Scholarships

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

    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 website 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:

    CFNC

    CollegeBoard

    Scholarships.com

    Scholarshipamerica.org

    Studentscholarships.org

    Attention parents:

    Be wary of any company that charges a fee to locate scholarships or requests money to give your child a scholarship or honor.

     

    Student Scholarship Newsletter: Each month, this scholarship newsletter is released and lists scholarships with deadlines in the upcoming month. Please click on the newsletter and review the scholarships.

    November Newsletter

    December Newsletter

      

    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 

       
    Morehead-Cain at UNC Chapel Hill: The Morehead-Cain is a four-year, fully funded educational experience for students of the highest caliber. It will offer summer enrichment and Discovery Fund experiences. They are seeking students who have an ability to influence, energize, and inspire others to work together to make an impact; have compassion, courage, humility, integrity, and perserverance; and have a lifelong desire to learn and share their newfound knowledge and inspiration with others. The four pillars of a Morehead-Cain scholar are Leadership, Scholarship, Moral Force of Character, and Physical Vigor (*due consideration is given to those with physical limitations). Our school will select 2 students to nominate for this scholarship. If you would like to be considered, please complete the Scholarship Nomination Form located at the top of this page. 
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: Your nomination form must be submitted by Sept. 3, 2021. Students must also apply for admission to UNC Chapel Hill by the Oct. 15 deadline.
    Application: Students must also apply for admission to UNC Chapel Hill by Oct. 15. Ms. Cole will give the two nominees information about how to apply. Those who are not chosen as school nominees can apply directly for the Morehead-Cain as well.
     
    Park Scholarship at NC State: The Park Scholarship is a four-year fully funded scholarship with benefits that reach beyond paid tuition. The Park Scholar experience includes educational trips, retreats, and seminars. It also includes enrichment grants to fund study abroad, research projects, service activities, conferences, and more. This scholarship is looking for students who demonstrate scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The scholarship will not require ACT or SAT scores this year. Our school will select 2 students to nominate for this scholarship. If you would like to be considered, please complete the Scholarship Nomination Form located at the top of this page.
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: Your nomination form must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2021. Students must also apply for admission to NC State by the Nov. 1 deadline. 
    Application: Students must also apply for admission to NC State by Nov. 1. Ms. Cole will give the 2 nominees information about how to apply.
     
    Levine Scholarship at UNC Charlotte: This four-year fully funded scholarship gives students the tools, resources, and environment they need to explore the world around them, engage deeply in their communities, and excel across discipline. The scholarship includes 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 nominated in order to apply for this scholarship. There is no limit to the number of nominations we can make. If you would like to be nominated, please complete the Scholarship Nomination form at the top of this page.
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: Your nomination form must be submitted by Oct. 4, 2021
    Application: If you would like to be nominated please complete the Scholarship Nomination form at the top of this page.  
     
    Union County Parade Princess: Applicants should demonstrate leadership, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. We will select one senior to represent CATA as the Parade Princess. This person will compete with other students in the county for the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship. If you would like to be considered for nomination, please complete the nomination form at the top of the page.
    Amount: Undisclosed
    Deadline: Your nomination form must be submitted by Oct. 8, 2021
    Application: The person chosen as the CATA Parade Princess will receive the application from Ms. Cole
     
    Union County State of Success Scholarship: This scholarship is open to Union County high school seniors. The scholarship is looking for students who have exhibited the qualities it takes to reach the next level of success. Two seniors will be chosen; one from Monroe High School and one from the other Union County high schools. 
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: Midnight on Oct. 18, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application. **You must have a Gmail account to access the scholarship application**
     
    Heisman High School Scholarship: This scholarship is looking for student-athletes who are making an impact on and off the field. Eligible students must have at least a weighted GPA of 3.0 and be a leader in the school and the community, and serve as a role model for underclassmen. 
    Amount: $1,000, $2,000, or $10,000
    Deadline: Oct. 19, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Coca-Cola Scholarship: This scholarship is open to seniors across the country.
    Amount: $20,000
    Deadline: October 31, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson University: The John M. Belk Scholarship recognizes powerful students with demonstrated academic excellence, integrity, intellectual curiosity, willingness to take risks, and potential to be change agents in both their local and global communities. CATA will nominate two students for this scholarship. If you want to be considered for nomination, please complete the Nomination Form at the top of this page.
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: The nomination form needs to be submitted by Nov. 8, 2021
    Application: Please submit your name for nomination. If you are selected as a nominee, Ms. Cole will notify you of the next steps to apply. 
     
    Robertson Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill or Duke: The Robertson Scholarship at Duke and UNC is a fully funded educational experience. This scholarship looks for students who demonstrate purposeful leadership, intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and collaborative spirit. During the spring of sophomore year, Robertson scholars particpate in a semester of Campus Switch where they live at their sister institution (Duke or UNC). Students who apply to the Robertson Scholarship at UNC can also apply for other UNC scholarships. ACT/SAT scores will not be required for this application cycle. 
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: November 15, 2021
    Application: Click here to apply for the scholarship. Students must also apply to Duke or UNC by the Early or Regular deadline.
     
    DAR Good Citizen: The DAR Good Citizen Program recognizes students who exhibit dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The student selected as the DAR Good Citizen is also eligible for a scholarship. The scholarship committee will select one student to be our DAR Good Citizen. If you wish to be considered for nomination, please complete the nomination form at the top of this page. The form must be completed by Nov. 19.
    Amount: $250 - $5,000
    Deadline: November 19, 2021
    Application: All interested students must complete the nomination interest form at the top of the page. 
     
