College Scholarships & Financial Aid
Please refer to the Cornerstone Prep College Planning Guide for complete details on the college scholarship and financial aid process. There is a comprehensive description of programs, information on state and federal scholarships, grants, and loans, and some websites to get you started.
This page is intended to provide students and families with quick links to financial aid and scholarship information, as well as a place to find updated and newly published scholarship links. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all scholarships and financial aid programs, and all programs are subject to change at the discretion of the facilitating company.
This webpage will be updated as new information comes available. Please contact Cornerstone's School Counselor if something below is listed in error or is no longer available. A detailed search of the internet and conversations with admissions representatives will be necessary to ensure that you have exhausted every financial aid opportunity available to you.
Scholarship Search Websites
- GAFutures.org—This is a great site in general, but it is also a key site for the HOPE Scholarship and for submitting applications within the state of Georgia. It also details all of the federal and state scholarships available to Georgia students. Start your scholarship planning with this site.
- for scholarships related to specific majors, you can Google the field of study + scholarships – for example: engineering + scholarships
Helpful Apps for Your Tablet or Phone
Individual Scholarships and Contests
- Questbridge National College Match - Designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. They do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, or income, but instead take a holistic approach in reviewing applications.
- Noonday Baptist Association Scholarship - The purpose of the scholarship is intended to assist students of churches affiliated with Noonday Baptist Association who have limited financial resources, the scholastic aptitude, and the desire to attend college, university, or seminary for both undergraduate and postgraduate education. The desired result of this scholarship is to equip Christian leaders for religious and secular careers. To apply contact the Noonday office for an application at 770-422-3347.
All Around - Academic, Athletic, Community
- Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship - Offers scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Scholarships are for students in the United States living in areas where there are participating local RMHC Chapters.
- Joshua Expeditions Outstanding SBACS Scholars Awards Program - Your school counselor can nominate students with exemplary expertise and accomplishments in scholastics or music, Christian character and service to others. Contact Mrs. Cosgrove if you're interested in this scholarship.
- Beta Club Scholar - See your Beta Club advisor for information on how to apply for this scholarship.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships - The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. Their scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to 8th-12th graders.
- National Young Arts Foundation Scholarship - Provides scholarships for actors, dancers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, singers, visual artists, and writers.
- Doodle 4 Google - An annual competition to create the newest Google Homepage "doodle." Prizes are awarded for up to $30,000.
- Public Service Announcement Contest - Open to grades 6-12, enter the Drive2Life Contest by creating a script or storyboard for a 30-second public service announcement to help prevent distracted walking. Grand prize includes a cash prize of $1,000 and a trip to New York.
- Drive Smart Now Contest - Opportunity to win $10,000 by creating a digital short to help educate peers about the dangers of driving distracted.
- Wendy's High School Heisman - For remarkable students who excel in academics, athletics, and community involvement. To be eligible, a student must have maintained at least a ‘B’ grade point average, participated in one of the 27 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and demonstrated active involvement in his or her community.
- Positive Athlete Georgia Scholarships - Available to students grades 9 – 12, the scholarships will be awarded to Georgia high school student-athletes who have overcome difficult circumstances, given back to their schools and communities, or just have an infectious positive attitude.
- Young Entrepreneur Foundation Scholarship - A $2000 scholarship is awarded to seniors who "demonstrate entrepreneurial drive." Applications are due in December. Applicants must be running their own small business in order to considered for the award.
- Cobb EMC Community Foundation Scholarship - Cobb EMC awards fourteen $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors with a primary residence served by Cobb EMC.
- Cobb EMC Walter Harrison Scholarship - High school seniors and undergraduate students accepted or enrolled in any vocational school or two- or four-year accredited college or university in Georgia must complete the two-page application and write a two-page autobiographical sketch with references to future plans and goals. To be eligible, students must live in a primary residence served by Cobb EMC.
- Cobb EMC Positive Energy Award - The positive energy award is given to Cobb County high school students who bring positive energy to every practice and competition. Parents, coaches, family or teammates, can nominate an athlete.
- Acworth Business Association - The ABA awards a $750 scholarship to a local high school senior who attends an Acworth high school. This is a great one to apply to, because the pool of candidates is going to be much smaller.
- Morgan Thomas Scholarship - The Morgan Thomas Scholarship was established by the Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club as an appropriate way to perpetuate the name and ideals of Mr. Morgan Thomas, a founding member. Mr. Thomas was a man who devoted his life to helping others through Kiwanis, his church, and his profession. The scholarship for high school seniors will help others in the tradition of Mr. Thomas by providing financial assistance to deserving Cobb County students.
- Duralife® Unlocker Challenge -Open to high school and middle school students, the Duralife® Unlocker Challenge asks students to explore the theme of inclusivity and to show how it happens – or can happen – in their school environment. The goal is to foster dialogue, empower students to think inclusively, and help unlock their potential for collaboration, creativity, discovery, and social interaction.
- Megan Meier Memorial Scholarship - Awards scholarships to students who have actively pursued bullying and cyberbullying prevention in their own school and community.
- Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program - Awards cash prizes to state and national honorees to students in 5th-12th who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.
- Princeton Club of Georgia Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award - The annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award honors Atlanta area high school juniors who, through community involvement and personal initiative, best exemplify the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by Woodrow Wilson, former President of the United States of America and of Princeton University. Each school is invited to nominate up to three students.
