Below you will find available scholarships. Check them out!

Interested in WPCC NEXT YEAR?

Here is the link for scholarships:


The Asheville Track Club has established a scholarship program for high school seniors who are planning to continue their education and who have demonstrated a commitment to running. Recipients do NOT need to be members of a school team. Two $1000 scholarships (one male, one female) are awarded each spring according to the following criteria. Applications must be submitted no later than May 31, 2018.

Application can be found here -

ATC Scholarship Criteria

  • Resident of Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, Haywood, or McDowell county and resided in that county at least 12 months before applying for scholarship.
  • High school graduating senior.
  • Active runner, independently or with a school or community team.
  • GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Accepted to a 2 or 4 year accredited not-for-profit college (applicant does NOT have to run with the college track or cross country team).
  • Letter of recommendation submitted directly by a high school coach or teacher.
  • Essay of 200-300 words about how running has made an impact on your life.

Scholarship winners will:

  • Provide a photo and permission to use it for our media purposes.
  • Receive a complimentary 1 year membership to the ATC.
  • Scholarship will be awarded only one time per student.
  • Payment will be made directly to the college, not to the student.

Maxwell M. Corpening Jr. Memorial Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship fund has been established to provide financial assistance to low income McDowell High School students who want to pursue a post-secondary education. Grants will be based on the following criteria: financial need, overall character of the student, scholastic achievement, and participation in school, community and church activities. This scholarship is renewable.

To Apply: Applications are available in the counseling office

Deadline: Due May 31 to Ms. Gross or MHS Counseling Office

Eleck W. Hensley “Heart of a Lion” Scholarship

For the Class of 2017, this scholarship is funded by McDowell High School’s Future Business Leaders of America Club and the National Honor Society. These are two organizations that Eleck was dedicated to and gave diligently of his time. Both organizations have committed to funding this scholarship with yearly contributions.

Criteria: This scholarship will be awarded to one McDowell High School senior attending a two year technical school and one senior attending a four year university. The scholarship committee will evaluate the student’s intent to attend a post-secondary program of study, the student’s level of service to the community, and the student’s strong moral character.

Requirements to Apply:

  • Completed Application- Available in the Counseling Office
  • Choose and Submit ONE Essay - 1- “How Can I Make A “Quality” Contribution to My Community?” or 2- “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”
  • Two Recommendation Letters - 1 Community, 1 School
  • School Transcript
  • Selected candidates will be interviewed by the scholarship committee.
  • Application due no later than April 30 to Mrs. Waugh by the end of the school day.

NCAE Scholarship

NCAE will offer a scholarship to a graduating senior of MHS. In order to apply - one parent must be a current member of NCAE (NC Association of Educators).

To Apply: Applications are available in the Counseling Office

Deadline: May 16th - to Mrs. Waugh

John G. Childer's Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarship will be awarded to a student who attended North Cove or whom had an immediate family member who attended North Cove School.

To Apply: Applications are available in the Counseling Office

Deadline: Due to Ms. Gross by May 4, 2018

McDowell Hospital Healthcare Scholarship Fund

Criteria: This scholarship is for students pursuing a course of study in the healthcare field

To Apply: Applications are available in the Counseling Office

Deadline: Applications are due to McDowell Hospital by May 18, 2018

William Harold Smith - MTCC

The William Harold Smith Educational Trust was established to provide financial assistance to students who are graduating from McDowell High School and are accepted into a post-secondary institution.

Criteria for Award: Financial need, character and reputation, scholastic achievement (3.0 gpa minimum), & participation in school, community and church activities.

To apply: Applications are available in the counseling office.


  • Starting MTCC in August 2018 - Due to Ms. Gross in Academy by 3 PM May 31st
  • Starting MTCC in January 2019 - Due to MTCC Office of Financial Aid by January 10th, 2019

Jane McCartha Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: To apply you must be a female athlete planning to attend a 2 year or 4 year college.

To Apply: Applications are available in the Counseling Office

Deadline: Applications must be submitted to Coach Kinninger by May 4.

Pursuing a degree in AGRICULTURE?

