Scholarships & Other Opportunities
Please note that this list is not comprehensive and is updated to reflect scholarship opportunities as they become available. Please see your school Guidance Counselor for more information on scholarships.
National Beta Club Scholarship
This year, National Beta will award over 250 scholarships are awarded each year, ranging in value from $1,000 to $15,000. Selection of National Beta Club Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors with special emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, and National Beta Involvement. To apply for the scholarship, please visit the website below. Deadline to apply is January 25, 2018
UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Scholarship and Enrichment Program
The UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program awards a $20,000.00 scholarship distributed incrementally over four years of study at UNCG. To be eligible for participation in the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program, a student must be a North Carolina resident and have a recommended minimum 3.80 weighted cumulative high school GPA and a minimum SAT verbal and math score of 1170 or ACT composite score of 24. Students must also select one of the following UNCG majors that lead to N.C. teaching licensure:
*Middle Grades Education
*Dual (Elementary and Special) Education
*One of the following majors in the College of Arts and Sciences with Secondary Education concentrations:
- Integrated Science
- Political Science
To apply, please visit the website below.
Priority will be given to those applications (to both the University and the Program) received by January 1, 2018.
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
The Elks National Foundation awards $2.44million in college scholarships to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide through its Most Valuable Student scholarship contest. Application deadline is November 27, 2017. For details, please visit the website below.
ACT Student Champion Award
The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.
ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. Students who meet the criteria below are eligible to apply.
- A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
- Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale.
- Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Applications are due December 31, 2017, and recipients will be notified by April 2, 2018.
Applications can be found at www.act.org/
Horatio Alger Scholarship
Scholarships are valued at $6,000-$10,500. The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to purse a college education and a desire to contribute to society. Students must exhibit a strong commitment to complete a bachelor’s degree at public or private institution. Students may start college at a two-year institution and transfer to a four year institution. Students must also demonstrate financial need, be involved in extra-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and be a US Citizen. Applications will be available August 1-October 25. To apply please visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships.
Davidson College John Montgomery Belk Scholarship
The Belk Scholarship is for Davidson College. West Lincoln High School will nominate two students. Students must be interested in attending Davidson, demonstrate superior intellectual and personal achievement, and show significant leadership ability. Scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board, and two special study stipends of $3,000 each. Interested students must see Mrs. Cable in the Counseling Office to be nominated. Deadline to apply is October 14th.
Morehead Cain Scholarship
Three students may be nominated by their high school guidance counselor for this prestigious scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill. Criteria includes leadership, scholarship, moral force of character, and physical vigor. Students who are not nominated by the school may self-nominate. Click here to access the website for the application and more information. If you would like to be nominated by the school, complete this nomination form and return to your guidance counselor by September 22, 2017. Deadline to apply for the Morehead Cain Scholarship is October 15, 2017.
Two students may be nominated for this prestigious scholarship to NC State University. Criteria includes scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students who are not nominated by the school may self-nominate. Click here to access the scholarship website for the application and more information. If you would like to be nominated by the school, complete this nomination form and return to your guidance counselor by Sept 22, 2017. Deadline to apply for the Park Scholarship is October 15, 2017.
Shelton Leadership Scholarship
The Shelton Leadership Center awards deserving students, applying to NC State University, who are committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service. Apply online and find out more infomation at the Shelton Leadership website. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2017.
The Levine Scholarship at UNC Charlotte is their most prestigious scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service, hold an academic record that reflects a sustained passion for knowledge, and possess a capacity for ethical leadership that elevates fellow students to a higher standard. Successful candidates typically have the following criteria:SAT
Mid-50 (two-part): 1350-1400
Average (two-part): 1397ACT
Average (weighted): 4.74
Average (unweighted): 3.9
See your guidance counselor if you would like to be recommended for this scholarship. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2017.
