• Please see the 23-24 Scholarship Spreadsheet (this is a live working document that is updated as new information comes in): 23-24 ELHS Scholarship Spreadsheet


    Scholarship Advice

    1. Spend time on the scholarship essay if one is required! The essay is usually the item that makes students receive a scholarship. Have the readers get to know you, what makes you tick, what your ambitions are, what your fears are, how you have overcome something(shyness, confidence, personal/academic obstacle, etc.)

    2. Save your essays because you may be able to use them for another scholarship.

    3. Try to place all scholarships in a large envelope rather than folding it. That way it looks presentable.

    4. Apply for as many as possible! You would be surprised at how few students apply. Even when there is one ELHS winner, we may only receive a handful of applications.

    5. Every college gives away their own scholarships too, and those deadlines are usually in Oct/Nov. Check their website out!

    6. If you are a first generation college student(neither parent has a college degree) or if you qualify for free/reduced lunch, mention this on your applications! If you do not have significant financial need, clearly articulate how you are still in need of scholarships(parents aren't helping with tuition, mulitple children in the family, etc.)

    Helpful Links

    Explanation of full-ride scholarships to some NC colleges


    Lincoln County Schools Scholarship page: Lincoln County Student Scholarships

    NCHSAA. Deadlines and amounts vary. For senior athletes. Playing collegiate sports is not required. Click here.

    CFNC Scholarships. Deadlines vary. Deadlines vary.

    Gaston College Promise-ongoing. Full tuition. Must complete 15 CCP credits as a high school student or complete a pathway. 3.25 unweighted GPA and 2.0 college GPA. Click here

    Gaston College SPARC.Deadline ongoing. Up to $6000 per yr. For high-achieving, low-middle-income families wanting to major in STEM. Hands-on STEM classes, research opportunities. Most students end up getting scholarships to further their degree at a 4-year college. Click here

    Gaston College Scholarships. Deadlines vary. Click here

    CPCC Scholarships. Deadlines vary. Click here


    Financial Aid

    Two financial aid documents must be completed:

         1. FAFSA-Opens Oct 1. Awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

         2. Residency Determination Services-open now. Must be completed to receive in-state tuition

         This document compares the two applications

    The FAFSA is the FREE financial aid application to receive grants and loans. It can be completed after October 1st. Each college is given a certian amount of grants(free money) to distribute. Once the money is gone, all they can offer are loans. Apply as early as possible after October 1 to increase your chances of receiving grants. You do NOT have to have your taxes completed for this year in order to submit the FAFSA. All families should apply, regardless of income..  Click here to go to the FAFSA website. Here is a list of tips for parents from CollegeBoard and here is a video explaining how to do the FAFSA

    Help with FAFSA

    Get help with the FAFSA

    Click here for 7 things you need BEFORE the FAFSA

    Click here for a link to helpful FAFSA resources

    Click here for the FAFSA in Spanish

    Click here for an explanation of the different types of loans

    Click here for why you should do the FAFSA. 

    More helpful links:

    1) What Happens After the FAFSA is Filed? Link: https://youtu.be/3QOyZ1pAI30

    2) North Carolina State Grants: Links: https://youtu.be/3QOyZ1pAI30%20%0d2 https://youtu.be/xXlMlpam21c 

    3) Making Changes on the FAFSA; When to contact the financial aid office: Link: https://youtu.be/u53SbiHMkuo

    4) What to do when there is a change/loss of income: Link: https://youtu.be/6ZjJ7-sVDvw

    5) Verification: What to do if my FAFSA is chosen:  Link: https://youtu.be/1gNpa-Rs4HM

    6) Student Aid Report – How to Use it:  Link: https://youtu.be/Op5nKUVYTPI


    You are allowed to contact the financial aid office at a university to negotiate the financial aid package. If you feel like you did not receive enough money, it is recommended that you do the following.

    1. Understand the award letter. Note how much unmet need you have left

    2. Find out whether the college has a protocol in place to negotiate. Call or look at their website

    3. Be professional when asking for them to negotiate whether it is on the phone or in a letter. If the school is your top choice and the only thing standing in your way is the financial aid package, kindly tell them that. Send them a copy of your highest offer letter to see if the school will match it. If you have received any additional awards, high grades/test scores, include this info. 

    4. Make a compelling case. if a parent has lost a job since you completed the FAFSA, explain this. Other changes in health, family expenses, divorce, etc. should all be communicated.