Wayne Community College Foundation ScholarshipsThis scholarship opportunity is for students planning to continue their education at WCC after graduating but outside of the WEMCHS program.  Award amounts vary.  Deadline to apply is March 31st.  See Ms. Loury for an application.

Gerald Whitley Memorial Scholarship
- The Gerald Whitley scholarship fund has been established to provide scholarships to a deserving high school senior who intends to enter the teaching profession.  Amount of award is $500.  Applicants must be a Wayne County graduating senior, enrolling in a 2 or 4-year accredited college/university and with a minimum 2.5 GPA.  Deadline is April 14, 2017.  See Ms. Loury for an application.

Alton Bridgers Memorial Scholarship - This $1,000 renewable scholarship is open to students planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college.  The scholarship award will be based upon financial need, character, and academic excellence. See Ms. Loury for an application.  Deadline is March 31st..   

Seymour Johnson AFB Spouses' Club Scholarship - The Spouses’ Club Scholarship Committee (SCSC) offers merit-based scholarships to eligible USAF dependent children who are graduating high school seniors and will begin undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Selection criteria may include all or some of the following: academic achievement; standardized test scores; extracurricular activities (e.g. school and/or community athletics, volunteering, work experience, clubs, etc.) ; work history; citizenship; leadership roles; awards/honors; reference letters and personal essay.

Awards are granted without regard to USAF member’s military rank, or applicant’s race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or disability.
Interested students should see Ms. Loury for an application. 

Deadline is March 15th.

NC Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship - applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school in NC and is planning to attend a NC 4-year college or university in the fall of 2017.  This organization actually has three different scholarship oportunities:
The Eunice Riggins Memorial Scholarship - Eligibility: 1. must be a female; 2.  must have already applied to college of choice; 3. rank in the top 10% of their graduating class; 4.  a minimum SAT score of 1220 or ACT minimum of 25; 5. good character; 6. participation in extra-curricular activities (school & communities).
The Mary Rose Mills - Linda Rankin Memorial Scholarship - Eligibility:  1.  male or female; 2.  must have already applied to college of choice; 3. rank in the top 10% of their graduating class; 4.  a minimum SAT score of 1290 or ACT minimum of 27; 5. good character; 6. participation in extra-curricular activities (school & communities); financial aid not the primary consideration.
The Clare Johnson Marley - Mary Earle Berger Fine Arts Scholarship - Eligibility:  1. male or female; 2.  must have already applied to college of choice; 3. must declare major in an area of fine arts 4. rank in the top 10% of their graduating class; 5.  a minimum SAT score of 1220 or ACT minimum of 25; 5. good character; 6. participation in extra-curricular activities (school & communities); financial aid not the primary consideration. 

Applications are due:  March 15, 2017.  See Ms. Loury for an application.
SECU People Helping People Scholarship - SECU Foundation funded solely by SECU members established the "People Helping People" scholarship program to assist students across North Carolina obtain their educational goals.

This scholarship will provide a $5,000 two-year scholarship to a graduating senior from each early college and/or cooperative innovative high school. Although the SECU Scholarship Program wishes to recognize academic achievement, the “People Helping People” Scholarship has a much broader purpose; recognizing leadership, integrity and community involvement.

Preference will be to students whose parents or guardians and family members are public sector employees (state, local or federal government; public health; public education) who live and work in North Carolina. Additionally, preference will be given to those majoring in public service degree programs (such as Public Health, Education, Public Administration, and Public Policy). Scholarship recipients in good academic standing will be able to receive the scholarship for up to four (4) consecutive fall/spring semesters. Students selected should not be the recipient of other large scholarships.

Eligibility:  Student...

1. Is a senior at a North Carolina regular public high school who has been accepted to one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina.

2. Is a US citizen and a resident of North Carolina under NCGS 116-143.1, and is eligible for in-state tuition.

3. Demonstrates a financial need as determined by submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

4. Best exemplifies the membership philosophy of credit unions, “People Helping People” and has demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.

5. Demonstrates scholastic achievement with a maintained 2.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and may be deserving of financial aid.

6. Will use the scholarship to pay for full-time undergraduate student tuition.

7. Agrees to continue as a full-time student in good standing with the same university for up to four (4) consecutive fall/spring semesters payable at $1250 for early college and cooperative innovative high schools. Scholarships are not transferable without prior approval of SECU Foundation. a. A written appeal for transfer must be made to the SECU Foundation prior to transfer. b. No transfers will be allowed to a university outside of the UNC System. c. Any gap in active enrollment for any reason will result in non-eligibility for funding for each semester missed.

8. Is not a Board Director, employee, or immediate family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or the SECU Foundation.

See Ms. Loury if interested in applying to this scholarship.  Applicants must submit an essay, student resume and transcript and the WEMCHS Scholarship Committee will decide on the winner for this scholarship.  Students must submit their essay by Feb. 28th.

Rotary Club of Goldsboro Scholarship - This is a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior planning to attend a four-year institution.  Please see Ms. Loury if interested in this opportunity.  Deadline to apply is April 1st.

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:

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

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


  • 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:

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. 

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 ( 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 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  
Award amount is $2,000. 2nd place - $1,000; 3rd place - $500.

The submission deadline is March 31.

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.


  • 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:

Any questions may be directed to

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.

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:

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:

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 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 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.

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.

Other Scholarship Sources: (scholarship links for African-American students) Thurgood Marshall College Fund - for students planning to attend a Historically Black College or University. ​- Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Program - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - click on "pay" then "grants and scholarships"

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