Below you can find information and FAQ regarding the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship processes!
The Annual Renewal and Fall Update Applications
When can returning students begin their renewal application? When will incoming Scholars be able to complete the Fall Update Application?
Which documents are needed to complete the Annual Renewal and Fall Update Applications? What information needs to be visible for a document to be considered valid?
A list of required and valid documents can be found here.
Do you have examples of valid documents?
Please click the links below for examples that meet our document requirements.
What is the Scholar Dashboard used for?
The Scholar Dashboard allows Achieve Atlanta Scholars to monitor progress on their application review, resubmit required documents, track their check status, and submit questions directly to the Scholarship team.
How do Scholars access the Scholar Dashboard?
To access the Scholarship Dashboard portal, please follow the instructions below:
- Click here to go to your personalized Scholar Dashboard!
- First-Time Users:
- Click “Not a member?” and complete the fields using your first name, last name, and email associated with your Achieve Atlanta Application. Then create a password.
- Complete the verification step by accessing the code emailed to you.
- Returning Users:
- Log in using your username and password.
- First-Time Users:
- If a Scholar has a question, who should they reach out to?
- Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, give us a call at 404-880-3500, or send us a message through the Help Desk on the Scholar Dashboard.
Achieve Atlanta Appeals
What’s the deadline to submit an appeal for the fall 2023 term?
What are good reasons for Scholars to submit an appeal?
Scholars who are facing extenuating circumstances and/or are on the margins of eligibility (i.e., an EFC just above our eligibility threshold or a GPA/completion rate just below our academic requirements) may be good candidates for an appeal.
Students who are graduating in the current term and have less than a full-time course load to meet their graduation requirements may also be good candidates for an appeal.
How can I support a student with an appeal?
Please encourage them to submit supporting documentation that clearly demonstrates any extenuating circumstances the student may be facing. You may also submit a statement on the student’s behalf.
If the student is submitting a part-time appeal, please have their advisor complete the part-time verification form.
How do Scholars get the application for appeals?
To request an appeal link, Scholars should reach out to email@example.com or give us a call at 404-880-3500 after they complete the renewal and submit all required documentation.
How long after an appeal is made does it take to hear back?
Once an appeal is submitted, we anticipate it will be reviewed within 3 weeks of the submission of all required documentation.
Is there a set amount of appeals a Scholar can make?
There currently is no limit to the number of appeals a scholar can submit. However, the Appeals Committee does consider a scholar’s total number of submitted appeals during the review process.
What are Achieve Atlanta’s guidelines on check disbursement?
I’ve received a check for a student who is currently not meeting your eligibility criteria. What should we do before returning the check?
Before returning a Scholarship check, please follow these steps:
- Double-check the Achieve Atlanta Weekly Check Report to confirm if the student is part-time eligible.
- Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if the check needs to be returned.
Oftentimes, depending on various factors, Achieve Atlanta may make the decision to allow the student to keep the funds for the term.
I know notes must be attached to any returned check. What is an example of a reason checks should be returned?
The biggest reason a check should be returned is if a student is not enrolled at the institution (i.e., fully withdrawn, transferred, did not start classes).
How do we add someone to a check report?
Email email@example.com with the email address you’d like added to the check report.
What contact information should Scholars use if they have questions?
Scholars should direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-880-3500.
Financial aid administrators should direct questions to email@example.com or 404-588-3208.
Where should we return checks to?
Refunds should be made out to Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and should include the student’s name, and/or ID, and the reason for returning the funds. Please mail the return check to:
ATTN: Grants Payable, Scholarships
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
191 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30303
Completion and Emergency Grants
Where can I find more information about Achieve Atlanta’s Completion Grant program?
How can we support Scholars in preparing their grant applications?
Here is a step-by-step application guide to assist with the process!
Does a Scholar need to be enrolled to apply for an emergency grant?
Yes. A student must be enrolled and an active Achieve Atlanta Scholar (received funding for the current term) to apply for an emergency grant.