Pickens High School Counseling Department

Students A - F

Jana Champion
janachampion@pickenscountyschools.org

Elisha Wilson

Students G - O

Elisha Wilson
elishawilson@pickenscountyschools.org

Students P - Z

Tara Joyce
tarajoyce@pickenscountyschools.org 

College & Career Coordinator

Daniel Bell

danielbell@pickenscountyschools.org 

Click HERE to access the Dual Enrollment website.

 

 

 

Counseling Secretary

Randi Ray

randiray@pickenscountyschools.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click HERE to access important information about end of the year housekeeping with your GA Futures accounts, completing the FAFSA and GSFAPP, and when you will be able to access your HOPE GPA in GA Futures.

 

 

 

 

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:

2024-25 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.

 

 

Rising 9th Graders for 24-25

Please click HERE to access the "Rising 9th Graders for 24-25" presentation that provides helpful information to student and parents on items pertinent to rising freshmen.

 

 

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:

phstechnologyrequests@

pickenscountyschools.org 

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@

pickenscountyschools.org

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@

pickenscountyschools.org

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@

pickenscountyschools.org

 

 

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:

phsattendance@

pickenscountyschools.org

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 May 2024 Newsletter listing multiple national scholarships that are currently available.

 

 

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).

20) Pickens County Retired Educators Scholarship (posted 1/27/24 and the deadline was 3/1/24).

21) Georgia Mining Foundation Scholarship Program (posted on 1/13/24 and the deadline was 3/1/24).

22) Georgia Scholar Recognition Program (posted on 1/13/24 and the deadline was 3/1/24).

23) The Rotary Club of Big Canoe Scholarship (posted on 1/13/24 and the deadline was 3/1/24).

24) GA Foundation for Ag Scholarships (posted on 1/13/24 and the deadline was 3/1/24).

25) Dalton State Foundation Scholarships (posted on 1/27/24 and the deadline was 3/8/24).

26) The Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction (GEICC) Scholarship (posted on 1/27/24 and the deadline was 3/10/24).

27) The Constitutional Officers Assoc. of Georgia, Inc. (COAG) 2024 Scholarship (posted on 1/27/24 and the deadline was 3/15/24).

28) Gloria Wentworth STEM Scholarship (posted on 1/19/23 and the deadline was 3/18/24).

29) Beta Eta Scholarship (posted on 1/13/24 and the deadline was 3/22/24).

30) Breaux & Associates Architects Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24 and the deadline was 3/22/24).

31) Albert E. Harrison/ETC Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24 and the deadline was 3/22/24).

32) Partners for Educational Excellence Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24 and the deadline was 3/22/24).

33) Matthew Campbell Memorial Scholarship (posted on 12/16/23 and the deadline was 3/25/24).

34) Lyda Walden Fletcher Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24 and the deadline was 3/28/24).

35) Tommy Shaw Memorial Award (posted on 2/15/24 and the deadline was 3/28/24).

36) Karen Anne Gurty Memorial Scholarship (posted on 3/10/24 and the deadline was 3/29/24).

37) Parade of Homes Scholarship (posted on 1/13/24 and the deadline was 3/31/24).

38) American Legion Post 149 Pickens County Scholarship (posted on 2/10/24 and the deadline was 3/31/24).

39) Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was 3/31/24).

40) UNG New Student Scholarships (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was 4/1/24).

41) Harmony Elementary Alumni Scholarship (posted on 3/10/24 and the deadline was 4/8/24).

42) The Margy Lohman Memorial Scholarship (posted on 3/14/24 and the deadline was 4/12/24).

43) Pickens Sheriff’s Foundation Scholarship (posted on 3/14/24 and the deadline was 4/12/24).

44) Bigun’s Barbeque Workforce Scholarship (posted on 3/22/24 and the deadline was 4/12/24).

45) 2023 Maxine Westbrook Moore Scholarship (posted on 2/15/24 and the deadline was 4/24/24).

46) Hope After Grief Scholarship (posted on 1/27/24 and the deadline was 4/26/24).

47) Honea-Worley Family Scholarship Fund (posted on 4/26 and the deadline was 5/1/24).

48) The David Skinner/GDA Scholarship (posted on 11/7/23 and the deadline was 5/6/24).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEORGIA MATCH

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

-Fastweb

-Scholarships.com

-Scholarships360.org 

-StudentScholarships.org

-American Indian College Fund

-Native Forward Scholars Fund

-Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

-Career One Stop

-Chegg

-College Board Big Future Scholarships

-Dell Scholars

-Going Merry

-Hispanic Scholarship Fund

-Horatio Alger Assoc. Scholarships

-NSHSS Foundation Scholarships

-Peerlift

-ScholarSnapp

-Scholarship America

-Scholly

-Thurgood Marshall College Fund

-Reagan Foundation Scholarships

-UNCF

-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

-finaid.org

-cappex.org

-cashcourse.org

-knowhow2go.acenet.edu

 

 

 

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

 

 

YouScience

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