Scholarships

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

    North Carolina Scholarships Virtual Information Session  - Representatives from some of the biggest scholarships in North Carolina will be providing valuable information and answering questions. The following scholarships will be represented: EC Scholars at ECU, Levine Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte, Park Scholarship at NC State, Cheatham-White Scholarship at NC Central, and Morehead-Cain at UNC. There will be four information sessions. Click here to sign up.

    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:

    CFNC

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    Scholarshipamerica.org

    Findtuition.com

    Studentscholarships.org

    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 

       
     
    Morehead-Cain at UNC: To be eligible, a student must be a competitive applicant to UNC. Applicants must exhibit leadership, scholarship, moral force of character, and physical vigor (a sustained committment to fitness and wellness). Students applying for this scholarship must also submit their application for admission to UNC by the October 15 deadline. CATA will select 3 students to nominate for this scholarship. If you want to be considered for nomination please complete the Scholarship Nomination Form at the top of this page. 
    Amount: This scholarship is a four-year, fully funded educational experience
    Deadline: You must submit your nomination form by Sept. 4
    Application: Any student interested in being nominated for this scholarship must complete the Scholarship Nomination Form at the top of this page.
     
    Bryan Scholarship at Davidson: This scholarship is open to student-athletes. You must be nominated by CATA to be considered for this scholarship. 
    Amount: Full tuition and fees
    Deadline: Submit the nomination form by September 18, 2020
    Application: Please complete the nomination form above. Please see the website for a list of eligible sports.
     
    Park Scholarship at NC State: This scholarship is open to high school seniors who are applying to NC State in any major or discipline. This four-year scholarship is for students who exhibit leadership, service, character, and scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be endorsed by the high school he or she attends. There is a maximum of two endorsements. If you would like to be considered for an endorsement, please complete the Scholarship Nomination Form at the top of this page. *The Park Scholarship and NC State will not require ACT or SAT scores for consideration for Fall 2021 entry. 
    Amount: This scholarship is valued at $112,000 for NC residents
    Deadline: You must submit your nomination form by October 1, 2020
    Application: Any student interested in being endorsed for this scholarship must complete the Scholarship Nomination Form at the top of this page.
     
    Levine Scholars Program at UNC Charlotte: This scholars program looks for students who want to make a difference and be engaged in the world around them. This program provides students with the tools, resources, and community they need to prepare for lives of leadership and social impact. Students in this program will attend leadership programs as well as internships and international experiences. Our school will nominate students for this scholarship. There is no limit to the number of students we can nominate, but you still must complete the nomination form at the top of this page. Students can also self-nominate
    Amount: $105,000 over four years
    Deadline: You must submit your nomination form by October 5, 2020
    Application: Please complete the nomination form at the top of this page. There is no limit to the number of students we nominate.
     
    Union County Parade Princess/Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship: CATA will select one student to represent us as our Union County Parade Princess in the Union County Christmas Parade (all virtual this year). This student must reflect leadership skills, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. If you would like to be considered for selection, please complete the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form at the top of the page. If you are selected, you will be interviewed in front of a panel of judges on Oct. 29th. 
    Amount: Unspecified
    Deadline: You must submit the Scholarship Nomination Interest Form (located at the top of this page) by Oct. 16, 2020
    Application: If you are selected to be our Parade Princess, Ms. Cole will provide you with further documentation. 
     
    Cheatham-White Scholarship at NC A&T: The Cheatham-White Scholarship provides an outstanding educational experience for students who are exceptional scholars, as well as versatile and well-rounded individuals. Cheatham-White Scholarships will be awarded to students with a broad range of interests, proficient in areas of both the arts and sciences, who demonstrate leadership potential and a strong commitment to service. Each recipient will be awarded a fully-funded four-year scholarship that covers the costs of all of the following: tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop computer, supplies, travel and personal expenses. Each scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study. It is truly a complete award, meant to recognize academic achievement and potential at the highest levels. CATA will nominate three students for this scholarship. Any student interested in being nominated must complete the Nomination Form at the top of this page. Students who aren't nominated by CATA can self-nominate.
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: The deadline to complete the nomination form is October 16, 2020. Students who self-nominate have until Nov. 1, 2020 to submit their form to the university
    Application: Click here for a full list of criteria and to submit the self-nomination form, if you weren't nominated by CATA. 
     
