Scholarships and Grants

Scholarship opportunities will be updated as we receive new information in Student Services. Please note that this list is in no way exhaustive. There are many scholarship opportunities that do not come through Student Services. We want you to take an active role in your future and research other scholarship opportunities online. Some online resources may include but are not limited to:,,,,,

An excellent resource for African-American and other minority students seeking scholarships:

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Scholarship Listings have been updated as of December 14, 2018

Due Date: 12.17.18


  • Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a four-year accredited academic institution
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident and a legal resident of NC
  • Have a cumulative, un-weighted GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Demonstrate financial need (annual income
  • no greater than $70,000
  • Possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest and commitment to their community

Please visit the following website for additional information and how to apply:

Lenoir- Rhyne is currently recruiting exemplary high school seniors to receive this prestigious scholarship and develop the skills to become effective teacher leaders for our public schools. Fall 2019 applications are being accepted now. Priority consideration will be given to students applying by January 10, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as spaces and limited and fill up quickly.

High School seniors should apply at

Prospective Scholars are also encouraged to attend the Choose LR enrollment management event on Saturday, October 20th. Students will receive valuable information regarding admissions, financial aid, academics, and campus services. A special reception and information session will be held for all prospective Teaching Scholars to learn about the program and meet current Scholars completing the program. Students may register for this event at:

Application Opens - Dec. 3, 2018

Application Closes - March 1, 2019

Eligibility criteria for the Golden LEAF scholarship for four-year colleges and universities has been updated for 2019-2020. To be eligible for award consideration, students will need to be Pell eligible and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. The application is also changing slightly to become easier and will only include one essay question. As before, applicants must be from eligible counties and go to a participating college or university. Remember that this scholarship is intended for those who make it clear they want to return to a rural county to work after graduation. Click here for more details about Golden LEAF.

Application Opens - Dec. 3, 2018

Application Closes - March 1, 2019

Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)

Awards for FELS will now be determined through an automated lottery system. In addition, School Psychology (Masters or Doctorate) has also been added to the approved funded programs. Click here for more details about FELS.

Application Opens - Oct. 1, 2018

Application Closes - Jan. 7, 2019

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

In its second year, the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program provides funding for teacher licensures in STEM and special education fields through forgivable loans. Students attending Elon University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Meredith College, NC State University and UNC-Charlotte are eligible to apply. Click here for more details about the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.

The Darragh Scholars program will provide financial support for selected students throughout their undergraduate career. Students must maintain scholarship criteria to remain eligible. The selected scholar will receive an annual scholarship award of up to $25,000 covering the costs of tuition, fees, room and board. Dollars in excess of East Carolina University’s “Total Cost of Attendance” will be used toward service-learning opportunities, books, computer/technology and additional programming dollars for the student’s experience through the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.

The selected student will participate in the Jarvis Leadership Living-Learning Community and complete the ECU Leads program towards development of a capstone project. The ECU Leads program, a partnership between Student Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences, will employ an integrated approach and link both curricular and co-curricular leadership education. Students will be recognized for their participation in the program at an official university awards ceremony, and their work will be noted on their transcripts. Professional and peer mentors will guide students through the program as members of individual cohorts. This approach will help students build a leadership portfolio that will contain both course-based and co-curricular leadership experiences.

Scholarship Criteria and Eligibility:

  • Must be accepted to attend East Carolina University as a first-year student in the Fall semester
  • Minimum 3.5 high school GPA, unweighted
  • Displayed leadership and service experience
  • Commitment to improving the image of the University
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA as a full-time enrolled ECU student
  • Must be a North Carolina resident
  • Must live on campus for duration of scholarship (will live in Jarvis Hall as a participant of the Jarvis Leadership Living Learning Community for the first year)
  • Must participate in an annual Alternative Break Experience trip with the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (must apply separately for this program)
  • Must work as part of the ECU Leads program (must submit application separately) in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

Students wishing to be considered for the Gordon Darragh Leadership Scholars Program will first need to be accepted as an incoming first-year student at East Carolina University. Eligible incoming first-year students may apply for the Gordon Darragh Leadership Scholarship through ECU’s scholarship application portal.

September 1, 2018: East Carolina University undergraduate admissions application opens. Gordon Darragh Leadership Scholars Program application opens in scholarship application portal.

December 15, 2018: Gordon Darragh Leadership Scholars Program application deadline. The application and all associated materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Award: $1,000

North American Van Lines Logistics Scholarship


Deadline: December 29, 2018

Award: $1,100

Dolman Law Group Scholarship


Deadline: December 31, 2018

Award: $1,000

SBO Essay Scholarship Contest


Deadline: January 31, 2019

Award: $500

10 Words or Less Scholarship


Virginia Military Institute: The Institute Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 1, 2019


  • Combined SAT: 1380 (Critical reading and Math) or ACT: 31
  • High School GPA: 3.7

This scholarship is entirely merit based and includes automatic admission to the VMI: Institute Honors Program. Please see the hanging scholarship folder in Student Services for applications.

