A scholarship search is time consuming and hard work. To begin a scholarship search, start with the college you are considering attending. Log on to the college's web site and type in 'scholarships' on the college search engine. Or, you can find their Financial Aid Office website and browse for information there. The next step is to read the information and apply for the scholarships you meet the criteria for.
Another method of searching for scholarships is to go online and Google 'scholarships'. If you know the area you plan to major in, or the career you plan to complete, you can narrow your search by entering the career. You can also narrow your search further by putting in the state. Example: 'Nursing scholarships in North Carolina'.
The final place to search for scholarships are scholarship websites. Below are scholarship websites we recommend:Scholarship Articles:
Be wary of any company that charges a fee to locate scholarships or requests money to give your child a scholarship or honor.
Below are scholarships that are available this year. As new scholarships come in, they will be posted with these scholarships and placed in the announcements.
Scholarships with Unspecified or Varying Deadlines
**denotes a scholarship that applies for underclassmen as well
STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Drone Pilots:
Are you a high school student interested in drones? The Drone Pilot Ground School scholarship provides free access to an online Part 107 test prep course ($299 value) to U.S. high school students looking to get their FAA Drone Pilot License. More information and the application can be found here.
Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest:Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship. Deadline: end of each month
West Teaching Scholarship at the Catawba College Academy for Teaching:
This $2,500 (renewable) scholarship is available to students interested in the teaching profession. In addition to the scholarship, West Scholars enjoy many other opportunities, such as: early field experiences, learning communities, seminars, technology integration training, a wellness program, freshman retreats and much more! To be eligible, students must: 1). Apply for admission to Catawba College; 2). Have a combined SAT score (quantitative + critical reading scores) of 1100 or equivalent; and 3). Have a minimum 3.4 GPA. For more information and to apply, please visit: http://catawba.edu/academics/schools/education/teacher-education/academy-teachi/teaching-scholars/.While there is no deadline, students must apply for admissions and be admitted. Deadline: varies
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Scholarships:
There are many scholarships available for students planning to attend UTI. Imagine America, Grave Digger, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, and the UTI Housing Grant are just a few of the scholarships available. Visit: http://www.uti.edu/student-services/scholarships#tabbed-nav=apply for descriptions and a complete list. UTI Foundation scholarships are also available. Visit: http://utifoundation.net/getsupport/ for a complete list. Deadline: varies
Students have a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship each month. To be eligible, students must register on their website and log-in to and attend 3 virtual college events on their website in a one-month period. To apply/register and learn more, please visit: http://www.collegeweeklive.com/en_CA/guest/app-scholarships. Deadline: varies
College Prowler's $2,000 "No Essay" College Scholarship:
The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly. One entry per person, but you can come back each month to try again. High schoolers looking to attend college within 12 months are eligible to apply. To apply, please visit: https://colleges.niche.com/scholarship/apply.aspx. Deadline: varies
Chegg's $1,000 Monthly Scholarship:
Answer one simple question each month for a chance to win $1,000. To enter, students must be at least 16 years old and currently enrolled in high school. To enter, please visit: http://www.chegg.com/scholarships/chegg-1000-monthly-scholarship-august-2016. Deadline: varies
**ScholarshipPoints' $10,000 Scholarship:
Enter for you chance to win. There is a new winner every month! All you need to do is sign up here, complete activities to earn points, and spend the points you earn to enter scholarship drawings. Drawings are held at the beginning of each month. You must be at least 13 years old and planning to attend college to be eligible. Deadline: End of each month
Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes:When you sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS program, you will automatically be entered in the CollegeSTEPS sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,000. Winners are chosen through random drawings throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://ebm.collegesteps.wellsfargoemail.com/r/regf2?a=0&aid=2092274041&n=1. Deadline: varies
Call Me Mister:
The 'Call Me Mister' program is a collaboration between Clemson University and other leading colleges and universities to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader and more diverse background, particularly among the lowest performing public elementary and middle schools. Student participants are largely selected from among underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. Participants who complete their education degrees, receive their teaching credentials, and secure a position on the faculty of a South Carolina Elementary school will have a certain percentage of their CMM debt forgiven for each year of credible service rendered. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/education/research-service/callmemister/index.html. For a list of schools participating in the program, visit: http://www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/education/research/callmemister/colleges/index.html
United Negro College Fund (UNCF):Since 1985, the UNCF Program Services Department has awarded in scholarship assistance over 105 million dollars to over 28,000 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the nation. They are the nation's largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Please check their website for a wide-variety of scholarships available and a list of participating schools: http://www.uncf.org/scholarships. Deadlines and scholarship amounts vary.
