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North Carolina Chapter Scholarship

The NEWH North Carolina Chapter Scholarship offers an annual award of up to $5,000 to students pursuing a major in the hospitality industry at an institution in North Carolina.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – College Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 30, 2024
Closing in 12 Days
$5,000
2 Award Winners
Open
$1,000–$2,000
3 Award Winners

Fourth Circuit Essay Contest

The United States Court Of Appeals For The Fourth Circuit offers the Fourth Circuit Essay Contest to high school students with awards of $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000.

Eligible Grades
High School Freshman – High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2024
Application Deadline
May 31, 2024
Open
$1,000–$2,000
3 Award Winners
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners

Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarships

The Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship offers need-based scholarships of between $500 and $5,000 to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in accredited colleges in the U.S.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Sophomore
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 7, 2023
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners
Closed
$250–$1,000
12 Award Winners

Porter Fleming Literary Competition

The Porter Fleming Literary Competition grants the amount of $7,000 to 12 individuals who exhibit skill in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or one-act playwriting.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
August 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 13, 2023
Closed
$250–$1,000
12 Award Winners
Closed
$500–$2,500
1 Award Winner

Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Services Scholarship

The Foundation For The Carolinas offers the Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Services Scholarship to undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in emergency services, nursing, or law enforcement.

Eligible Grades
High School Graduate – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 2, 2022
Application Deadline
March 3, 2023
Closed
$500–$2,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship

The scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduating high school student to pursue undergraduate study in engineering, computer science, accounting, finance, or business administration at universities in North or South Carolina.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
December 3, 2022
Application Deadline
March 4, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Clearwater-Robert M. Wilkinson Scholarship

The scholarship awards one $1,000 scholarship and free attendance to the NC One Water Annual Conference to a student pursuing a degree in construction management, engineering, environmental science, or business management.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

GHD Clean Water Fund Scholarship

The GHD Clean Water Fund Scholarship Program awards one $1,000 scholarship to postgraduate students in the fields of civil or environmental engineering. Applicants must be North Carolina residents.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$500
4 Award Winners

NC One Water Operator Scholarships

The One AWWA Operator Scholarship provides scholarship funds of $500 each to current water operators in North Carolina who plan to pursue a licensing or certification program.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$500
4 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Rivers & Associates, Inc. Clean Water Education Fund

The Rivers & Associates, Inc. Clean Water Education Fund Scholarship Program provides one $1,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student enrolled to pursue an engineering course focused on the water environment.

Eligible Grades
College Junior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

The CMT Gives Back-Bova Family Scholarship

The scholarship awards one $1,000 scholarship with free attendance to the NC One Water Annual Conference to an undergraduate student studying engineering, construction management, or business management.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

The Crowder Construction Company Scholarship

The Crowder Construction Company Scholarship Program grants one $2,000 scholarship to undergraduates pursuing studies in the construction management, construction, and engineering fields. Applicants must be a resident of North Carolina.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – College Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

The Environmental Manufacturer’s Representative Scholarship Fund Scholarship

The program awards a scholarship of $1,000 to one student, residing in North Carolina, to pursue undergraduate studies in engineering with a specialization in water and wastewater.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

The Les and Elaine Hall Water Environment Stewardship Fund Scholarship

The Les and Elaine Hall Water Environment Stewarded Fund Scholarship provides up to $1,000 to a student in North Carolina to obtain a degree in engineering or water-related professions.

Eligible Grades
College Junior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

The Lynn and Lars Balck Water Environmental Stewardship Fund

The program awards one $1,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in environmental engineering or -sciences with a concentration on water environment. Applicants must be North Carolina residents.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner

The NC Safewater Fund Scholarship

The NC Safewater Fund Scholarship offers one $3,000 scholarship and free attendance to the NC One Water Annual Conference to a deserving undergraduate student in water-related degree programs.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner

The NC Safewater Fund Scholarship/Carol Bond Scholarship

The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student in water-related and public health degree programs. The award also includes free attendance to the NC One Water Annual Conference.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 25, 2023
Closed
$3,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
4 Award Winners

National PCEA Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Foundation

PCEA offers the Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 to four high school seniors in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to pursue degrees in construction.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
August 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$1,500
4 Award Winners
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – College Students

