• financial aid

  • HOPE/Zell Info


    HOPE Scholarship Requirements

    • Graduate from HOPE-eligible school.
    • Register with Selective Service (males only).
    • Meet Georgia residency requirements.
    • 3.0 HOPE/CORE GPA (academic courses only).
    • AP quality points (only 0.5 given for AP, nothing above a 4.0).
    • RIGOR requirement - Must have FOUR rigor courses.
      • Rigor courses available at Denmak High School are in bold on the course list found HERE.
    • Middle School credit is not calculated into HOPE GPA.
    • All calculations are done by Georgia Student Finance Commission, not by Denamrk High School or Forsyth County Schools System.
    • HOPE GPA is NOT rounded up, so 2.99 would NOT qualify


    Zell Miller Scholarship Requirements

    • Must meet all requirements of HOPE Scholarship plus:
      • HOPE/CORE GPA of 3.70.
      • 1200 SAT (CR + Ma) on single test administration or 26 composite on ACT.
      • RIGOR Requirement - Must have FOUR rigor courses.



    All English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language credits attempted are counted.
    • Overall GPA must be a 3.0 for College Prep diploma and a 3.2 for Career Tech diploma and a 3.0 for the One Diploma Type for students entering High School beginning in 2008.
    • An AP grade is converted to a 4.0 scale, and then has a uniform weight of 0.5 added back to the converted grade.
    • However, 4.0 is a maximum. If a student earns an “A” on his/her transcript in an AP Course, it is converted to a 4.0, not a 4.5
    • HOPE GPA's are not rounded up. A 2.99999 is not eligible.
    • HOPE does not count courses taken in Middle School.
    For more information, please visit the Georgia Futures website at www.gafutures.org
    To view your HOPE Initial Eligibility and transcript:
    1. Log on or create an account if necessary
    2. Complete next screen with your social security number and date of birth. Go to next screen.
    3. Select the first letter of your high school name.
    4. Select high school name. You will be able to view any information we have available on your high school HOPE GPA. Your information will only be available once the Forsyth County BOE has reported your transcript data and verified your GPA calculation.



     Más información sobre la beca HOPE en español AQUÍ

  • Scholarships


    $2,000 schoalrship. Essay and 3 reccomendations. More info and where to send the essay HERE.

    A program designed to help the next generation of Hispanic students achieve their post-secondary education goals. The scholarship program is open to exemplary High School Seniors of Hispanic descent residing in Metro Atlanta or Metro Phoenix who’ve overcome extraordinary challenges in order to achieve academic success. More info HERE.

    American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "Constitutional Speech Contest." Info can be found HERE.

    Open to any high school senior who graduated from a Goddard School Pre-kindergarten and/or Kindergarten program. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019. Please click here for more information
    For female students planning to attend a four-year college/university with NPC sororities on their campus. More info and application HERE.
     HotelsCheap is offering a college scholarship to students aspiring to achieve a higher education. 
    Bagwell Award

    The BAGWELL AWARD is given to Forsyth County High School graduating seniors who will be pursuing a post high school program of study at an in-state Georgia institution. The value of this award is $5000.00. Priorities for receiving the BAGWELL AWARD are as follows: Financial need, Probability of success of completing the course of study and long-term career objective, STEM pathway, CTAE and other high demand career pathway, first generation to pursue post high school education. Application HERE more info HERE. DUE April 15th.

    Scholarship to University of Georgia for Forsyth County students. DUE May 4th. More info and application HERE.

    $2,500 Scholarship Program. More info HERE.
    Scholarships ranging from $500 to $5000, with some renewable for up to four years of school

    $1,500 scholarships to three deserving, college-bound Forsyth County Public or Private High School seniors. To be eligible, high school candidates must be US citizens and the children, grandchildren or great grandchildren of US Military veterans. Application and more Information can be found HERE. ** Deadline is April 30th. Recommendation from principal or counselor can be emailed instead of submitted with application. Submit application to martysyracuse@yahoo.com

    Two $2000.00 scholarships this year to seniors attending  Forsyth County High Schools. The deadline for submission is April 13, 2020. Application and information HERE.

