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Explore the opportunities for scholarship funding from the North Georgia Community Foundation. All our scholarship funds use an online application accessed through our web portal. Please review the How to Apply information before completing an application.


'547' John E. McGlamry Memorial Scholarship

The “547” John E. McGlamry Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation in 2012 to honor the life and career of Georgia State Trooper John E. McGlamry. Trooper McGlamry served the State of Georgia for 25 years and did so with unwavering principles. As such, he left a lasting impact on the communities he served, his peers, and his family.

The scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are the children of active or retired Georgia State Troopers. Recipients of the scholarship are selected on merit and their response to an essay on “wisdom, justice and moderation. The scholarship will be awarded for $1,750 and is a one-time award.


Myron Breakstone Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in 2004 by Refrigiwear on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, in memory of its founder Myron Breakstone. Myron Breakstone founded Refrigiwear, Inc. in 1954, and since 1992 the company’s home has been in Lumpkin County. The Myron Breakstone scholarship is for a deserving Lumpkin County High School Senior seeking technical or traditional higher education. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,500.

David D.J. Davenport Scholarship
The D.J. Davenport Memorial Scholarship was established to recognize well-rounded, civic-minded North Hall High School seniors who have achieved excellence in math and science. The scholarship is awarded in the one time amount of $750.

William T. Carlisle Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the late Louise Fedderwitz Carlisle in memory of her husband to provide college scholarships for graduating seniors who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants must attend any public or private high school located in Hall County, Ga., and must be planning to enroll in an accredited U.S. college/university as a full-time student.

Although additional criteria are considered, this scholarship is primarily awarded based on financial need. This scholarship is awarded to one student in the amount of $10,000 (received in $2,500 increments over 4 years)


Coleman, Chambers & Rogers Scholarship
The Coleman, Chambers & Rogers Scholarship was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation in 2014 to provide competitive scholarships to current and active members of the Hall County Board of Realtors and their family members. Family members are defined spouses, children, and grandchildren (including step). Applicants may be graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in college or vocational school. This scholarship awards one $1,000 each year.

C.W. Davis Scholarship

The C.W. Davis Scholarship honors the distinguished educational career of C. W. Davis. Mr. Davis attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia and was named principal of the original Flowery Branch High School in 1953. In 1960, he founded the Lanierland Basketball Tournament, Georgia’s longest running high school basketball tournament featuring all local high schools. After serving as principal of South Hall High School, he became superintendent of Hall County Schools from 1977-1983. C.W. Davis Middle School was named in his honor in 1999.

Today, Mr. Davis’ legacy continues in memory of his promotion of education in Hall County and Georgia (he is credited with leading a change in state law requiring public school teachers have a bachelor’s degree rather than a high school diploma as originally required by law). The C.W. Davis Scholarship was established in his honor to assist current Hall County teachers as they pursue an advanced degree and life-long career in education.

Two scholarships for $500 each will be awarded. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hall County teachers who have completed between 3 and 7 years of teaching
  • Plan to remain in an education-related field and be accepted into or currently enrolled in an education graduate degree program at Brenau University, Georgia State University, Piedmont College, the University of Georgia, or the University of North Georgia
  • TAPS score of IV (most recent scores)


Billy Ellis Memorial Scholarship
The Billy Ellis Memorial Scholarship was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation in 2001 in memory of former Johnson High School principal Billy Ellis. This prestigious honor awards a $1,000 scholarship to a Johnson High School senior.

Jo Farr Scholarship

The Jo Farr Scholarship Fund was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation by family and friends in memory of Jo Cronic Farr, a former teacher at Gainesville High School.

One $2,500 award is available to graduating seniors at Gainesville High School who are planning to attend an accredited U.S. institute of higher learning. Applicants can be eligible to attend a two-year junior college, a technical school, or a four year university with preference to those planning to attend either the University of North Georgia or the University of Georgia. Additional selection criteria (in order of priority), include demonstrated financial need, desire, extra-curricular activities, academics (an overall “C” average or better is acceptable).


Myrtle W. Figueras Scholarship

The Myrtle Figueras Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 by her friends to sustain her name and her legacy.  Ms. Figueras taught in the Gainesville school system for thirty years then served on the City Council for twenty years. Ms. Figueras believes strongly that communication is key to understanding, and that one of the greatest joys in life is to communicate with people of all cultures.

This fund will award one student a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants may be graduating seniors at Gainesville High School who are planning to attend an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning. Recipients are selected based on their demonstrated acceptance of all cultures, their plans to further study in foreign language, and their demonstrated financial need.


