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SECU Scholarship Now Open for Applications!!!

SENIORS: If you are interested in applying for the "People Helping People" Scholarship, please see your counselor. All required materials & applications are due to Mrs. Pennell by TBA - Feb/March 2021. Don't delay, see your counselor today!

High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2021 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Applications for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program are accepted until January 2021. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online.

The African American Network is a Duke Energy employee resource group of African American employees. As part of its mission, the African American Network – Carolinas chapter provides scholarships to college-bound students from North and South Carolina who are pursuing a major in engineering, math, science, computer science, accounting, finance or business administration.

For more info & to apply, visit

and search for: African American Network of the Carolinas

And while you are there, check out all the other scholarships The Foundation for the Carolinas has to offer!

Scholarships for Undocumented Students:

SENIORS: For those of you applying to UNC Chapel Hill by Oct. 15th, you may want to apply for this scholarship as well... Scholarship deadline is not until Nov. 15th, but you must apply to the university by Oct. 15th to be eligible to apply for the scholarship. See website for more information.

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior

  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States

  • Show leadership potential

  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service

  • Present evidence of financial need

  • Be a United States Citizen

  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21

  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to provide you with Frequently Asked Questions about the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship. We have compiled a listing of the queries we most often receive into one easy to read document for you and your students. To download click here.

Application Timeline


  • November 1, 2020 - Application goes live

  • February 1, 2021, 5pm (ET) – Completed application is due

  • April 30, 2021 - Notification of application status

  • June 30, 2021 - Final selections announced

To learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please visit our website at

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen attending post–high school, undergraduate, and career technical education programs.

Their scholarships are for students currently pursuing, or planning to pursue, an undergraduate degree or career-focused program. Scholarship awards are need-based, and every eligible applicant receives a scholarship.

The scholarship application for the 2021-22 academic year opens on January 1, 2021, and will close on March 3, 2021. For more information on eligibility or to apply, visit

Help a young person with a disability receive a scholarship for achievement to support his/her future plans. For the 21st year, the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is pleased to announce the opening for nominations, for the Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship, to an Outstanding North Carolina High School Senior with a Disability.


All students, including students enrolled in the Occupational 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.

Award Amount

The first place award is $1500 for any post high school learning experience/training or for equipment or technology needed for employment.

Application Process

Complete and submit applications by Wednesday, February TBA 2021. Applications are to be submitted in one scanned document via email or mailed to:

ECAC, Graziadei Scholarship, 907 Barra Row Suite

102/103, Davidson, NC 28036


The student’s high school guidance counselor will be notified by May 1, if student is selected. The award will be presented to the winning student during the student’s high school awards ceremony. Based on the applications received, additional students could be selected as a Finalist and will receive a small check and certificate.

Please Download the Applications Below and Please Spread the Word!

2020 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Application ENGLISH VERSION

2020 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Application SPANISH VERSION

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Cheryl at

800-962-6817 ext. 314 or

The 2020 Coolidge Scholarship application is now live.

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant -- but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.

The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: Please note the deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Thursday, January TBA, 2021. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at or by phone at (202) 827-4291.

QuestBridge 2020 National College Match Scholarship

Application Deadline: September 2020

Application can be found at:

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 2020

Application can be found at:

2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Application Deadline: November 2020

Application can be found at:

College JumpStart Scholarship - Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors - check out this $1,000 merit-based scholarship that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students that can express their goals for getting a higher education. Due October 17th

#WeArePatton #IgniteLearningBCPS


Did you know that College Board gives away scholarships for simple things like building your college list & practicing for the SAT?? They sure do...

College Board Opportunity Scholarships:

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program guides juniors and seniors through the college planning process while they earn scholarships for each action they complete.

Visit their website for more information:…

Elks National Foundation Scholarship

Up to $50,000 scholarships for high school students.