NC Reach is a state-funded scholarship offered for up to 4 years, including fall, spring, and summer school terms. This program funds up to the school’s full cost of attendance after other public funds and scholarships have been applied. Therefore, the amount of this scholarship varies. Students must be N.C. residents, were adopted from NC DSS foster care after age 12 or aged out of NC foster care at age 18, and enrolling in one of the 74 NC public colleges, universities, or community colleges. Please visit their website for more information and to apply: http://www.ncreach.org/apply/ .
Art Institute Scholarships:
The Art Institute offers many scholarships at varying amounts in a variety of areas (Business, Culinary Arts, Writing, etc.). To search for scholarships, and to apply, please visit: http://new.artinstitutes.edu/scholarships/high-school/. Deadline: varies
American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Scholarship:
If you are interested in attending AMDA and would like to be considered for scholarships, please see Mrs. Cameron. More information about AMDA can be found here: http://www.amda.edu/. Deadline: varies
South Piedmont Community College students have access to a wide range of endowed and local scholarships. Both endowed and local scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic performance and other criteria as directed by the donors. The application process for all scholarships is a completely online process. Please note, you must be an admitted future or current SPCC student to apply for any scholarship. For a list of available scholarships, and to apply, please visit: http://www.spcc.edu/scholarships/. Deadline: varies
This is an easy, no essay, fun scholarship for $500. There is no application; you just post and vote for interesting stuff that: informs or teaches us something cool, makes them laugh louder than they should, is so beautiful, they can't stop looking at it, and/or touches their hearts. For more information, and to enter, please visit: http://sussle.org/scholarship. Deadline: end of each month
The National Achievement Scholarship ProgramThis award recognizes outstanding black students and requires high school PSAT/NMSQT scores to be eligible to apply. It is a privately financed program from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Amount is $2,500. For more information visit:http://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interior.aspx?sid=1758&gid=2&pgid=424 Deadline: Varies
American Bus Association (ABA) Diversity ScholarshipThis scholarship supports underrepresented groups, including African Americans, pursuing careers in management and operations in the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. Amount is $2,500 max. For more information visit: http://www.buses.org/aba-foundation/scholarships/diversity Deadline: Varies
African American Network - Carolinas Scholarship FundThe African American Network is a Duke Energy employee resource group and provides scholarships to college-bound students from North and South Carolina pursuing degrees in engineering, math, science, computer science, accounting, finance, or business administration. Amount of money varies. For more information visit: http://www.fftc.org/Page.aspx?pid=729 Deadline: Varies
Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) Que Llueva Cafe ScholarshipAny undocumented Hispanic high school senior or GED graduate who plans to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Amount varies by each recipient's academic merit and demonstrated financial need. For more information visit: http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe_scholarship_program.Deadline: February (unspecified date)
BECAS Univision ScholarshipOpen to Hispanic high school seniors with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Undocumented students are welcome to apply. The amount is $500-$5,000 annually, based on financial need. This reward is renewable but recipients must re-apply each year for additional funding. For more information visit: https://forms2.hsf.net/view.php?id=14119#/. Deadline: April (unspecified date)
NBC Universal/LNESC ScholarshipOpen to any Latino undergraduate or high school senior with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. High school candidates must first receive acceptance from an accredited school and earn either a 1770 on the SAT or a 26 or higher on the ACT. The amount is a non-renewable $5,000 award that is divided in half, with one lump sum dispersed in the fall and one in the spring. For more information visit: https://www.lnesc.org/nbcuniversal-scholarship. Deadline: July (unspecified date)
"I'm First" ScholarshipThis is open to any first generation high school senior who is planning to enroll in a four-year degree program at a Center for Student Opportunity partner school. The amount is $4,000 that is dispersed in annual $1,000 increments over four years, provided that the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and passing grades. For more info, and list of partner schools, visit: http://www.imfirst.org/scholarship/. Deadline: unspecified. Applications are available in the spring.
