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Local Scholarships

If you know of a scholarship that should be added to this list, please email rcpsinfo@rockdale.k12.ga.us 
Again, that email address is R C P S I N F O @ rockdale dot K 12 dot G A dot U S

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Rho Sigma Lambda Chapter, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest Scholarship
$1,000 awarded to the first place winner of the Oratorical Contest, $750 for second place, $500 for third place; seniors attending an accredited high school in Rockdale, Butts, Clayton, Henry, Newton, or Spalding County are eligible to participate; application due November 17, 2017; contestants must attend mandatory speech development workshop November 18, 2017; Oratorical Contest on December 16, 2017 at Shiloh Baptist Church Community Center; Contestants must submit an original speech that is 750 - 1,000 words, 4 minutes and 30 seconds - 7 minutes and 30 seconds when spoken. All speeches must address the year's contest theme "Why is education important to your future and how will you use education to better your future? Identify two major issues that hurt student educational achievement and cuase students to drop out of school." Click here for application (PDF) (RTF).  For more information, visit www.RSL1906.org or email education@RSL1906.org.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rho Sigma Lambda Chapter, Randall D. Ponder Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to one male student that shows community involvement, proven leadership, and community involvement. Seniors attending an accredited high school in Rockdale, Butts, Clayton, Newton, or Spalding County are eligible to participate. For application and more information, visit www.RSL1906.org and click on "scholarships" or email education@RSL1906.org.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Tau Omega Chapter
Awarded to one student from each high school in Rockdale County and Newton County recognizing outstanding high schools seniors that have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university. Scholarship also awarded in honor of the chapter’s first president, the late Melanie Raiford Griggs. The awards are given to students that have high scholastic achievement, proven leadership, and have actively participated in community service. For more information, go to www.chitauomega.com and click on service/scholarships or email scholarship@chitauomega.com .


Aubrae Gunderson Memorial Scholarship
$1,250 each for one male and one female student at Heritage High; $1,000 each for one student (male or female) at RCHS and Salem. Nominations solicited in January; students interviewed and write essay in March; scholarship awarded in May. Student athletes must be nominated by a coach or band director based on subjective leadership and team qualities, letter in two Varsity sports or one sport and marching band, and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. These were the standards of the fund’s namesake; HHS student Aubrae Gunderson was struck and killed by a car September 26, 2005 while training with the Heritage Cross Country Team. Funded by a 5K walk/run held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For more information, go to aubraegunderson.com or contact Dan Gunderson at dgunderson@bellsouth.net .


Collins Family Scholarship
$2,000 each to three qualifying seniors/graduates of Rockdale County Public Schools who are of Hispanic/Latino descent, with first preference given to first generation college students. To apply, a student must be of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, be in good standing to graduate a Rockdale County public school, be accepted to a college or technical school for the next school year, and complete an application, including an essay portion (500 word maximum). Application deadline in April. Click here for PDF of 2017 Application. Click here for Word Document of 2017 Application. For more information, contact cball@rockdale.k12.ga.us or your RCPS high school counselor.


Diego Rincon Memorial Scholarship
$5,000 to one senior from a Rockdale County high school headed to college/technical school; from the Rehorn Family Foundation; named in honor of Diego Rincon, a Class of 2000 Salem High graduate killed in military service in Iraq. Application and essay due Spring; scholarship awarded in May. For more information, go to www.rehorngroup.com.


Jonathan David Childs Memorial Scholarship
$500 awarded to a senior Salem High football athlete who has been accepted to college and meets the following criteria: Exhibits a passion for football as a player and displays good sportsmanship, minimum 2.5 GPA, displays humility, honesty and integrity, service oriented, demonstrates financial need. Awarded at Salem High's Awards Program; in honor of Coach Jonathan D. Childs who coached and mentored football athletes at Salem High School, Holy Spirit Preparatory School and played football for Georgia State University’s first football team; he was 27 at the time of his passing; Coach Childs possessed a tremendous knowledge of football and the ability to transfer some of that knowledge to his players, and instilled positive character traits and good sportsmanship in his players. For more information, go to www.celestialenterprisesunlimitedinc.com/jonathan_david_childs_sports_foundation or  www.facebook.com/JDCSportsFoundation, or contact 912-220-6835 or jdcspf@gmail.com .


Kate Caruso Light the Way Memorial Scholarship
For drama students attending schools in Rockdale County, in memory of Kate Caruso, a Heritage graduate and Young American Christian School teacher and drama enthusiast who passed away from cancer. For more information, contact Jenni Caruso, jcaruso@rockdale.k12.ga.us


Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation Healthcare Scholarship
$2,000 scholarship to one senior from each Rockdale County traditional high school and Rockdale Career Academy (four seniors altogether) who plan to pursue a career in healthcare; Application due March; scholarship paid directly to college/university; requirements - must be a current Rockdale County resident and student, demonstrated community service in Rockdale County, anticipating completion of a high school diploma at the time of application with a minimum 2.5 GPA, plans to pursue post-secondary education in the healthcare field in an eligible degree or certificate program at an accredited institution. Application at www.kimatkins.net or contact brendasedwards@comcast.net .