The Mario DeLuca Agriculture Scholarship, sponsored by the McDowell County Cattlemen's Association, is now available from Ms. Gross in the Academy Office or in Student Services. This is for a McDowell County senior or current college student who plans to pursue a B.S. degree in the field of Agriculture or who is currently pursuing a degree in Agriculture. Priority given to applicants who are MCAA members or whose parents/grandparents are active members. Priority given to applicants who are pursuing a degree in Animal Science, with an emphasis on beef production. Due April 18, 2018.

Pursuing a degree in WELDING?

There may be a scholarship for you from the American Welding Association. Create an account at:

Let Ms. Gross know if I can help you with the essay!

The Myla Harwood Memorial Scholarship

Myla Harwood was an educator in McDowell County from 1985 until shortly before her death in 2011. She dedicated her life to sharing great literature with her students and mentoring them through the struggles of their own writing. To honor her commitment to the children of McDowell County and her passion for literature, a $250 scholarship was established in her name. This scholarship will be awarded to a McDowell County student who has demonstrated a love for literature and plans to make that the focus of his or her studies at a four year college or university. Applications now available in the Academy office and in Student Services. Due to Ms. Gross by April 16.

Has cancer impacted your life?

If you, or an immediate family member (parents, sibling), has had cancer, there is a scholarship for you! Go to to check out this scholarship - one $4000 scholarship is awarded each semester. There are very specific requirements, so make sure you read all the directions AND communicate clearly to the two people who will write recommendations. DUE MARCH 31 for fall semester and DECEMBER 1st for spring semester.

McDowell County Farm Bureau

For course of study in Agriculture- or Home Economics (also known as Family & Consumer Science)-related fields. McDowell County Farm Bureau, Inc. is proud to announce a scholarship program for worthy and deserving students in McDowell County. Packets available in Ms. Gross's office in the Academy or in Student Services on the Scholarship bulletin board. Due April 16th.

Still 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.

Jackie Spellman Scholarship (check this web address for an application & checklist)

The Jackie Spellman Scholarship Foundation awards annual scholarships to help improve the quality of life for those affected by leukemia or lymphoma. The focus of the scholarship is on supporƟng secondary education for leukemia or lymphoma patients and/or children, siblings or parents of leukemia or lymphoma patients. This scholarship is offered nationwide. The award can only be applied toward tuition.

Due April 16th, 2018

Life Lessons Scholarship

We're now accepting Life Lessons Scholarship applications! The deadline to submit an application is March 2, 2018 at 4:00pm EASTERN time.

To apply, you must create a login to complete and submit an application, including either a 500-word essay or 3-minute video. Life Lessons Scholarship Program is open to college students and college-bound high school seniors (between ages 17 - 24) who have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian.

Kids Chance of NC Scholarship

The mission of Kids’ Chance of North Carolina, Inc. is to provide educational scholarships to the children of North Carolina workers who have been catastrophically or fatally injured in work-related accidents.

Students between the ages of 16-25 whose parent’s on-the-job death or injury resulted in a substantial decline in family income are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in annual scholarship support!

*There is no scholarship deadline. Scholarships are awarded throughout the year.

Ruritan National Foundation Scholarship

*please note - deadline is April 1st but we will be on spring break - new deadline is March 23rd!

Must live in Glenwood Fire District

Pick up the application packet in the Academy office or in Student Services.

JC Runyon Scholarship

Sometimes life can be tough and, at any point, any of us might need help. This scholarship seeks to support students who have received in-patient care (psychiatric, substance abuse, behavioral). If you think you might qualify, check out the link:

Scroll down to the 2018-2019 application & eligibility links.


New Century Scholars Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating MHS senior (must be a resident of McDowell Co.) who is planning on attending McDowell Technical Community College in the fall semester following graduation. Scholarship funds may be used for either a technical or vocational degree or a 2 year college transfer degree. The scholarship committee will evaluate each candidate based on overall effectiveness of the scholarship criteria information.

Due Tuesday, April 24th by 3 p.m.

Retired School Personnel Scholarship

Forms available in the Academy office or in Student Services. This scholarship requires two things: a list of all extracurricular activities (both in and out of school) and an essay on how you would use your education to help yourself and/or society.


2018 Kesha Young Scholarship Program

Kesha Young Scholarship Program at Mission Health is now open. Your scholarship application packet must be submitted to Ms. Gross no later than Thursday, April 26th at 3 pm.

