to be directed to the family resources page on Common App to get information on Financial Aid and how to support your student as he/she applies to colleges.

-Students can click HERE to access important documents/resources to assist in your Common App process.





Currently Available Scholarship Information                       

If you would like to view/reference a list of all the scholarships that were posted on the PHS Counseling webpage during the 2022-23 school year, then please click HERE.  If you are interested in offering a scholarship opportunity to students at PHS, then please contact PHS Counselor Jana Champion (contact info is listed at the top of this webpage) with a copy of your scholarship application, the amount that will be awarded, and when your scholarship deadline will be.


We encourage all students and their families to check the PHS Counseling Webpage weekly to view any and all scholarship opportunities that are presented to PHS students.  Please know that all scholarships that are made available to PHS students from local organizations are posted on this webpage so that all students, their families, staff, and the community can access this information at any time.  Below are mostly local, state, and some national scholarships that are currently available for students to apply to:


1) Please click HERE to access the studentscholarships.org February 2024 Newsletter listing multiple national scholarships that are currently available.


2) Pickens County Retired Educators Scholarship (posted 1/27/24)

-This scholarship opportunity is open to all PHS seniors who plan on pursuing a post-secondary degree in the field of teaching.

-The winner will be recognized at the May PHS Senior Honors Night and the May PCRE meeting.

-Click HERE to access the application and review all of its requirements.

-The application is due in its entirety to your PHS Counselor by 12pm on March 1st, 2024.  The winner will be announced in May 2024 at the May PCRE meeting and possibly at the May 2024 Senior Honors Night.


3) Georgia Mining Foundation Scholarship Program (posted on 1/13/24)

-All Georgia high school seniors attending schools in counties where mining companies maintain mining operations are eligible to apply to this scholarship.  Pickens County meets this requirement and thus, PHS seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

-Click HERE to visit the scholarship program’s website.

-Click HERE to access the Information Sheet on this scholarship opportunity and to review the eligibility criteria.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-All completed applications must be submitted and mailed by the student (the PHS Counseling Department is not responsible for mailing these applications on behalf of the student) to the address identified in the scholarship application by March 1st, 2024.  Winners of this scholarship will be announced at the PHS Honors Night in May of 2024.


4) Georgia Scholar Recognition Program (posted on 1/13/24)

-Any 2024 graduating senior attending a Georgia high school may complete the application, provided they meet the criteria (outlined in the application) and provided they secure signatures from their principal, school counselor, and parent/guardian.  There are no restrictions on the number of students in a school or district who may apply. Please note that the requirements for Georgia Scholar are set in state law and exceptions cannot be made. Additionally, please be aware that Georgia Scholar is a recognition-only program and no scholarship funds are associated.  Each Georgia Scholar will receive a seal for his or her diploma during the month of May.

-Click HERE for more info on this GADOE opportunity and the criteria that must be met in order to apply.

-Click HERE to access the online application form.

-Click HERE to access the school verification form (the form that you get signatures from the principal and school counselor).

-The online application is due March 1st, 2024, by 5pm.


5) The Rotary Club of Big Canoe Scholarship (posted on 1/13/24)

-Any Class of 2024 senior student may apply to the Rotary Club of Big Canoe Scholarship if he/she is a resident of Pickens or Dawson County and wishes to further his/her education as a full-time student after graduating from high school at a post-secondary institution (4-year colleges/universities and technical colleges) while pursuing a STEAM related career (science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or math).

-To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, the applicant must submit a completed application (can be typed or hand-written), make sure to include a headshot picture with your application, answer the essay questions in the application, provide a copy of an official transcript, provide a copy of your ACT and/or SAT scores, have a 3.25 GPA in core courses (aka your GA HOPE GPA), have completed or is in the process of completing 2 AP and/or Dual Enrollment courses, provide two references (one from a school employee and one from an adult outside of the school that you are not related to), complete a “senior profile” (for PHS students, this will be the “PHS Senior Info Sheet” that can be accessed on the PHS Counseling webpage), provide a copy of your letter of acceptance to the college you plan on attending in the fall of 2024, and provide a senior resume (this is in addition to the “senior profile” requirement).