Judge Richard S. (Stan) Gault Education Scholarship

he Honorable Richard S. Gault was a distinguished Georgian, a highly respected jurist, a dedicated community leader and a lifelong advocate for education. In 2010, his family decided to honor his memory by establishing the Judge Richard S. (Stan) Gault Education Scholarship so that residents in his hometown for Forsyth County, Ga., could pursue their educational goals.

A $2,000 scholarship is available to a non-traditional student whose primary residence is in Forsyth County, Ga. Applicants may be pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree as a non-traditional student and should demonstrate a strong desire for further education and academic achievement. Consideration will be given to financial need and also that the student is attending an institution in Georgia.


Tommy Aaron/Charlie Aaron Foundation Scholarship

Tommy Aaron established this scholarship fund in 2006 to honor his father, Charlie Aaron, who taught him that the nature of the game of golf promotes core values that are very important in our society. Those values include sportsmanship, integrity, and respect – values that caused both father and son to love the game.

Graduating high school seniors at Hall County and Gainesville City public schools and Lakeview Academy who are planning to attend an accredited U.S. institute of higher learning are eligible to apply. Additional eligibility requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA, an interest in golf, demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship and honesty, good social and community skills and demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is awarded to one student for $10,000 (in increments of $2, 500 over four years)


Holcomb Family Education Scholarship

The Holcomb Family Education Scholarship was established in 2008 by the Hall County Optimist Club to honor long-time educators, J.H. Holcomb and his sisters, Margaret, Mildred and Nell. With careers beginning shortly after World War II, the Holcombs served the childred of Hall County and Gainesville for more than 100 years.

A $1,000 scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Hall County or Gainesville City public high schools or to a GED recipient. Applicants must be planning to pursue a full-time degree program in the field of education at an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning. Applicants should also have demonstrated financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.


Gail Ingram Scholarship

The Gail Ingram Scholarship was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation in 2010 by family, friends, and students of Gail Ingram to honor her 40 years in education. As a teacher, debate and speech coach, and world travel leader, Gail has made a lasting impact on countless individuals. As a high school valedictorian, college Magna Cum Laude, six-time Star Teacher, Georgia Forensics Coach of the Year, member of the Georgia Debate Coaches Hall of Fame, and a National Forensics League Triple-Diamond Coach, Gail Ingram always went well beyond the classroom. Her love of travel led her to expand her students’ appreciation and understanding of literature with more than 30 trips to more than 10 countries, where they learned the life and history behind the literature.

One $1,000 award is available to a graduating high school senior from Banks, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and White county high schools or home-school students who are planning to attend a Georgia public college or university. Preference will be given to those wishing to pursue a degree in education. 


The Kiwanis Club of Gainesville Charles J. Thurmond Youth Art Scholarship Award
Awards several annual scholarships for students 9th-12th grade through the Gainesville Kiwanis Club.  Visit the Gainesville Kiwanis Club Web site for more information and applications. For information on the youth art scholarship portion in particular, view the information here.  

Lake Rabun Scholarship
For graduating seniors at Rabun County High School and Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School.  This fund is not included in our online application. Please contact your school counselor for more information and the application.

Lambert Lacrosse Scholarship
For graduating seniors at Lambert High School who have participated on either the boys or girls lacrosse team for at least one season. The 2019 application period will open on February 1 and close on March 31. Once students create a username in the web portal, you will find this separate scholarship application.

Chuck Massey Memorial Scholarship
For North Hall High School graduating seniors in the top 10% of their class who will be going to a four year college in the Fall after graduation. This recipient should be involved in their community through church and volunteerism, be in different school clubs and activities and most of all be a high academic achiever. The scholarship amount is $600.

Jenny Melton Scholarship
The Jenny Melton Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 in Jenny’s memory by her family and friends. Jenny, a West Hall High School athlete and honor student, tragically lost her life on March 19, 2002 in a single car accident on her way to school. This scholarship will award a $2,500 scholarship a total of three scholarships: a graduating senior from West Hall High School, a graduating senior from Cherokee Bluff High School and for a child whose parent is a member of IAEE SE Chapter. ​ 

Charles Black Construction Company, Inc. Scholarship
For graduating seniors from various public high schools.  Eligible high schools are determined each year. 2019 schools include: Banks County High School, Commerce High School, Franklin County High School, Habersham County High School, Madison County High School, Sims Academy of Innovation, Rabun County High School, Towns County High School, White County High School, Gilmer High School, Hart County High School and Foothills Charter School. 