DETAILS: • Scholarship amount varies between $1,500 and $2,500 THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET: • You must qualify as a member of an underrepresented minority group as defined by state and federal guidelines, i.e. American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian Underrepresented (Bangladeshi, Cambodian, Hmong, Indonesian, Laotian, Malaysian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Si Lankan and Vietnamese), Black or African-American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Island Pacific Islander. • Maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale • Pursue a field of study for a career in healthcare • Demonstrate interest in future employment at Mission Health • This program open to students who will have completed high school prior to June 30th, 2018.

See Ms. Gross in the Academy or check the Scholarship Board in Student Services.

The Caldwell County Nurserymen Association is offering scholarships.

Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in a horticulture program at a North Carolina college during the 2018-2019 term.

The scholarship is open to any student residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell, or Wilkes counties. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward ornamental horticulture students who exemplify scholastic aptitude, positive attitude, and industry potential. Work experience within the industry, leadership ability, and financial need will also be considered.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018. Even though the preference is for a student majoring in ornamental horticulture, it is not mandatory.

See Ms. Gross in the Academy for an application or check the scholarship board in Student Services.

McDowell County Farm Bureau, Inc.

For students pursuing a course of study in Agriculture-related or Home Economics-related fields.

Scholarship forms now available from Ms. Gross in the Academy Office or in Student Services. Due by 3 p.m. on April 16th.

Becky Davis Memorial AIG Scholarship

Sponsored by McDowell County PAGE in memory of a great educator - Becky Davis.

Awards for this scholarship will be based on essay, scholastic achievement, employment, character, and reputation of the candidate, as well as participation in extracurricular activities at school, community, and church.

DEADLINE: Return completed application to Ms. Gross or your counselor no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Lynn G. McNeilly Scholarship

Criteria: graduating senior from MHS or MEC, must have attended Glenwood Elementary from grades K-6, must be accepted into a two year or four year college or university.

Applications available from Ms. Gross in the Academy or in Student Services. Due May 18, 2018 by 3 p.m.

Environmental Science Scholarship for McDowell County Schools

Deadline: March 1st, 2018 by 3 p.m.

Awarded to a graduating MCS senior who is planning to attend a four-year university to study Environmental Science or a related program (such as Environmental Studies, Earth Science, Ecology, etc.). The student must need financial assistance in order to attend college.

Applications available from Ms. Gross in the Academy office or in Student Services.

Marion Rotary Club Marshall Dark Scholarship

The Marion Rotary Club is proud to award scholarships to deserving seniors from McDowell County from the Marshall Dark Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be awarded based upon this application and an interview with the Marion Rotary Club Scholarship Committee.

Eligibility: graduating senior from McDowell County, accepted by & planning to enroll in a full time undergraduate course of study at an accredited institution during the year for which the scholarship is given, 3.0 GPA or higher, not a child or grandchild of a Rotarian who belongs to the Marion Rotary Club or any other Rotary Club.

Scholarships awarded based on: Academic excellence and merit, Service, Financial Need

Applications available from Ms. Gross in the Academy Office and in Student Services. Due April 6, 2018 by 3 p.m.

Courage to Grow Scholarship


Courage to Grow

Eligibility Requirements


U.S. citizen

Award may be used for: Any undergraduate study, Any graduate study

Award may be used at: Vocational/technical school, Two-year college, Four-year college

Location of school:

United States

Application Requirements: Essay

Applicant must demonstrate: Financial need, Academic achievement

Additional information:

  • High school seniors may also apply.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Program awards one $500 scholarship every month; deadline date is last day of each month.
  • Visit Website for application and details.

General Information

Individual award amount:


Number of awards granted:


Web address:

Extension Master Gardener Scholarship

Available now in Student Services or from Ms. Gross in the Academy! One $1000 scholarship & two $750 scholarships will be awarded. Priority will be given to applicants majoring in horticulture, agriculture, or a closely related field. You will need: application, sealed transcript, letter of recommendation (included in the packet). Due Friday, April 27

NCSECU - People Helping People scholarship

The State Employees Credit Union Foundation and State Employees Credit Union members are committed to the Credit Union philosophy of "people helping people." The People Helping People Scholarship Program is designed to recognize leadership, integrity, and community involvement. Eligibility includes:

  • SECU member or eligible for membership through parent/guardian
  • US citizen and resident of NC
  • Accepted at one of the 16 UNC system universities
  • 2.5 or higher unweighted GPA
  • completion of FAFSA

Applications are now available in Student Services or in Ms. Gross's office in the Academy. DUE DATE: return to Ms. Gross by February 26, 2018 by 3 p.m.