-The application asks for the student to identify if he/she has a 3.25 GPA in his/her core classes and be HOPE qualified.  The PHS Counseling team recommends that all applicants check their GA Futures account to confirm what their GA HOPE GPA is.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship requirements document.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-You will be notified of your scholarship interview time which will take place on 3/11.

-Applications and their required documents must be submitted altogether in one packet.  Complete application packets must arrive in the mail by Friday, March 1st, 2024.  The student is responsible for mailing the complete application packet to the person and address identified in the “scholarship requirements” document.


6) GA Foundation for Ag Scholarships (posted on 1/13/24)

-The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture have a number of scholarship opportunities available for students who aim to pursue agriculture-related courses of study.  There are scholarship opportunities for both technical college bound and four-year college bound applicants.

-Click HERE to view the multiple scholarship opportunities available via the GA Found of Ag website, the scholarships application requirements, and to access the online applications.

-All 2024 scholarship applications are open through March 1st, 2024, and must be submitted online via the organization's website.  The GA Foundation for Ag will announce their winners in May of 2024.


7) Dalton State Foundation Scholarships (posted on 1/27/24)

-Dalton State College Foundation provides scholarship opportunities for Dalton State students to apply to.  If you plan on attending Dalton State College during the 2024-25 school year, then don’t let this amazing scholarship opportunity pass you by!

-Click HERE to view more information on the scholarships available to incoming Dalton State College students and to also access the online application link.

-In order to be considered for scholarships, current high school seniors must be accepted to Dalton State and must have access to the Roadrunner Portal. Roadrunner Portal login credentials are found in your Dalton State acceptance letter. If you need help with your Roadrunner Portal user name or password, contact OCIS at 706-272-2611 or helpdesk@daltonstate.edu .

-The deadline to submit the online scholarship application in its entirety is 11:59pm on March 8th, 2024.  Applicants will be notified of their status by April 26th by Dalton State college.


8) The Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction (GEICC) Scholarship (posted on 1/27/24)

- GEICC is offering scholarships to students who are high school seniors in the state of Georgia that plan on pursuing postsecondary education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (STEM) fields.  There will be a minimum of five scholarships worth $1000 each to be awarded.

-Click HERE to access the website, scholarship criteria, and to apply for the scholarship online.

-Applications must be submitted in their entirety online no later than 11:59pm on Sunday, March 10th, 2024.  GEICC will contact the scholarship recipients.


9) The Constitutional Officers Assoc. of Georgia, Inc. (COAG) 2024 Scholarship (posted on 1/27/24)

-This scholarship opportunity is open to any Georgia high school senior who is both a United States and state of Georgia citizen, will be graduating in May of 2024, and intends on attending college to pursue a bachelor’s degree after graduating from high school.

-Part of this scholarship opportunity requires the applicant to interview a local Clerk of Superior Court, Probate Judge, Sheriff, or Tax Commissioner as well as to submit an essay.

-Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application and review its requirements.

-The deadline to submit your scholarship application via email to coagdirector@gmail.com in its entirety is 11:59pm on March 15th.  COAG will announce the winner of the scholarship by April 14th.


10) Gloria Wentworth STEM Scholarship (posted on 1/19/23)

-The Wentworth Institute of Science and Health (W.I.S.H.) will be awarding $500 scholarships to two Class of 2024 PHS seniors who plan on pursuing a post-secondary education (at a technical college or a four-year college/university) in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics).

-Click HERE to review the eligibility criteria and submit the online application through the WISH website (the online application will be available on 2/12).

-The application cycle will be available from February 12th through March 18th.  The deadline for the submission of the online application will be 11:59pm on March 18th.  The winners will be announced at the May PHS Senior Honors Night.


