Scholarships

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Below is a short list of the scholarships available. Some are based on merit while others are based on specific criteria, be sure to explore each in detail to find one that is right for you.

If you have questions, ask your Guidance Counselor. Be sure to check the specific deadline dates for each scholarship as they vary. If you would like to browse a full list of scholarships you can find them at CFNC.org

NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE TUITION GRANT

Must attend an N.C. private college/university and be a citizen of N.C. for at least one year; amount - $1800 ($900 each semester); (student receives NCLTG when he/she enrolls at a private N.C. college/university).

NC Reach Scholarship

NC Reach is a state-funded scholarship offered for up to 4 years, including fall, spring, and summer school terms. The program funds up to the school’s full cost of attendance after other public funds and scholarships have been applied. NC Reach provides comprehensive student support, including Virtual Mentors, Care Packages, and internships. Learn More

FRESHMAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM

must plan to attend one of these six universities in N.C.: Elizabeth City State; Fayetteville State; N.C. A & T; N.C. Central, UNC-Pembroke or Winston-Salem State; amount - covers tuition, fees, and books for the freshman year only and is non-renewable; no deadlines - contact financial aid office of the university you plan to attend.

SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT PROGRAM FOR NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS

Must be a Native American, admitted to one of the 16 UNC universities and have financial need; amount varies. Must complete the FAFSA.

NATIVE AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM

Must be an American Indian who is a member of a tribal group; amount - varies; June 1 deadline; contact Director of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Education and Training Department, P.O. Box 455, Cherokee, NC 28719 or call 828-497-7485

UNC Diversity Fund

The amount varies according to financial need and the institution where you are applying. No separate application needed.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP

must have a learning, mental or physical disability which is a handicap to employment; amount-covers the cost of tuition, fees and some books and supplies; no deadline but must contact Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

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NORTH CAROLINA 4-H DEVELOPMENT FUND SCHOLARSHIP

Must have an outstanding record of 4-H participation and achievement; contact your local 4-H Agent for details on this and other 4-H scholarships available; amount-varies from $500 to $2500. 4-H Youth Development Department at 919-515-2801 for deadlines and applications.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Various federal, state, and private scholarships/resources are available to assist students with special needs, including physically challenged and learning disabled students; visit their website for specific scholarship information for Students with Special Needs.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS

Must be children of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-related disability while in active service in the Armed Forces as well as children of service persons missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force. Visit their website or www.vba.va.gov for more information; amount- varies; deadline ASAP.

NORTH CAROLINA VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP

Must be children of certain deceased or disabled veterans or of veterans who were listed as POW/MIA; (veterans must have been a legal resident of N.C. at time of entry into service, or child must have been born in N.C. and resided there continuously); amount — varies up to free tuition, room and board fees at state-supported institution or limited fees up to $4500 at private institutions; for additional information, contact your local office or the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs. (325 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603) at 919-733-3851.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PELL GRANT PROGRAM

Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): amount - varies from $400 to $4300; the completed form cannot be submitted online or by mail until after January 1st.

AGRICULTURE FUTURE OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIPS

Must be a student preparing for a career in the agriculture and food industry. Learn More

AMERICORPS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Must be 18 years old and willing to volunteer one year in a non-profit organization helping to build homes for homeless, helping children learn to read, restoring forests and streams in national parks and/or helping provide disaster relief with American Red Cross or state emergency management disaster outreach programs, etc. Learn More 

AUBREY LEE BROOKS SCHOLARSHIP

Must reside in Swain County, be accepted to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, or N.C. State University and have a strong academic record, excellent character, leadership qualities, and financial need as determined by your CSS Financial Aid Profile. Learn More

Burger King Scholarship

Must be a high school senior with a GPA 2.5 or higher and working part-time an average of 15 hours per week (you do not have to be a Burger King employee) that demonstrates participation in community service and/or co –curricular activities with financial need. Learn More

JAY PALMER SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by the N.C. Public Maintenance Association. You must be child or spouse of a public school maintenance personnel and attending a 2- or 4-year college plus have financial need. Learn More

JIMMY RANE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships are awarded to deserving students who display academic excellence, leadership skills, community service, involvement, activities, awards, and honors. Learn More

M. Allen Music Scholarship

 Applicants must be residents of one of the following counties in WNC: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Swain, or Transylvania. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need, high personal character, leadership and demonstrate a musical aptitude. Apply online 

NATIONAL CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP

Must have a high school GPA of 3.5+, be accepted at one of the 10 NCCE (National Commission for Cooperative Education) Partner College & Universities (see listing of schools on their website) and complete an essay why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program; amount—varies; see website: http://www.co-op.edu/ 

NATIONAL FFA SCHOLARSHIP

Must be an FFA class/club member and plan to attend a college or vocational/technical college in a related FFA major/career; amount—application available at http://www.ffa.org/

AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION (AFSA) ESSAY CONTEST

 Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to submit an essay about a topic of global significance; amount—$2,500 and a trip to Washington DC learn more here

POSITIVE CHOICES SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by the Positive Choices Program which encourages students to make positive, life-saving choices about alcohol use and driving; everyone who signs the online positive promise is eligible to win one of five college scholarships to be awarded; visit their website.

YOUNG NATIVE WRITERS ESSAY CONTEST


The 2015 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is open to Native American high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 only. All students participating in Young Native Writers Essay Contest should have a significant and current relationship with a Native American tribal community. First place scholarship of $2500; complete details, writing requirements and instructions available on their website. Deadline: April

ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT RESOURCES

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