Lance Roland Memorial Scholarship

The Lance Roland Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by family and friends in memory of Lance Roland, a former Gainesville High School staff member. This scholarship will give one $1,000 award to a Gainesville High School senior.

Applicants can be planning to attend a two-year college or a four-year university. Additional eligibility requirements include being in good standing with GHS, being an active student who works extremely hard both in the classroom and extra-curricular activities, and having educational objectives that are clearly defined and an academic record that indicates goals are realistic.


Florence and Jack Sims Memorial Scholarship

The Florence and Jack Sims Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation in 2014 by their sons, Michael and Harold, to honor their parents who were killed in a car accident. They loved Corinth Baptist Church and desired to help young people.
Students graduating from a public or private high school located in Hall County, Ga., who are planning to enroll in an accredited U.S. college/university are eligible to apply.
Recipients of the award should show strong academic performance with a minimum 3.0 GPA and should be able to demonstrate active involvement in extra-curricular and/or community activities including but not limited to community volunteer activities, work activities and church activities. This scholarship awards one scholarship in the amount of $1,500.


Jim and Dee Snow Optimist Scholarship

The Jim & Dee Snow Optimist Scholarship was established in 2013 by the Gainesville Evening Optimist Club to honor long-time educators, Jim and Dee Snow. Jim and Dee Snow spent their entire working lives as educators, devoting themselves to the children of Gainesville and Hall County. In their free time they were pivotal members of the Gainesville Evening Optimist Club whose motto is “bringing out the best in youth.” Their dedication to encouraging and helping young people is the inspiration for this scholarship. The Gainesville Evening Optimist Club hopes to assist young people who embody those same characteristics of service and scholarship in meeting their educational goals.

One $1,000 award is available to graduating seniors at Hall County or Gainesville City public high schools or to a GED recipient. Applicants must be planning to attend a Georgia public college or university.


TD Automotive Compressor Georgia (TACG) Community Scholarship

The TD Automotive Compressor Georgia (TACG) Community Scholarship was established in 2006 to provide competitive scholarships to graduating seniors of public high schools in Jackson County, Ga.

Graduating high school seniors from any public high school in Jackson County are eligible to apply for this $1,500 award (renewable for 3 years). Applicants must have a 2.5 minimum GPA and be planning to attend an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning full time.


TD Automotive Compressor Georgia (TACG) Family Scholarship

The TD Automotive Compressor Georgia (TACG) Family Scholarship was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation to provide a $1,500 scholarship to graduating seniors of TACG Associates’ family members. Family members are defined as children and grandchildren (including step). Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 minimum GPA who are pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time at an accredited U.S. institution.


Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America (TICA) Community Scholarship

The Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America (TICA) Community Scholarship was established in 2015 to provide competitive scholarships to graduating seniors of public high schools in Jackson County, Ga.

Graduating high school seniors from any public high school in Jackson County are eligible to apply for this $1,500 award (renewable for 3 years). Applicants must have a 2.5 minimum GPA and be planning to attend an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning full time.


Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America (TICA) Family Scholarship
The Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America (TICA) Family Scholarship was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation to provide a $1,500 scholarship to graduating seniors of TICA Associates’ family members. Family members are defined as children and grandchildren (including step). Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 minimum GPA who are pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time at an accredited U.S. institution.

Flo Towson Scholarship
The Flo Towson Music Scholarship was established by The Arts Council to provide one $700 scholarship for graduating seniors and home-schooled students from Hall County who plan to pursue higher education in the field of music at an accredited institute of higher learning within in the state of Georgia. 

Jody Tucker Scholarship

The Jody Tucker Memorial Scholarship was established in 2000 by family and friends in memory of Jody Tucker who graduated from Gainesville High School in 1985. The primary goal of this scholarship is to assist the average student in pursuing his or her higher education.

The scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Gainesville High School planning to attend an accredited Georgia public institution of higher learning. Applicants must be accepted to an institution in the University System of Georgia or a school in the Technical College System of Georgia.

The fund typically awards one $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to one additional year (for a total $5,000 scholarship) if academic criteria continues to be met by the recipient.


Pam Ware Scholarship

The Pam Ware Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to honor Gainesville High School’s drama teacher, Pam Ware.

A $1,000 scholarship is available to graduating senior theatre students at Gainesville High School who are planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution with a focus on theatre or a related field. Additional elgibility criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA, with a preference given to those with a minimum 3.5 GPA, honor thespian status, which includes community service with a minimum of two years of participation in the theatre program and a demonstrated financial need.

Up to five semi-finalists will be invited to a personal interview with the selection committee. One finalist will then be chosen for the scholarship.