The Odyssey Program at Elon

Deadline: January 10, 2019

These are need-based scholarships awarded to prospective members of the first-year student class. Students who submit the Odyssey Program application will be considered for various other scholarships. A link to the application is available to students who have submitted an application at

We the Students Essay Contest

Deadline: February 14, 2019


  • US citizen or legal resident
  • No older then 19 and no younger than 14

To enter, eligible students must log on to the essay website and submit an entry that follows the Submission Guidelines as detailed in Section III on the website. They will not accept or consider entries that are mailed-in. As further detailed in Section VII, entrants agree to accept and be bound by all terms of these Official Rules and Regulations and to accept and be bound by the decisions of the Bill of Rights Institute, whose decisions are final with respect to all matters of the Contest.

For additional information visit the following website:

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Starting this December, the Class of 2020 is eligible for the College Board Opportunity Scholarships and the chance to earn scholarships from $500 to $40,000.

Learn more:

Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship

Award: $1,000-3,000

Deadline: January 16, 2019*

*All completed applications should be turned into Mrs. Langley in Student Services by January 16th.

Student must plan to attend a college or university in North Carolina.


  • A completed application, answering all questions
  • A separate listing of extracurricular activities, honors, community work and work experience
  • A current photograph
  • An unofficial transcript of grades, including first semester senior courses if possible and current GPA
  • A letter of recommendation from one of the student's teachers
  • Original essay of 500 to 700 words on this year's topic

Applications are available in the blue scholarship hanging file in Student Services.

NAFEPA Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 5, 2019

Award: $2,500

Two scholarships are for students pursuing degrees in Education, and the other two scholarships may be awarded to applicants pursuing degrees in Education or any other field.


  • High school students who will graduate in 2019

Selection Criteria:

  • GPA
  • School or community extracurricular, service, and/or leadership activities and experiences
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal essay that is about 350 words or less and reflects proper conventions of writing

Applications are available in the blue scholarship hanging file in Student Services.

**Please note that all completed applications are to be mailed to Alana Hix at the address listed on the application.

Deadline: 12/14/18

In order to be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, the applicant must:

  • Be entering college in the Fall of 2019 as a Freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree.
  • Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident (you will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win).
  • Not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director.

Please visit the follow website for more information and how to apply:

Final Fantasy Fan Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Final Fantasy Fan Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students who enjoy the Final Fantasy game franchise. You have invested many hours in the world of Final Fantasy, and now you have the opportunity for Final Fantasy to invest in your world!

Students applying must submit a brief essay explaining their relationship with Final Fantasy games and how it has made them a better student. In 5 paragraphs or less, you should share whatever you think will help us understand your appreciation for Final Fantasy games and how it has made you a better student or person overall. Include any lessons you have learned in any specific games, and the impact that they have had on your life. It's simple, it's open-ended, and what we are looking for is your raw passion for gaming and being the best student, leader, and person you can be!

It is open to students studying in any field, as long as you are a passionate Final Fantasy gamer. You must be attending any level of college next calendar year. The criteria to win is the quality of your essay in communicating your love for Final Fantasy and personal growth!

Please visit the link below to apply:

CrossLites Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2018

The CrossLites Scholarship Contest is open to High School, College, and Graduate School students. As an applicant you will write a reflective essay (400-600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker's quotes or messages. Applicants will be competing against students of their level. You may enter only one essay per application a year, into the contest.

There are no minimum GPA or test score requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship contest. Any student that is currently enrolled in a high school, college, or graduate school may apply.

Review your completed essay before submitting, including checking for typos, misspellings, and other grammatical errors. Essays must be between 400 and 600 words in length.

If picked as a top 20 finalist, you must provide an official transcript. Failure to provide an official transcript, that shows current enrollment, will disqualify you from the contest – no exceptions.

The judges will review each essay and pick the top 20 from each level to be posted on Applicants then have the opportunity to invite others to view their essay and to vote for them. The number of votes and shares make up a large portion of the applicant's total score. When the voting period has ended, the winner will be chosen.

Award Schedule:

3 separate categories for each (High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students)

1st Place: $4,000.00

2nd Place: $2,500.00

3rd Place: $1,500.00

4th Place: $1000.00

5th Place: $750.00

6th Place: $500.00

Please visit the following website to apply:

VIP Voice Scholarship

Award: $5,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

To be eligible for the VIP Voice $5000 scholarship you must:

A) Must be at least 13 years of age or older.

B) Submit your entry by 11:59 pm ET on the day of the deadline.

C) You can submit multiple entries by following the instructions on the sponsors website.


Please visit the following website to apply:

Imagine America Scholarships

Award: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018


The Imagine America scholarship program can make it easier to achieve your dreams! If you have the commitment it takes to pursue a career education and meet the qualifications below, apply today!

