College Prep Programs

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Breakthrough Atlanta high school students have access to several upcoming college prep programs and opportunities below, which are tailored to various grade levels. Learn more and sign up today!

Create Your Virtual Scholarship Center Account Today!

Open to all High School Grade Levels

As a Breakthrough Scholar, you have access to The Scholarship Academy’s Virtual Scholarship Center (VSC). Since 2006, The Scholarship Academy has helped students earn more than $50M in scholarships.

In the VSC, scholars can track their talents, activities and accomplishments, build their 4-Year College Funding Plan, access tailored scholarship research, and submit the FAFSA. Using the desktop or mobile app, scholars can also make Virtual Office Hour appointments with staff and volunteers with the easy click of a button.

Financial Aid 101 (2 Parts)

Open to Freshmen, Sophomores & Parents

Part 1

Saturday, February 5th, 9 am–Noon at The Lovett School Portman Middle School
Join Breakthrough Atlanta and The Scholarship Academy to learn the ins and outs of making college affordable, or better yet, FREE! This introductory workshop will help you learn financial aid terms and concepts, analysis of financial aid award letters, and self-efficacy in scholarship eligibility.

Contact Marc Whittaker Bennett for more information.

Part 2 & Quiz Bowl

Saturday, March 5, 9 am–Noon at The Lovett School Portman Middle School
Part 2 of Financial Aid 101 & the Quiz Bowl will provide more information about paying for college and the financial aid process. Then, scholars will showcase their increased knowledge as they compete against each other in the Quiz Bowl. This session is in partnership with The Scholarship Academy.

Contact Marc Whittaker Bennett for more information.

University of Georgia College Tour on February 19th

Open to Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Parents

Visiting a college is the best way to get a feel for the campus — from classes and dorms to the cafeteria menu. Register today for an in-person guided campus tour at The University of Georgia on Saturday, February 19! This hour-long walking tour is led by student Tour Leaders and covers historic north campus. It will conclude in the heart of campus at Sanford Stadium (Go Dawgs!). Space is limited, and registration is required.

Buses will depart from The Lovett School at 7:30 a.m., and will arrive at The University of Georgia at 10 a.m.. We’ll depart from UGA at 12:30 p.m. and arrive back at Lovett at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Contact Marc Whittaker Bennett for more information.

SAT/ACT Test Prep Course Beginning February 19th

Open to Sophomores & Juniors

Increase your competitiveness for college admissions and scholarships by maximizing your SAT or ACT exam performance. Our spring test prep course will run on Saturdays, from February 19th through April 30th (except for April 9th), from 9a.m. – Noon at The Lovett School. This course is aligned to the May 7th SAT exam.

Contact Lauren Butler for more information.

Need Help Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Open to Seniors & Parents

Don’t miss your chance to secure PELL grants, work study and other forms of non loan-based financial aid to pay for college! Let a counselor from The Scholarship Academy help you complete the FAFSA today.

Log into your Virtual Scholarship Center account. (Don’t have an account yet? See the first entry on this webpage for how to create one.) Your home page should display four options, select ‘Office Hours Request’. Choose a Subject for your appointment using the drop down list. Select an appointment date and time. You will only be able to select open time slots that are at least 48 hours in the future. You will receive a confirmation email!

Now Accepting Applications: Toler Velissaris Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Open to Seniors

Breakthrough Atlanta’s exclusive scholarship, the Toler Velissaris Scholarship for Academic Excellence, is now accepting applications from seniors who plan to attend a four-year college/university in the 2022-2023 school year. Each year, we award up to four Breakthrough seniors with scholarships of up to $10,000.

Scholarships, Scholarships, SCHOLARSHIPS!: Due February 15th

Open to Seniors

Check out nearly 20 scholarship opportunities for metro area students managed by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Applications are due on Tuesday, February 15th.

College Plans Survey

Open to Seniors

Seniors, welcome to the home stretch! By now, some of you have already been accepted to colleges and received scholarships. Please let us know your Fall 2022 plans by completing our short survey.


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