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 Deadlines
Park Scholarship at NC State University:
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and apply for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State; have excellent academic standing and strong standardized test scores; a high level of engagement and leadership in a few meaningful activities in your school or community; a desire to master subjects and to seek learning experiences outside the classroom; assume formal leadership roles; demonstrate service by finding ways to improve the lives of others; and demonstrate character by setting positive examples for others, having personal fortitude, and having the highest levels of integrity. Amount: Tuition and fees; room and board; books and personal expenses; educational trips, retreats and seminars, enrichment grants to fund study abroad, research projects, service activities, and conferences, and more. Deadline: Interest forms are due to Ms. Cole by September 11, 2017. Interest forms can be found in Guidance. More information can be found here.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is awarded to students who are bright. collaborative, self-aware, purposeful, empathetic, optimistic, and original. Applicants must be a competitive candidate to UNC Chapel Hill; have a challenging schedule; have above average SAT/ACT scores; demonstrate leadership through courage and action; demonstrate service by seeking to improve the life of others; demonstrate character by exhibiting the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and generosity; and demonstrate physical vigor by playing a sport/having a commitment to an active lifestyle. Amount: Full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, books, a laptop, supplies, and Discovery funds to be used for educational opportunities. Deadline: Interest forms due to Ms. Cole by September 15, 2017. Interest forms can be found in Guidance. More information can be found here.
CareerFitter Online Scholarship:
Student must have a minimum 2.4 GPA with plans to enroll in a college or university after high school; watch a short video (less than 2 minutes); take a free career test; and copy and paste the summary of your results within the online scholarship application. Amount: $500. Deadline: September 15, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Levine Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte:
Students must demonstrate motivation and commitment toward the ideals of the Levine Scholars Program; be an applicant for freshman enrollment a UNC Charlotte baccalaureate program for the fall after high school graduation (this application is due no later than Nov.1). There is no minium GPA or test score requirement, but students must demonstrate strong academic success as well as have community service experience. Amount: Approximately $105,000. Deadline: Interest forms due to Ms. Cole by September 25, 2017. Interest forms can be found in Guidance. More information can be found here.
Submit a 500-1,000 word essay about the most interesting item you have ever received in the mail. Applicants must be a high schol senior with plans to enroll at a post-secondary institution upon graduation, and must be at least 16 years old. Amount: $1,000. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
"Don't Text and Drive" Scholarship:
Applicants must be in grades 9-12 and a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Students must complete an online application that includes a 140-character message about texting and driving. Finalists will be asked to write a 500-1,000 word essay about texting and driving. Amount: $1,000. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship:Submit an application and answer the essay questions on the application. Student must be a U.S. citizen, at least 16 years old, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Amount: $500. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.Shout It Out Scholarship:Submit a short response (250 words or less) to this question: "If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?" Applicants must be at least 13 years old, a U.S. citizen, and planning to enroll at an accredited post-secondary institution no later than the fall of 2022. Amount: $1,500. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.Union County Christmas "Parade Princess" Scholarship:Each Union County Public High School will nominate one senior candidate to represent their school in the parade. This candidate should reflect leadership skills, academic excellence and commitment to community service. Judges will interview candidates on October 26. The parade princess will be crowned and awarded the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship on November 2. If you would like to be considered for nomination, please submit an interest form to Ms. Cole by the deadline. Forms can be found in guidance. Deadline: October 4, 2017.
AES Engineering Scholarship:
AES Engineering Solutions is awarding a $500 scholarship on the basis of character. This award is available to high school seniors. To apply, students must submit a 500 to 1000 word essay in response to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Essays can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students do not have to take engineering classes to be eligible. For more information, please visit: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. Deadline: October 6, 2017.