Natural Resources Conservation Workshop
More than $17,000 in college scholarships will be awarded at the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop, a 5-day camp/workshop held in June at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Ten RCPS students in rising grades 10-12 will be selected to attend the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop free of cost, sponsored by the Conyers and Rockdale Rotary Clubs. The workshop focuses on the value, protection, and conservation of Georgia's wildlife, forestry, soil, and water resources. Sponsored by the Conyers and Rockdale County Rotary Clubs and the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Society, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  Application at www.abac.edu/nrcw . Early bird application deadline May 1, final application deadline June 1. For more information, contact nrcw@abac.edu or 229-391-5072.


Newton-Rockdale Optimist Club
$2,500 first place, $1,500 second place, $1,000 third place scholarship awarded. Contestants must not have yet graduated from high school yet or its equivalent and be up to 18 years old as of Dec. 31. The 700-800 word essay is due in January. The winner of the local contest will go on to compete in the Georgia district contest for a $2,500 scholarship prize. For more information, go to www.optimist.org or contact NewtonRockdaleOptimist@gmail.com .


Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families John K. Morgan Scholarship
$4,000 to the top winner and $500 to the runner-up finalists.  For a student living in Rockdale who has demonstrated outstanding community service in Rockdale County and plans to continue that level of commitment while pursuing post-secondary education. Application includes narrative describing the community service, two letters of recommendation, high school transcript or GED certificate or record of progress towards a GED certificate; due January. Winners announced March. For more information, go to www.rockdalecoalition.org/awards or contact Michael Hutcheson at 770-761-9244 or michael.hutcheson@rockdalecoalition.org.


Rockdale Medical Center Auxiliary
$1,000 scholarship from the Elizabeth Wilmot Bull Memorial Scholarship Fund, awarded by the Council on Auxiliaries/Volunteers of the Georgia Hospital Association. For more information, contact the Rockdale Medical Center Auxiliary at 770-918-3007.


Rockdale NAACP Freedom Fund Scholarship
$1,000 to one senior at each of the three RCPS high schools; funds raised through the annual Freedom Fund banquet in March; scholarships awarded in June. For more information, contact C. Lyn Gibson at clgibson@bellsouth.net or Allene Eatman at 770-715-4836 or emafdet@aol.com .


Rockdale Retired Educators Association Henry Gibbs Scholarship
Variable amount; for a graduate of a RCPS high school who has completed at least one year of college, and is majoring in education. Applications are available in February from RREA scholarship committee. Applications must be received by March 31. Nominees must provide a transcript of their college grades and demonstrate a definite financial need. Nominations may be made by Rockdale County residents and must be endorsed by a high school counselor. Students may apply for, and be awarded, the scholarship for three years by submitting a new application each year. Scholarship funds will be deposited in the students' accounts at the college they attend. For more information, contact Kathy Voshall at 770-922-4796 or at 2309 Rolling Acres Drive, Conyers.


Snapping Shoals EMC J.E. Robinson Memorial Scholarships
$2,000 each awarded to 14 high school seniors living in homes or attending schools served by Snapping Shoals EMC. Application requires essay, test scores, transcript, three recommendations. Deadline is February. For more information, www.ssemc.com , 770-385-2888 .


Snapping Shoals EMC All-Around Student Scholarships
$2,000 each awarded to six high school seniors whose homes or high schools are served by Snapping Shoals EMC. These scholarships recognize those students who go above and beyond in their extracurricular activities while still maintaining high academic standards. Application requires essay, test scores, transcript, three recommendations. Deadline is February. For more information, www.ssemc.com , 770-385-2888 .


Snapping Shoals EMC Washington Youth Tour Scholarships
$500 scholarship and all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to three sophomores or juniors whose homes or high schools are served by SSEMC. Application requires essay, test scores, transcript two recommendations. Deadline is February. For more information, www.ssemc.com , 770-385-2888 .


Superintendent's Scholarship
$1,000 to one senior at each of the three RCPS high schools and Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology; sponsored by the Foundation for Excellence in Education and The Grace and James McGarity Scholarship Fund. To apply, a student must: be a graduate this school year in a Rockdale County public school, have been admitted to a college or technical school for the upcoming school year, not have received over $2500 in scholarships from other sources, and complete an application, including the essay portion. Three judges read and score the essays. The applicant with the highest cumulative score from each school was chosen to receive this scholarship. Applications will be available January on this page.  Click here for PDF of the 2017 Application.  Click here to download an accessible Word Document of the 2017 Application.  Application deadline is May 5th and scholarships are awarded at graduation practice. For more information, contact cball@rockdale.k12.ga.us or your high school counselor.


