SunTrust Off to College Scholarship - This scholarship is open to high school seniors. Thirty winners total will win - two winners will be chosen at random from October 30-May 14.  Award amount is $500.  Enter  now at

John M Belk Scholars Program at Davidson College
- John M. Belk '43 amassed a record of leadership and accomplishment at Davidson College. This scholarship in his honor will provide comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room and board – valued at $63,903) plus special study stipends that allow you great flexibility in the on- and off-campus opportunities you choose to explore. Eight Belk Scholars will be named in each entering class.
Belk Scholars are energetic, adventurous, studious, artistic, athletic, creative, collaborative, engaged, and compassionate. If you are interested in attending Davidson College and would like to apply for this scholarship opportunity, visit:

UNC Chapel Hill Thomas Wolfe Scholarship - The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pleased to announce the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, which offers full four-year financial support to one incoming freshman per year. The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship seeks to identify and reward students with exceptionally focused literary ability and promise.

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship will accept applications for its 17th national search beginning September 1st, 2017.  Please note that our application process involves two separate steps and two different dates, and all applicants must take both steps and meet both deadlines, to wit: Thomas Wolfe Scholarship applicants must apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the University's October 15th, 2017 EARLY admission deadline and must meet all academic requirements for EARLY admission; and 2) Scholarship applicants must also apply to The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, with the deadline for submissions to the Scholarship being November 15th, 2017 (submissions must be electronically submitted by that date).  These are two distinct application processes and require different forms and separate online submissions.

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship award, the first of its kind at UNC-Chapel Hill, will be based largely on written work submitted by candidates. Artistic merit is the chief criterion of selection. Students who write poetry, fiction, plays, literary non-fiction (personal narratives, memoir, travel and nature essays, literary journalism, belles-lettres) are eligible. Multiple genre submissions are also encouraged. Submissions are limited to one application per student.

The application process requires the submission of up to fifty (50) pages in prose, forty (40) pages in poetry, or sixty (60) in play writing, in English. Students submitting work in MULTIPLE GENRES should submit between 50-60 pages of original work. In addition to completing the application, candidates will submit a five-hundred-word personal essay entitled "Why I Write."

Interested applicants should visit:

Nuestra Juventud Scholarship - Univision 40 North Carolina and UniMas Raleigh and sponsors have brought back the popular scholarship program initiated for Hispanic high school seniors in the triangle area and surrounding counties. The program recognizes Hispanic high school seniors who excel in academic success, athletic achievement or community involvement. Univision 40 North Carolina realizes the needs and challenges that Hispanic youth faces are substantial.  The extraordinary 12th graders selected and honored will receive:

  • A personal profile on Univision 40 North Carolina,
  • $1,000 academic reward,
  • Featured interview in “Conexión North Carolina-,” community affairs program,
  • Recognition at an end-of-the-year banquet in their honor.

 Deadline to apply is October 15th.  See Ms. Loury for an application.

NC State Park Scholars Program - The mission of the Park Scholarships program is to bring exceptional students to NC State, based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Approximately 35 scholarships will be awarded this year to outstanding high school seniors for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State.

The Park Scholarship provides:

  • Four-year scholarship valued at up to $111,000 in-state and up to $195,000 out-of-state, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses
  • Grants to fund professional and personal enrichment experiences, such as research projects, service activities, and conferences in the United States and abroad
  • Early course registration
  • Guaranteed invitation to join the University Scholars Program for all Park Scholarships Finalists

Personal and Professional Development in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service

  • Mentoring: Park Faculty Mentors work individually with Park Scholars on preparation for undergraduate research, internships, graduate/professional schools, and national scholarships
  • Freshman Seminar: Weekly seminar during the first year featuring distinguished guests, including former North Carolina Governor James Hunt and outstanding NC State faculty
  • Retreats: Team-building retreats at the start of the freshman and senior years
  • Learning Labs: Experiential learning opportunities to study leadership in the context of state and national issues
  • Leadership Academy: A comprehensive, four-year program designed to develop Park Scholars’ leadership potential
  • Civic Engagement Initiatives: Year-long projects with community agencies to develop strategies and implement solutions for issues facing the populations they serve

Park Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, exemplary character, exceptional potential for leadership, and the sense of promise that they may one day make contributions of enduring importance to the betterment of the human condition

To be eligible for a Park Scholarship, candidates must:

  • be United States citizens or permanent residents, and
  • apply for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State.

At every stage of the selection process, the Park Scholarships selection committees evaluate candidates on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

WEMCHS does not normally endorse students, but all students may self-endorse.  Deadline to apply is October 15th.  It is highly recommended that interested students visit the website to fully review the application requirements, further information about selection criteria and profiles of past scholars.  

Levine Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte - The Levine Scholars Program takes the brightest, most capable students and gives them the tools, resources and environment they need to explore the world around them, engage deeply in their communities and excel across discipline. The four-year scholarship includes full tuition, room, board, a grant to implement a service project of the Scholar’s own design, and four summers of experiences that will develop leadership skills, social awareness and an international perspective. The total value of this four-year package is estimated at $105,000 for in-state students and $155,000 for out-of-state students. To complement classroom learning, Levine Scholars participate in rich and varied opportunities in the vibrant commercial and cultural center of Charlotte. Civic engagement is at the core of the Levine Scholars Program. Through a commitment to ongoing volunteerism, internships with local nonprofits, grant projects with community partners, and customized curricula, Levine Scholars graduate fully prepared to begin their next chapter as versatile intellects, thoughtful leaders, and compassionate humanitarians.