Ron Brown Scholars
The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted. The scholarship is valued at $40,000 and is open to African American high school seniors. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities, demonstrate financial need, and be a U.S. Citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
Early applicant deadline is November 1, 2017. Applicants applying by November 1 will be considered for the Ron Brown Scholars and will have their information forwarded to a select number of additional colleges and scholarships. Final deadline is January 9, 2018 to be considered for the Ron Brown Scholars Program only. Apply at the website: https://www.ronbrown.org.
Wendy's High School Heisman
The Wendy's High School Heisman award is for seniors who have at least a "B" average and participate in at least one school-sponsored sport. National winners will receive a weekend in New York City, participate in a broadcast on ESPN, receive Wendy's gift cards, and up to a $10,000 scholarship. Please contact your high school guidance counselor if you are interested in applying for this scholarship. Dealine to apply is October 2, 2017. Visit Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship Application for more information.
Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition
The Veterans of Foreign Wars are offering a $30,000 scholarship to the winner of the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The 2017-2018 theme is: American History: Our Hope for the Future. Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017. There is a website for applications and additional information: https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 and plan to pursue a degree at an accredited US institution. Apply online at the website below. Deadline to apply is October 31, 2017. http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org.
NC State University College of Textiles Scholarships
ITT Centennial Scholarship: $97,500 over four years: The Institute of Textile Technology continues to provide its “tradition of excellence” to the textiles industry through its alliance with the College of Textiles and the NC Textile Foundation by funding the ITT Centennial Scholarship. The Institute’s Mission is to provide leaders for the textile industry through education; therefore helping the textile industry meed today’s challenges and to remain competitive. The Institute continues to serve the role originally assigned by its founding members by offering the ITT Centennial Scholarship to students majoring in Textiles at NC State.
Following the interview process for the normal Centennial Scholarship program, one candidate out of the top ten highest ranked applicants will be chosen to receive the ITT Centennial Scholarship for up to $97,500 over four years. To be considered, students need only apply for the Centennial Scholarship through the normal process.
Centennial Scholarships: $67,500 over four years: Introduced by the North Carolina Textile Foundation in 1999 as a part of the College of Textiles’ Centennial Celebration. Centennial scholarships provide a minimum of $15,000 per year for four years. Centennials are awarded to incoming freshmen one the basis of academic achievement in high school, proven and potential leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and unique life experiences. The scholarship also provides $7,500 as a special enrichment fund that may be used for study abroad, leadership programs, career explorations or other approved enrichment activities. All Centennial Scholars take part in a unique honor class offered during the first year.
Students must be nominated by their high school by November 15, 2017 or self-nominated by December 1, 2017.
NCTF Distinguised Merit Scholarships: $20,000 over four years: A four-year scholarship with a $5,000 annual award. This scholarship is given to those students who are finalists and the next highest ranked candidates for the Centennial Scholarship.
Prestige Scholarships: $4,000 - $10,000 over four years: Offered to the next highest-ranking candidates who were not awarded Centennial or NCTF scholarships. Prestige scholarships are $1,000 – $2,500 per year for four years.
Please visit https://textiles.ncsu.edu/future-students/future-undergraduate/scholarships/ for eligibility requirements and information on the nomination process.
West Teaching Scholarship at Catawba College Academy of Teaching
The Catawba College Teacher Education Department and The Ritchie Academy for Teaching are looking for students who have an interest in the teaching profession. The West Teaching Scholarship at the Catawba College Academy for Teaching is available. The scholarship is a yearly award of $2,500 in addition to any other academic scholarships for which the student is eligible. The Academy provides a wealth of experiences including early field experiences, excursions and professional networking. We currently have 20 West Teaching Scholars across four cohorts! Interested students may apply online or contact us to discuss this scholarship. The West Teaching Scholars application is located at the following link: http://catawba.edu/academyforteaching. The deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2017. In order to be eligible for the West Scholarship, students must have applied to and have been accepted to Catawba College.