11) Beta Eta Scholarship (posted on 1/13/24)

-The Beta Eta Scholarship is available for any Class of 2024 female senior who desires to enter the teaching profession and pursue a career in education.  The scholarship will be awarded to one female senior and it will be a $1000 scholarship.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.  You can type or handwrite your responses to the application.

-All applications and their required documents must be submitted as one complete application to your PHS Counselor by 12pm on Friday, March 22nd.  The winner will be recognized at the April Beta Eta Meeting and receive her scholarship that night.


12) Breaux & Associates Architects Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24)

-This scholarship opportunity is open to all PHS seniors who plan on enrolling in a post-secondary school after graduating from PHS and who will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related field and/or in the field of architecture.

-There are two $500 scholarships to be offered for this scholarship and the winners will be announced at the PHS Senior Honors Night in May.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-All completed applications and their required documents must be turned into your school counselor by 12pm on Friday, March 22nd.


13) Albert E. Harrison/ETC Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24)

-The Albert E. Harrison/ETC Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity open to all PHS seniors who plan on pursuing a post-secondary education.

-In order to apply for this scholarship opportunity, applicants must submit a completed scholarship application, a typed written statement as described in the application, a resume or PHS Senior Info Sheet, and an acceptance letter to the his/her post-secondary school.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-All completed applications must be submitted to the PHS Counseling department in their entirety by 12pm on Friday, March 22nd.


14) Partners for Educational Excellence Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24)

-This scholarship opportunity is open to all PHS seniors who plan on enrolling in a post-secondary school after graduating from PHS.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-All completed applications and their required documents must be turned into your school counselor by 12pm on Friday, March 22nd.


15) Matthew Campbell Memorial Scholarship (posted on 12/16/23)

-Matthew Campbell was one of the most outstanding PHS Alumni to call 500 Dragon Drive home.  He was full of integrity, kindness, strength, and love.  Beloved by everyone who knew him, this scholarship was created in his memory to honor a PHS senior (actually 4 PHS seniors for the Class of 2024) who embodies a similar spirit to Matthew’s.  PHS is honored to post this scholarship opportunity for any PHS senior who would like to apply who intends on attending a post-secondary college.

-Four scholarships worth $3,500 each will be awarded to four PHS senior applicants worthy of this scholarship.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-The application must be turned into the PHS Counseling Suite in its entirety (including all requested documents) by 12pm on March 25th, 2024.  The scholarship recipient will be announced at the PHS Senior Honors Night in May 2024.


16) Lyda Walden Fletcher Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24)

-The Lyda Walden Fletcher Scholarship is a unique and special scholarship opportunity only made available to seniors of Pickens High School.  There will be two $1000 scholarships awarded this year.

-To be eligible for this scholarship opportunity a PHS senior must be accepted to an accredited two-year or four-year college with the intent of pursuing a baccalaureate degree, has resided in Pickens County for at least 2 years prior to graduation, and must have a GPA of at least 3.5.

-Please click HERE to access the application and review the required criteria to apply.

-All completed applications must be submitted to your school counselor by 12pm on Thursday, March 28th.  The winner of the scholarship will be announced at the May Senior Honors Night.


17) Tommy Shaw Memorial Award (posted on 2/15/24)

-The Optimist Club of Jasper is honored to announce the inaugural year of the Tommy Shaw Memorial Award. This award is in memory of Mr. Tommy Shaw who passed away in 2022 and was truly considered a “Friend of the Community” here in the North Georgia area.  This scholarship opportunity is open to any PHS senior who plans on pursuing a post-secondary education in Engineering or a related field.

-One scholarship will be given in a TBA amount and the winner will be announced at the PHS Senior Honors Night in May.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-All completed applications and their required documents must be turned into your school counselor by 12pm on Thursday, March 28th.


