Scholarships

NC Bar Association Scholarship Fund - The North Carolina Bar Association provides scholarships to college students who are the children of slain or permanently disabled North Carolina law enforcement officers.

Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be the natural or adopted child of a North Carolina law enforcement officer who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
  • Apply prior to reaching his or her 27th birthday.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for admission in a college, vocational training school or other educational institution approved by the scholarship committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the NC Bar Association.
  • Demonstrate financial need and merit.

Award Amount:  Funding varies in amount each year depending upon availability.

Interested students should visit:

http://www.ncbar.org/members/divisions/young-lawyers

Deadline is April 3rd.  

Are You Aware of the North Carolina Tuition Waiver Program?

Under North Carolina law, UNC System institutions and North Carolina Community Colleges shall permit certain individuals to attend classes for credit or noncredit purposes without paying the required tuition.  The individuals eligible for this tuition waiver include survivors (including children) of a law enforcement officer killed as a direct result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty, and children (between ages 17 and 23 years of age) whose parent is a law enforcement officer who is permanently and totally disabled as a direct result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty.  Please review Chapter 115B of the North Carolina General Statutes for further details.  We encourage all potential applicants and current recipients to explore the possibility of taking advantage of this program.

Hispanic Scholarship FundHSF General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Community College Transfer Students
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Graduate Students

AWARD
Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

Students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category; students may be of any race. For purposes of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, students must be from a family whose ancestors came from at least one of these countries:  Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Spain, Uruguay, or Venezuela. An applicant must be a US citizen, permanent legal resident, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or an eligible non-citizen (as defined by Federal Student Aid). Additionally, students with refugee or asylum status must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for an HSF Scholarship.
Application is open now and deadline is March 30th.  Interested students should visit:  https://www.hsf.net/es_ES/scholarships

Scholarships for Military Children - The Scholarships for Military Children Program is primarily funded through the generosity of manufacturers and suppliers whose products are sold at military commissaries, worldwide. The Fisher House Foundation is honored to be involved with the Scholarships for Military Children Program. Fisher House Foundation provides a "Home Away from Home" near military medical centers for families experiencing a personal medical crisis. A total of 700 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for school year 2017-18. There will be at least one recipient selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received, and additional recipients will be selected based on a prorate basis, so more applicants will be selected from those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.

Only dependent unmarried children under age 23 of active military duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military, may apply for a scholarship. Dependent children of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Public Health Service, other federal or military related agencies or activities, or DoD civilian employees are not eligible.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are currently enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database (or call 1-800-538-9552) and that they have a current dependent military ID card. The DEERS database will be the primary method of verifying eligibility.

Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate program of study leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall term of 2017. High school applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis). 

The scholarship awards will be given for a maximum of 4 years.

Applicants, or their sponsors, need not live at an installation that has a commissary. Applicants may submit their application at any commissary, however it is recommended that they submit the application where their sponsors normally shop or closest to where their sponsors live. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure the commissary receives the application.

Deadline is Feb. 17th.  Interested students should visit:

http://www.militaryscholar.org/sfmc/index.html

Jagannathan Scholarship -This scholarship has been established by industrialist N.S. Jagannathan.  Interested applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a graduating senior planning to enroll as college freshmen in a full-time degree program at one of the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina
  • Be a resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes
  • Have demonstrated academic achievement (as indicated by class rank, cumulative GPA, and SAT scores), leadership, and financial need

Award AmountThe maximum award is variable, nonrenewable and cannot exceed demonstrated financial need.

The applicant must complete an application and be nominated by the financial aid office of one of the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina; or by his/her high school counselor. The application is be available online . Applicant must take the College Board SAT and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students should visit: https://www.cfnc.org/jag for more information or to apply.  Deadline is 
February 1st.

State Employees Association of NC Scholarship One of the outstanding benefits of SEANC membership is its scholarship program for active and associate members, their spouses and dependent children. 
Categories/Criteria
Category I scholarships are awarded to successful candidates based on criteria that include financial need, school and community activities, character and motivation.
Category II merit scholarships are awarded without consideration of financial need.
Category III scholarships are for active and associate SEANC members who are working full time and are enrolled in at least six semester hours of undergraduate work or three semester hours of graduate work at an accredited postsecondary institution.

Applications may be downloaded at the SEANC website (seanc.org/scholarship). Applications must be received by the District Scholarship Chairperson postmarked NO LATER THAN April 15. District Chair contact information can be found at the scholarship website. Recommendations then are forwarded to the SEANC Scholarship Foundation Board before May 1 for final selection and notification of winners by July 1. The number and amounts of awards are determined each year by the SEANC Scholarship Foundation Board.