Jefferson Scholars-University of Virginia
The goal of nurturing future leaders is at the heart of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation’s mission: to attract to the University the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens in the world. Check out the Jefferson Scholars website for more information. See your high school guidance counselor if you would like to be nominated. Deadline is December 1, 2017.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Teaching Scholarship
Lenoir-Rhyne is offering a scholarship valued up to $5,500 a year for students who are interested in a career in teaching. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 10, 2018, but it is strongly encouraged to apply immediately as spaces for this scholarship program are limited. Please go to the website to apply. https://www.lr.edu/academics/opportunities-for-exceptional-students/teaching-scholars.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship
The Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models and leaders in their community, demonstrate academic achievement, and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. Priority is given to students with financial need. Since 1985, more than $52 million in scholarships have been awarded. Scholarship may be used at a four year college/university, community college, or vocational school. Application deadline is January 2017. http://www.rmhc.org.
George A. Stoudemire Memorial Scholarship
The George A. Stoudemire Memorial Scholarship was established by his friends and associates to express their continuing appreciation for his leadership, dedication to education, and efforts to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Lincoln County. Mr. Stoudemire served the citizens of Lincoln County as the leader of the County Agricultural Extension Service for 25 years (1951-1976). Mr. Stoudemire was a sensitive teacher who recognized the teachable moment for those who sought his assistance, much faster than he realized the beginning or ending of a normal workday. In practicing this philosophy, he prepared himself by being an avid learner, taking advantage of the many sources available to anyone who wants to continue to learn and grow.
Eligible students may obtain an application form from the Lincoln County Extension Office or at a Lincoln County high school. This application must be returned to the Extension Office by the close of business on January 31, 2018. For more information, contact the Cooperative Extension Service at 704-736-8452. Please visit http://lincoln.ces.ncsu.edu/stoudemire/ for eligibility requirements and further information.
Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award
The Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement scholarship award will be awarded to an outstanding North Carolina high school senior with a disability. The award includes $1,000 to be used for any post high school learning experience/training or for equipment/technology needed for employment.
All students including students enrolled in the occupation course of study, students who will be receiving a graduation certificate, and students enrolled in the future ready course of study are eligible for nomination. You can apply at http://www.ecac-
parentcenter.org in the News and Events section on the home page. Applications are due February 2018.
Erline Mayberry Scholarship
The Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary Department of North Carolina is offering four (4) one year scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00. Scholarships are selected based on academic record, financial need, character, and school and community activities. To be eligible, a student must plan to attend a two or four year college in North Carolina, be the son, daughter, grandchild, or stepchild of a current member of the VFW Auxiliary or the VFW. The student must be recommended by the principal, a teacher, or counselor as scholastically and morally worthy to be considered for a scholarship. Deadline to return application to the scholarship chairman is February 15, 2017. For more information and an application, please see your guidance counselor.
Household Quotes Scholarship
This $1250 scholarship aims to encourage students to come up with some creative ideas and opinions about the future of eco-friendly housing. The purpose of the scholarship is to attempt to help students of the future make positive changes to the eco-friendly home improvement industry. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2018. http://householdquotes.co.uk/scholarship/
The North Carolina Electronic Security Association Scholarship
The North Carolina Electronic Security Association, an official chartered chapter of the Electronic Security Association (ESA), is pleased to announce the availability of a college scholarship award to sons and daughters of active-duty police and fire personnel.
The scholarship award, in the amount of $1,000, is available to qualified high school seniors. Rules for eligibility and application can be found on our website at http://esaweb.org/Programs/Youth-Scholarship. The ESA has more than 2,500 members and the NCESA has 100 members in our state. Our members are companies that sell, design, install, maintain and monitor electronic burglar and fire alarm systems. This scholarship award is a small way for our industry to say thanks to our very dedicated public safety community, and to help pay for an advanced education for deserving students. Application deadline is March 2018.