The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to undergraduate students who live in states with Regions' full service and are enrolled in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – High School Seniors

The Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to high school senior students who live in states with Regions' full service and plan to enroll in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship Award

The Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduate student studying acting or musical theater. Students who graduated from universities in the SETC region can apply.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award

The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship awards $1,500 to a graduate student studying costume design or technology. Applicants must have studied or will study at an SETC region institution.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Robert Porterfield Scholarship Award

The Robert Porterfield Scholarship awards $2,000 to graduate students pursuing a degree in theatre. Applicants should have graduated from an undergraduate program at a university in the SETC region.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship

The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship awards $2,000 to one high school senior in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) region who will pursue studies in theater.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

William E. Wilson Scholarship Award

The William E. Wilson Scholarship awards $5,000 to a secondary school teacher pursuing graduate studies in theatre or speech and theatre. Applicants must be legal residents of any SETC state.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

About North Carolina Scholarships

North Carolina offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for its residents. These scholarships are often based on academic merit, financial need and major field of study. Many organizations, colleges and universities provide generous scholarships to help students pay for school. The Golden LEAF Scholarship is available to high school seniors and college freshmen in North Carolina who demonstrate financial need. There are also a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships available through the North Carolina Student Loan Corporation. These scholarships can help make college more affordable for those who would not otherwise be able to pursue their educational goals. In addition, other organizations, such as the NC Education Lottery Scholarship program, provide additional scholarship opportunities to students in North Carolina.

The state also offers a variety of incentives to help make college more affordable for those from low-income families. The NC Promise Tuition Plan provides free tuition at UNC schools for students with family incomes below $60,000. The NC Need-Based Scholarship Program provides need-based aid to help cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for students with family incomes between $60,000 and $100,000. Additionally, the NC Reach Program provides free tuition to qualifying students at community colleges throughout the state. With these programs in place, North Carolina is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals.

Cost of College in North Carolina 2023

The cost of college in North Carolina can vary greatly depending on the type of school and its location. The average cost of tuition and fees for four-year public universities in North Carolina is $8,491 according to College Board’s 2018 Trends in Higher Education report. Among the most affordable schools in North Carolina are Elizabeth City State University with an annual tuition rate of $4,955, Fayetteville State University at $5,710, and Western Carolina University at $7,011. Every school offers different opportunities and amenities that can help to offset the cost associated with tuition. Many North Carolina universities offer financial aid packages such as grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. Financial advisors are also available to provide guidance and assistance to students seeking financial aid. Ultimately, North Carolina provides plenty of options to help make college tuition more affordable.

Best colleges in NC

College life in North Carolina is full of opportunities for learning and growth. With a variety of top-notch universities located throughout the state, students have access to cutting-edge research, engaging classes, and vibrant student communities. Whether you choose an urban or rural setting for your college experience, you can find plenty to do outside of the class tool — from outdoor activities such as hiking and camping to cultural experiences such as going to art galleries and music festivals. No matter where you go in North Carolina, there’s something exciting waiting to be explored.

There are so many universities and colleges to choose from in North Carolina. There are also some highly-ranked institutions to be found. Duke University is consistently ranked among the best universities in the nation and offers world-class education opportunities to students. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is one of the top universities in the state, boasting a long history of academic excellence and research opportunities. NC State University is also a top-tier university, with renowned programs in engineering, life sciences, and design. Each of these universities has a vibrant campus life with plenty of student organizations, sports teams, and social activities.

In addition to its excellent academic offerings, North Carolina also has an impressive selection of community colleges across the state. These schools provide students with quality education at an affordable cost, making college more accessible for everyone. From small rural schools to large metropolitan campuses, there are plenty of community colleges for students to choose from.

