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Scholarship Information

Scholarship Overview

Scholarships are one way that students can pay for college.  There are many different types of scholarships with varied criteria.  Unlike student loans, scholarship money does not typically have to be paid back.  Researching and applying for scholarships can feel like a part-time job.  When researching scholarships, students should utilize many sources for scholarship information.



  • Merit (academic achievement, GPA, class rank, test scores etc.)
  • Need (family financial situation)
  • Talent (athletic ability, artistic talent, etc.)
  • Affiliation (member of ABC Church, Child of Rotary Club etc.)
  • Condition (diabetic, left handed, cancer survivor, child of veteran)


  1. Colleges - Visit the scholarship webpages of the colleges to which you plan to apply.
  2. High School - Learn about the scholarships that are provided by or thru your school.
  3. Employers - Check with your employer and the employer(s) of your parents/guardians.
  4. Community Resources - Explore scholarships that may be offered in your community (Ex. Church, Scouts, etc.).
  5. General Searches - Use your favorite search engine to explore scholarships specific to you (Ex. Left-handed Scholarships).
  6. Search Engines - Set up a "junk email" and use it to register with Scholarship Search Engines.

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Local Scholarships


Click on the link to see a list of local scholarships that were offered in the past.


Local Scholarships





Scholarships Website


North Carolina Community Foundation


Scholarship Plus 


Scholarships for minorities: Download File


Click here to see the CFNC Grants & Scholarships page

Click here to learn more about scholarship scams

Click here for financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education