Due November 5

Looking for CAREER & TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIPS? The Imagine America Scholarship Application for 2020 graduates is now open! Applications close Dec. 31, 2020

AND check out AmericanTrucks' Student Scholarship that awards 2 scholarships for $2,500 each to students who are currently enrolled full-time in a secondary vocational school, technical institute, or are high school seniors who are enrolled in one of the aforementioned institutes.

Elon University Teacher Education Scholarships

4 year sequenced, developmental and transformational scholarship opportunity for current high school seniors who are planning to major in the field of education and teaching. Total cost of this scholarship is $28,500. Please see your counselor for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Deadline: Early January Each Year

UNCC Levine Scholars Program

The Levine Scholars Program is the premier four-year scholarship at UNC Charlotte. It provides full-tuition, room, board, book stipend, and up to $5,000 for each of the four summer experiences. Civic engagement is at the core of the scholarship program and scholars are asked to find a way to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable, life-changing impact. All scholars are given an $8,000 grant to implement a civic engagement project of the Scholar’s own design.

*See Mrs. Pennell if you are interested in being nominated for this scholarship.

NC State - Park Scholars

*Seniors need to complete the PHS Park Scholars Application to be considered as a School Nominee.

*If you are a Senior and interested in applying, see Mrs. Pennell ASAP!

School Level forms due Friday, September 18th, 2020*

Please see Mrs. Pennell if you have any questions.

Moorehead-Cain Award at UNC Chapel Hill

*Seniors are encouraged to complete the PHS Morehead-Cain Award Application to be considered as a School Nominee.

*If you are a Senior and interested in applying, see Mrs. Pennell ASAP!

School Level forms due Friday, September 18th, 2020*

Please see Mrs. Pennell if you have any questions.

NC Farm Bureau Scholarship

NC Farm Bureau has a Scholarship each year that High School Seniors are eligible to apply for.

This scholarship awards $500 each semester to a 2 year Community College or $2000 each semester to a University.

In the event that the applicant doesn’t make the State level scholarship, the Burke County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee will review the applicants for the County level scholarship award.

Our Scholarship Committee would like to invite all interested seniors to our County Annual Meeting in October at the Morganton Community House for a meal and let us give you more information about this Scholarship and how it works for Students that are interested in any Career that would be connected to Agriculture.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP by October 7th, you may email at or call at 437-0411.

NC State Centennial Scholarship Program

The Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University is now accepting endorsements for our Centennial Scholarship program, one of the largest college-based scholarship programs at NC State.

The Centennial Scholarship program is designed for students who are interested in career fields such as engineering, business management, design, chemistry, polymers, forensics, medical fields, fashion merchandising and retail management.

  • ITT Centennial Scholarship

    • Awarded to the top Centennial

    • $22,000 / year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds

  • Kimbrell Centennial Scholarship

    • Awarded to the 2nd top Centennial

    • $20,000 / year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds

  • Centennial Scholarship

    • $15,000 / year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds

    • Up to 8 awarded per year

  • Pioneer Scholarship

    • $14,000 / year for four years and $4,000 in enrichment funds

    • Up to 4 awarded per year

  • North Carolina Textile Foundation Scholarship

    • $5,000 / year for 4 years

  • Prestige Scholarship

    • minimum award is $2,500 / year for 4 years

Competitive applicants demonstrate high academic achievement, strong leadership qualities, involvement in extracurricular activities and civic engagement and an interest in textile-related careers. For scholarship consideration, students must submit a NC State admissions application by the November 1 deadline.

Black Business Expo Scholarship

The Black Business Expo is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to budding North Carolina student entrepreneurs or graduating seniors pursuing a degree in one of the careers identified below.

This scholarship is not academically focused; it is designed to help students who are interested in Technology, Entrepreneurship, Journalism, Business Administration, Health, Hospitality, Public Relations, Marketing, Merchandising, Advertising, Art, Mass Communications and Financial Services.

