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2019 Scholarships Open – 7 New Scholarships Created

NGCF Adds 7 New Scholarships to Current 2019 Application Period

Deadline for scholarships is March 15

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Jan. 23, 2019) – The applications period is now open for scholarship applications administered by the North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF).  The deadline for area high school seniors, current college students, and non-traditional students to apply is March 15, 2019.

“As the Foundation has experienced substantial growth in the past few years, scholarship funds have been greatly impacted and I think this is a great example of our donors’ desires to pour into the next generation,” stated Michelle Prater, President & CEO of the North Georgia Community Foundation. The 2019 round will offer 7 new scholarship opportunities to their previously established funds:

  • The Xander Corso Memorial Scholarship is a need and merit based scholarship for outstanding local students exemplifying the idea of “a life lived for others.” This scholarship will award a senior from the Gainesville and Hall County public schools who plans to attend a college in the University Systems of Georgia.
  • The Gainesville Invests in Future Teachers (GIFT) Scholarship will benefit a graduating senior from Gainesville High School who plans to pursue a degree in education at a college in a Georgia university. To stay true to heart of the scholarship honoring teachers who make an ever-long impact to their students, there will be a strong emphasis on selecting a student who truly considers teaching as way of making a positive impact on society while enriching his/her own life.
  • The You’re the Reason Scholarship is a scholarship initially established in 2011 by employees of the City of Gainesville who gave annually to their Community Trust Fund. The scholarship is now under the administration of NGCF and the City of Gainesville provides additional support to the fund through sponsorships of the Spring Chicken Festival that is held in April each year in Gainesville. The scholarship is available to graduating seniors whose parent is employed by the City of Gainesville government.
  • Another scholarship established by the City of Gainesville, from the Spring Chicken Festival sponsorships, is the Gainesville Spring Chicken Scholarship. This new scholarship will be available to a student who is a resident of the state of Georgia and who will be pursuing, or is already pursuing, a degree in poultry science or a related agricultural degree.
  • The E. Butler High School Class of 1969 endowed 3 scholarship funds at NGCF and each will be awarded every other year, with the for the first time being the current 2019 scholarship round:
  • The Mary Render Acree Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to high school senior residing in Gainesville-Hall County who desires to study Dental Hygiene.
  • The David M. Martin Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior, or a student currently enrolled in college, who resides in Gainesville-Hall County and has the aspiration to major in an area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math).
  • The Class of ’69 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior residing in Gainesville-Hall County who desire to pursue a higher education.

Each scholarship fund is established by an individual donor or association and therefore has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria. Awards vary yearly in quantity of scholarships available and amount awarded for each scholarship. A list of the scholarships and frequently asked questions can be found at The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is March 15.

Stay Informed.