Only recent high school graduates who meet the following recommended guidelines should apply:

A) Likelihood of successful completion of postsecondary education

B) High school grade point average of 2.5 or greater

C) Financial need

D) Demonstrated voluntary community service during senior year

Please visit the following website to apply:

Harris Poll Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

To be eligible for the $1,000 Harris Poll Scholarship, you must be:

A) A legal resident of the 50 United States and DC who are:

B) 13 years or older at the time of entry,

C) Have not won a prize in the preceding 90 days and

D) Not employees of iGain, its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, related companies, and its advertising and promotions agencies, and/or the immediate families and/or household members of each of the above. Only one entry per person.

Please visit the following website to apply:

SP High School Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

To be eligible for the Scholarship you must be:

A) At least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.

B) A legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Please visit the following website to apply:

Overachievers Student Grant

Award: $12,500

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Pilot Pen is continuing the G2 Overachievers Student Grant designed to reward and celebrate one exceptional young scholar (aged 13 to 19, in middle school or high school) who is making a difference in others' lives outside of the classroom.

One student grant winner will earn $12,500 to further their education and/or continue their good works. The winner's school will also be awarded $2,500 to help enhance their efforts to foster student over achievement.

Entrants are required to submit 1,000 to 2,500 handwritten words expressing how they, or a student they know, are working outside the classroom to benefit others.

Please visit the following website to apply:

MIT Think Scholars Program

Award: $500

Deadline: January 1, 2019

The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students. The program is run by a team of undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations. The program is open to all high school students residing in the United States. Students apply to the program by submitting a proposal for any novel science, technology, or engineering idea.

For the 2019 program, we will select up to six finalists, all of whom will receive an all expenses paid trip to MIT, as well as mentorship and funding for the projects. After the completion of the projects, three of the winning participants will receive additional scholarships.

Finalists receive:

All expenses paid trip to MIT that includes:

1) Attendance to XFair (MIT's spring tech symposium)

A) Personalized tours of MIT laboratories

B) Networking opportunities with MIT professors and XFair companies

2) Up to $1000 to build their projects

3) Project mentorship from MIT students

Eligibility Requirements

A) You must be a full-time high school student attending a public, private, or home school at the time of your application.

B) You must be a U.S. resident during the 2018–2019 school year.

C) One submission per applicant

D) One or two students per project

How do I apply?

Students are expected to submit a proposal (of no more than 10 pages) before the application deadline detailing the problem they are attempting to solve, how their idea/system combats the target problem, developmental procedure, a timetable of milestones, and budget allocation.

What are the benefits?

Selected finalists are invited to a four-day all-expenses paid trip to MIT's campus where they meet professors in their field of research, tour labs, attend MIT's xFair, and hang out with members of the THINK team! Finalists also have weekly mentorship meetings with THINK team members for technical guidance, helpful resources, and updates on the project's progress and are given up to $1000 in funding for their project.

Please visit the following website to apply:

GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Award: Up to $40,000

Deadline: January 4, 2019

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation's 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years - up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.


To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

A) Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;

B) Demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);

C) Be citizens of the United States of America;

D) Be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and home-schooled students are also eligible); and

E) Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor's degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

In addition, semifinalists must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee.

Please visit the following website to apply:

Ron Brown Scholarship Program

Award: $40,000

Deadline: January 9, 2019

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown's mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. Since the Program's inception in 1996, more than 300 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars.

Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be graduating high school seniors at the time of their application.


Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements:

A) Must be Black/African American.

B) Must excel academically.

C) Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.

D) Must participate in community service activities.

E) Demonstrate financial need.

F) Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.

G) Be a current high school senior at the time of your application.

Please visit the following website to apply:

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarships

Award: $500

Deadline: January 11, 2019

Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient's choice.

From September to November of each year, each JCI Senate state organization (or foundation) distributes to schools and boards of education throughout their state the necessary application forms for determination of the recipients of scholarship grants. The deadline for return of the completed application forms to the state chairperson is January 11, 2019. If your state is not listed, you are not eligible. Do not submit the application to any address on the web page except those under the State Scholarship listing section (packages submitted to the wrong address will not be forwarded). Additional information is included in the Application instructions.

Please visit the following website to apply:

Light on the Hill Society Scholarship

Deadline: March 3, 2019

  • Two- $2,000 Julius Peppers Scholarships, renewable up to 3 years
  • Eight- $2,500 LOTH scholarships, one-time awards

Additional Information:

The Light on the Hill Society Scholarship will award 10 scholarships to African-American student who will enroll at UNC Chapel Hill for fall 2019. A selection committee will evaluate applicants based on the following:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Evidence of community service
  • Leadership qualities
  • Strength of essays

Please visit the following website to apply:

BBB Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Award: 1- $5,000, 2- $3,000, 1-$2,000, 7-$1,000

To be eligible, students must submit a short video giving insight into who they are and what makes them unique, along with an application and a transcript. These scholarships are available to current college bound juniors and seniors.

Please visit the following website to apply and for additional information: