From left to right: Lawrence Harris, Santana Baldwin, Fajr DeLane, Alexander James, Jasia Clark, and Precious James

College Factory and Athens Step Up 

Athens Step Up is an Athens local scholarship organization founded by Ms. Hattie Whitehead. The scholarship was an idea derived from the community and family in which Hattie Thomas Whitehead grew up- Athens, Georgia. Their purpose is to enable youth who have overcome obstacles achieve their greatness by providing scholarships and development resources.  They presented their first scholarship in 2014 to 2 recipients and in 2015 raised that to 3 recipeints.

This past January 2016, Athens Step Up and the College Factory partnered to offer 5 scholarships to Clarke County School District graduating seniors. 


At the College Factory, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to better their future, whether through a college education or  career.

Community Events

Our Program Coordinators work hard to ensure that the local community has access to our program and information relating to college & career planning. They plan numerous community events such as:

  • College Fairs
  • Financial Literacy Seminars
  • Career Exploration 
  • Job Planning
  • College Admissions 
  • Scholarships 
  • Financial Aid

Follow us on Facebook to be informed on our next event coming to a community near you! 

We assist students with their College & Career Planning by guiding them through our Go Succeed program. In Go Succeed students gain access access to:

Matched with personal college & career adviser 
Up to 1 hour scheduled advisement/month
E-mail/Text reminders
Access to college tours 

Complimentary SAT/ACT prep classes
Leadership Retreat
Online chat with adviser
Much, much more! 

For those not enrolled in our program, we offer an online inquiry option as well.  

If you have a question or need assistance, but haven't been assigned to one of our coaches, you can access our coaching services online by completing our inquiry form. After submitting the form, one of our coaches will be in contact with you to answer any questions you may have.   

Our Work