- Peace First Prize - The Peace First Prize recognizes the powerful contributions of the youth peacemakers between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change. Through a two-year $25,000 Peace First Fellowship, the company will invest in students' leadership as peacemakers and share their stories with the nation.
- NFWL/NRA Scholarship Program - The National Foundation for Women Legislators partners with the National Rifle Association to award juniors and seniors up to $3,000 for the NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest.
- BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship - Awards scholarships to high school students selected from an essay competition.
- Make Me Laugh Scholarship - This scholarship awards $1500 for writing an essay that make the judges laugh. Students 13 years old or older are eligible.
- We the Students Essay Contest - This essay contest is open to 8th-12th grade students and awards prizes of up to $5,000.
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - This organization offers cash prizes for essay contests open to students of all ages.
- Visionary Scholarship Program- Awards range from $1,000-$5,000 and are selected based on a 500 word essay about "Why College Is Important to Me."
- Path2College 529 Plan - If you have a 529 account you are eligible to enter a contest to win $529. You will need to write an original essay describing how saving for college has made, or will make, a difference in your loved one’s life, your life or your family’s lives.
- American Fire Sprinkler Association - High School seniors may enter this contest for the opportunity to win 1 of 10 $2,000 Scholarships.
- LGE Community Credit Union Scholarship - LGE Community Credit Union offers five $3,000 college scholarships to high school seniors who fill out a survey and application and submit them to a drawing.
- SunTrust Off to College Sweepstakes - SunTrust awards $500 scholarships to seniors. No GPA or financial need requirements to win and winners are chosen every two weeks from October to May.
- Delta Community Credit Union - Delta Community Credit Union awards up to $5,000 in scholarships for eligible students.
- ADHD Scholarship - Students who have been diagnosed with ADHD are eligible to win a $2,000 scholarship plus 1 year of ADHD coaching services.
- Dave Ramsey's $53,000 Financial Literacy Challenge - Dave Ramsey and Fifth Third Bank are sponsoring a $53,000 Financial Literacy Challenge. High school seniors could win one $36,000 college scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship or a $2,500 scholarship by taking the online quiz.
- Colored Rocks - The Colored Rocks Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) awarding The Colored Rocks Prize to notable male students of color who set positive examples and make worthy commitments to the success of their peers.
- Foundation for Blended and Online Learning - A scholarship program to assist current high school seniors who have completed a minimum of five blended or online courses during their last two years of high school and plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.
- Distinguished Young Women - A program for high school junior girls which awards scholarships for Junior Miss contestants, promotes life skills and confidence, and creates leadership opportunities for young women.
- U.S. Army Reserve’s Minuteman Scholarship - A great alternative for those who may not have qualified for one of the U.S. Service Academies or are looking for an alternative to the Service Academies. For detailed information contact Damon Lucas.
- Army Women Tuition Assistance Scholarship - The Army Women’s Foundation offers tuition assistance for post secondary education to the children of women who are currently serving or have served honorably in the U.S. Army, including the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves.
- Simon Youth Community Foundation Scholarship -Applicant eligibility is contingent upon a student living within the community of Simon, Mills or Premium Outlets centers. Eligibility can be checked by entering your zip code. Recipients can receive up to $1,500 in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. In addition to this scholarship, eleven regional “Award of Excellence” are also available.
Multiple Scholarships Offered
- Marietta Kiwanis Foundation Scholarships - The Marietta Kiwanis Club offers a variety of great scholarships, awarding up to $2500. All of the details can be found on this site.
- Rush Revere Challenges and Scholarships - Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh offer a variety of scholarships and challenges to students of all ages based on their New York Times Bestselling books.
- Scholarship Owl -is designed to dramatically speed up scholarship application time. Fill out one application, and for a membership FEE they match you with the award opportunities that best match your personality, grades, lifestyle, and more.
- Buick Achievers - The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program rewards students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom—and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It’s a reward for what you’ve made of yourself and the difference you are making for others. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program offers up to $25,000 per year for 50 first-time freshmen or existing college students, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program.
- SMART Department of Defense Scholarship - The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation Scholarship seeks to support college students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines.
Wacky & Weird
- Stuck at Prom Scholarship - Duct Tape’s Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest offers a grand prize of $10,000 for the best prom outfit made out of duct tape.
- Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway -Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000. Write a brief (350 word) biography. Then solicit friends and family to vote for you. Voting takes place online and you can see your ranking in real time.
- Variety of Wacky & Weird Scholarships - Are you tall, a pumpkin carver, StarFleet International club member, left-handed, a duck caller, peanut butter lover, natural redhead, lover of the number 5, a person? You may qualify to win a scholarship.
Employer Provided Scholarships
- Racetrack: Work 500 hours and apply for a $1,000 scholarship every other semester.
- Quicktrip: Work 20 to 25 hours a week and maintain a minimum GPA to be eligible for $2,000 per semester.
- TGI Fridays: After 90 days of employment, you could be eligible for $500 toward your education the first year, and $1,000 toward the second year.
- Kroger: Employees are eligible for $1,000 to $1,500 per semester.
- Chick-fil-A: 2,000 hours and manager’s recommendation to be eligible for $1,000.
- Burger King: Scholarship assists employees, employees' children and high school seniors. Recipients are selected for their grade point average, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.