* Membership in teachers’ organizations or the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) does not constitute eligibility for a SEANC Foundation scholarship. However, state and local government employees and retirees and state university system scholarship athletes are eligible to join if they so desire.

The Wayne County Livestock Development Association -This scholarship is designated for those seniors planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college to pursue a degree in an agriculture or agriculture-related field OR students planning to pursue other degree areas but have been participants in the WCLDA Junior Livestock Show and Sale and/or the Wayne County Regional Agricultural Fair.  This is a $2,400 scholarship.  Application deadline is Jan. 27th.  See Ms. Loury for an application.

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship Program -
this $1,500 scholarship is for students planning to pursue a career or degree in specific areas of agriculture or chemical/electrical/mechanical engineering (see Ms. Loury for a list of careers).  Deadline is Feb. 1st.  See Ms. Loury for more information.

The Forgivable Loan for Service (FELS) Program -  Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina.

Eligibility:
  • A recipient must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for FELS:
  • Be a legal North Carolina resident and NC resident for tuition purposes
  • At the time of application, present a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of:
  • 3.00 for graduating high school students (weighted GPA)
  • Register with the Selective Service System, if required;
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the enrolling policy of the institution.
  • Be willing to work in NC in a designated critical employment shortage profession (careers corresponding with a FELSApproved Program)
  • Must plan to enroll in at least six credit hours in anApproved Programat anEligible Institution

Note:You do not have to be admitted to the program when you apply, but you must be admitted prior to receiving funding, if selected.

Award Amount:

  • 12 credits or more - Certificate, Diploma or Associate degree programs: $3,000 ($1,500/semester)
  • 12 credits or more - Bachelor's degree program: freshman and sophomore $3,000 ($1,500/semester)
  • 12 credits or more - Bachelor's degree program: junior and senior: $7,000 ($3,500/semester)
  • 9 credits or more - Master's degree program: $10,000 ($5,000/semester)
  • 9 credits or more - Doctoral degree program: $14,000 ($7,000/semester)
  • 6 - 11 credits - Certificate, Diploma or Associate degree programs: $1,500 ($750/semester)
  • 6 - 11 credits - Bachelor's degree program: freshman and sophomore $1,500 ($750/semester)
  • 6 - 11 credits - Bachelor's degree program: junior and senior: $3,500 ($1,750/semester)
  • 6 - 8 credits - Master's degree program: $5,000 ($2,500/semester)
  • 6 - 8 credits - Doctoral degree program: $7,000 ($3,500/semester)

Starting in 2017-18 funding to attend an out-of-state institution will only be considered in the areas of chiropractic medicine, optometry and podiatry.

Visit the following website to see approved programs of study and eligible college institutions.  https://www.cfnc.org/FELS

The priority deadline for applying is March 1st. For bachelor's degree programs, priority is given to juniors and seniors who have been accepted into the program (or who will be accepted by the start of the fall semester). Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Golden Leaf Foundation Scholarship - Since its inception, the Golden Leaf Foundation has awarded over $35.9 million to help more than 15,800 students from rural North Carolina attend the state's colleges and universities.

Eligibility:  high school seniors planning to attend any of the participating colleges (see Ms. Loury for a list of participating schools) or universities who reside in a qualifying county (Wayne is a qualifying county) and demonstrate financial need. Recipients are selected based upon multiple factors including grade point average, financial need, length of residence in the county and the ability to communicate a commitment to returning to a rural county that is economically distressed.

Award Amount:  high school seniors are eligible for a four-year scholarship totaling $12,000 ($3,000 a year over four years).

How to Apply:  Visit cfnc.org/goldenleaf to fill out the application form.  Your fafsa, application, and transcripts are all processes through cfnc.org.  Please do not send your information to the Golden Leaf Foundation.

Deadline:  March 1, 2017 to submit your application, fafsa, and transcripts.

Alexander Hamilton Scholars ProgramThe Hamilton Award recognizes high school juniors for their academic, personal, and service achievements.  Each year we use to select 35-40 students nationally to enter our leadership program. Selection is based on financial need, demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to service, and leadership potential. Through the Hamilton Leaders Academy, Scholars complete a rigorous 5-year program designed to provide them with practical tools for success in college and the post-college world. 

