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Filter through the scholarships to see what is available.

This is a list of scholarship resources. Some of the resources listed are specific scholarship opportunities for students who have experienced foster care or homelessness. Some of the resources are search tools that will help you in your search for financial support. This is not a complete list and is growing as quickly as we learn of new resources. If you know of a resource that is not included here, let us know and we will update this list so that other students may benefit.

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Theresa Heffernan Academic Scholarship

This is an annual scholarship named in recognition of long-standing SOWEGA CASA Board Member and Sumter County Community Leader Theresa Heffernan. Through her actions and her words, she expressed a love for, and dedication to, all of the children she encountered. Please email to request the application form and submit it by April 16,…

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta offers a number of scholarships for youth from Georgia and other states dependent on scholarship requirements. They have a wide range of scholarships and many of them are available to students currently enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools.

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.

Foster Care to Success

Funding and scholarships for youth from foster care.This program is funded by organizations, individuals and families across the country, giving them the opportunity to help fund foster youths’ postsecondary education so they can achieve brighter futures.

Frank W. Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund

In association with the Pride Foundation, this scholarship aims to provide funding for educational opportunities for low-income, at-risk or homeless LGBTQ youth. Recipients are encouraged to pay it forward in the spirit and memory of Ross.

Application can be found by visiting- …

Horatio Alger Association

The Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program provides up to $22,000 in scholarship funds to students who demonstrate critical financial need and who have, “faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.” Students from all 50 states are eligible, and winners also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend the National Scholars…

Simon Youth Foundation

SYF has awarded more than $9.6 million to at-risk youth pursuing secondary education since 2000. Many of the foundation’s scholarship winners will be the first generation in their families to graduate college, and may apply the funds to the two- or four-year institution of their choice.

Gates Millenium Scholars

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GMS provides scholarships for low-income, minority students. The 1000 annual scholarships may be awarded to African American, Hispanic, Native American, native Alaskans and Pacific Islanders and will supply winners a full-ride scholarship to college.

O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship

This scholarship awards $20,000 over four years to low income, in-need, capable female students who have filled out their FAFSA forms and have a minimum of 3.2 GPA.


NAEHCY (The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth) provides scholarships to students who are homeless or have experienced homelessness.NAEHCY supports excellence in the education of homeless youth, K-12 thru higher education. Educational success for all Scholars remains an important focus of NAEHCY. We are committed to supporting…

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…

nsoro Foundation

Awards range from $1,000 - $10,000 per academic year and are renewable for up to five years if a student remains eligible.  Scholarships are announced in June.  Recipients and non-recipients are notified via email at the email address provided in their online application.

Awards are granted for an academic calendar year.  Scholarship recipients are…

Weird Scholarships

Read this guide by Weird Scholarships to help you avoid scholarship scams on the internet.  Afterwards, search for some 'weird' scholarships, you may be eligible for.

Scholarships are abundant for exceptional athletes, exceptional students and those with proven leadership skills. What about average students? Minority students? Students with talents not as…

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia Student Finance Commission

This is the official website of the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC), the state agency that provides financial aid to help Georgia students realize their higher education dreams. Coming soon:; A new website to replace  Stay tuned…

HRSA: Health Resources and Services Association

By providing funding to schools, the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides scholarships to full-time students of health profession and nursing programs coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Interested applicants should check with their schools to determine if they participate in the program, and apply though the financial aid office.

Winners for Life

WFL offers scholarships each year for at-risk and underprivileged teens looking to pursue an education. The foundation grants 50 scholarships each year to at-risk youth; interested students may find application information through their school’s financial aid offices.

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:

The National Foster Parent Association

The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships for foster youth, adopted youth, or biological youth of currently licensed foster parents, who wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational/technical school or junior college. 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.