Scholarships

  • Scholarship Nomination Interest Form - Please complete this form if the scholarship you're applying for requires a school nomination.

     

    Scholarship Information

    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:

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    Scholarshipamerica.org

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    www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/

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    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 Firm Deadlines 

       
    John Crowder Service Award
    This award is designed to honor a student for outstanding community service. Student must be academically sound and have no discipline referrals for the school year. Student must have an established history of community service in more than one area or with more than one organization. 
    Application: Students interested in being nominated for this award must complete the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (found at the top of this page)
    Amount: No amount awarded
    Deadline to submit form: September 9, 2019.
     
     
    Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill
    The Morehead-Cain is a four-year, fully funded educational experience for students of the highest caliber. It not only provides a full ride, but it offers life-changing summer enrichment and Discovery Fund experiences. The Morehead-Cain Foundation seeks motivated, courageous, and inquisitive leaders interested in embracing new and unknown experiences. Applicants must exhibit four criteria: leadership, moral force of character, scholarship, and physical vigor. To be eligible, a student must be a competitive applicant to UNC Chapel Hill and on track to graduate in the spring of 2020. Students can apply Early Decision to another institution and still apply for the Morehead-Cain. Students will be notified of their semifinalist status before the Early Decision deadline for other institutions. 
    Application: Students interested in being nominated for this award must fill out the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (found at the top of this page). Students will be notified of their nomination by Sept. 27, 2019. Nominees will then be given further directions on how to apply for the scholarship.
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline to submit nomination form: September 13, 2019.
     
     
    Lowell L. Bryan Scholarship at Davidson 
    For top senior athletes who are strong leaders and performers in the classroom. Two four-year scholarships, one for a male and one for a female. 
    Application: Submit the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (found at the top of this page)
    Amount: $30,000
    Deadline to submit nomination form: September 16, 2019
     
     
    Park Scholarship at NC State
    The Park Scholarship looks for exceptional students who are accomplished and have potential in the areas of character, leadership, scholarship, and service. Students must be applying to NC State. Students do not have to be a resident of the United States to apply. 
    Application: Students interested in being nominated for this award must fill out the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (found at the top of this page). 
    Amount: Four-year award valued at up to $111,000 for in-state students
    Deadline to submit nomination form: September 20, 2019
     
     
    DAR Good Citizens Awards and Scholarship Contest
    The DAR Good Citizens program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The student selected as the DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree. The student chosen as CATA's Good Citizen will be given information on the scholarship contest.
    Application: Students interested should complete the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (found at the top of this page). 
    Amount: $250 - $5,000
    Deadline to submit nomination form: September 23, 2019. 
     
     
    The "No Sweat" Scholarship
    This scholarship from Circled In is open to all seniors, regardless of family income or GPA. There is no essay requirement. 
    Application: Click here
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: September 30, 2019
     
     
    Union County Parade Princess
    Each school in Union County will nominate a parade princess. The parade princess should reflect leadership skills, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. The student chosen as the CATA Parade Princess will be interviewed by a panel of judges (date TBD) and the winner will be awarded the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship. The CATA parade princess is expected to represent CATA in the Union County Christmas Parade on November 24 at 2 p.m. 
    Application: Students interested should complete the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (found at the top of this page).
    Amount: Unspecified
    Deadline to submit nomination form: October, 11, 2019.
     
     
    Centennial Scholarship Program at NC State
    This scholarship is designed for students who are interested in career fields such as engineering, business management, design, chemistry, polymers, forensics, medical fields, fashion merchandising, and retail management. Competitive applicants demonstrate high academic achievement, strong leadership qualities, involvement in extracurricular activities and civic engagement, and an interest in textile-related careers. Students who want to be considered must submit an NC State admissions application by November 1. 
    Application: Students interested in being nominated for this scholarship must complete the scholarship nomination interest form (found at the top of this page)
    Amount: Amount varies based on scholarship
    Deadline: Students must submit the scholarship nomination interest form by October 18, 2019. 
     
     
    Levine Scholars 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. Students must be applicants for freshman enrollment at UNC Charlotte in an undergraduate program for the fall term immediately following their high school graduation. Note: Students must be admitted to UNC Charlotte to receive a Levine Scholarship. Students 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.
    Application: To be nominated for this scholarship you must complete the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (found at the top of this page) and submit your resume to Ms. Cole
    Amount: $105,000 for in-state students
    Deadline: Your name must be submitted for nomination by October 1, 2019. You must submit your UNCC application by November 1, 2019.
     