The Virtix IT STEM Studies Scholarship awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and an express interest in pursuing a STEM education. We will be awarding (1) $500 scholarship per academic year.



Any Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics

William Harold Smith Scholarship (for 4 yr. college applicants).

Applications are available in Student Services on the Scholarship Board or from Ms. Gross in the Academy. Deadline for submitting completed applications: April 5, 2018. Please see Ms. Gross or email her if you have questions!


The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants is proud to sponsor a scholarship program for its members’ children. Scholarships are awarded in amounts of up to $1,500.00. Scholarship recipients are honored at the NCATA annual spring conference.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant should complete and return application and all required attachments, including recommendations, official transcript, applicant statement, and proof of legal guardianship (if necessary) no later than the stated due date.
  • Applicant must be the son, daughter or legally adopted child of a regular NCATA member (employed teacher assistant) in good standing. Stepchildren, grandchildren, and other applicants in custodial guardian arrangements are eligible if they live with the NCATA member in a regular parent-child relationship and can provide proof of legal guardianship.
  • Applicant's parent must be a regular member in good standing of NCATA for at least two consecutive years prior to making application.
  • Applicant must be either a high school senior or be attending college, having received a diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Applicant must be a full-time student, and cannot be older than 23 years of age at the time of application.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in or plan to attend a state-accredited school in any subject area, including, but not limited to, cosmetology, dental assistant, auto mechanics, RN, LPN, early childhood education for day care, etc.
  • The applicant must have a minimum un-weighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher.

Application Process

Are you tall???

The Houston Bay Area Tall Texans is sponsoring scholarships open to all qualifying high school seniors and any applicant under the age of 21 who will be attending their first year at a two or four year accredited institution of higher learning in the fall of 2018 All applicants must also meet the minimum height requirements of TCI; 5’ 10” for women and 6’ 2” for men.

See Ms. Gross for an application! Applications must be mailed by March 1st.

Houston Caldwell Scholarship

In keeping with HoustonFest’s slogan of “A Celebration of Song and Service” individual applicants are selected to receive a scholarship that may be applied to either:

· Regional Traditional Music Education

· Community Service Education/Training

Recipients may apply the funds to tuition fees for classes, training programs, workshops, camps, or private lessons. Applicants must demonstrate acceptance to and enrollment in a program of study that fits the criteria. The Houston Caldwell Scholarships assist with fees for tuition or private lessons with funding level at the discretion of the Houston Caldwell Scholarship Committee. Fees are paid directly to the educational institution, camp, or qualified instructor/ organization. Scholarship winnings must be redeemed within one year of announcement to recipients. Students in grades 5 to 12 and high school graduates up to age 21 are eligible for individual scholarships. Applicants must be residents of the Central Appalachian Region. Application packets must be completed and returned (postmarked) by April 30th of the year of application, including:

· A completed application form

· Two letters of reference from an adult (parents of applicant excluded)

· For Music Scholarship a standard size CD or DVD recording demonstrating the applicant’s musicianship

· 150-word essay explaining why the applicant would like to win the scholarship and explanation of how they plan to use the scholarship

Go to for Scholarship details.

Application Packets should be mailed to:


Attn: Scholarship Program

P.O. Box 1516

Galax, VA 24333

Winners of the HoustonFest Scholarships & Grants will be notified by May 30th of the year awarded.

Recipients will be required to be present at that year’s HoustonFest to receive the award when announced. Artists receiving awards will be expected to perform in a Scholarship Showcase at HoustonFest the year following award. Official Public Announcement of Winners will be made during HoustonFest.

Go to for Houston Caldwell Scholarship details and application form, e-mail, or call 276-236-9908.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

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 and receive ongoing leadership-development support.


To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and
  • 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.


