Below you will find available scholarships. Check them out!

Need to complete your FAFSA? Make an appointment to meet with Ms. Gross and email her for a list of the items you will need to bring.

FROM MR. PHILIP LONG at Mission Hospital McDowell: I am pleased to announce that we are offering Scholarship Money NOW to high school seniors from McDowell County who plan to enter a healthcare field in college. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2018 by 3 p.m. If students do not know their college choice now THAT IS OKAY. We can hold funds until we know where and who to make checks payable to.

SEE MS. GROSS OR GO TO STUDENT SERVICES FOR applications and reference forms.

NC Hispanic College Fund is now accepting applications

Applications are due January 15, 2019

The NCHCF, established by the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCHSP) at Triangle Community Foundation, will be accepting applications now through January 15, 2019. Applications post marked after the deadline will not be accepted. The application can be found on the NCSHP website at

The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund awards annual scholarships worth between $500 and $2,500. Scholarship recipients are seniors and recent graduates of North Carolina high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background. Recipients of a NCHCF scholarship must enroll in a degree program at a community college or a 2 or 4 year college/university and demonstrate commitment to public service and community development.

Selection Criteria

  • Graduate of a NC high school within the past 2 years
  • A four-year cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a high school teacher, principal, pastor, employer, or other community leader
  • An official high school transcript
  • Personal statement (500 words)

Hispanic students who plan to enroll at a North Carolina community college or a university to pursue the fields of electrical, mechanical, nuclear, chemical or civil engineering are encouraged to apply to the Duke Energy engineering scholarship available within the fund. To apply, submit an official NC Hispanic College Fund application and be sure to mark the "Duke Energy Scholarship" box.

Applications must be received by January 15, 2019. For more information or to download an application form for the North Carolina Hispanic College Fund, please visit our website at We encourage all eligible Hispanic students to apply!

NC CPA Foundation Scholarship

To reward exceptional hard work and enable students to pursue a career in accounting, the NC CPA Foundation is committed to granting more than $100,000 in scholarships this year. If you know someone interested in pursuing one of accounting’s many exciting career options, we hope you’ll encourage them to take the next step!

Awards range from $1,500 to $2,500 and applications are being accepted now until November 2, 2018!

These scholarships will be awarded to students in the following North Carolina programs:

Community college—$1,500 per scholarship

Four-year undergraduate—$2,000 per scholarship

Master of Accounting—$2,500 per scholarship

Encourage students to apply for a scholarship today, or to learn more about the qualifications of specific scholarships, please visit

Pisgah Scholars - UNC Asheville

The Pisgah Scholars program is a comprehensive scholarship program offered first-time applicants who have applied to UNC Asheville by the early action Admissions deadline (November 15th). Students may be considered for admission into the Pisgah Scholars program if they meet some or all of the following criteria necessary for demonstrating excellence as members of the UNC Asheville community:

  • Academic excellence, as demonstrated by a high grade point average during high school or above average scores on the SAT or ACT
  • Interest in or passion for an academic program offered by UNC Asheville
  • Extracurricular engagement
  • Exemplary community service or community leadership

Pisgah Scholars are renewable for up to 4 years (eight semesters) provided that the student maintains the specified minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, remains full-time in each semester and does not have a break in their enrollment.

The Robertson - for Duke & UNC Chapel Hill

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Levine Scholarship - UNCC

The Levine Scholars Program seeks outstanding high school seniors who are eager to embark on a transformative college experience. Requirements include:

  • Students must be applicants for freshman enrollment at UNC Charlotte in an undergraduate program for the fall term immediately following their high school graduation. Note: Students must be admitted to UNC Charlotte to receive a Levine Scholarship.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students 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.
  • While there are no minimum SAT, ACT or grade point averages to apply for the Levine Scholarship, students must excel academically and show evidence of experience, motivation and commitment toward the ideals of the program.

Golden Door Scholarship for DACA students

Please note: This year, Golden Door Scholars is open to DACA students from all states! We have also expanded our program to include robust internship support. Strong preference will be given to applicants who plan to concentrate their studies in one of the following areas (or one similar): Engineering, Computer Science, Technology or Math.

Golden Door will host two Webinars to answer FAQ's and provide tips on submitting college applications to give you the best chance of being offered admission to the school of your choice. The first Webinar will be on Monday, 10/1/18 and the second will be on Friday 10/26/18. More information will be sent to those who have applied before each Webinar.

Scholarship recipients will receive funding to support tuition, room and board for a four-year degree at Golden Door partner schools and schools offering in-state tuition to students with DACA status, beginning Fall semester, 2019. Students who have applied to or are interested in other colleges should also apply. We will support students at non-partner schools on a case-by-case basis. Note that Golden Door will match scholarship recipients to partner and other colleges, based on student preference and school admission slot availability.

Please review the important information below and FAQ section of our website prior to submitting your Golden Door Scholars application.

  • Application deadline is Thursday, 10/25/18 at 11:59pm EST

DAR Good Citizen Award & Scholarship

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.

If you would like to be considered, please ask a teacher email Ms. Gross by Sept. 20th with their endorsement of you as a candidate. You may also nominate your peers for this award & scholarship by using the same process.

Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program

Who we select: Cooke College Scholarship recipients are selected from a nationwide applicant pool each year. As minimum criteria, students must:

  • plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2019
  • Intend to enroll full time in an accredited 4-year college in fall 2019
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above in high school
  • Receive a minimum SAT total of 1200 or ACT composite of 26
  • Demonstrate financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. (Last year's cohort of scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $26,000)

Apply by going to this site:


The John Montgomery Belk Scholarship is one of our nation's most prestigious and generous undergraduate scholarships. The program is built around our belief that, as a Belk Scholar, you possess unique talents that should be recognized and nurtured.

Belk Scholars are energetic, adventurous, studious, artistic, athletic, creative, collaborative, engaged, and compassionate.

If you would like to be considered for endorsement, please submit the following to Ms. Gross by Sept. 24th:


*essay explaining why you believe you embody the characteristics of a Belk Scholar

U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship

North Carolina applications and entry materials for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) became available August 1. The United States Senate Youth Program is a scholarship program that provides an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science. Student delegates winning the $10,000 scholarship and attending the week-long event in Washington, D.C. in March 2019 will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members and directors from other federal agencies.

Deadline for submission in N.C. is October 7, 2018.

  • Eligibility requirements and application materials can be found at
  • For additional information please feel free to contact Michelle McLaughlin at

Centennial Scholarships - North Carolina State University

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

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 October 15 deadline.

If you are applying to NCSU in any of those fields/majors, have an interest in textiles, and would like to be considered for endorsement, please submit a resume & essay to Ms. Gross by that explains why you believe you are a qualified candidate

Deadline to turn your resume & essay in to Ms. Gross is Monday, Sept. 24th.

The Bryan Scholars Program - Davidson

Have you earned an exceptional academic record? Exhibited outstanding leadership abilities? Been recognized as playing at the Division I level in baseball, cross country, golf, indoor track, track & field, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, or wrestling? If you are interested in being nominated for this scholarship, speak with Ms. Gross AND your coach about the nomination process for the Bryan Scholars Program.

Deadlines: submit a resume, a letter of recommendation from your coach, & your stats and player profile information to Ms. Gross no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24th.

Park Scholarships - North Carolina State University

If you believe you’re qualified for the Park Scholarships based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character, apply for nomination today. Submit a resume and a typed essay that explains how you embody the 4 qualifying factors. Resumes & essays are due to Ms. Gross by Friday, Sept. 21st at 3 p.m.

2 students will be endorsed by MHS & will then complete the application.

If you do not receive our school’s endorsement, but believe you are at least as competitive as your school’s endorsed candidates, you may self-endorse.

Morehead Cain - UNC Chapel Hill

The Morehead-Cain Foundation seeks driven, courageous, and inquisitive leaders interested in embracing new and unknown experiences and impacting—positively and profoundly—the people and pursuits that define their lives.

The Morehead-Cain is a four-year, fully funded educational experience for students of the highest caliber.

Faculty recommendations for nominations have been submitted but you may also self-nominate. Check the following site for information:

Scholarship Websites to Check Out

  • - Scholarships for WNC residents only, which make them less competetive than national scholarships. Various scholarships based on residency, graduating high school, college choice, and career path.
  • - scholarships are NC only, which makes them less competitive. Scholarships include those with career interest in science/health careers, as well as teaching.
  • - this site is created by the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals and has useful information for all students.
  • – search site that posts scholarships directly related to college choice and career interests. Most are national or state scholarships, but still worthy of applications. Many schools utilize this site, as well as, business and private organizations.
  • – similar in nature to, scholarships are directly related to college choice and career interest.
  • - One of the largest scholarship databases available to students that is updated daily. There is more than 2.7 million in scholarship along with 19 billion in grant opportunities.
  • College Websites - All colleges list scholarships on their Financial Aid portion of their websites. Thorough investigation of scholarships can begin now at the college level for next year. Some scholarships are applied for via the Admission Application, others require a separate application for specific school scholarships.
  • -This site is home of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Complete this form utilizing your prior prior year (2 years ago) tax information to qualify for Federal aid such as grants and loans.
  • Chegg is well known as an online bookstore for students but in 2011 acquired Zinch, a scholarship match service with over $1 billion in scholarships to offer. This site is easy to use and highlights opportunities for you. To top it off, Chegg also offers help with homework, test prep, internships, and tutoring.
  • - he Peterson’s databases includes over 50,000 accredited Schools and Programs, and over 5,000 Scholarships. There is over $10 billion in scholarship opportunities found on Peterson’s. This site also provides information to help you in your search, all you need to do is fill out a short survey and filter the results. The site also allows users to search by a variety of different topics, college types and personal details — in order to give you the best results for you.
  • -This search engine requires a brief profile and instantly matches scholarships to each user based on profile. It also helps you keep track of application deadlines and requirements as well as keeps up with the awards you receive.
  • -Unigo allows students access to more than 3.6 million in scholarships, 650K College Reviews, College Stats & other options to help you pay for college. Get the scoop on your choice of schools from students themselves.

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