Scholars also benefit from:

  • Professional networking
  • Personalized mentorship
  • Professional development fund
  • Priority course registration
  • Spring Break service trip
  • Social, cultural and athletic events throughout Charlotte


  • Students must be applicants for freshman enrollment at UNC Charlotte in a baccalaureate program for the fall term immediately following their high school graduation. Students must be admitted to UNC Charlotte to receive a Levine Scholarship. 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students must demonstrate a commitment to community service, hold an academic record that reflects a sustained passion for knowledge, and possess a capacity for ethical leadership that elevates fellow students to a higher standard. 
  • While there are no minimum SAT, ACT or grade point averages to apply for the Levine Scholarship, students must excel academically and show evidence of experience, motivation and commitment toward the ideals of the program. 

The average and middle-50 percent ranges for our 2017 finalists:

Average (Math/Verbal)): 1397

Average: 31

Average (weighted): 4.74
Average (unweighted): 3.9

Morehead-Cain Scholars Program - The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It promises:

Support for your life at Carolina:

  • full tuition
  • student fees
  • housing
  • meals
  • books and a laptop
  • supplies and miscellaneous
  • Discovery Funds to be used for education opportunities

Support for your life across the world:

  • A four-year Summer Enrichment Program made up of diverse, customized experiences that begin the summer before freshman year and include:
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Public Service
  • Inquiry and Exploration
  • Private Enterprise

But the Morehead-Cain is more than that. It’s also a close-knit community of doers, thinkers, dreamers, and adventurers. In this community you’ll find motivated, smart, funny, interesting peers, as well as accomplished and eager mentors: the Morehead-Cain Alumni.

Morehead-Cain Scholars are chosen based on 4 criteria:

  • Leadership
  • Scholarship
  • Physical Vigor
  • Moral Force of Character

 To apply for the Morehead-Cain, students can be either nominated by their school or may self-nominate.  This is an extremely competitive scholarship - only 3% of applicants are chosen.  I strongly advise students to thoroughly review the scholarship details and look over the profiles of past winners at  If you feel you are a competitive candidate, see Ms. Loury.  Deadline is Oct. 15th.

Cheatham-White Scholarship – This scholarship opportunity is designated for students wishing to apply to NC A&T or NC Central University. The program will provide an outstanding educational experience for up to 20 students at each university who are exceptional scholars, versatile and well-rounded individuals. Cheatham-White Scholars will represent students with a broad range of interests, proficient in areas of both the arts and sciences, demonstrate leadership potential and a strong commitment to service.   

Each recipient is awarded a fully funded four-year scholarship that covers the cost of full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop, supplies, travel, and personal expenses. Each scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study.

ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible for nomination as a potential Cheatham-White Scholarship candidate, a candidate must:

  • Be a competitive applicant for admission as a freshman in the fall semester into a baccalaureate program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University or North Carolina Central University (in-state and out of state students are both eligible)
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be on course to graduate from high school in the spring semester prior to college admission
  • Minimum 4.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 1280 (new)/1200 (old) SAT or 28 ACT
  • Show exceptional qualities of character and leadership
  • Be significantly involved in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to service

Candidates for Cheatham-White Scholarships shall be selected on the basis of academic merit, honorable character, outstanding leadership potential, and a demonstrable commitment to service. Financial need shall not be a consideration. Application forms for the Cheatham-White Scholarship will be available online starting on Sept. 1. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

Horatio Alger Scholarship - Horatio Alger, Jr., was a prolific author in the 19th and early 20th centuries whose books inspired its readers to work hard and persevere through adversity. Alger’s books – 128 in all – recount how a “can-do spirit” and individual initiative can allow anyone to achieve their dreams, regardless of circumstances. As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

Scholarships are valued at $6,000-$10,500.  Deadline is October 25th.

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

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. 

Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be graduating high school seniors at the time of their application.

 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. 


  • August – January:  Interested applicants can begin to complete and submit the RBSP scholarship 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.  Applicants are still responsible for submitting materials to any colleges, universities and scholarship programs for which they are interested.
  • January 9:  Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the Ron Brown Scholar Program ONLY.

Gates Scholarship:  The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell grant eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders.  An ideal candidate will have:

  • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell grant eligible
  • A US citizen, national or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

Deadline is September 15th.  
to apply or for more information.

Shelton National Leadership Scholarship - this is one of the USA’s most prestigious scholarships for student leaders. It is awarded to an entering freshman at NC State, valued at $10,000 per year, renewable upon satisfactory academic progress and leadership involvement. 

 Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership Experience and Potential
  • Evidence of Personal Character and Integrity
  • Orientation toward Community and Service
  • Commitment to Personal Growth
  • Commitment to Physical Fitness and Wellness
  • Understanding of and Interest in the Program / Commitment to Maximizing the Program’s Opportunities
  • Academic Eligibility 

Deadline is October 15th.  See a list of eligibility criteria and more information at:

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

  • Scholarships for Military Children Program
  • 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).

Other Scholarship Sources:

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.

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

Thurgood Marshall College Fund - for students planning to attend a Historically Black College or University.

Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Program

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 

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