    Cumming Kiwanis Club will award a $1000 scholarship to a well deserving Key Club senior at each sponsored Key Clubs. The award will be based on achievements in community service and club leadership as well as academic accomplishments and financial need. Application and Inforamtion HERE.

    Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we are extending the scholarship application date from April 15 to April 24 to allow extra time for submittal.   

    Students please submit the application to your Key Club Teacher Advisor by April 24, who will then pass on to the Counselors Office.  We ask that the Counselors Office send the application electronically to scholarships@cummingkiwanis.org by May 1.  Scholarship winners will be announced by May 8.

    The Chestatee River Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) are excited to extend our Senior Good Citizen Award  to all 6 Forsyth County High Schools this year. This award has a small monetary prize along with the certificate for each of the 6 high school winners. We award these in person during one of our chapter meetings as well as attend the spring award ceremony at each school to make the presentation. Overview can be found HERE and cover sheet can be found HERE.

    Ducktown Masonic Lodge Community Scholarship Academic excellence and community service. $1,000. Click here for application.
    Edward L. Woods Scholarship

    Essay required. 1st place $1,000; 2nd place $750; and 3rd place $500. Due by April 17. Information and application HERE.

    Forsyth County Lions Club Scholarship

    Needs-Based Scholarship - The Forsyth County Lions Club is proud to offer a one-time needs-based scholarship of $500.00 to a college/university or technical college-bound student at Denmark High School. Please see the attachment HERE for application, criteria, and instructions. Application deadline is April 15, 2020.

    Forsyth County Retired Educators Association

    $1,000 scholarships to deserving seniors from our five high schools who will be attending college in the Fall.  Applicants must be in good standing at their respective schools and must be planning to pursue a career in teaching. Deadline is April 16th. Application must be turned in at the counseling office *update - submit through email to chansard@forsyth.k12.ga.us. More information HERE and application HERE.

    Forsyth County Rotary Club - Challenge Scholarship

    *Counselor nominated. Student that has overcome a great challenge to succeed academically and as an outstanding memeber of the student body. $2,500.

    Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club

    $1,000 scholarship. Must have FAFSA filed, demonstrate financial need, leadership and good mroal character. More inforamtion and application HERE.

    Georgia Association of Alternative Education

    $500. Application HERE.

    Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium

    Up to five $1000 scholarships for students invovled in STEM. Information HERE.

    Georgia Scholar

    Deadline: January 17th. Criteria can be found HERE and application can be found HERE.


    Georgia Futures (HOPE/Zell)


    Georgia Student Finance Commission - HOPE Scholarship Program, loans, and grants

    Joe Dumphy Memorial Golf Scholarship

    Information and application HERE.

    Litner Law Scholarship

    $2500 scholarship from essay contest. More info and applicttion HERE.

    Mu Alpha Theta Scholarships

    Only two Mu Alpha Theta graduating members from each school with a chapter may apply. Your school’s Mu Alpha Theta sponsor determines which two students will be allowed to submit applications. Our scholarship submission postmark deadline is February 1, 2020. More info found HERE.

    North Georgia Community Foundation

    More than 50 scholarship funds established by generous donors who believe helping students achieve their dreams of continuing their education is instrumental in the future sustainability of our region. Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria, and awards vary in size depending on the amount available in each particular fund.  The applications run January 15– closing on March 16 at 5:00 p.m. Scholarships found HERE.

    P.E.O Star Scholarship

    This is a non-renewable $2,500 scholarship for graduating high school senior women with GPA of 3.0. Exhibits excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. More info and application HERE.

    Richard B. Neville Memorial Scholarship

    Information and application found HERE. Need to mail the attached application to the below address by 5:00 on May 4. Neville and Cunat LLP | 285 Elm Street | Centre Court, Suite 302 | Cumming, GA 30040.

    Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club "Optimist Star" Student Award

    For outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, and good citizenship and have participated in Optimist activities.  The winning student, as sponsored by the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club, will receive the title of “Optimist Star Student,” a $500 monetary award, a plaque and his/her picture submitted to the local newspaper for publication. Must be nominated. If interested, see your counselor. more inforamtion HERE.

    Sawnee Foundation Youth Scholarship

    Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC) is accepting applications from high school seniors for the Sawnee Foundation Youth Scholarship program. This program is open to children of Sawnee EMC members. More information HERE.

    Sawnee Women's Club Scholarship

    Two $1,000 scholarships to Forsyth County resident that must be a graduating senior with at least 3.0 GPA. More information and the application can be found HERE. DEADLINE: March 24.

    Sullivan Scholarship - Brenau University

    Offered to incoming first-year students of Brenau University.  This scholarship is highly competitive, and awards $10,000 each academic year the student is enrolled at Brenau for a maximum of four years.  The total award is $40,000 to offset the cost of tuition and fees.  Students applying for this prestigious award will have had previous experience in community service or social innovation and have an interest in continuing those efforts while at Brenau. More info and application HERE.

    Tammy Waddell Memorial Scholarship

    $2,000 scholarship for Forsyth County students interested in majoring in education and pursuing a career in teaching. Due April 17th. More info HERE.

    University of North Georgia Military Scholarship

    Four year scholarship that pays for tuition, fees, books, room, meals, and uniforms. Valued at $85,000 for four years. More info can be found HERE.

    Will Davison Memorial Scholarship

    The WDMS is awarded each year to deserving students form the FCSS based upon a criteria. Our focus is serving students who wish to pursue careers and/or academic fields that intend to serve others. Our GPA requirement is rather liberal  (2.8) as we are attempting to help those kids that are underserved by traditional scholarship opportunities. Our committee reads each application and recommendation then selects the recipients. A medal and check are awarded to each recipient. Application can be found HERE.

    VFW Post - Patriotic Art Competition

    Grades 9-12 (do not have to be in an art class). First place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $31,000. More info HERE (check tabs for ALL of the info).



    Non-Local Options

    Students with disabilities who are entering college will find that there are selective scholarship opportunities for which they may apply that can help pay for school. Below, discover scholarships, both narrowly- and broadly-focused, that can help students with disabilities pay for their educations, as well as additional resources for obtaining funding. 

    Open to any high school senior who graduated from a Goddard School Pre-kindergarten and/or Kindergarten program. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2019. Please click here for more information

     HotelsCheap is offering a college scholarship to students aspiring to achieve a higher education. 
    JUNIORS only. Full-ride scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. Due January 16. More info HERE.
    Scholarships ranging from $500 to $5000, with some renewable for up to four years of school

    Chegg scholarships is a completely free scholarship search engine used by over 4 million students nationwide. With over 25K scholarships with personalized filters like GPA, Age available for students in high school, college, grad school & beyond, it’s one of the biggest out there.

    $2,500 award. No GPA or income requirements. More info HERE.

    Remind your Class of 2020 to opt-in to the College Board Opportunity Scholarships at cb.org/opportunity! As of July 1, 2019, Georgia has had 63 College Board Opportunity Scholarship winners!! August scholarship drawings are Practice for the SAT and Strengthen your College List! Don’t forget to take the Counselor Pledge at cb.org/counselorpledge to receive an awesome toolkit and a chance to win a prize and scholarship to a College Board regional or national conference!


    Discover® Student Loans is giving away $100,000 in scholarships. Students can get tips and resources on paying for college and enter for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship award.  No purchase or student loan necessary.  Enter now at CollegeCovered.com/Assist


    The College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees page is designed to offer college-bound, graduate school-bound, and career school bound students of all ages easy access to information about a wide variety of subjects


    Educaid (Wells Fargo) - Student Loan information


    Education.com scholarship program for aspiring teachers. You can see the full scholarship details at https://www.education.com/scholarships/.