     
    Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State
    This scholarship program open to outstanding students from North Carolina high schools majoring in STEM and education disciplines. This program invests in student from low- and middle-income families. Students will have opportunities to develop personally, professionally, and academically through this program. In mid-December, the Goodnight Scholars Program will issue invitations to apply to prospective first-year students who have applied for fall 2020 admission. This invitation will be sent to the email used on the general NC State admissions application. Students who don't receive an invitation can self-nominate. The self-nomination application will open on November 1, 2019.
    Application: Interested students must submit an admissions application to NC State by November 1, 2019.
    Amount: $20,500/year
    Deadline: NC State application must be submitted by November 1, 2019, in order to be considered for this scholarship.
     
     
    AES Engineering Scholarship
    This scholarship is intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. You do not have to be taking engineering courses to be eligible. Students must submit an essay between 500-1000 words answering the prompt: 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?
    Application: Essays must be sent to scholarships@aesengineers.com. Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: October 6, 2019
     
     
    John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson 
    For students who demonstrate academic excellence, enthusiasm, integrity, and leadership ability and potential. This is a four-year scholarship covering tuition, fees, and room and board, along with two Special Study stipends. Students must be nominated by the school for this scholarship.
    Application: Submit a Scholarship Nomination Interest form (found at the top of this page)
    Amount: $67,794
    Deadline: Interest form must be submitted by October 14, 2019
     
     
    East Carolina Scholars Program
    This is the most prestigious scholarship offered at East Carolina University and is offered to the top students of ECU’s entering freshman class. EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance, engagement in the community, effective leadership skills, and embrace a study abroad experience. This scholarship award includes full in-state tuition for 8 semesters, living arrangement in the newest residence hall on College Hill, priority registration, a $5,000 stiped for Study Abroad, leadership and research internships, and various trips, among other things.
    Application: Students must complete an undergraduate admissions essay to ECU by the priority deadline. Students must have a minimum unweighted 3.5 GPA or 4.0 weighted, and a minimum mathematics/critical reading combined score of 1200 on the old SAT, and/or a minimum composite score of 1270 on the new SAT, and/or minimum ACT composite score of 27.
    Amount: $40,000, in addition to the Honors College scholarship that equals the value of in-state tuition. $5,000 Study Abroad stipend. 
    Deadline: Must submit ECU application by priority deadline of November 11, 2019 to be considered for the Honors College. 
     
     
    The Robertson Scholarship at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill
    The Robertson is among the most highly sought-after merit scholarships in the country. We are the only program that completely combines the extraordinary resources of two world-class universities. The program provides 4 years of tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees, 3 fully-funded summer experiences, funding for conferences and seminars and unique access to the academic and extracurricular offerings on both campuses, as well as four years of dedicated leadership development programming. Students who have applied for the Morehead-Cain at UNC are not eligible to apply for the Robertson at UNC, but they are eligible to apply for the Robertson at Duke. 
    Application: Click here for the application. 
    Amount: Full tuition, room, and board, and fees
    Deadline: November 15, 2019
     
     
    The Dale Earnhardt Foundation Legend Leadership Award 
    Do you have a new and creative idea that will make a positive impact on our society? Submit your ideas and solutions for a chance to be selected as the next Legend Leadership Award winner and receive a scholarship or grant from The Dale Earnhardt Foundation. 
    Application: daleearnhardtinc.com
    Amount: Up to $7,000
    Deadline: December 31, 2019
     
     
    Coolidge Scholarship
    This scholarship is only open to current juniors who plan to enroll in college in the fall of 2021. This is a full-ride scholarship that covers tuition, room, board, and expenses over four years. This scholarship can be used at any accredited U.S. college or university. Scholars are selected primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.
    Application: Click here
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: January 16, 2020
     
     
    Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club Scholarship
    This scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in the area of service to people, the community, and the environment. This is not an academic or needs-based scholarship. The Rotary Club will choose one student from each school based on their essay. Applicants must complete the application form and submit a 250-300 word 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?" All application forms and essays must be submitted in hard copy to Ms. Cole by the deadline.
    Application: Application forms can be found on the tower in the counseling office. See Ms. Cole if forms cannot be found.
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: February 5, 2020. Application form and essay must be submitted in hard copy to Ms. Cole by this deadline. 
     
     
     
    Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship
    The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center offers this scholarship to seniors with a disability. You must submit an application by the deadline to be considered. 
    Application: Click here for the application
    Amount: $1,500
    Deadline: February 12, 2020
     
     
    Weddington Optimist Club Essay Contest
    Click here for the criteria and application for this scholarship.
    Amount: $2,500 (if essay wins District Level competition)
    Deadline: February 14, 2020
     
      
    DAR Scholarships
    Daughters of the American Revolution have several scholarships offered through their website. 
    Application: www.dar.org/scholarships
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: February 15, 2020
     
     
    SECU "People Helping People" Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to graduating seniors in North Carolina. Applicants should demonstrate leadership, integrity, and community involvement. Eligible applicants must be a member of SECU or have a parent or guardian that is a member at the time of application. Preference will be given to students whose parent(s) are public sector employees (local, state, federal government, public health, public education, etc.) who live and work in NC. Additionally, preference will be given to those who plan to major in public degree service programs such as Public Policy, Public Administration, etc. Eligible applicants must have been accepted to and plan to attend one of the 16 UNC system schools. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 unweighted GPA.
    Application: Students interested in being nominated for this scholarship must complete the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (link at the top of the page) and submit a resume to Ms. Cole by the deadline.
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: February 21, 2020
     
     
    Henry S. and Carolyn Adams Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to a high school senior in Union County with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must demonstrate a substantial need for financial assistance. A student must be nominated by their school. 
    Application: Students who wish to be considered for nomination must complete the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (link at the top of the page) and submit a resume to Ms. Cole by the deadline.
    Amount: $4,000 renewable scholarship
    Deadline: February 21, 2020
     
     
    Union County Education Foundation Scholarship
    Paying tribute to a teacher can pay off.
    Application: Click here for more information 
    Amount: Up to 7,250
    Deadline: February 24, 2020
     
     
    Kiwanis Club of Monroe Scholarship
    Application: Click here
    Amount: Two $2,500
    Deadline: February 24, 2020
     
     
    Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarships
    Alpha Delta Kappa has four scholarships for students to apply for. Packets are in the counseling office for interested students.
    Application: Packets are in the tower in the counseling office. See Ms. Cole if copies have run out.
    Amount: Varies. One is specified at $2,000
    Deadline: Must be postmarked by February 28, 2020
     
     
    Weddington Optimist Club Computer Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to high school seniors. You do not have to be attending a 2- or 4-year college to be eligible for this computer award. The Optimist Club is looking for a student who will be enthusiastic and optimistic that the scholarship will help them meet their life goals as they embark on new life experiences. Applicants must write a 2-page essay describing why they deserve the computer scholarship, and they must incorporate a phrase or two from the Optimist Creed. 
    Application: Click here for all application and essay criteria
    Amount: Dell Latitude 15 3000 Series Laptop with Microsoft Office Student Edition.
    Deadline: Essays are due to Ms. Cole by March 2, 2020. The top three essays will be determined by the scholarship committee and will be sent to the Optimist Club where a winner will be determined. 
     
     
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Scholarship
    Application packets can be found in the counseling office. See Ms. Cole if copies have run out.
    Application: Packet located on the tower in the counseling lobby.
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: Must be postmarked by March 2, 2020
     
     
    Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a performing arts discipline (music, dance, theatre, technical theatre, arts administration, arts education, etc.). Applicants must demonstrate above-average ability and great interest in one or more areas of the performing arts. 
    Application: Click here for more information about the scholarship and the application process. Click here for the Mary Doctor Application Form.
    Amount: Up to $10,000
    Deadline: March 6, 2020
     
     
    Union County Association of Educational Office Professionals (UCAEOP) Scholarships
    UCAEOP will award three different scholarships with the following criteria: UCAEOP scholarship (open to seniors whose parent is a member of UCAEOP); UCAEOP Memorial Scholarship (open to all seniors who are children of UCPS employees); Billy W. Stegall Memorial Scholarship (open to all UCPS seniors). 
    Application: Click here for the application cover sheet and click here for the application packet.
    Amount: $500 each
    Deadline: March 9, 2020
     