If you’re looking for scholarships for specific North Carolina colleges, here are seven:
The EESI Future Climate Leaders Scholarship Program is a scholarship that can be used at the following NC schools – Bennett College, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, and Winston-Salem State University.
The ASHRAE Rusty & Debbie Hoffman Family Scholarship awards $5,000 for students attending North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, or UNC, Charlotte.
The The Les and Elaine Hall Water Environment Stewardship Fund Scholarship can be used at the University of North Carolina and The University of North Carolina Greensboro.
The GHD Clean Water Fund Scholarship can be used at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, and the University of North Carolina.
The The Lynn and Lars Balck Water Environmental Stewardship Fund awards $1,000 and can be used at the University of North Carolina, or The University of North Carolina Greensboro.
The Rivers & Associates, Inc. Clean Water Education Fund can be used at the University of North Carolina, The University of North Carolina Greensboro, or UNC, Charlotte.
The The Environmental Manufacturer’s Representative Scholarship Fund Scholarship can be used at UNC, Charlotte, The University of North Carolina Greensboro, or the University of North Carolina.

Scholarships for high school seniors in North Carolina

Recent data has indicated that more and more high school seniors in North Carolina are graduating and enrolling in college. In 2019, 86.5% of the state’s public high school graduates earned a regular high school diploma, up from 83.9% in 2015; with 58.5% of those graduates enrolled directly into a post-secondary institution within 12 months of graduating high school, an increase from 57.2% in 2015. This is great news for the state, as college enrollment can be correlated with higher incomes and a better overall quality of life. It is, however, important to note that disparities still exist between certain ethnic groups; although the statewide figures are strong overall, African American and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to graduate and attend college than their white peers. However, these disparities have been slowly shrinking as access to educational resources continues to become more equitable across the state.

In order to help North Carolina’s high school seniors with the cost of college, a variety of scholarships are available. These scholarships come from both private and public sources, including local businesses and nonprofits. Scholarships can range from full-tuition awards to small grants to be used for books and supplies; some even provide additional resources for students who may need extra support in pursuing their post-secondary education. With these scholarships, high school seniors in NC can access quality higher education without breaking the bank.

Scholarships for minorities in NC 2023

In North Carolina, a college education is an important factor in providing a path for minority students to succeed. The state has made significant efforts to increase the number of minorities enrolled in higher education, and numerous initiatives support these students with resources such as scholarships and mentorship programs. Additionally, many universities have established diversity-focused centers that provide counseling and other services tailored to meet the needs of minority students. These efforts are helping more minorities gain access to higher education opportunities, which can open up doors for them in their future careers.

There are several scholarships available to minority students such as the $5,000 EESI Future Climate Leaders Scholarship Program, the $2,000 Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship, and the $1,500 ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program.

Tips for Winning North Carolina Scholarships

1. Start Early: Winning scholarships takes time and effort, so it’s important to start early. Begin researching scholarship opportunities well before your college applications are due and make sure to set aside enough time to complete all the necessary paperwork in a timely manner. The earlier you start researching and applying for scholarships, the more likely you will be to find and win them.

2. Narrow Your Focus: Many students mistakenly try to apply for every scholarship they can find. A better approach is to narrow your focus and target scholarships that fit with your skills, interests, and goals. Look for scholarships that are specific to North Carolina or affiliated with schools in the area, or focus on ones that are tailored to your major or interests.

3. Stay Organized: Applying for scholarships can be overwhelming, so it’s important to stay organized throughout the process. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of all the scholarships you’ve applied for and make sure to save all relevant documents in an easily accessible location. This will make it much easier to stay on top of deadlines and ensure you don’t miss any opportunities. Good luck!

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find scholarship opportunities in North Carolina?

You can start by searching on the NC Department of Education website, as well as other online resources such as Scholaroo which features a variety of scholarships for students in North Carolina.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply for scholarships in North Carolina?

Different scholarship programs have different requirements – some may require that you be a resident of North Carolina, have a specific minimum GPA, or demonstrate financial need. Ensure that you read through all rules and guidelines carefully before applying to avoid any mistakes or being disqualified.

How do I apply for scholarships in North Carolina?

Applications will vary depending on the specific program you’re interested in – most often, there is an online application form that must be completed with all relevant information included (transcripts, essays, etc.). Make sure to submit your application by its deadline!

When is the best time to apply for scholarships in North Carolina?

Generally speaking, applications open annually from early August through late October/early November – however, this timeline may vary slightly depending on each individual scholarship program. It’s best to start your application process as early as possible so that you don’t miss any important deadlines.