    E Student loan – student loan information and applications


    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – online application/federal aid


    Fast Aid – Free scholarship search


    Fast Web – scholarship and college searches; financial aid tools


    Finaid! – Scholarships, loans, savings, military aid


    Free Scholarship – scholarship search, financial aid


    Fresch! – Free Scholarship search

    Georgia Association of Alternative Education

    $500. Application HERE.


    Georgia Futures (HOPE/Zell) 

    Goizueta Scholarship (GSU)

    This scholarship is designed to increase the number of students of Hispanic/ Latinx heritage who enroll and complete their undergraduate degrees at Georgia State and provides mentors, internships and community service experiences to these students so that they can become the leaders of the future. $10,000 per year per student. More info HERE.


    Georgia Student Finance Commission - HOPE Scholarship Program, loans, and grants


    By guaranteed scholarships, they mean those which are unlimited in number, and require no interview, essay, portfolio, audition, competition or other "secondary" requirement. Just meet the criteria listed, adhere to the application deadlines set by the individual colleges and universities, gain admission, enroll, and receive your scholarship or scholarships. 


    The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education

     As seen on SHARK TANK:  Helping students and parents find free money to pay for college!


    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators – financial aid

    National Heritage Student Contest

    American Legion, National History Club, Constituting America, National History Day, Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foriegn Wars, and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. More inforamtion found HERE.

    Nordson BUILDS Scholarships

    Career and Technical Scholarships, University Scholars Scholarships, Creating Equity in Industry Scholarships. Click here for information.


    ProjectorLamps.com located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Thanks to the vision of an entrepreneur, ProjectorLamps.com was created. Business people across the globe see a need for a product or service and take the steps to fulfill it. As a result, a new small business is born, consumers can purchase the products they need, and people are employed to manufacture and supply those products. The ProjectorLamps.com $1,000.00 Scholarship is available to a student enrolled as a Business major who may one day be an entrepreneur and start their own business. This is an annual scholarship that will be offered every year. 


    Pureland Supply located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is offering an annual $1,000.00 scholarship to High School students interested in attending a Vocational School or Community College. The $1,000.00 Pureland Supply Scholarship is open for students who have been accepted to an accredited community college, vocational college, technical school, or trade School. Recipients are chosen on their ability to describe how their chosen trade or field plays an important role in today’s world and how the student expects to play a part in the future of their trade or field.


    Scholarship Experts – A FREE scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.


    Scholarships.com – Free scholarship search, financial aid resources, education loans


    A scholarship section dedicated to provide High School Seniors with College Scholarships and Grants information free of charge

     This website has been designed to help your school find scholarships for students who are interested in attending a post secondary school.


    SRN (Scholarship Resource Network) Express – free scholarship search


    The Student Loan Corporation (Citibank) – paying for college, applying for loans


    Free resource for students


    Student Scholarship Search is a service of the Student Loan Network, an Edvisors Online Education company.

    United States Senate Youth Program

    Week-long government and leadership education program in Washington - Will recieve $10,000 undergraduate scholarship. Brochure HERE and application HERE.


    Upromise - get college savings when you buy groceries and more


    The Ventures Scholars Program is a national membership program designed to help connect high achieving underrepresented and first-generation college-bound students interested in pursuing math- and science-related careers to information and opportunities.


    weirdscholarships.net features thousands of small and unique scholarship opportunities


    wiredscholar (SallieMae)– financing college


    WiseChoice has everything you need in one place to choose a college that fits! The comprehensive online college guidance system includes a patent-pending personality and college matching algorithm, college scores & student reviews for over 1,300 colleges, and customized financial aid estimates.


    Zinch - Scholarships & College Search


    $1000 scholarship essay contest. More info HERE.

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