    The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program at UNC and Duke: This scholarship is open to students applying to UNC or Duke. Ideal candidates are students who are destined to become leaders, not simply students with the highest test scores or GPA. Students who typically succeed in this program hold a passionate interest in something and show strong evidence of that passion in the activities they pursue. 
    Amount: This scholarship covers four years of tuition, room and board, mandatory fees, 3 fully-funded summer experiences, funding for conference and seminars and unique access to academic and extracurricular offerings on both campuses.
    Deadline: November 15, 2020
    Application: Click here for the application  
     
    The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship: This scholarship is open to student writers who are applying to UNC Chapel Hill. 
    Amount: Full ride
    Deadline: Students must apply to UNC by October 15 and must apply for this scholarship by November 15
    Application: Click here for criteria information and the application
     
    Coca-Cole Scholars Program: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. You must have a 3.0 GPA
    Amount: $20,000
    Deadline: October 31, 2020
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Enrichment Program at NC A&T: This is the premiere merit scholarship at NC A&T. It will offer specialized leadership programs, faculty and peer mentors, professional development, cohort retreats, experiential learning, and study abroad. You gain automatic acceptance into the University Honors Program. To be eligible you must: have a minimum 3.75 weighted GPA; minimum 1270 SAT or 27 ACT (test optional); be U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; completed admissions application to NC A&T; and completed University Honors Program Nomination Form by November 1. 
    Amount: Four years of tuition, related fees, room and board
    Deadline: November 1, 2020
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Wilson College of Textiles Scholarships at NC State: NC State's Wilson College of Textiles has several scholarships available for incoming freshmen. Please see the list below. For all scholarships, you can be endorsed by CATA. There is no limit to the number of endorsements we can give. If you want to be endorsed you need to complete the nomination interest form (located at the top of this page) by Nov. 1. Also, for all scholarships you must complete your application for admission by the Nov. 1 deadline.
     
    Centennial Scholarships  
    Amount: Varies by scholarship; minimum of $15,000/year and $7,500 in enrichment funds
    Deadline: You must apply to NC State by the Nov. 1 deadline. You must also submit your nomination request form (link at the top of this page) by this date.
    Application: Click here to review all of the Centennial scholarships 
     
    Pioneer Scholarship: This scholarships provides funding for students from non-metropolitan NC areas who have an interest in the textile industry. 
    Amount: Minimum of $14,000/year and $4,000 in enrichment funds
    Deadline: You must apply to NC State by the Nov. 1 deadline. You must also submit your nomination request form (link at the top of this page) by this date.
    Application: Click here to review the Pioneer Scholarship
     
    NCTF Distinguished Merit and Prestige Scholarships:
    Amount: Range from $2,500 - $5,000
    Deadline: You must apply to NC State by the Nov. 1 deadline. You must also submit your nomination request form (link at the top of this page) by this date.
    Application: Click here to review this scholarship
     
     
    James B. Duke Scholarship at Davidson: This scholarship is open to any student applying to Davidson. Students must submit an application for admission before completing this scholarship application.
    Amount: Full tuition and fees plus a $5000 stipend
    Deadline: The deadline corresponds with the student's chosen deadline (Nov 15, Jan. 4, Jan. 11)
    Application: Click here for the application and more information
     
     
    The Belk Scholarship at Davidson: A candidate’s record and recommendations must demonstrate academic excellence and purposeful engagement in the classroom, in student and civic organizations, on the athletic field, or in the arts. While academic achievement is paramount, Belk Scholars also exhibit intellectual curiosity and a commitment to both their local and global communities. CATA can endorse up to two candidates for this scholarship. If you wish to be considered for endorsement, please complete the Scholarship Nomination Form. Students must also provide a letter of recommendation. Please ask the recommender to send their letter to ashley.cole@ucps.k12.nc.us
    Amount: This scholarship covers four years of tuition, fees, room and board, etc., plus special study stipends.
    Deadline: You must submit your nomination form by November 16, 2020. 
    Application: Please complete the nomination form at the top of this page. You must also have a letter of recommendation. Recommenders can send their letter to ashley.cole@ucps.k12.nc.us
     
     
    DAR Good Citizens Award: Students interested in this scholarship must demonstrate dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The student chosen by our scholarship committee to be the DAR Good Citizen is eligible to enter the scholarship portion of the DAR program. They must write a short essay outlining how they have tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen. They must also provide a transcript and two letters of recommendation. They must also complete a timed essay with a prompt that will be shared at the time of the essay completion. The student will need to complete the time essay in the school building. If you are interested in being nominated for this award/scholarship please complete the nomination form.
    Amount: Unspecified
    Deadline: Interested students must complete the nomination form by November 23, 2020
     
    John H. Crowder Award: Every year, the UCPS Board of Education recognizes one senior from each high school for outstanding community service. To be eligible, you must be academically sound and should have no discipline referrals for the year. You must have an established history of community service in more than one area or with more than one organization. If you're interested, please complete the nomination form and submit your resume. 
    Amount: There is no monetary value associated with this award. If chosen, you will be recognized at the BOE meeting on March 2. 
    Deadline: The nomination form must be submitted by January 29, 2021
     
    Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club Scholarship: This scholarship is based on community service. Students must complete the application and essay. 
    Amount: Unspecified
    Deadline: January 29, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application
     
