- Take challenging course work -- competitive colleges and universities place a high value on taking tough courses.
- Study hard and build a solid foundation with good grades.
- Get involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities to determine where your strongest interests and abilities may lie.
- Participate in church ministry and community service activities.
- Visit nearby colleges when on vacation, even if you know it is not a place you would want to attend. If nothing else, you can begin to gain a point of reference.
- Take the PLAN test to help you understand strengths and weaknesses and begin to think about possible career choices.
- Begin creating a resume that outlines your achievements and accomplishments, extra-curricular activities, church/community service involvement, and work experience.
|The Georgia Student Finance Commission website contains many valuable resources to help you plan for college. You are encouraged to visit it and establish a free account. There is also a feature that allows you to create one application that can be used for a number of colleges as well as for the HOPE Scholarship application process.
For lists of colleges, admissions requirements, freshman profiles, video files of campuses, and much more, visit these websites.
For help with college applications, letters of reference, essays, test preparation, and more, visit this site to find checklists and articles that make it easier to manage your college deadlines.
Following are additional websites where you may find great sources for private scholarships and other types of financial aid.
www.coca-colascholars.org (The Coca-Cola Foundation)
www.horatioalger.com/scholarships (The Horatio Alger Association)