Every year thousands of North Carolina students return to colleges and universities throughout the state. And every year, thousands of out-of-state students flock to NC for their top notch schools. What many of these students may not realize, is that there are thousands of dollars in scholarships that may be available tot hem simply for being a NC student. Below is a list of scholarships for NC students interested in funding their college education:
North Carolina Community Foundation: This foundation offers a number of different scholarships each year. In fact, more than 100 scholarships are offered through the generous support of individuals, school systems, private organizations, and families. In order to get started, students should first read the directions on the “how to apply” website. Next students must select the county in which they reside in order to see specific awards that they qualify for. Students may choose their county at the following website: http://www.nccommunityfoundation.org/scholarships. The amount of individual awards varies greatly and the exact awards change from year to year.
State Employees Association of North Carolina Scholarship: This award provides students with grants which range in value from $500 to $1,000. In order to be eligible for this scholarships, students must have a spouse or a parent who works for the state of NC.
Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship Program: This award provides students with up to $12,000 towards their education. In order to be eligible, students must submit a completed Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship application, be at least 17 years of age, plan to attend UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Chapel Hill, or NC State University of a full-time basis, maintain a permanent residence in one of the eligible NC counties, and show financial need. The exact value of the award varies, but typically covers half of the cost of an education. This award is highly selective and only 17 are given out each year. Students must complete a FASFA in order to apply. Additional application instructions can be found on the following website: http://www.cfnc.org/Gateway?command=GetBasedProgramDetail¬e=no&type=7&vocType=10&vocational=no&id=44.
Duke University University Scholars Program: This is one of the holy grails of the scholarships offered in NC. This award provides the lucky recipient with full tuition remission, full room and board, coverage of all student fees, and the opportunity to earn up to $7,000 for professional development or research purposes. This award may be renewed up to four times. Additional information about the award, as well as other Duke University scholarships, can be found here: http://ousf.duke.edu/university-scholars.
Additional NC scholarships are available to students who pursue certain high-need fields, such as teaching. In order to determine whether a student will qualify for any state or federal funding, it is recommended that students complete a FAFSA application as early as possible. In addition to taking this step, students may want to inquire at their school’s financial aid office about scholarships available to incoming students, students from NC, or students who are planning a degree in certain fields.