The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF)
PGSF is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented men and women interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of the PGSF is “To strengthen the print and graphic communication industry by providing scholarship assistance.” Apply for a PGSF Scholarship by March 1, 2018. Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
North Carolina Bar Association Endowment Fund
The North Carolina Bar Association is offering a $1,500-$4,500 scholarship to high school seniors who are children of North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Deadline to apply is April 4, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.ncbar.org/members/
Diabetes Scholars Founation
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation’s college scholarship program is available to incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and who are US citizens or permanent residents seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. This scholarship recognizes students who have high academic performance, are actively involved in the diabetes community, participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and who have demonstrated that they are successfully managing the challenges of living with diabetes. Diabetes Scholars Foundation scholarships are not based on financial need. Deadline to apply is midnight April 15, 2018. Visit Diabetes Scholars Foundation for more information.
SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes
Thirty $500 scholarships are offered nationwide. High School seniors can enter for a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Two winners will be chosen every two weeks from October 30, 2017 until May 14, 2018. For complete details and to enter, visit http://suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes.
Redfin is very passionate about helping students achieve higher education. The $2,500 bi-annual scholarship is open to to high school seniors and current college students. The scholarship application period is twice yearly from November 1-January 31 and May 1-July 31. Visit Redfin Scholarship for more information.
Aspiring Nurses Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a track record of academic excellence particularly in science and mathematics, and has a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare.
This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing including LPN, LVN, AND, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on June 30, 2018. Please visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com to apply.
StudentScholarships.org is a website that has information about scholarships available nationwide. Scholarship programs listed will award over one Million dollars combined to students in the 2017-2018 school year. To download a newsletter in a PDF pertaining to scholarship information, please go to the website https://www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php
SEANC Scholarship Foundation
The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) Scholarship Foundation, Inc. offers academic scholarships to the dependents of SEANC members. SECU does not constitute eligibility for SEANC. Scholarships are offered to students who are attending four year colleges and who are attending community college or technical schools. Thirty scholarships are available with 15 being merit based and 15 being need based. Scholarship applications are available online at http://www.seanc.org/
scholarship and must be returned completed to the scholarship chairperson of the SEANC district of which the parent is a member.
Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships for Migrant Students
The Geneseo Migrant Center administers a variety of scholarships to offer financial assistasnce to migrant students who want to further their education. Deadline dates vary per scholarship. Please visit Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships for Migrant Students for more information.
Society of Women Engineers
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
Scholarships are typically awarded in May (sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students) and July (freshmen and reentry students) for use during the following academic year. Recipients are announced in September. Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Progarm
Green Home Improvement Scholarship
HomeAdvisor’s green home improvement scholarship challenges students to come up with innovative ideas and thoughts towards green homes and energy-efficient improvements. Their goal is to hopefully help future students make changes and innovations in the green home improvement industry. This scholarship intends to serve as the first step towards those changes. See website for more information: Green Home Improvement Scholarship.
VFW Auziliary's Young American Patrtiotic Art Contest
Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. Visit VFW Auxiliary's Young American Patriot Art Contest for more information.
QuestBridge scholarships are full tuition scholarships offered to high achieving low income students wanting to attend a renowned college/universities. Please visit the link for more information and to apply. http://www.questbridge.org
North Carolina Governor's School for Juniors
A six-week summer program focusing on English, Math, Science, World Language, and Performing Arts (you apply for the area you want to study). Applications are online and in guidance and additional information is available on the Lincoln County School's High School Education website. This opportunity is available for current juniors. An information session will be taking place in Charlotte on September 7, 2017. For more information and the nomination packet, visit http://www.ncgovschool.org/.
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Opportunities for Sophomores
Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. This is a summer leadership opportunity available to current 10th graders. Nomination packets will be available in guidance for interested students. ELHS is able to nominate and send 1 student. For more information, visit http://www.hoby.org/about/what-is-hoby.
Summer Ventures for Juniors and Seniors
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As a rising high school junior or senior, you live on a college campus for four weeks in the summer and conduct research around topics of your interest -- while enjoying the company of like-minded peers. Apply online for this opportunity. http://www.ncssm.edu/summerventures.