Financial Aid and Scholarships

Parents and Students – Be alert to SCAMS!


Don’t get fooled by scam artists!  Many scams involve parents and students paying money to a company to “get the student into college” or to “find scholarships for a student”.  There are also scams (“services”) that charge money to complete the FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) and to add student names to books (“Achievement Academies”  or  “Outstanding Students of America” or others like this) – they ask parents and loved ones to buy books with their child’s name in it. There is no evidence that colleges pay ANY attention to these books or lists!

For more information on SCAMS , go to finaid, or to this government sponsored site about scams at $cholarship $cams.
Also, please plan to attend one of our Financial Aid Workshops.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available ON-LINE beginning January 1, 2013 .This is the form you will need to complete in order to be eligible for financial aid and most college scholarships. It also serves as the application form for the Tennessee HOPE (lottery) Scholarship!  This financial aid form cannot be submitted until January of 2013, but complete it as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss out on available state funds.  You may want to LOOK at the site, however, to familiarize yourself with the process.


We strongly discourage parents and students from using other FAFSA-related websites, such as; they will charge you money to do what YOU should be able to do for free!

The CSS Profile is another financial aid document that SOME colleges require. Please make sure that the colleges on your list require this, because the process will cost you money for EACH college that the CSS Profile sends your information to; it is not free like the FAFSA.



Seniors Only: Interested in one or more of the HBCU s? Want to complete one application where all 32 schools can access and review YOUR application? And, want to do all this for FREE? Here’s what you have to do:1. Go to Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page; find the McDonalds logo and click on it. This opens up the FREE application.
Hint: If you click “apply” before you go to the McDonalds logo, you will begin the application but will have to pay the $35 application fee.

3. Complete your application.

4. Let Mr. Prewitt or Mr. Allred know that your HBCU Common App is complete and they will fax the transcript to this service where all the HBCU schools can access it.

(Please note that some of these schools may want you to send an official transcript and they will let you know what to do)


 FastWeb – leading scholarship search engine  Colleges That Change Lives
 FinAid – student guide to financial aid  Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis – Guide to Scholarships
(Please review each scholarship- not all pertain to CHS students!)
  Paying for College Student Resource Guide
(Some of the information may be outdated.)


The Common Application for Undergraduate Admission, or Common App, is used by 488 member colleges as a way to streamline the college application process.  This application is accessed online by both the student and the recommending faculty member.  Please see your guidance counselor for help using this application.

Download The Common App

Note from the counselors regarding the Common App:

(PDF) / word (Word)


  1. Go to:
  2. Download the Guide for Student Athletes.
  3. READ the Guide and Review.
  4. P. 17 – Go to the Eligibility Center.
  5. Check to see if you are eligible for a Fee Waiver; follow the instructions for payment to the NCAA.
  6. Request your transcript from your Counselor.


Senior Parent Night was held in the CHS Auditorium on September 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm.  Seniors and their parents received information about graduation requirements, college searches, scholarships, and FAFSA help.  For those who missed the presentation, the link to the power point presentation is below.  Please contact your guidance counselor with any further questions.
 Senior Night Power Point  (PDF) (PowerPoint)


Scholarship  Deadline
AAMIA Scholarship (For young men with a 2.8 and up GPA only)
American Association of Blacks in Energy
AXA Foundation
Best Buy Scholarship ProgramApply online at: Deadline: February 15, 2015
Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Scholarship Form
Due February 15, 2013
Buick Achievers Scholarship
Chi Zeta Lambda Scholarships

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Please note: SOME of these scholarships are available for Central students, some are NOT; please read the requirements carefully.
Exxon/Mobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships
Gates Millennium Scholarship
MEA Scholarship Program  A candidate must meet these three criteria to be eligible:

  • Be a dependent of a member of the Memphis Education Association
  • Attend a public college or university in Tennessee
  • Be planning to pursue a career in education
 The Ned McWherter ScholarshipThe Ned McWherter Scholars Program is intended to encourage academically superior Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. Tennessee high school seniors starting their last semester in high school may apply.To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • be a resident of Tennessee, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, and
  • have at least a 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average, and
  • have a minimum composite score of 29 on the ACT or 1280 on the SAT (math and critical reading only).
The Taylor Foundation Scholarship Scholarship Announcement
 TSACThe Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation administers a number of scholarships and grants, including the HOPE Scholarship. Application can be made by  completing the FAFSA application, but some require an additional application.
(click on “For Students”, then “Money for College”, and check them out)
University of Dayton – Facebook Video Contest (could be worth up to $40,000 !)Apply at:
AKA Scholarships
**New Community Foundation of Memphis

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