The Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society is now accepting applications for the organization’s continuing education scholarship. The $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one Sugar Hill student who will be attending college or technical school during the Fall of 2024. Applicants are asked to write an essay discussing one of the Sugar Hill History Museum exhibits. Additional requirements include:

Scholarship Essay and Theme: 

What is the impact of Lake Lanier on the Sugar Hill area? 

Possible topics you could mention:

  • Construction
  • Economic impacts
  • Infrastructure
  • Water supply and quality
  • Quality of life
  • Community/family displacements

Lake Lanier’s Reservoir Land & Property Archival Program – this site will allow you to search all the properties purchased by the government for Lake Lanier.

Optional Research Event: Attend the Lake Lanier event at the Sugar Hill Museum to get more information on the history of the lake.

Eagle Theatre, August 16, 2023 at 6:30 pm

***You will earn FIVE bonus points towards your application by attending the event or the exhibit, which is at the museum for a limited time. To earn the points, you must take a selfie at the event or exhibit and include the file with your application. 

Word Count: 600 – 1000 words *Word count is the essay only. Does not include any reference page

Award: Essays will be reviewed by a committee and evaluated on historical accuracy, relevancy to the theme, creativity, and use of sources/ research. The winning recipient will be notified no later than Tuesday, December 12th. The Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society will write a check for the  scholarship funds payable  directly to the recipient’s school. *Scholarships are awarded based on merit and integrity alone, without regard to name, race, color, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.


  • Must live within Sugar Hill city limits *If you are unsure about your residency status, please check here.
  • 2024 High School Graduate 
  • Applicants must be admitted as a full-time student at a college, university, or trade school program for the 2024 Fall academic semester.
  • No AI detected in the  entire essay. Each essay will be checked.
  • Essays must reach a minimum score of 70 on the rubric to be eligible for scholarship consideration.


  • Completed application
  • Proof of residency – copy of driver’s license or copy of recent gas bill
  • Statement of Accuracy (see attached)
  • Essay with word count clearly labeled (must be between 600 and 1000 words)
  • Final submissions must be double-spaced, size 12 font, and in Times New Roman

Application and Submission:

All materials including application, essay, proof of address, proof of full-time status and Statement of Accuracy must be posted to the website by November 7, 2023.  No late applications or material will be accepted. 

  • Applicant Information

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 5 MB.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png, pdf, Max. file size: 64 MB.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png, pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 64 MB.
  • STATEMENT OF ACCURACY I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me to the Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society is true, correct, and without forgery, including any machine learning or AI. I also consent that my picture may be taken and used for any purpose deemed necessary to promote the Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society Scholarship Program. I hereby understand that if chosen as a scholarship winner, according to the Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society I must provide evidence of enrollment/registration at the post-secondary institution of my choice before scholarship funds can be awarded.

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