Willie Henderson Sr. Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 each awarded to one senior from each of Rockdale’s three main high schools, chosen by school counselors, who demonstrates academic and character excellence and community promise; awarded in June at the annual fundraising musical at Macedonia Baptist Church in honor of the late community leader Willie Henderson Sr., first president of the JP Carr School PTA who helped guide school integration in Rockdale. For more information, email williehendersonsr.scholarship@yahoo.com .




STATE-WIDE OR NATION-WIDE SCHOLARSHIPS




Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia Scholarship
Three scholarships given: $1,500, $1,000 and $500 awarded in May to undergraduate students as well as graduating high school seniors. Application deadline April. The student must be a Georgia resident and attend a Georgia school. For more information, go to www.coag.info or call 404-377-1364. 


Edgar Wood Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 awarded per school to a senior who is accepted to and will be attending University of Georgia; official transcript with test scores needed; Application due Feb. 15. For more information, contact Heather Adamson, heather.adamson@stricklandlaw.com


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships
Four-year scholarships awarded to 500 students nation-wide, ranging from $1,000 - $12,500 per year; any high school senior who is a US Citizen is eligible; Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications available starting in September at http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm ;  for more information, contact scholarship@elks.org or call 773-755-4732.


Georgia United Credit Union Vernon E. Carne Scholarship
$3,000 first place, $2,000 second place, $1,000 third place. Top eight Runners-Up: $500 each. Applicants (or their parents) must be a member of Georgia United Credit Union (formerly Georgia Federal Credit Union); must be a high school student classified as a senior entering a college/university or technical school by fall after graduation. For more information, go to www.georgiaunitedcu.org or call Georgia United’s Community Development Department at 770-476-6409. 


Georgia Farm Bureau
Total $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences or a related field. The top three students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will each receive a $750 scholarship. Students are eligible to submit an application if they, a parent or a legal guardian are a member of Georgia Farm Bureau. Applicants must plan to enter a unit of the University System of Georgia or Berry College during the academic year after graduation to pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agricultural field. For more information or to obtain an application, or go to www.gfb.org then select "GFB Programs" and then "FB Women" or call 770-922-3566.


GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Programs
$10,000 renewable scholarships awarded to eligible seniors; must demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent); be U.S. citizens; Application due early January; more information at https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/


Julian and Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship
Four one-time $1,000 scholarships awarded to seniors based on academic merit. Open to seniors across Georgia. To compete, students must be sponsored by a local community bank that is a member of the Community Bankers Association (list of member banks at http://web.cbaofga.com/search), must complete an activity record expressing their leadership activity in school, write a short essay on community banking, provide teacher recommendations and an official high school transcript. Scholarship is sponsored by the Community Bankers Association. Application at www.cbaofga.com/hester-scholarship1.html . Application must be delivered to Liberty First Bank, 1901 W. Spring Street, Monroe, Ga. 30655, no later than the close of business April 3, 2017. For more information, contact peake@cbaofga.com or 770-541-4490 or 800-648-8215.


Pak and McCray Law LLC Give Back to Georgia Scholarship
$1,000 to a high school senior in Georgia or college student enrolled in a two-year to five-year Georgia institution; minimum GPA is not required; eligibility information at http://pakandmcraelaw.com/scholarship . Application due April 27. To apply, create a short (30-120 second) video telling us about how you give back to your community, how it has influenced your education, how it has shaped your career path or future goals and how this scholarship will help you reach your goals; Upload your video to YouTube. For more information, contact 513-444-2016 or scholarship@gngf.com or go to http://pakandmcraelaw.com/scholarship


Walter Harrison Scholarship
$1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduate students attending any technical school or two- or four-year accredited college or university in Georgia. To apply for the Walter Harrison Scholarship through Snapping Shoals, you must reside in the household of, or be, a Snapping Shoals EMC consumer-member (electric customer) or employee. Launched in 1987, the scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. For more information, call 770-385-2888. Applications at www.ssemc.com/community.aspx


Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
One $10,000 scholarship and two $5,000 scholarships awarded to graduating U.S. high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Application deadline February 20. Application at http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm . For more information, contact 410-366-8343 or vrg@vrg.org 


VFW Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contest
The VFW Post 5290 Voice of Democracy speech contest for high schoolers and Patriot’s Pen essay contest for middle schoolers gives students a shot at monetary prizes on the state and national level; a $30,000 scholarship goes to the national VOD winner. VOD competitors must write and record a three to five minute essay on a theme on an audio cassette tape or audio CD.  PP competitors must write a 300-400 word essay on a theme. Both due November. For applications and for more information, go to www.vfw.org or contact Peter Elizabeth Wolfe at 770-278-8040 or peter.wolfe@rockdalecounty.org.  




If you know of a scholarship that should be added to this list, please email rcpsinfo@rockdale.k12.ga.us 
Again, that email address is R C P S I N F O @ rockdale dot K 12 dot G A dot U S