Our winners are high-achieving, service-focused high school juniors with grit, perseverance, and demonstrated need. All applicants should be college-bound, and committed to participating in our rigorous leadership program, designed to provide a comprehensive network of support and practical guidance

Provided at no cost to the student, the program consists of individual support through phone calls and emails with AHS staff members and an assigned peer Scholar mentor. Group support and learning is offered through conference calls, and each year of the program also includes a leadership conference hosted in various cities, including an international service project during year 3.
Winners will also receive: a $500 cash scholarship to pay for college application and testing fees, an autographed copy of Ron Churnow's Alexander Hamilton, an autographed copy of William Chrystal's Hamilton by the Slice, and a proclamation signed by Arthur Hollingsworth, the fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton. Bio-sketches of winners appear on the Hamilton Scholars’ website, and news releases are sent to city, state, and federal elected officials, as well as local media outlets. In addition, all winners will have access to AHS internship programs and will join a distinguished cohort of peers from across the US. 

All applications must be submitted by January 13th, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST. 
For more information and to apply, visit:  http://hamiltonscholars.org/1/

Jackie Robinson Scholars - The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and provide comprehensive mentoring services through its 42 Strategies for Success Curriculum. Once chosen from a national, selective process, “Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars” receive a generous four-year grant to assist with the costs of attending the college or university of their choice and are enrolled in JRF’s celebrated mentoring curriculum. JRF’s four-year curriculum enables students to navigate the college environment effectively, explore career options, develop leadership skills and embrace a commitment to service. Throughout the four-year program, JRF also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of its namesake.

The JRF scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university. 

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship.

To see more information, please visit:  https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/

Deadline is Feb. 15th 2017


The Spangenberg Law Firm Video Scholarship Program We invite students who share our passion about important societal issues to participate in our 2017 Video PSA Scholarship Contest. Entrants will submit their original 30 to 60 second video Public Service Announcement (also known as a PSA) on one of the following topics:

  • What can college students do to raise awareness about campus safety issues?
  • How can we help raise awareness about privacy and online security in the digital age?
  • How can we help to raise awareness about Traumatic Brain Injuries and prevention?
  • How can young people raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking?

For eligibility and submission criteria, please visit http://www.spanglaw.com/scholarship-program/  
Award amount is $2,000. 2nd place - $1,000; 3rd place - $500.

The submission deadline is March 31.

Create-A-Greeting Card $10,000 ScholarshipWould you like your artwork featured by the leading publisher of premium quality cards in the United States? Here's your chance! We formally invite you to enter our 10th Annual Create-A-Greeting Card $10,000 contest. Design a greeting card for the opportunity to win yourself a $10,000 scholarship and $1,000 for your school. Plus, your winning entry will be made into a bona fide greeting card by The Gallery Collection.
To read more about this opportunity and to apply, please visit:
http://www.gallerycollection.com/greetingcardscontests.htm

The deadline to submit your artwork March 2.

School Furniture Depot Scholarship - Supporting education and academic achievement is important to us. At School Furniture Depot, we honor the hard work and dedication of teachers who are critical to students’ success. Great teachers inspire many students to become teachers as well. Every year, we offer one $1,000 scholarship to help an aspiring teacher achieve his or her goal.

To apply, please submit one 300-word essay about the teacher and/or event that inspired you to seek a degree in teaching.

http://schoolfurnituredepot.com/scholarship-application

Requirements:

  • Enrolled at an accredited technical school, college, or university in the U.S
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or equivalent
  • High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA pursuing an undergraduate degree focused in education may also apply
  • Submissions must be received by April 28, 2017.

To Apply:

Please send your essay and contact information via email to: scholarship@schoolfurnituredepot.com

Any questions may be directed to scholarship@schoolfurnituredepot.com.

Please Include:

  • First and last name, email address, and phone number.
  • Your submission (make sure to save a copy for your records).
  • Statement of your GPA – unofficial transcripts accepted. Please do not submit any official transcripts.
  • Name of college or institution of attendance. If in high school, name of


Each year, School Furniture Depot will award 1 applicant a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship can be used for any school related expenses, such as tuition and/or books.

Please Note:

  • There is no printed application.
  • Please submit your contact information and essay only. No resumes, letters of recommendation, CVs, or other documents are required.
  • The 5 finalists will be posted on our website and the winning submission will be chosen from those five.
  • Winner will be announced by May 31st, 2017.
  • Funds will be sent to the winner's institution to be disbursed as financial aid to the student.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program - Students across the country work hard to earn top marks, dreaming of the college they'll attend and the education they'll receive. Unfortunately, many of these students won’t be able to afford it.

