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Outside Aid Opportunities

Outside Scholarship Search Tips

You can search for scholarships from private foundations and other donors for free!  Please use these tips to help you in your search:

Search for scholarships using free scholarship engines:

www.fastweb.com
www.gacollege411.org
www.collegeboard.com
www.studentaid.ed.gov

Use Google or Yahoo to search for special scholarships

You may be eligible for a scholarship based on your major, ethnic background, interests, medical history, and/or religion. 

United Methodist Church sites include www.gbhem.org and www.umhef.org

Students with physical or learning disabilities can contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation (part of the Department of Labor) for assistance.

Search for local scholarships within your county. 

Contacts for scholarships in your area might include your high school guidance counselor, local Chamber of Commerce, banks, and large companies or civic groups in your area.  The following outside aid links are recommended:

Etowah Foundation Scholarship - for Bartow County residents
General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (UMC Scholarship) - for United Methodist students
Sam Walton Community Scholarship  
Ty Cobb Educational Foundation   
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation - for United Methodist students
Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc. - for Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina students

Employer Tuition Assistance

Many employers offer tuition assistance for employees and their families.  Please check with the company's Human Resource Office to inquire about employer tuition assistance opportunities, eligibility, and application processes. 

Below are links that offer additional information (Reinhardt is providing these links as a service.  Company policies may have changed since these webpages were published, so please check with your organization's Human Resources Office for the most up-to-date information.):

http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/employertuitionassistance.phtml

http://www.estudentloan.com/blog/10-companies-will-help-pay-college

http://corporate.publix.com/careers/why-publix/tuition-reimbursement

http://www.businessinsider.com/companies-that-will-pay-for-your-tuition-2014-6

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/07/02/a-company-education-program-thats-better-than-starbucks/

http://college.lovetoknow.com/Companies_That_Help_Employees_Pay_for_College

http://www.collegeplus.org/blog/33-companies-that-can-save-you-from-college-debt

Search Safely - Beware of Scams

While many scholarship search services will need some general information from you, do not give out personal information such as your Social Security Number. 

You should not have to pay to search or apply for scholarships - if payment is requested, it might be a scam.  No one can guarantee that you will receive a scholarship, so beware of promises that are too good to be true.  When in doubt, contact your Financial Aid Counselor, and he or she will help to determine if the site is legitimate.      

Please be aware that some letters, emails, phone calls, etc. you may receive may not be legitimate.  Scams that we have been informed about are posted here so you know they are not real.  If you ever question something sent to you, we encourage you to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid so we can help you verify its validity.

Scams:

College Financial Advisory
www.FAFSA.com- DO NOT use this web address for FAFSA.  It will charge you to reroute you to the real FAFSA site.  You want to use www.fafsa.ed.gov.