     
    New Century Scholars at SPCC 
    This scholarship is open to students who plan to attend SPCC and work toward an Associate's Degree, Diploma, or Non-Credit (Continuing Education) program. To apply, students must do the following: Complete and submit the scholarship application, including the essay and resume section; complete and submit an application to SPCC; complete the FAFSA; decide how you plan to use the scholarship; submit two letters of recommendation from staff at your high school; submit a final transcript.
    Application: Click here to apply
    Amount: Up to four semesters of tuition at the in-state rate for the associate's degree
    Deadline: March 15, 2020 **Deadline extended to April 3, 2020**
     
     
    Rosa L. Poston and Jeanette B. Sherrod Scholarships 
    These scholarships provide financial assistance to deserving young African-American women who are graduating seniors and who will be attending an accredited four-year institution. A full list of criteria and application requirements are listed in the application packet.
    Application: Packets can be found here
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: Postmarked no later than March 16, 2020
     
     
    Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
    To be eligible for this scholarship you must be a female high school senior or college student and be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident. All GPAs and majors will be considered.
    Application: Click here for application
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: April 1, 2020
     
     
    Union County Master Gardener Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to seniors who plan to study botany, environmental studies, forestry, landscape architecture, horticulture, crop sciences, local foods, animal husbandry or related fields. 
    Application: Click here for the application and here for the list of criteria
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: April 1, 2020
     
     
    A Few Good Men Inc./ John H. Crowder Scholarship
    These scholarships are open to high school seniors who will be attending an accredited college or technical school in Fall 2020. Application materials are in the counseling office. 
    Application: Application packet can be found here
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: April 1, 2020
     
     
    Gordon Hay Scholarship 
    This scholarship is open to high school seniors who demonstrate technical or artistic accomplishment in a non-performance area of the performing arts. This award is designed for special learning opportunities related to the recipient's career interest in a non-performing area of the performing arts. This can include conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. This award cannot be utilized for tuition, fees, housing, etc. 
    Application: Click here for more information about the scholarship and the application process. Click here for the Gordon Hay Application Form.
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: April 3, 2020
     
     
    Winchester Alumni Association Scholarships
    This association is offering three different scholarships to graduating seniors in Union County. Criteria for all three scholarships are as follows: Minimum 2.5 GPA; three letters of recommendation; documentation of community service (form is part of the application); copy of transcript; recent photo; interview (interview will be scheduled by the interview committee after the application is submitted). 
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: April 4, 2020
     
     
    Girls on the Run Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to girls who participated in Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5) or Girls on the Track/Heart and Sole (Grades 6-8)
    Application: Click here for a full list of scholarship guidelines and application info
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 10, 2020
     
     
    Union County Association of Educators Scholarship
    Open to any senior planning to major in education
    Application: Application can be found here
    Amount: $1,750
    Deadline: April 14, 2020
     
     
    NC Society of Accountants Scholarship
    Open to a high school senior who is interested in pursuing a career in accounting. 
    Application: Application can be found here
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 15, 2020
     
     
    Cougar Council PTSO Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to all CATA seniors who have a minimum 2.5 GPA; who are a member, or whose parent is a member, of the PTSO before the end of first semester; and are applying to a technical school, community college, or 4-year college/university. This scholarship is designed to recognize students who possess strong character, a belief in service to the community, and academic evidence predicting success in college. 
    Application: Click here for the online application. All applications must be submitted this way even if a hard copy application has already been completed.
    Amount: Six (6) $500 scholarship awards
    Deadline: April 20, 2020
     
     
    Brady/Cobin Law Group Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to high school seniors and the money can be used for any college-related expenses. Students must submit an essay that answers one of three prompts.
    Application: Click here for the application and essay prompts
    Amount: $500 - $2,500
    Deadline: May 1, 2020
     
     
    Charlotte Knights Scholarship
    There are two scholarships; a healthcare scholarship and a STEM scholarship. These are for students who are pursuing a career in this respective fields. If you are applying to either one of these, you must notify your counselor so they can complete the counselor form and mail an official transcript.
    Application: Click here for the healthcare scholarship application. Click here for the STEM scholarship application. Click here for the counselor form for the healthcare scholarship and here for the STEM scholarship. You must give this form to your counselor to fill out.
    Amount: Each scholarship will provide three (3) $1,000 awards
    Deadline: May 4, 2020
     
     
     
    Alex Kahle Foundation Scholarship at SPCC
    This scholarship is for students planning to pursue certifications that will take less than one year. 
    Application: Click here for more information 
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: Not specified