Huntington Learning Center Scholarship SweepstakesHuntington Learning Center is awarding a $4,000 scholarship to college-bound high school students. Click here to apply for the scholarship. Deadline: UnspecifiedThe Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for WomenThis scholarship is for women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals. Eligible applicants must be a high school senior, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must identify as female. There is no GPA requirement. Amount: 1,000 and a care package filled with healthy organic goodies. Deadline: January 1, March 31, June 30, September 30 each year. Click here for application and more information.Scholarships for Undocumented Students - This is an extensive list of scholarships that may not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number to redeem the award. It is suggested that you look through the scholarship list and select scholarships that are applicable to you. As a general rule, if an application asks for your social security number and you do not have one yet, leave that space blank but fill out and turn in the complete application. Lying about your legal status or providing a false social security number is a federal offense.NCHSAA Scholarships - Click here for a list of scholarships for student-athletes.
Scholarships with Firm DeadlinesAspiring Nurse Scholarship:This scholarship is for high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a nursing career. To be eligible you must demonstrate a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and math, and a passion for nthe nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare. Click here for the application and more information. Amount: $1,000. Deadline: August 31, 2018.Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill:The Morehead-Cain scholarship is for students who demonstrate leadership, moral force of character, scholarship, and physical vigor. Students must be nominated for this sholarship. If you are interested in being nominated please fill out an interest form and return it and a copy of your resume to Ms. Cole by Sept. 14. For more information click here. Amount: Full ride. Deadline: September 14, 2018.Levine Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte:The Levine Scholars Program seeks students who are engaged in the world around them and are eager to leverage their talents and interests into tangible results. They seek smart, motivated, community-focused leaders who will utilize every available resource and opportunity to reach their full potential and enrich every community they touch. If you are interested in being nominated for this scholarship please fill out an interest form and return it to Ms. Cole by Sept. 28. Amount: Full tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees. Deadline: September 28, 2018DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship:The Daughters of the American Revolution Good Cititzen award recognizes students who exhibit dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. The completed application packet must consist of the following items, typed on a white piece of paper: 1. List of high school activities (including awards, clubs, sports, etc.); 2. Describe briefly how your efforts to serve your community have been effective and/or made a difference; 3. Express your future plans, education, and career goals and aspirations in life; 4. List extracurricular activities, jobs, hobbies, etc.; 5. Describe briefly why you feel the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen (dependability, service, leadership, patriotism) are important and how you have tried to exhibit those qualities in your life and in your relationships with others. You must also include a transcript and two letters of recommendation from an adult who is not a family member. An optional essay portion is provided for students who would like to be considerd for a scholarship at the state level. If you are interested in this award and scholarship please complete an interest form and return it to Ms. Cole by September 28, 2018. Amount: $250-$5,000. Deadline: September 28, 2018.Union County Parade Princess/Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship:Each high school can select one female stuent to be their parade princess nominee. The nominees will then be interviewed by a panel of judges and one will be awarded the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship. This student should reflect leadership skills, academic excellence and commitment to community service. If you would like to be considered to be the CATA Parade Princess nominee please fill out an interest form and turn it into Ms. Cole, along with your resume. Interest forms can be found in the counseling office. Deadline: Interest forms are due to Ms. Cole on Oct. 4Park Scholarship at NC State:The Park Scholarship seeks candidates who strongly exemplify scholarship, leadership, service, and character. They are looking for students who demonstrate high academic achievement while also possessing uncommon talents and unique abilities and gifts. To be eligible for this scholarship you must apply to NC State by Oct. 15. You must also be endorsed by your school (you can self-endorse if your school does not select you for the endorsement) by October 1. After the endorsement you must apply for the scholarship in the wolfPAW system. Please click here for a full list of application requirements. If you would like to be considered for endorsement please submit an interest form to Ms. Cole by September 17. Amount: Four-year scholarship valued at up to $109,500. Deadline: Interest form due Sept. 17; Application to NC State and Park Scholarship due by Oct. 15.John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson:This scholarship is open to students applying to Davidson. Applicants should demonstrate academic excellence as well as intellectual curiousity and a dedication to community involvement. Students interested in being nominated must fill out an interest form and return it to Ms. Cole. Amount: valued at $65,819 in 2018-2019, plus two special study stipends (up to $3,000 per stipend). Deadline: Interest forms must be turned in to Ms. Cole by Oct. 22.Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State:The Goodnight Scholars Program is open to students who come from low- and middle-income families and are planning to study in the STEM or STEM Education fields. Students in this program not only receive financial assistance but they also receive comprehensive programming and enrichment opportunities throughout their time in the program. Approximately 700-800 invitations will be sent out to students who have applied to NC State for fall 2019 admission by the November 1 deadline. If you did not receive an invitation you can also self-nominate. Please click here for more information about the invitation and nomination process. Amount: $20,000/year. Deadline: Must apply to NC State by November 1, 2018.Prudential Spirit of Community Award: To be considered for this award you must have engaged in volunteer activity after Sept. 1, 2017. You can complete an application and submit it to your school, a Girl Scout council, a 4-H organization, an American Red Cross chapter, a YMCA, or an affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network. Click here for the application Amount: Up to $5,000. Deadline: November 6, 2018The Robertson Scholarship at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill:This scholarship is open to students who are applying to attend Duke or UNC. Click here for more information and for the application. Amount: Full ride. Deadline: November 15, 2018.Thomas Wolfe Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill:This scholarhip offers full academic support for student writers. To be considered for this scholarship you must apply to UNC Chapel Hill by October 15 and submit an application to the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship by November 15. Please click here for a full list of application criteria. Amount: Full undergraduate financial support. Deadline: Application to UNC by October 15, 2018; application to scholarship by November 15, 2018Farah Usmani Scholarship:This scholarship is open to any CATA senior. There is no GPA requirement. Those interested in applying must submit an essay (1,000 word maximum) describing how they would use their college degree to give back to their community. You do not have to declare or know your major at the time of submission. Students must submit their essay to Ms. Cole by the deadline. Amount: $500. Deadline: December 7, 2018Montreat Honors Scholarships:Click here for a full list of honors scholarships offered by Montreat College.Kyle Byrd Memorial Scholarship: This memorial scholarship is open to high school seniors. Click here for more information Amount: $500. Deadline: January 11, 2019National Beta Scholarship:All seniors in National Beta Club are encouraged to apply for the scholarship program. They're looking for students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, commendable character, and school and community service. Application will open on Nov. 1. For more information click here. Amount: $1,000-$15,000. Deadline: January 24, 2019.Optimist International Essay Contest:To be considered for this scholarship, students are asked to write an essay on the topic "When all of the world's problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?". Students must submit their essay and the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms can be found in the guidance office. Amount: Unspecified. Deadline: February 11, 2019.Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club Scholarship:To be eligible for this scholarship you must submit an essay that answers the question, "What have you done in the area of service to people, the community, and the world to deserve this scholarship?". Essays must be between 250-300 words. Please turn in essays and the application form to Ms. Cole by the deadline. The application form can be found in the tower in the counseling lobby. Amount: Not specified. Deadline: February 11, 2019Henry S. and Carolyn Adams Scholarship: This scholarship is open to Union County seniors who demonstrate a substantial financial need for college. You must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be nominated by your school. To be considered for nomination, please submit an interest form to Ms. Cole by February 14, 2019. Interest forms can be found in the counseling office. Amount: $4,000. Deadline: February 14, 2019Daughters of the American Revolution General Scholarship:The Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship awards two scholarships in the preferred amount of $5,000 each year for up to four consecutive years to graduating high school students. The selection process shall be based on academic merit with an initial minimum GPA of 4.0. Renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25. For more information and application click here. Amount: $5,000. Deadline: February 15, 2019Daughters of the American Revolution Political Science, History, Government and Economics Scholarships:Four scholarships with varying criteria and dollar amounts. Click here for information about all four scholarships. Amount: $2,000-$5,000. Deadline: February 15, 2019Daughters of the American Revolution Medical and Nursing Scholarships:Nine different scholarships with varying criteria and dollar amounts. Click here for information about all nine scholarships. Amount: $2,000-$5,000. Deadline: February 15, 2019Daughters of the American Revolution Specific Scholarships:All