SCHOLARSHIPS & FAFSA
It is never too early to begin looking for scholarships! There are so many scholarship opportunities available. You can find scholarships offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, and professional and social organizations. Planning early can really pay off!
Please keep in mind finding scholarships is a student and family led process. Make sure to follow all directions and deadlines set forth by each individual college, corporation or organization.
Fill out your FAFSA! The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an online form that students (with help from their parents or guardians) complete to apply and qualify for federal financial aid (grants and loans) to help pay for college. Your FAFSA unlocks many merit and all needs-based scholarships. Make this one of your first priorities to complete during October of senior year. Parents or guardians should have their tax information available to make it easier to apply for the FAFSA – the earlier the better! You can apply through my StudentAid mobile app or the FAFSA website.
Our upcoming Senior Connection night on 9/22 at 6:00 will help provide more information about different types of financial aid available and FAFSA information.
NOMINATIONSIf you are interested in a scholarship that requires a counselor or school nomination, please complete a nomination application. The scholarship committee meets throughout the year year to award nominations to relevant merit scholarships such as Parks Scholars, Morehead-Cain, Levine Scholars, UVA Jefferson Scholars, and many more.Park Scholars: NC State
The Park Scholar Program has a unique mission to make an important difference in the quality of the undergraduate culture at NC State while also having a tangible impact on the leaders it prepares. The four-year scholarship includes the full cost of tuition, room & board, laptop, enrichment programs, retreats, seminars, travel, and grant opportunities. CHS annually endorses 2 students based on the following: "Park Scholars are selected based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Park Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, exemplary character, exceptional potential for leadership, and the sense of promise that they may one day make contributions of enduring importance to the betterment of the human condition. The goal of the selection process is to identify young people who demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership, as well as those with unusual aptitudes, uncommon talents and special gifts of creativity or entrepreneurial acumen. Financial need is not a consideration.”
Morehead-CainMorehead-Cain is a four-year, fully funded educational experience for students of the highest caliber at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Morehead-Vain offers (and funds) life-changing summer enrichment and extracurricular learning experiences. It provides immersion in a dynamic student body at a world-class university. And, it promises a lifetime connection to an extraordinary community of Morehead-Cains scattered throughout the world. CHS annually endorses 4 students based on the following: “There are a handful of dynamic leaders in every senior class that sets a higher standard for the rest—in character and achievement. They may be active in traditional activities such as student government and clubs, or they may have ventured out into new areas. In either case they have added to the positive spirit of our school and community—the senior class would be less active and engaged without them. It is from this elite group we hope to select our nominee. Our Morehead-Cain nominee must demonstrate the following criteria: Leadership, Scholarship, Moral Force of Character, and Physical Vigor.”Candidates will be selected by the CHS Scholarship Committee. Students may self nominate. Deadline for Morehead-Cain Application: October 15, 2021.
UNC Charlotte: The Levine Scholars Program
The Levine Scholars Program takes the brightest, most capable students and gives them the tools, resources and environment they need to connect, transform and make a difference in the world. The four-year scholarship includes full tuition, room and 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. For more information visit: http://levinescholars.uncc.edu/ Students must either be nominated online by their school counselor at their current high school or submit a self-nomination.There is no limit to the number of students who can be nominated. Once students have been nominated by their school counselor, they will receive an email directing them to the Levine Scholars Portal where they will find the supplemental scholarship application and essay questions. Students should complete the “recommenders section” immediately so that emails can be sent to those people. If you are interested, email your counselor no later than October 1, 2021. Deadline for counselor nomination is October 8th, 2021 at 11:59pm. Student deadline to apply to UNC Charlotte is November 1, 2021. The deadline for the Levine Scholarship supplemental application is November 8, 2021.
University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars
The goal of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is to attract the most outstanding students in the nation and the world to UVA, students who are extraordinary leaders, scholars, and citizens. Individual merit in these three areas is the sole criterion for selection. Financial need is not a consideration in making nominations, recommendations, or selections. The program covers tuition, room, board, books and miscellaneous expenses. CHS will endorse one student who will be able to apply for the Jefferson Scholarship. If you are interested in being nominated, please see your school counselor by November 1, 2021. If you would like to be considered for the official CHS nomination, please complete the CHS Official Nomination Application by November 1, 2021. Nomination & Application Deadline: December 1, 2021.
The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program seeks students who have demonstrated outstanding potential to become great leaders in college and beyond. Our goal is for Robertson Scholars to play significant and impactful roles in their communities and society, today and in the future. Our Scholars pursue a range of passions, academic interests, and personal and professional goals. While each Scholar brings their own skill sets, strengths, and personalities to the program, they share the following traits: Purposeful Leadership, Intellectual Curiosity, Strength of Character, and Collaborative Spirit. Ideal Robertson candidates are students who appear destined to become values-based leaders, not simply students with the best GPA or highest test scores. Traditionally the students who succeed in our application process and in our program hold a passionate interest in something and show strong evidence of that passion in the activities they pursue. The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program provides full tuition, room and board, study abroad, summer enrichment, and fees for Scholars at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Students must self-nominate. Robertson Scholars does not accept nominations from CHS. Apply Here. DEADLINE: November 15, 2021.
Union County Christmas Parade Princess
The 2021 Union County Christmas Parade is in its 68th year and is excited about selecting the next Union County Parade Princess. Each school will select one senior candidate who strives for leadership, academic excellence, and commitment to community service.
Miss Cuthbertson will be a candidate for the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Important Dates applicants must commit to in order to apply:
October 13: Google application due by 3:00. Miss Cuthbertson Application
October 15: Students notified of decision.
0ctober 18: Application submitted to Moira Hancock.
October 28: Interviews - a panel of judges will interview candidates individually at the Alliance for Children office beginning at 5:30.
November 4: Parade princess will be crowned and awarded the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship at 6:30 at The Shops at Nottingham.
November 21: Union County Christmas Parade in Downtown Monroe at 2:00.COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPSAs you apply to colleges, please be sure to check the college/university website for a listing of scholarships and deadlines. You will also want to research deadlines for applications, FAFSA information, and check to see if they require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Do not be intimated by the high costs of private colleges. They usually offer more scholarship money that helps offset the cost! Many of these scholarships are given automatically and some require application. Going to the Financial Aid page for each college you apply to is very helpful to understand the endowment available for incoming freshmen.Below are some of the schools that offer individual scholarships!
·Appalachian State University
·East Carolina University
·NC Central University
·Winston Salem State