We want these students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, our network of U.S. Chapters, along with the global office of RMHC, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. 

Beginning October 1, 2016, students may apply online.  Graduating high school seniors may only apply for one of the four scholarships. The deadline for the 2016 academic year is January 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM Central Time Zone, and all mailed back-up documents must be postmarked by the same date. Applicants will be notified of scholarship award status by June 16, 2017. 

RMHC Scholarships:

  • RMHC/Scholars: All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.
  • RMHC/Asia: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage.
  • RMHC/African-American Future Achievers: Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage.
  • RMHC/HACER: Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage.Black Caribbean heritage.

General Eligibility Requirements 
To apply for an RMHC scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a high school senior
  • Be younger than 21 years old
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
  • Be a legal U.S. resident
  • Live in a participating RMHC Chapter's geographic area
  • Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline of the application
  • Meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program
  • Provide verification of enrollment each year at respective accredited post-secondary institution

 For more information, visit: http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships
Deadline is Jan. 17, 2017.

Ron Brown Scholars Program - The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. 

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Must be Black/African American.
  • Must excel academically.
  • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
  • Must participate in community service activities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
  • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application. 

November 1: Early Applicant Deadline: Interested applicants who complete their applications by November 1st will be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program and will be eligible to have their contact information forwarded to a select number of additional colleges and scholarship providers.  Students who apply under this deadline must make the appropriate designation on their application. 

January 9:  Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program ONLY.

Interested students should visit:  https://www.ronbrown.org

Seniors:  Are you a military dependent?  Check out these scholarships for military children.  

  • Wayne County Veterans' Affairs - scholarship packets can be obtained at 2001 E. Ash Street

Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services.  HSF seeks to give students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come.

As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic-American higher education, HSF has awarded over $400 million in scholarships and provides a range of ancillary programs for candidates, scholars, and their families.

To qualify, you must:

· Be a graduating high school senior

· Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen

· Have plans to enroll FULL-TIME at a two- or four-year U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam, in the upcoming academic year

There are several scholarships students can apply for through this fund all with varying deadlines.  Interested students should visit: www.hsf.net.

The Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship - 

This scholarship is available to high school students who are at least 15 years of age. You must be a registered, active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of the American Legion squadron. Sons and grandsons of Legionnaire or Auxiliary members may also apply. You must have received the Eagle Scout Award, be an active member of your religious institution and have received the appropriate Boy Scout Religious emblem and have demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting and community to qualify for this award. Interested students should visit: http://www.legion.org/scholarships/eaglescout.


NC Reach Scholarship
 - NC Reach provides educational assistance for NC adoptees and foster youth. It 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. North Carolina students are eligible for NC Reach if : 
• They are legal residents of North Carolina eligible for in-state tuition rates. 
• They were adopted from North Carolina DSS foster care after age 12 or aged out of NC foster care at age 18 (must have been in NC DSS foster care on 18th birthday.).

• They are enrolled in one of the 74 North Carolina Public colleges, universities, or community colleges. 
• They have not yet reached age 26. Student remain eligible until their 26th birthday

Any of the 74 North Carolina public colleges, universities, or community colleges is an eligible educational institution for the NC Reach program. Students should go to the NC Reach website at www.NCReach.org and click on “choose college here” to find a complete guide to North Carolina State Universities and Community Colleges. Eligible students may go online at www.NCReach.org and click on “apply here” for applications and forms. Complete directions are provided at the site.

NC Veterans Affairs Scholarship - This four year scholarship program is designated for students of disabled, deceased, combat or POW/MIA war veterans.In order to meet eligibility, the veteran parent must have been a legal resident of NC at the time of entrance into their service in the military OR be born and raised in NC their entire lives and have a veteran parent. For further qualifying information and scholarship details, please contact LaShaunne Moore at Wayne County Veterans Service Office (731-1490).

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

APIASF is based in Washington, DC, and is the country’s largest non profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. www.apiasf.org

UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
As the nation’s oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, the UNCF’s mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college. www.uncf.org

Other Scholarship Sources:
www.blackexcel.org (scholarship links for African-American students)
http://tmcf.org/our-scholarships- Thurgood Marshall College Fund - for students planning to attend a Historically Black College or University.
http://www.cbcfinc.org/scholarships/ ‚Äč- Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Program
http://www.chci.org/scholarships/ - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
www.cappex.com 
www.zinch.com
www.scholarships.com
www.fastweb.com
www.cfnc.org - click on "pay" then "grants and scholarships"
www.collegeboard.org
www.studentscholarships.org

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