U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship:
Must be interested in pursuing a career in public service; must be currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in student government or a related organization (class president, student body, etc.); be a permanent resident of the U.S.; be currently enrolled in a N.C. high school; and have at least one parent/guardian that is a legal resident of N.C. An application, an essay, two letters of recommendation, and a digital presentation are required. Amount: Not specified. Deadline: Written essay must be mailed with a postmark date on or before October 8, 2017. The digital presentation must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm on October 8, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
DAR Good Citizens Scholarship:
This scholarship is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This is open to all seniors that are in good standing with their school. The student selected as the DAR Good Citizen must possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The student selected as the DAR Good Citizen is then eligible for the scholarship contest. The scholarship contest consists of two parts. Part 1 requires the student to describe how he or she tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen. Part II requires the student to complete a timed essay that is administered by a faculty member. The student has 2 hours to complete the essay and the essay topic is not known until the day of administration. This entry will be judged by independent, non-DAR judges. The winning entry is then advanced to the state and national level of judging. The scholarship committee will choose which students to nominate. If you'd like to be considered for nomination please fill out an interest form and return it to Ms. Cole by the deadline. Amount: $250 for state-level winners; $500 for national winners; $5,000 for two top national winners. Deadline: Interest forms are due to Ms. Cole by October 9.
NFAA's Young Arts Program:
Student must demonstrate artistic experience in one of the following art forms: cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Amount: Up to $10,000. Deadline: October 13, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Shelton National Leadership Scholarship at NC State:
Students must demonstrate leadership experience and potential; evidence of personal character and integrity; orientation toward community service; commitment towards personal growth; commitment to physical fitness and wellness; understanding of and interest in the program; and academic eligibility. Amount: $10,000 annually to cover tuition and fees, housing, and more. An additional $2,000 for student leadership enrichment experiences. Deadline: October 15, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Goodnight Scholars Program:
To be considered for this program, the student must be a North Carolina resident; have an adjusted gross income up to $100,000 and demonstrate financial need (confirmed by FAFSA); select a STEM education major; demonstrate a history of exceptional academic performance (typical recipients of this award are in the top 2% of their graduating class, score above 1450 on the new SAT and/or score above a 32 on the ACT, and have at least a 3.9 unweighted and/or 4.8 weighted GPA). Students must also submit a general application to NC State University. By December 23, 2017, the program will issue approximately 700 invitations to prospective students that opens up the Goodnight Scholars Program online application. Students who do not meet the above criteria but still want to be considered for the program can self-nominate. The self-nomination process will be open from October 15 through December 1. Amount: Tuition and fees, housing, and meals up to $19,500 per academic year. Deadline: General application to NC State must be submitted by October 15, 2017. More information can be found here.
VFW Voice of Democracy:
Applicants must record an audio essay (3-5 minutes long) discussing the topic "American History: Our Hope for the Future". Applicants must fill out an application and submit that and the audio recording to their local VFW post. Amount: $30,000. Deadline: October 17, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Horatio Alger State Scholarship:
Student must be enrolled full time as a high school senior and have plans to enter college in the U.S. in the fall following graduation; exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at a public or private institution; demonstrate a 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 overcoming adversity; maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0; and be a U.S. citizen. Amount: $10,000. Deadline: October 25, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College:
This scholarship is open to students who demonstrate academic excellence, purposeful engagement in the classroom, in student and civic organizations, on the athletic field, or in the arts. Belk Scholars also exhibit a commitment to the local and global communities. Students who are interested in this scholarship have to be nominated by a school official. To be considered for nomination please submit an interest form to Ms. Cole by the deadline listed below. Thirty students will be invited to Belk Celebration and Selection Weekend, March 22-24, 2018. Class of 2022 Belk Scholars will be announced by April 1, 2018. Amount: An annual renewable scholarship valued at $69,903 and two special study stipends (up to $3000 per stipend) to pursue international study and other enrichment opportunities. Deadline: Interest forms are due to Ms. Cole by Oct. 25. Students interested in this scholarship must also apply to Davidson by December 1 (This does not imply Early Decision commitment). More information can be found here.
U.S. Bank Scholarship Program:
Complete all eight Financial Genius for Life education modules, in addition to the application. Amount: Up to $20,000. Deadline: October 27, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program:
Student must be a current high school senior and planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. Amount: Varies. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Centennial Scholarship at NC State:
This scholarship is designed for students who are interested in engineering, business management, design, chemistry, polymers, forensics, medical fields, fashion merchandising, and retail management. Students interested in this scholarship need to apply to NC State by the early deadline of Oct. 15. Competitive applicants demonstrate high academic achievement, strong leadership qualities, involvement in extracurricular activities and civic engagement, and an interest in textile-related careers. CATA will be nominating two seniors for this scholarship. If you would like to be considered for nomination, please fill out an interest form and return it to Ms. Cole in guidance by the deadline. If you are not nominated, you can self-nominate. Amount: $15,000/year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds. Deadline: Interest forms are due to Ms. Cole by Nov. 1.
Ron Brown Scholar Program:
Applicants must be African-American, excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card. This program is looking for the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship. Amount: $10,000. Deadline: November 1, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Cheatham-White Scholarship at NC A&T University:
This merit-based scholarship is available to students who would be a competitive applicant to North Carolina A&T. Student must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be on course to graduate high school in the spring prior to college admission; have a cumulative GPA of at least 4.0 and a minimum SAT score of 1280 (new) or 1200 (old) or 28 on the ACT; and show exceptional qualities of character and leadership, be significantly involved in extracurricular activities and demonstrate a strong commitment to service. Student must be nominated by a school official or through self-nomination. Amount: Full tuition, student fees, housing and meals, textbooks, a laptop, supplies, travel and personal expenses. As well as summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study. Deadline: November 1, 2017. More information and self-nomination form can be found here.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:
This award recognizes students who are involved in community service. If you have completed any community service within the past year, you qualify for this award. If you want to be considered for this award you will need to fill out an online application. The scholarship committee will then choose one or more top applicants to be honored. One of these applicants will then be eligible for the $1,000 state-level award, a silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent/guardian to Washington, D.C. Deadline: Online application must be completed by November 7, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Robertson Scholars Program at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke:
Student must apply for undergraduate admission to Duke and/or UNC Chapel Hill the same year they apply to this program. The program is looking for students who deomonstrate purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and a collaborative spirit. Amount: Tuition and fees, room and board. Deadline: November 15, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Scholarships for Nonresidents at the University of South Carolina:
Each scholarship has its own criteria. Please visit this link to view each scholarship. Amount: $500 - $30,000. Deadline: November 15, 2017.
Scholarships at Appalachian State University:
Each scholarship has its own criteria. Please visit this link to view each scholarship. Amount: Varies. Deadline: November 15, 2017.
The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill:
This scholarship is based largely on written work submitted by the candidates. 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. The application process requires the submission of up to 50 pages of prose, 40 pages in poetry, or 60 in play writing. 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 500-word personal essay entitled "Why I Write". Amount: Full tuition and fees. Deadline: Students applying for this scholarship must submit an application for admission to UNC Chapel Hill by October 15 AND submit a scholarship application by November 15. Application and more information can be found here.
Crown Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte:
Student should have a strong academic foundation, display intellectual and cultural breadth, have an interest in research, be committed to community engagement through partnerships, and have a capacity for refleciton and growth. Student must have an minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 or weighted GPA of 3.8; SAT score of 1320/1600 or ACT score of 28/36. Student must apply to UNC Charlotte as early as possible. Amount: $19,000 annually for tuition, room and board, and other expenses, and a $5,000 stipend for University-approved study abroad. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte:
Applicants must be incoming first-year students being considered for full-time enrollment at UNC Charlotte in a baccalaureate program offered by The William States Lees College of Engineering for the fall term immediately following high school graduation; must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; must hold an outstanding academic record of consistently advanced coursework, have had prior experiences which reflect ethical leadership and individual development, and demonstrate a commitment to community service. Preference is given to students who have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 or weighted GPA of at least 3.8 and SAT score of 1320/1600 or ACT score of 28/26. Applicants should align with the mission and objectives of the University Honors Program. Students must apply to UNC Charlotte as soon as possible and apply to the University Honors Program. Amount: $19,000 annually. Deadline: December 1, 2017 (to apply to the Honors Program, too). More information can be found here.
National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholarship:
Student must be a high school senior who is a U.S. citizen; must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university to pursue their degree in the STEM fields, preference given to those with space related interests. Applicants need to provide an unofficial high school transcript; at least 2 letters of recommendation from faculty/professionals in science related fields; Statement of Intent (a 150 word essay stating your study/career plans with an emphasis on STEM; a video audition that features the applicant speaking to the camera about why they are inspired by space. Amount: $10,000. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Air Force ROTC Scholarship:
Student must be a U.S. citizen or be able to obtain citizenship prior to scholarship activation; graduate from high school; be 17 years of age prior to scholarship activation; have an SAT score of at least 1180/930, an ACT score of at least 26 and a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA; complete the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment and submit Letter of Certification; and meed medical requirements for service in the armed forces. Amount: Ranges from partial tuition to full tuition paid, depending on scholarship type. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
Lyceum Scholarship Program at Clemson University:
Students must be of a high intellectual caliber, as demonstrated through academic achievement and test scores in their high school careers, and must be passionate about ideas, intellctual engagement, and the subject matter of the Lyceum Scholars Program Students must also apply, and be accepted, to Clemson University. Amount: $10,000. Deadline: December 11, 2017. Application and more information can be found here.
AXA Achievement Scholarship:
Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 united states, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico; be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2018-2019 academic year; and demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Amount: $2,500, $10,000, or $25,000. Deadline: December 15, 2017. Application can be found here.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program:
To be eligible for this scholarship you must demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; be a citizen of the U.S.; be a current high school senior attending high school in the U.S.; plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at aan accredited four-year college or university. Amount: $10,000/year for 4 years. Totaling $40,000. Deadline: January 4, 2018. Application can be found here
National Beta Scholarship Program:
National Beta will award more than 250 scholarships to deserving 12th grade Beta members. Applicants will need to demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, commendable character, school and community service, and participation in National Beta activities. Members must be registered with the National Office by Nov. 1 of their senior year. Amount: $1,000-$15,000. Deadline: January 25, 2018. Application and more information can be found here.
Healthcare Leaders Scholarship:Nurse.org is awarding a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible you must have a 3.0 GPA, pursuing a degree related to healthcare, and submit a 600-1000 word essay. For the application and more information visit http://nurse.org/healthcare-leaders/ Deadline: January 29, 2018. Winner will be selected on March 15, 2018.NHS Scholarship Program:This application is open to senior NHS members in good standing. $1.5 million will be distributed among 500 NHS seniors. Visit this link for steps on how to apply.Amount: Varies. Deadline: January 30, 2018.Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club Scholarship:The Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club will choose one student from each school for their scholarship. The scholarhips are awarded based on the applicant's credentials in the area of service to people, the community, and the environment. This is not an academic or need-based scholarship. Applicants must be in good standing with their school and must plan on continuing their education after graduation. Applicants must write a 250-300 word essay answering the question: What have you done in the area of service to people, the community, and the world to deserve this scholarship? Applicants must send their essay to the following address no later than February 5: Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club PO Box 655, Monroe, NC 28111-0655. Applications can be found in guidance. Amount: Unspecified. Deadline: Essay must be postmarked no later than February 5, 2018.SECU People Helping People Scholarship:This scholarship is open to students who are a member of SECU or who have a parent/guardian who is a member. Must have at least a 2.5 unweighted GPA. Student must complete all of the attached forms. Student must write a brief bio describing accomplishments and awards. A headshot and copy of college acceptance letter must be provided with other application materials. For a full list of criteria click here. For the application, click here. For the consent form, click here. Amount: $10,000. Deadline: All application forms and items must be turned in to Ms. Cole by February 21.Union County Education Foundation Scholarship:This scholarship is awarded to a senior who pays tribute to a special teacher as part of their application process. Applicants must write a 500 word maximum essay about a teacher who has meant a lot to you. Applicants must also provide SAT/ACT scores, a recommendation letter from an administrator, teacher or counselor, a complete transcript, confirmation that you will attend the scholarship presentation, a resume, and a statement of why you should receive the scholarship. Application and more information can be found here. Amount: $1,000-$2,000. Deadline: February 23, 2018African American Network-Carolinas Scholarship:Eligible applicants must be a high school senior, planning to attend a 4-year college or university in NC or SC, and must plan to major in engineering, computer science, the sciences, accounting, finance or business administration. Amount: Up to $2,000. Deadline: March 2, 2018. Click here for application and more information.Agnes Liles Scholarship:Please click here for more information and the application for this scholarship. Amount: $30,000 ($7,500/year). Deadline: March 3, 2018.Union County Association of Educational Office Professionals Scholarships:The UCAEOP is offering three scholarships to seniors graduating from Union County high schools. The UCAEOP Scholarship is open to seniors whose parent is a member of UCAEOP. The UCAEOP Memoria Scholarship is open to all seniors who are children of UCPS employees. The Billy W. Stegall, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is open to all UCPS seniors. Application packets can be found in guidance. Applications can be mailed yourself or given to Ms. Cole to send. Amount: All scholarships are $500. Deadline: March 12, 2018.Weddington Optimist Club Computer Scholarship:The Weddington Optimist Club is giving away a Dell Inpsiron 15 3000 Series laptop to one senior at every high school in Union County. They are looking for a candidate who will be enthusiastic and optimistic that the scholarshiop will help him or her meet their life goals. You do not have to be attending a 2 or 4-year school to be eligible. Candidates will have to write an essay that answers the following question: Why do you deserve the computer scholarship? Include any volunteer work from the past few years. Also, describe any challenges that you or your family have experienced in the past few years. You must incorporate a phrase from the Optimist Creed (see below for attachment) in your essay. Your essay should be formatted as follows: 2 pages, double spaced, 1 inch margins, font size no larger than 12, and bold words are allowed. Please include your full name, date, high school, and school counselor's name on the essay's header. Use a .doc or .pdf format. Deadline: Essays due to Ms. Cole by March 9. Click here for a copy of the Optimist Creed.UCPAPA Administrative Scholarship:This scholarship is awarded to a student each year who is a UCPS senior and is the child of a UCPS administrator. Eligible applicants must enroll full-time in a four-year college or university in the fall semseter after graduation. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, exhibit leadership qualities based on grades and extra-curricular activities, and present three letters of character recommendation (one from a former teacher, one from an employer/supervisor/coach, and one from a person of the applicant's choosing). Applications can be found in guidance. Amount: $750. Deadline: March 9, 2018.UCPAPA Education Scholarship:This scholarship is awarded to a student each year who intends to enroll in a teacher preparation program at a four-year institution and is a UCPS senior graduating in June 2018. Eligible applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, exhibit leadership qualities based on grades and extracurricular activites, and present three letters of character recommendation (one from a former teacher, one from an employer/supervisor/coach, and one from a person of the applicant's choosing). Applications can be found in guidance. Amount: $1000. Deadline: March 9, 2018.Rosa L. Poston and Jeanette B. Sherrod Scholarship:This scholarship is available to African-American women who will be pursuing a college education after graduation. You must be attending a 4-year school. Eligible applicants must submit an acceptance letter from at least one 4-year accredited school, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and you must have leadership potential as evidenced by school and community activities. Application packets can be found in guidance. Amount: Not specified. Deadline: March 19, 2018.Union Power Cooperative College Scholarship:Union Power Cooperative will be awarding six scholarships to local students. Three of the scholarships will be for 4-year accredited North Carolina Universities and 3 will be for North Carolina Community Colleges. You must be the child of a Union Power Cooperative member, or reside in the same household. Awards are based on 40% financial need, 30% extracurricular activities (school and community), and 30% scholastic achievement. Application and more details can be found here. Amount: $1,000. Deadline: March 20, 2018.CATA PTSO Scholarship:The CATA PTSO is offering a scholarship to six graduating seniors. You must have at least a 2.5 GPA, your parent must be a member of the Cougar Council PTSO before the end of the first semester, and you must be applying to a technical school, community college, or higher level of schooling. A completed application packet includes: the application form; a resume which should include community service, leadership, extracurricular activites, awards, and work experience; two letters of recommendation (at least one from a CATA staff member); a minimum one page, double-spaced essay on the topic "Why I should be awarded the Cougar Council PTSO Scholarship". Application forms can be found in guidance. Amount: $500. Deadline: A completed application packet must be turned in to the CATA Counseling office by March 29, 2018. Recipients will be notified by the selection committee at the Academic Signing Days on May 21 and 22.Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship:This scholarship is for students interested in an automotive or aftermarket career. Apply online to be considered for scholarships from more than 30 organizations. Click here for the application. Deadline: March 31, 2018.Ms. Aurelia Williams Scholarship:Eligible applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA, three letters of recommendation, documentation of community service, copy of transcript, and a recent photo. Application packets can be found in guidance. Amount: $500. Deadline: April 1, 2018.Professor J.W. Graham Scholarship:Eligible applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA, three letters of recommendation, documentation of community service, copy of transcript, and a recent photo. Application packets can be found in guidance. Amount: $500. Deadline: April 1, 2018.Rep. William "Pete" Cunningham Scholarship:Eligible applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA, three letters of recommendation, documentation of community service, copy of transcript, and a recent photo. Application packets can be found in guidance. Amount: $500. Deadline: April 1, 2018.A Few Good Men, Inc./John H. Crowder Scholarship:Eligible applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, three signed and dated letters of recommendation, completed/signed/dated document of community service form, one page narrative describing future ambitions, and completed application packet. Application packets can be found in guidance. Amount: $500. Deadline: April 1, 2018.Eligible applicants must demonstrate a financial need, academic ability, above-average ability and great interest in one or more areas of the performing arts, plans to major in a performing arts discipline, and acceptance by a college or university with an established performing arts program. Amount: up to $10,000. Deadline: April 5, 2018. Click here for application and more information.Union County Association of Educators/Union County Retired Educators Scholarship:This scholarship is open to seniors planning to study education in college. Application forms can be found in the counseling center. Amount: $1,750. Deadline: Must be postmarked by April 10, 2018.Waxhaw Woman's Club Scholarship:The Waxhaw Women's Club will award a scholarship to one female student in the graduating class. Amount: $2,500. Deadline: April 11, 2018. Click here for the application.CG Studio Scholarship:This scholarship is available to graduating seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants need to write an essay on the topic "Influential and Inspirational Digital Artists". The essay must be between 500-1000 words. Essay should be submitted to email@example.com as an attached document with the file name containing the first and last name of the applicant (e.g. John_Smith). More information can be found here. Amount: 1st place - $1,500; 2nd place - $1,000. Deadline: April 16, 2018.Gordon Hay Scholarship:Eligible applicants must have plans to pursue a non-performing career in the performing arts field, expemplify a strong pursuit of personal excellence, exhibit commitment to community engagement, demonstrate artistic or technical accomplishment, have a record of scholarly achievement, and is a current high school senior. Amount: $5,000. Deadline: April 19, 2018. Click here for application and more information.North Carolina Child Support Council Scholarship:This scholarship is awarded to a student who has a parent who is a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council or a student who is a client with the Child Support Program. Applicants must be a North Carolina resident and a graduating high school senior. Applicants must be accepted to a college, university, community college, or trade school in North Carolina. An acceptance letter must be included with the application. Applicants must have maintained at least a C average throughout high school. Amount: $1,000. Deadline: April 20, 2018. Click here for the application.Aspiring 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.