 


The Patrick Kelley Band Scholarship

The Patrick Kelley Band Scholarship was established in 2013 in memory of Patrick by his friends and family. Patrick tragically lost his life in a horrible automobile accident on December 20, 2011, his 18th birthday. Patrick was an extraordinary young man who excelled musically, socially and academically and was very active in all aspects of life at Gainesville High School.

He was a member of the Debate Team, the Academic Bowl, the Key Club, and the National Honor Society. As a junior, Patrick took part in the Governors Honors Program for Gifted and Talented Students, and he was also a participant in the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program. Patrick was actively involved in the Grace Episcopal Church youth group and was an avid Boy Scout eventually earning his Eagle Scout rank. In 2010, Patrick was named champion of the Jackson EMC Energy Bowl.

Patrick played euphonium in both the marching and concert bands and held many leadership positions within the band, including Band President, Student Leader, and two-time Brass Section Leader. Patrick was selected into the GMEA District IX Honor Band and All-State Bands four years in a row – one year playing in both the All-State Orchestra and the All-State Band.

This scholarship seeks to recognize students who share Patrick’s love and commitment to the Gainesville High School band program. One $1,000 scholarship is available each year to a senior Gainesville High School band or auxiliary member who has made significant contributions to the Gainesville High School Band. Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA; however, in the presence of other overwhelming accomplishments in music and civic leadership, applicants with a GPA less than 2.5 may also be considered.


The Patrick Kelley Memorial Scholarship

he Patrick Michael Kelley Scholarship was established by members of the Gainesville-Hall County community to honor the memory of Patrick Kelley, an outstanding student at Gainesville High School who died in a car accident his senior year.

Patrick was known for his academic ability, his musical talent, and his commitment to service in his community. While in high school, he was an active member of the Gainesville High School Band, played in two different community orchestras, was an Eagle Scout, attended the Governor’s Honors Program, participated in numerous school clubs and activities, and was active in his church youth group. Patrick utilized all of his talents in his approach to life.

This $2,500 scholarship seeks to recognize students who best exemplify Patrick’s approach to life and is available to graduating seniors at Hall County or Gainesville City public high schools who are planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university. The ideal candidate will excel academically, participate in activities that give back to the community, pursue his or her extracurricular interests and have demonstrated leadership.


Bill Wilson Scholarship
The Bill Wilson scholarship is to be awarded to graduating athletes from Gainesville High School. It was established to honor and help student athletes like Bill who played baseball and football for GHS. The main focus to honor athletes in good academic standing. The scholarship awards up to $2,500.


Gainesville Symphony Orchestra Scholarship
This scholarship is for graduating seniors at public, private or homeschools in Hall County. Applicants must reside in Hall County and must play a musical instrument. The scholarship award amount is $1,500. 

Don and Debbie Golden Scholarship
The Don and Debbie Golden Scholarship Fund was established at the North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF) by their daughters after Mr. & Mrs. Golden tragically lost their lives in an automobile accident. Mrs. Golden worked as a counselor at Mount Vernon Elementary School in north Hall County and had 30 years experience in education. Mr. Golden taught marketing and coached football and golf at North Forsyth High School. He previously was the head football coach for six years at North Hall High School. He was a punter on the University of Georgia football team under legendary coach Vince Dooley.

This scholarships is for graduating seniors in Hall County who are majoring in education. This scholarship awards two scholarships in the one time amount of $1,800.


Sheepdog of the Year Scholarship

The Sheepdog of the Year Scholarship was established in 2016 in memory of Ryan FitzGerald.  Ryan was a graduate of Lambert High School in 2012.  He died suddenly on September 24, 2015.  Ryan was lovingly called a “sheepdog” because he had an attitude of service above self, he was intensely loyal and protected, supported and encouraged people around him.

To honor Ryan’s legacy, this Sheepdog Connection organization provides opportunities for young men to build their confidence, character, and faith and to have a positive, impactful, and rippling effect on those they meet and love.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors from Lambert High School and must be planning to pursue a full-time degree program at an accredited US college/university. The scholarship is awarded for $1,000.

To learn more about the Sheepdog Connection visit: https://www.sheepdogconnection.org/


The Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association Scholarship
This scholarship fund was created by the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association to create an opportunity for students in Fannin County to receive a scholarship to further their education. Seniors from Fannin County High School can apply for this scholarship which will award up to $1,500.

