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These scholarships are available to Hall students, but you have to apply soon
North Georgia Community Foundation

The deadline for local area students to apply for seven new academic scholarships administered by the North Georgia Community Foundation is Friday, March 15.

“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,” Michelle Prater, president & CEO of the Community Foundation, said in a press release.

The new scholarships add to more than 50 established by individual donors and organizations that the Gainesville-based foundation manages.  

According to the foundation, “Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria, and awards vary in size depending on the amount available in each particular fund. Awards vary yearly in quantity of scholarships available and amount awarded for each scholarship.”

The scholarships are available to area high school seniors, current college students and non-traditional students.

The new scholarships for the 2019 application period include the Xander Corso Memorial Scholarship, a need- and merit-based scholarship for local students in the Gainesville and Hall County public school systems who are planning to enroll in a college within the University System of Georgia and who exemplify the idea of “a life lived for others.”

The Gainesville Invests in Future Teachers Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Gainesville High School who plans to pursue a degree in education at a college in a Georgia university.

The You’re the Reason Scholarship was established in 2011 by employees of the City of Gainesville contributing to a Community Trust Fund. Now under the administration of the Community Foundation, it is supported by sponsorships of the Spring Chicken Festival held each April in Gainesville. It is available to graduating seniors whose parent is employed by the city.

The Spring Chicken Festival sponsorships also contribute to a scholarship available to a Georgia student planning to pursue, or already pursuing, a college degree in poultry science or agricultural area of study.

The E.E. Butler High School Class of 1969 has endowed three scholarships, including the Mary Render Acree Memorial Scholarship given to a high school senior in Gainesville or Hall County who plans to study dental hygiene; the David M. Martin Memorial Scholarship for a graduating senior, or a student currently enrolled in college, from Gainesville or Hall County who is majoring in a science, technology, engineering or math field; and the Class of ’69 Memorial Scholarship awarded to a high school senior from Gainesville or Hall County pursuing higher education.

Application deadlines near for local college scholarships

The application deadline for more than 50 scholarships managed by the North Georgia Community Foundation in Gainesville, including seven new scholarships for 2019, is Friday, March 15. For a list of the scholarships and instructions for applying, visit

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