18) Parade of Homes Scholarship (posted on 1/13/24)

-At its foundation, the mission of the Blue Ridge Parade of Homes and its sponsors is to give back to the community. With many of the participating builders being raised in the local area, the non-profit Scholarship Foundation is committed to giving back to public education in the North Georgia area, by way of providing scholarships to local students.  If selected as the recipient, then you will receive a check for $10,000 to go towards any post-secondary education needs you may have.

-Applicants must be a senior at Copper Basin, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, or Union County High School this plans on going into a career in the construction trades.  Applicants need to have applied to a college or trade school in which they wish to pursue or be working (employee or apprentice) in their chosen trade.

-Please click HERE to access the online application.

-The deadline to submit your online application is March 31st, 2024.  The Foundation will notify the student if he/she is a scholarship recipient.


19) American Legion Post 149 Pickens County Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24)

-The American Legion will be offering a $2000 scholarship to a deserving PHS senior.  The primary qualification is that the PHS senior is a Pickens County resident, intends on attending an accredited college after graduating from high school, and is someone that is a child, grandchild, and/or a niece/nephew of a Veteran.  A short paragraph to that effect of how this Veteran has had an impact on you carries a lot of weight with the scholarship committee.

-Click HERE to download the scholarship application instructions and review the requirements.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-It is the responsibility of the applicant to collect all required items for this scholarship and submit the scholarship application in its entirety by March 31st either via email or mail to the contact person identified in the application instructions.  The winner will be recognized at the May Senior Honors night.


20) Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship (posted on 11/7/23)

-The Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship is available to all high school seniors that plan to further their education in the fields of either construction or engineering by attending a four-year college/university. Only those that are a resident of, or plan to attend a school or university in the states where PCEA (Professional Construction Estimators Association) has an established Chapter will qualify. At present, those states are North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  The Scholarship is funded, in part, by the Order of Isosceles Fellowship.

-Click HERE to view more information regarding PECA and the scholarship opportunity.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application.

-The deadline to submit this scholarship application in its entirety is March 31st, 2024, and must be mailed by the student to P.O. Box 9146, Charlotte, NC, 28299.  PECA will notify the scholarship recipient.


21) UNG New Student Scholarships (posted on 11/7/23)

-Newly admitted freshmen and transfer students to UNG can now complete one scholarship application for to be considered for all Undergraduate Admissions Academic and Leadership Scholarships for which they might qualify.

-Click HERE to view more information regarding new student scholarships at UNG.

-Click HERE to access the online scholarship application.

-The priority deadline to submit this online application was December 1st, 2023, with the general deadline being April 1st, 2024.


22) 2023 Maxine Westbrook Moore Scholarship (posted on 2/15/24)

-The Pickens County Republican Party will be selecting two graduating seniors that are Pickens County residents to receive a $1000 scholarship toward their post-secondary education at any accredited college or technical college.

-Click HERE to access the scholarship application and review its requirements.

-The deadline for submitting this scholarship in its entirety is Wednesday, April 24th.  The entire application (application, essay, transcript, and college acceptance letter) must be emailed to scholarship@pickensgop.org by the student (use a personal email and not your student Gmail email).


23) Hope After Grief Scholarship (posted on 1/27/24)

-Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to one high school senior from Georgia and one from South Carolina who have lost a parent/guardian or a sibling.  The student must go to a post high school higher education program to receive the scholarship. This can be a technical college or four-year university.

-The Georgia winner for this scholarship in May of 2022 was a PHS student.

- Click HERE to access the online application and view the application requirements.

 -The deadline for the online application is April 26th, 2024, and the Hope After Grief Scholarship will announce its winners in May 2024.


24) The David Skinner/GDA Scholarship (posted on 11/7/23)

-The David Skinner/GDA (Georgia Development Authority) Scholarship awards scholarships in the amount of $2,400 that will be awarded annually to students enrolled in the study of Agriculture or an Agriculture related field.

-Those applying must be a senior, successfully passed their high school academic requirements, have college entrance exam scores (SAT/ACT) qualifying their admission to an accredited Georgia College, must be a Georgia resident living in a rural county (Pickens is a rural county), and must be pursuing a degree directly related to agriculture.