    Centennial Scholarship at NC State's Wilson College of Textiles: This scholarship is awarded to freshmen on the basis of academic achievement in high school, proven and potential leadership qualities, extracurricular activities, and unique life experiences.
    Amount: Minimum of $15,000/year for four years and $7,500 in enrichment funds
    Deadline: Students can self-nominate up until December 1, 2021
    Application: Click here for more information on this scholarship and to self-nominate
     
    Burger King Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
    Amount: $1,000-$50,000
    Deadline: December 15, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Free Speech Essay Contest: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is offering this scholarship to high school juniors and seniors. Students must write a 700-900 word essay on the prompt, which can be found at the link below. 
    Amount: $500-$10,000
    Deadline: December 31, 2021
    Application: Click here for a list of full criteria and how to apply
     
    Ron Brown Scholar Program: RBSP awards $10,000 each year to the most talented high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship. Applicants must be Black/African American.
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: January 9, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $30,000 over four years to complement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars attend JRF’s annual four-day Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City and other regional events throughout the year.
    Amount: Up to $30,000/yr
    Deadline: January 12, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    APIA Scholars: APIA Scholars provides scholarships to qualified students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage pursuing an undergraduate degree at a U.S.-accredited college or university. Scholarships range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. 
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: January 26, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club Scholarship: This scholarship is based on community service. 
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: February 9, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    SECU "People Helping People" Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to attend one of the 16 UNC System schools; are a US citizen and resident of NC; has at least a 2.5 unweighted GPA; and is a member or is eligible for membership through a parent/guardian. This scholarship is looking for students who best exemplify the "People Helping People" philosophy by demonstrating leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. 
    Amount: $10,000 over four years
    Deadline: February 11, 2022
    Application: CATA will nominate two seniors for this scholarship. If you would like to be considered for nomination please complete the nomination form at the top of this page.  
     
    Weddington Optimist Club Essay Contest: This essay contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2021 and are attending a Union County Public School High School. 
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadlline: February 14, 2022
    Application: Click here for essay criteria and application
     
    The Dream US Scholarship: TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access program for DREAMers. The program raises private funds and awards scholarships to help these students pay for their college education. Due to their immigration status, DREAMers are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid to support a college education.
    Amount: Unspecified
    Deadline: February 28, 2022
    Application: Click here for more information
     
    Scholarships through Alpha Delta Kappa Charlotte Chapter 
    Amount: $2,000 each
    Deadline: March 2, 2022
    Application: Click here for more information and application
     
    Weddington Optimist Club Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to 5 Union County seniors. Students must write a 1-2 page essay that incorporates part of the Optimist Creed. Eligible students must plan to enroll in a 2 or 4-year higher education institution in the Fall of 2022. 
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: Essays must be submitted to Ms. Cole by March 4, 2022
    Application: Click here for complete information about the scholarship and essay.
     
    Union County Education Foundation Scholarship: Applicants must create a two-minute surprise video tribute to a UCPS teacher for an opportunity to win the scholarship.
    Amount: $1,500
    Deadline: March 11, 2022
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to attend college in the fall. 
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: March 11, 2022
    Application: Please see Ms.Cole for a copy of the scholarship application
     
    Horatio Alger Scholarship for Juniors: This scholarship is open to high school juniors who plan to attend a 4-year college after high school. Eligible juniors must be involved in extracurricular and community service activities; display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity; have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and they must demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: March 15, 2022
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Union Power Cooperative Scholarship: This scholarship is available to any senior who is a child of a Union Power Cooperative member or live in a home served by Union Power Cooperative. Criteria for awarding the scholarship is 40% need, 30% scholastic achievement, and 30% extracurricular activities in school, civic, and community functions. 
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: March 18, 2022
    Application: Click here to apply
     
    "No Sweat" Scholarship: This scholarship is available to any high school senior.
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: March 31, 2022
    Application: Click here to apply
     
    Annie B. Cherry Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors with a 2.8 GPA, who have been accepted to a college for the fall, and a handwritten application and essay. 
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 1, 2022
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    A Few Good Men, Inc./John H. Crowder/PE Bazemore Scholarship Application: This scholarship is open to seniors attending a college or technical school in the fall. 
    Amount: $500
    Deadline: April 1, 2022
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Waxhaw Woman's Club Scholarship: This scholarship is open to young women who are in the senior class at a Union County high school. Applicants must be planning to attend a 2 or 4-year school. 
    Amount: $2,500-$5,000
    Deadline: April 1, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    Girls on the Run Scholarship: This scholarship is open to any senior who participated in Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5) or Heart and Sole (Grades 6-8).
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 8, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    CATA PTSO Scholarship: This scholarship is open to current CATA seniors whose families were members of the PTSO by the end of 2021.
    Amount: $250 (minimum of four scholarships are being offered)
    Deadline: April 13, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    SEANC Scholarship: This scholarship is available to any senior whose parent/guardian or grandparent is a member of the State Employees Association of North Carolina.
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: April 15, 2022
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Tonda Taylor Scholarship: This scholarship is available to LGBTQ+ students who plan to attend college. 
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: April 22, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    Piedmont Natural Gas STEM Scholarship: To improve educational funding for high school students interested in pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 24, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    Atrium Health Scholarship: To improve education funding for high school students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 24, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    Traci Rajkowski Education Scholarship: To improve educational funding for high school students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of education.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 24, 2022
    Application: Click here
     
    Louisiana Robinson Education and Leadership Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors.
    Amount: Not disclosed
    Deadline: April 24, 2022
    Application: Click here