The application deadline is fast approaching, and applications need to be mailed early to arrive no later than September 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm. We are unable to accept applications that do not meet the deadline. Please direct any questions to 1-919-308-9090, the Expo Hotline.

Winthrop University Fall 2020 Scholarship Competition

The Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop University is pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Fine Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition is open to all degree seeking, undergraduate students attending Winthrop University for the first time (freshman and transfer students) during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students must declare a major within the Department of Fine Arts: Studio Art (includes the disciplines of painting, jewelry/metals, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and video), Art Education, or Art History.

Please check out these awesome opportunities in Kentucky at Centre College!

Centre College offers an extraordinary family of Premier Scholarship Programs that bring equally extraordinary students to our campus and creates a vital, dynamic community of learning leadership, and service. Please check out these exceptional opportunities.

  • The Brown Fellows Program is a full-ride-plus program, offering international travel experiences, leadership development, faculty mentorship, and two summer projects of the scholar's design, funded up to $6,000 per summer. This program challenges the ambitious, intellectually curious, and forward-thinking student.

  • The Grissom Scholars Program provides full-tuition scholarships to first-generation college students who are driven to achieve academically, who have exceptional potential as leaders, and who possess strong character and compassion. This program includes additional aid to fully meet any remaining financial need, $5,000 in enrichment funding, individual mentoring, leadership development, and regular group activities with other Grissom Scholars.

  • The Lincoln Scholars Program is a full-ride plus program, offering individual mentoring, special programming and seminars, and a supportive, challenging community of fellow Lincoln Scholars. Each Scholar receives three funded summer travel experiences that build the scholars' capacity as agents of change. This program is designed for passionate, visionary, idealistic, selfless students who aspire to change the world for good.

Scholarship Opportunities with Various Types of Awards and/or Deadlines Throughout the

2020-2021 School Year

S​eniors who are the first in their families to go to college ​here's an opportunity​ to get a $4000 scholarship -

Community Foundation of Burke County Scholarships

Various due dates for different scholarships - many are listed below in general scholarship list, but please check website, too. Various Scholarships with different criteria are available. Go to and look at scholarship link for information and applications regarding all scholarships available. You may also contact Nancy Taylor at 437-7105 or her email or see Mrs. Pennell in the counseling office at PHS. Please see Mrs. Pennell in the Counseling Department if you have any interest in these scholarships.

Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Go to: for general information and applications. Many of the scholarships are through school nomination/selection. Please see Mrs. Pennell if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

NCHSAA Endowed Fund Scholarships

Deadlines vary per scholarship. Athletic - various sports - some based on specific sport/some on specific ethnicity or genders/ some based on overcoming adversity/ etc. Many available. Varies per scholarship. Go to: for applications and more specific information.

WACE National Co-Op Scholarships

Deadlines vary per scholarship Many due by February. Scholarships for Cooperative and work-integrated students. Varies per scholarship Go to: for information and applications.

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities

$2,500 renewable scholarships for full-time students and up to $1,250 renewable scholarships for half-time students plus additional scholarships. Learn more.

Scholarships with Specific Deadlines

NC State Balanced Man Scholarship

Open to any male student who will be enrolled at NC State University Fall 2021

Applicants can apply online at:

Deadline: TBA

The SigEp Western Carolina University Balanced Man Scholarship

Are you a Western Carolina University male student who believes in the ideals of having a Sound Mind and Sound Body? Are you looking for a scholarship that recognizes your achievements inside and outside of the classroom? Sigma Phi Epsilon is offering over $1,000 in Balanced Man Scholarships. The Balanced Man Scholarship rewards students who have shown academic excellence, leadership skills, and a commitment to their health and well-being. At the North Carolina Pi chapter at WCU, SigEp believes that recognizing students who demonstrate balance and all-around excellence is one way to promote this important idea. We are committed to helping our members develop the skills they need to succeed in the classroom, future careers, and everyday life. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Deadline: TBA