-Click HERE to access the website to this scholarship for more information as well as the online application.

-Click HERE to print the PDF version of the application.

-The scholarship application and all required documents must be postmarked no later than the first Monday in May if you completed a physical copy of the application.

-The deadline for the application submission is May 6th, 2024.





Scholarship Opportunities that were posted on the PHS Counseling Webpage and the deadlines have since passed:


1) Vivek Ramaswamy American Identity Scholarship (posted on 7/27/23 and was due on 9/18/23).

2) Coca-Cola Scholars Program (posted on 8/29/23 and the deadline was on 10/2/23).

3) Heisman High School Scholarship (posted on 9/17/23 and the deadline was 10/20/23).

4) Voice of Democracy Scholarship (posted on 10/23/23 and the deadline was 10/31/23).

5) DAR Good Citizens Scholarship (posted on 10/31/23 and the deadline was 11/13/23).

6) Georgia State University “The Stamps and Presidential Scholarships” (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was 11/15/23).

7) Cooke College Scholarship Program (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was 11/16/23).

8) UGA CAES Rural Scholars Program (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was 11/17/23).

9) Hagan Scholarship Foundation (posted on 10/23/23 and the deadline was 12/1/23).

10) John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest (posted on 10/23/23 and the deadline was 1/12/24).

11) National BETA Scholarship Program (posted on 1/13/24 and the deadline was 1/18/24).

12) Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship (posted on 9/27/23 and the deadline was 1/19/24).

13) AEMC Scholarship Program (posted on 11/21/23 and the deadline was on 1/31/24).

14) AEMC Washington Youth Tour (posted on 11/21/23 and the deadline was on 1/31/24).

15) DAR Scholarships (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was on 1/31/24).

16) UNG Georgia Military Service Scholarship (posted on 9/17/23 and the deadline was on 2/1/24).

17) Bent Tree Foundation Scholarship (posted on 9/27/23 and the deadline was on 2/9/24).

18) Bent Tree Tennis Community Scholarship (posted on 9/27/23 and the deadline was on 2/9/24).

19) Judy Shaw Memorial Scholarship (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was 2/28/24).











GEORGIA MATCH is a new program for the 2023-24 school year that has been initiated by Governor Brian Kemp in collaboration with the GSFC (GA Student Finance Commission), the USG (University System of GA), the TCSG (Technical College System of GA), the GADOE (GA Department of Education) and the GOSA (Governor’s Office of Student Achievement).  This new program will show all GA high school seniors which of the public colleges and universities in GA that current seniors have met the initial academic requirements for admission as of September 2023.  This information is based off of the student’s HOPE GPA (not their cumulative high school GPA) that they can access via their GA Future’s account.


GEORGIA MATCH letters will be sent out from the GSFC (not the student’s high school) in October of 2023 to all GA high school seniors and their families.  Should you not receive your GEORGIA MATCH letter from the GSFC by November 1st, then please reach out to your school counselor.  More information and resources regarding this incredible program can be found at www.GAfutures.org/GEORGIAMATCH







Additional National Scholarship Databases

There is a world of scholarship opportunity out there waiting to be taken advantage of.  The PHS Counseling team works diligently to ensure as many local and state, and some national, scholarships are specifically posted on the PHS Counseling Webpage.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to review every opportunity out there so more information has been provided below for students to inquire about.  We hope that our PHS students and their families will take some time to view the below websites that both identify and provide multiple nationwide scholarships and grants that all students can possibly apply to:


-GA Futures Scholarship Search

-University of GA Scholarships

-GA Tech Scholarships





-American Indian College Fund

-Native Forward Scholars Fund

-Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

-Career One Stop


-College Board Big Future Scholarships

-Dell Scholars

-Going Merry

-Hispanic Scholarship Fund

-Horatio Alger Assoc. Scholarships

-NSHSS Foundation Scholarships



-Scholarship America


-Thurgood Marshall College Fund

-Reagan Foundation Scholarships


-Universal Technical Institute

-US Veterans Magazine Military Scholarship List for Service Members, Spouses, and Dependents







FAFSA Information and How to Apply

Please make sure to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid for college.  Completion of the FAFSA is required to receive any financial aid for college and is the first step in moving forward with applying for the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships/grants.  Students and parents will have to complete this application together.  All seniors planning to attend college will have to complete the FAFSA.  The FAFSA is open each year from October 1st until June 30th; however, the FAFSA will be available beginning in December of 2023 for this one time only.

Click HERE to access an article on the, "10 Common FAFSA Mistakes Not to Make."


Click HERE to access the "FAFSA Checklist" made specifically for Georgia students by the GSFC. 



Georgia Students Paying for College

After Georgia students have finished applying for college and completing the FAFSA, then their next step is to create/access their GA Futures account to complete the GSFAPP (the application required to get the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships/grants), track their HOPE GPA (different than their high school GPA), send their high school transcript to colleges in Georgia, review and apply for scholarships, apply to some colleges in Georgia, etc.  Below are some helpful documents/checklists from the GSFC to assist you in your plan to finance your post-secondary education:

-Click HERE to view the "HOPE Program Summary" document.

-Click HERE to view the "Paying for College" document.





Additional College and Financial Aid Websites to Explore and Help You Plan/Prepare to Apply for College and Scholarships


-GA Futures Federal Aid and Scholarships Webpage








College Visits

In lieu of on campus college visits, some colleges are hosting virtual information sessions this school year.  Below are some upcoming college meetings (in-person and/or virtual) that you may want to attend:


***No current items as of 11/6/23.***







Georgia Degrees Pay

The University System of Georgia just rolled out a new website, Georgia Degrees Pay, available for Georgia parents and students making major college decisions. This tool allows users to compare all 26 public universities and colleges in the University System (USG). Many features allow users to compare up to two schools at a time and include categories like the cost of attendance, future earnings, and student success rates.  Click HERE to visit the website.



Georgia Transfer (GAtracs)

The GAtracs website offers multiple college credit tools to students who are interested in exploring a variety of opportunities at the colleges and universities in Georgia.  Below are just a few of the tools that GAtracs offers on their website:

-Find Exam Score Transfer Credit (such as college credits for certain scores on AP and CLEP exams)

-Dual Enrollment Planning

-Find College Credit Transfer




Click HERE to view the YouScience Power Point Presentation.  This is a large file due to the videos on the presentation; thus, when you click on the link you will then need to click on the "power-point" download option.


Click HERE to download the YouScience Workbook.


Click HERE to access the instructions for activating and logging into your YouScience account.






How to Create a GA Futures Account

Click HERE to use this document to help create your GA Futures Account.  This is a necessary step in the Dual Enrollment process, tracking your HOPE GPA (which is different than your overall high school GPA), and will also help you keep track of various tasks in your college application journey.






Military Information

Have you ever considered joining the military?  Below are some links to help best assist you in making this decision and how to contact a recruiter.  For more information, then please schedule an appointment with your school counselor or local military recruiter.

U.S. Army

Please click HERE for information on joining the US Army.

Please click HERE to view a short video about joining the US Army National Guard.

Please click HERE to access a presentation and guidebook on the benefits and scholarships opportunities available to those who enlist with the National Guard.



Air Force

Click HERE to view the recruitment requirements for joining the Air Force.

US Navy

Please click HERE to view the requirements for enlisting in the US Navy.

Marine Corps

Please click HERE to access the link showing what is required to enlist in the Marine Corps.

Coast Guard

Click HERE to view the requirements for joining the Coast Guard.





If you find yourself in a crisis situation, then please know that the below resources are available to you 24/7:

GA Crisis and Access Line - 1-800-715-4225

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 or text/dail 9-8-8

Pickens Sheriff Department – 706-253-8901

For any emergency situation, please call 911