Embark News Campaign 30



Information Regarding Helpful Resources

The Embark Georgia statewide network serves post-secondary professionals and institutions to ensure connectivity, share best practices, and provide information exchange among youth, community based stakeholders, and K-12 education.
Scholarships and Taxes Edition 

The beginning of the calendar year marks an important time for many college students. In addition to applying for financial aid and scholarships for the next school year, many students must also file taxes. We have compiled a list of scholarship and tax resources that could be useful for students. If you know of any scholarships that are not listed, feel free to email us so that we can make a more complete list.  
Scholarship Resources

NAEHCY (The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth) Schoalrship
 NAEHCY provides scholarships to students who are homeless or have experienced homelessness. A minimum of two $1500 scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship is a one-time award. Students who have not reached their 21st birthday by the application date and who have completed no more than two years of college are eligible to apply.
NSORO Foundation
NSORO scholarships are for students who have ever been in foster care and can show official state documentation. They are available to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate or trade school students. Eligible applications can be emancipated or “aged out” of foster care but must show written acceptance from a college, university or trade school. Nsoro foundation scholarships range from $4000 to $8000 per student per degree program depending on student need.

For more information, visit: https://www.thenf.org/programs.html


The Posse Foundation, Inc.
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. Students are nominated by high schools and community-based organizations for their leadership and academic potential. 

For more information, visit: http://www.possefoundation.org/


The Scholarship Academy
The Scholarship Academy’s mission is to be the premier higher education planning resource advancing students beyond financial aid obstacles to achieve scholastic goals at accredited colleges, universities and technical institutions. The Scholarship Academy offers private scholarship awards ranging from $5,000 to $350,000.

For more information, visit: http://www.scholarshipacademy.org/


Dell Scholars Program
$20,000, a lap top and text book credits. The Dell scholarship recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education. Criteria for eligibility:
  • Participating in a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
  • Graduating from an accredited high school this academic year
  •  Earning a minimum of a 2.4 GPA
  •   Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  •  Eligible to receive a federal Pell grant in first year of college
  • Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school 
For more information, visit: http://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta offers a number of scholarships for youth from Georgia, and sometimes surrounding states. They have a wide range of scholarships and many of them are available to students currently enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools. For a full list of their scholarships please visit:



Scholarship America’s Dream Award
Scholarship America’s Dream Award is given to selected students entering their second year of higher education beyond high school. The scholarships are renewable and will grow in amount each year. They range from $5,000 to $15,000. Applicants must be in their first year of post-secondary education with a 3.0 or higher GPA and demonstrated financial need.

For more information, visit:



Collegescholarships.org is an extensive list of scholarships for higher education. They  also list resources for students who are non-traditional or deemed at risk such as migrant students, first generation college students, or students from low to moderate income backgrounds.

To view potential scholarships, visit: http://www.collegescholarships.org/risk.htm


Ty Cobb Foundation Scholarship
For undergraduate students who are residents of Georgia and have completed at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours with an average “B” or higher. Professional students pursuing dentistry or an MD are also eligible.

For more information, visit: http://www.tycobbfoundation.com/new-applicants/

The Herb Affair Scholarship Award

Students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university are welcome to apply. To apply students need to write an essay about the benefits of alternative medicine compared to pharmaceutical drugs. One gift of $1000 is awarded annually.

For more information, visit: http://www.herbaffair.com/scholarship/

Cottage Inn Pizza Scholarships:

These scholarships are available for graduating high school students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applying students must submit an essay describing how pizza can bring people together for the greater good of improving communities and society as a whole. Award amounts are $500, $1000, and $2500.

For more information, visit: http://www.cottageinn.com/cottage-inn-scholarship/


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which is a partnership between the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Georgia United Credit Union, and Action Ministries to provide tax return assistance for individuals and families with low to moderate income. 

You can make an appointment to work with trained volunteers who will go through the tax documents with you and help you file without paying the fees of some of the online tax services

Participating locations:  

  • Action Ministries, 465 N. Lumpkin St., in the Saye Building downtown. Walk-ins welcome 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through April 8. For more, call (706) 353-664
  • Hancock Community Development Corporation, 300 Henderson Ext. Appointments available 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through April 8. Walk-ins  welcome 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more, call (706) 546-1154 or visit www.hancockcdc.org.
  • Georgia United Credit Union's east Athens location at 190 Gaines School Road. Appointments available 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 8. Walk-ins welcome 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more, call (706) 476-6486 or (888) 493-4328, ext. 6486, or visit www.georgiaunitedcu.org
  •  Click here to locate one of multiple metro Atlanta VITA sites through our partnership with the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign.
  • Sessions will be held at Georgia United Credit Union’s 605 Calhoun Street branch in Dalton. Appointments available on Fridays and Saturdays, January 31 through March 7. Click here or call (706) 278-0254. For after hour sign ups, call 770-476-6400 ext. 3918.
Link to the Designated Points of Contacts for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. 
The Department of Education has created an infographic regarding dependency status for financial aid purposes. Be sure to check it out below!
Applications are now being accepted for College Bound -- The free, residential pre-collegiate program which exposes high school students to the college experience and encourages their pursuit of high education. Click here to download the application.



A Focus on Foster Care, Homeless &

Other Disconnected Youth

March 31 & April 1, 2015


The "College Connections for Student Success"  conference will offer rich information for those who work with or want to gain a better understanding of Foster Care Youth, Homeless Youth (Accompanied & Unaccompanied), Juvenile Offenders and children of Incarcerated Parents, Migrants, Refugee & Immigrant Youth, At-Risk African American and Latino Males, and Teen Parents.

Register Here

Call for Proposals Here

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The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
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Embark Georgia is located at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
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