of the scholarships listed have specific requirements. Click here for a full list of scholarships and criteria. Amount: $1,000-$5,000. Deadline: February 15, 2019Daughters of the American Revolution American Indian Scholarships:Three scholarships for American Indian students. Click here for a full list of scholarships and criteria. Amount: Varies. Deadline: February 15, 2019.SECU People Helping People Scholarship:This scholarship is open to students who are a member, or whose parent/guardian is a member, of State Employees' Credit Union. You must be attending one of the 16 UNC system schools and have an unweighted GPA of at least 2.5. You must demonstrate the "People Helping People" philosophy through leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. A completed application consists of: the application form, community involvement essay (*both the application form and essay MUST be submitted in a word document format*), university acceptance letter, photo in .JPEG or .PDF format, signed consent form, and a student bio. See below for all application documents. Amount: $10,000. Deadline: All documents must be submitted electronically at once to Ms. Cole by February 20, 2019.Application form and community involvement essay (must be submitted as a word document)Union County Education Foundation Scholarship:UCEF is offering 10 scholarships to Union County seniors. Click here for a full list of requirements and the application. Amount: $1,250. Deadline: February 25, 2019.New Century Scholars Program at SPCC:This program is open to students wanting to complete a degree, diploma, or certificate program at South Piedmont Community College. Click here for more information and the application. Deadline: March 1, 2019.Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Scholarship:This scholarship is open to current high school seniors who are pursuing a college education. To be considered for this award you must submit the following information: A completed application packet, official high school transcript, a copy of your acceptance letter from a university or community college, three letters of recommendation (two from school personnel and one from a community representative), a completed handwritten essay. The application packet can be found in the counseling office. Amount: $2,000 (3 scholarships will be awarded at this amount). Deadline: March 1, 2019.Light on the Hill Society Scholarship:The Light on the Hill Society Scholarship will award 10 scholarships to African-American students who will enroll at UNC Chapel Hill for fall 2019. They will award two Julius Peppers scholarships, valued at $2,000 each and renewable for up to three years, and eight LOTH scholarships, that are a one-time award valued at $2,500 each. A selection committee will evaluate applicants based on the following: academic achievement, evidence of community service, leadership qualities, and strength of essays. To apply, click here. Amount: $2,000 (Julius Peppers scholarship); $2,5000 (LOTH scholarship). Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (EST) on March 3, 2019.NC Farm Bureau Scholarship:NC Farm Bureau is awarding several scholarships to high school seniors interested in purusing a career in agriculture or an agriculturally-related field. Click here for a full list of requirements and for the application. Amount: $1000-$4,000 (renewable each year). Deadline: March 4, 2019.Weddington Optimist Club Computer Scholarship:The Weddington Optimist Club will be awarding a Dell laptop to one senior in every high school in Union County. Students do not have to be attending a 2- or 4-year school to be eligible. They are looking for students who are optimistic and enthusiastic that the scholarship will help them meet their life goals. Students must type a two-page essay describing why they deserve the scholarship, and incorporate part of the Optimist Creed in their esssay. Click here for a full list of requirements and more information. Scholarships are due electronically to Ms. Cole by March 18. Amount: Dell Latitude 15 3000 series laptop with Microsoft Office Student Edition included. Deadline: March 18, 2019.Rosa L. Poston and Jeanette B. Sherrod Scholarships:These scholarships provide financial assistance to female African-American seniors who are pursuing a degree at a 4-year college/university. Click here for more information and the application packet.Union Power Scholarships:Union Power is offering 10 scholarships to Union County seniors. You must be attending a college or university in North Carolina. All applicants must be a child of a Union Power Cooperative member or live in a home served by Union Power Cooperative and must be a high school senior in the current graduating class. Children of Union Power employees and its subsidiary, Union Services, are not eligible to apply. Criteria for awarding the scholarship to an individual is based on 40% need; 30% scholastic achievement; and 30% extracurricular activities in school, civic, and community functions. Click here for more information and the application. Amount: $1,000 each. Deadline: March 22, 2019.CATA PTSO Scholarship:The CATA PTSO will award six $500 scholarships to CATA seniors. To be eligible, you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and parent or student must be a member of the PTSO before the end of first semester. You must be applying to attend a technical school, community college, or 4-year college/university. Click here for the application. Amount: $500. Deadline: March 29, 2019.Girls on the Run Scholarship:This scholarship is available to any female high school senior who participated in Girls on the Run in grades 3-5 or in Girls on Track/Heart and Sole program in grades 6-8. Click here for the scholarship application and more information Amount: $1,000. Deadline: April 8, 2019.