     
    Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year scholarships of $30,000 and extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, to highly motivated African American students.
    Amount: $30,000
    Deadline: February 1, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application 
     
    SECU People Helping People Scholarship: This scholarship is open to seniors who plan to attend one of the 16 UNC system schools. Eligible seniors must be a member of the State Employees' Credit Union, or have a parent/guardian who is a member. Eligible applicants must have at least a 2.5 unweighted GPA. A competitive applicant is someone who demonstrates leadership, integrity, and community involvement. CATA will nominate two students for this scholarship. Those applications will be reviewed  by a UCPS committee and they will determine who receives the scholarship and who is runner-up. Students interested in being nominated must submit the nomination interest form along with a resume by the deadline below. The form can be accessed at the top of this page. 
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: Any student interested in being nominated for this scholarship must submit their nomination form and resume by February 8, 2021
     
    Henry S. and Carolyn Adams Scholarship: This scholarship is open to Union County seniors. CATA will nominate a student based on the student's outstanding academic achievement, stellar character, intellectual promise, leadership, and service commitment. Students must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA. If you want to be considered for nomination, please complete the nomination form at the top of the page. 
    Amount: $4,000 renewable 
    Deadline: Nomination form must be submitted by February 12, 2021
    Application: Please complete the nomination form at the top of this page. 
     
     
    Weddington Optimist Club Essay Contest: The contest this year will be "Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism"
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: February 14, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application 
     
    Kiwanis Club of Monroe Scholarship: These scholarships are awarded to a graduating senior who possesses strong character, a demonstrated belief in service to the community, and academic evidence predicting success in college. The purpose of the scholarships is to help a student who can be successful in college but may not be receiving financial assistance elsewhere. The recipient may pursue higher education at the institution of his/her choice.
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: March 1, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application and criteria information
     
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Scholarship: This scholarship is available to any senior planning to pursue higher education after high school.
    Amount: Unspecified
    Deadline: March 4, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application. Hard copies are available in Ms. Cole's office.
     
    Chambers-McCain Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship is open to Black male high school seniors in the metro-Charlotte area. 
    Amount: $10,000 ($2,500/yr)
    Deadline: March 5, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application and full list of scholarship criteria.
     
    Union County Education Foundation Scholarship: Students interested must submit a video that highlights a teacher who has made an impact on them.
    Amount: $1,250
    Deadline: March 5, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application and more information
     
    Prestigious Pearls of Anson and Union Counties Scholarships: This organization is offering two different scholarships for Union County seniors. 
    Amount: Not specified
    Deadline: March 16, 2021
    Application: Click here for application and more information about each scholarship
     
    Weddington Optimist Scholarship: This scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be attending a 2 or 4-year school in the Fall of 2021. The Weddington Optimists are looking for individuals who will be enthusiastic and optimistic that the scholarship will help them meet their life goals. Applicants must write a 2-page essay. Click here for information on essay criteria and the essay prompt.
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: Essays are due to Ms. Cole by March 17, 2021
     
     
    Union Power Cooperative Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students who are a child of a Union Power Cooperative member or who live in a home served by Union Power Cooperative. Children of Union Power Cooperative employees and its subsidiary, Union Services, are not eligible. Criteria for awarding the scholarship is based on 40% need, 30% scholastic achievement, and 30% extracurricular activites in school, civic, and community functions. 
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: March 19, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application 
     
    Rosa L. Poston and Jeanette B. Sherrod Scholarships: These scholarships provide financial assistance to deserving young African-American women who are graduating high school seniors and who will pursue post-secondary education in an accredited four-year college/university. Eligible applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, attend a Union County Public Schools high school, must enroll full-time at a 4-year college/university in the Fall of 2021. 
    Amount: Unspecified
    Deadline: March 19, 2021
    Application: Click here for a full list of criteria and application information
     
     
    O'Berry Center Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship is open to any student who wishes to pursue a career in helping children or adults with intellectual disabilities. Please review the application for a complete list of criteria. 
    Amount: Up to $1,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    The Cirkled In "No Sweat" Scholarship: No income or GPA requirements. Create an account and create a portfolio to apply.
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: March 31, 2021
    Application: Click here to apply
     
    Annie B. Cherry Scholarship: This scholarship is open to any high school senior with a 3.0 GPA who will be attending an accredited college in the fall. 
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: April 1, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application and complete list of criteria
     
    Winchester Alumni Association Scholarships: Three scholarships available for high school seniors
    Amount: $500 each
    Deadline: April 5, 2021
    Application: Click here for the application
     
    Union County Association of Educators Scholarship: This scholarship is open to any high school senior interested in pursuing a career in education.
    Amount: $1,750
    Deadline: April 13, 2021
    Application: Please email Ms. Cole for an application