Donald Moss Scholarship
The Donald Moss Scholarship Fund was established in January of 2017 in order to provide scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors at Dawson County High School who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary college, university or vocational school in the U.S. The scholarship will award 10 scholarships that total $15,000 each over the course of four years of college (increments = $5,000 first year, $4,000 second year, $3,000 third and fourth years).

The Energizes Others Scholarship
The Energizes Others Scholarship Fund was established in October 2017 to provide a scholarship opportunity to a current employee, or child or grandchild of a current employee of the AutoZone Lavonia Distribution Center. The recipient may be a high school senior, a GED Graduate, they could be currently enrolled in school, and could be attending school on a part-time basis. A combination of both GPA, Financial Need, and extra-curricular/community activities will be considered when making the recipient decision.  One scholarship for $2,500 will be awarded.

The Franklin County High School Scholarship
The Franklin County High School Scholarship was established in order to provide a scholarship opportunity to a graduating seniors at Franklin County High School who plans to attend (or may be currently enrolled because of advanced classes) an accredited post-secondary two- or four- year college, university or vocational school in the U.S. The minimum GPA to apply for this scholarship will be 2.1, and a combination of both GPA, Financial Need, and extra-curricular/community activities will be considered when making the recipient decision. One scholarship for $2,500 will be awarded to a student who demonstrates a good, all-around character and academics.

GHS Alumni Scholarship (estbl. by the GHS Class of '64)
This scholarship was created and endowed by the GHS Class of ’64. This was the second class project that the Class undertook and in 2019 the name of the scholarship became ‘GHS Alumni Scholarship’ in order to encourage other graduates of GHS to help leave a legacy by contributing to the fund.

The scholarship, an award of $1,500, is intended for a graduating senior at Gainesville High School to help him/her pursue a higher education. 


Coleman, Chambers & Rogers First Responders College Scholarship
Coleman, Chambers & Rogers LLP awards this $1,250 scholarship to current and active members of the First Responders/EMC workers, their children and grandchildren for Gainesville, all municipalities and Hall County, Georgia.

Gainesville Invests In Future Teachers (GIFT) Scholarship
For graduating seniors at Gainesville High School who plan to major in education. Click here to find out more about the GIFT Scholarship. 

Xander Corso Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is a needs and merit based scholarship for outstanding students in Hall County who exemplify the idea of “a life lived for others” and who will attend a college in the university system of Georgia.”

You're The Reason Scholarship
The You’re the Reason Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by employees of the City of Gainesville who give annually to the Community Trust Fund.

One scholarship valued at up to $1000.00 is available to graduating seniors whose parent is employed by the City of Gainesville government. Funding for the scholarship comes from sponsors of the Spring Chicken Festival, Georgia’s official chicken cook-off, held in April each year in Downtown Gainesville. Additional scholarships are awarded, funded by the Community Trust Fund.

The student must be planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in fall 2017. Applicants can be eligible to attend a two-year college or four-year university.

Gainesville Spring Chicken Scholarship
The City of Gainesville and the local poultry industry recognize the need for outstanding young men and women to continue the city’s legacy as the “Poultry Capital of the World.” The Gainesville Spring Chicken Scholarship supports college students pursuing a degree in poultry science or a related agricultural degree.

Funding for the scholarship comes from sponsors of the Spring Chicken Festival, Georgia’s official chicken cook-off, held in April each year in Downtown Gainesville.  Applicants should be graduating high school senior or current college students pursuing a career in the poultry industry, majoring in Agricultural Business, Poultry Science, Food Science, Animal Science, Food Marketing, Agricultural Economics, etc. They must be a resident of the State of Georgia with a minimum GPA of 3.0. One award of $1,000 will be given.


EE Butler Class of '69 Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a high school senior in Gainesville-Hall County. The award amount is $500.

David M. Martin Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior or college level student who resides in Gainesville-Hall County  Students applying for this scholarship must be interested in STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering or Math). Great emphasis will be put on students aspiring to major in Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, Security, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics. Finalists will be invited to a personal interview with the selection committee. One finalist will then be chosen for the scholarship. The award amount is $1,000.

Mary Render Acree Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior residing in Gainesville-Hall County who desire to study in the area of dental hygiene or other health related field. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $500.

Deputy Nicolas Dixon Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a child or spouse of North Georgia First Responders.

Deputy Patrick Mayfield Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a child or spouse of North Georgia First Responders.

Fire-Medic Tim Peebles Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a child or spouse of North Georgia First Responders.

Flight Medic Phil Hart Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a child or spouse of North Georgia First Responders.

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If you would like any additional information on our available scholarships, contact Megan Martin at mmartin@ngcf.org or 770-535-7880.

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