The Baldor Electric Company Foundation was formed to foster meaningful and positive corporate citizenship in the communities where Baldor does business, through the funding of scholarships, capital gifts, and other charitable contributions. As a part of this mission, the Baldor Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist employees’ children who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

Applicants must be:

  • A dependent* child of a full-time U.S. Baldor Electric employee who has a minimum of six (6) months of employment with the company as of the application deadline date, and who is employed at the time of recipient verification
  • 23 years old or younger as of December 31, 2018
  • A high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • *Deadline January 29

Dr. Olin Stiff scholarship for nursing - Due Feb. 1st. Must be employed in Burke County or a resident of Burke County.

Check out scholarships managed by Scholarship America:

A nursing scholarship for students attending WPCC:

Meredith College Teaching Fellows Program

In addition to participation in the high quality teaching education program at Meredith College, the Teaching Fellows Program provides a four-year seminar series in education, cultural enrichment opportunities, a two-year mentor placement in a public school, and a scholarship. Most of our Fellows also qualify for additional financial assistance based on academic merit or need. More information about the program can be found online at:

Completed applications are due in the Office of Admissions by January 15, 2018. Selected students will be invited to interview on campus during Scholarship Weekend (February 16-17) for the Meredith College Teaching Fellows Program.

Wynne & Otto Woerner Endowment Scholarship Fund

Two or more $2500.00 scholarships will be offered each year to a resident of Burke or McDowell County. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.

Criteria include: Financial Need, Academic Success, and Commitment to complete a 4 Year degree.

Deadline to apply: February 19 online at:

Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars

Priority consideration will be given to students competing at the University’s invitation-only Scholarship Day and to applications received by January 10th. However, applications will continue to be accepted beyond this date until all spaces are filled. Go to


To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must: 

*Be enrolled during the 2017-18 academic year at a North Carolina public or private high school or a North Carolina community college. 

*Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes. Complete RDS (Residency Determination Service) at  

*Enroll at a qualifying UNC institution, or a North Carolina private non-profit college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student in the Fall of 2018 (see listing of qualifying campuses at 

*Demonstrate financial need. Students MUST submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for this scholarship. 

*Present a satisfactory record of academic achievement and community service. Extracurricular activities and information provided in a brief essay submitted by the applicant may be considered in determining recipients.

 *Submit an application. The Golden LEAF Scholarship application is available at The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

NCHCF 2018-2019 Scholarship Application Process is OPEN:

September 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018!

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)

Additional Considerations

  • Preference will be given to foreign-born applicants or the native born children of foreign-born parents.
  • Recipients will be chosen based on: family economic need, community involvement, academic achievement, volunteerism and leadership.

Download Application Here:

NC HISPANIC College Fund-APPLICATION 2018-2019

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Online Application Now Available!

We are pleased to inform you that the online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is now available at The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 1, 2018 by 5:00 pm ET.


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

Apply for the $2,500 College Raptor Scholarship!

No purchase necessary!!!!

The application is now available at and is open until January 31, 2018.

CFWNC scholarships

Click on the link and look through these scholarships carefully. There are many available to McDowell County/western NC students!

Application Procedure

To apply for a scholarship, a student will need to click on the scholarship link in the scholarship directory (link above) and review the application procedure where they will find the link to the actual online application. We have moved all of our applications to Smarter Select. This software is very user friendly and has made the applications process better for our students.


Each year the North Carolina Head Start Association provides scholarship opportunities for High School Seniors who attended Head Start.

If you have anyone who attended Head Start and would be interested in this opportunity, please let me know and I would love to have them complete the application.


Ignite Excellence is our largest honors scholarship competition where students will have the opportunity to apply, interview, and meet with key faculty & staff during the competition. Below are the specifics for this scholarship.

Ignite Excellence Scholarship Competition - Gardner-Webb University

  • Minimum GPA Requirement – 3.70 Weighted GPA and above
  • ACT – 25 Minimum Composite Score
  • SAT – 1200 (On New SAT Math/Verbal)

Deadline to receive Ignite application, essay, and two letters of recommendation: December 15, 2017

(Students must apply now to GWU, be accepted into GWU, and we must receive the Ignite material by 12/15/2017)

Scholarship Amounts

  • Winner – Full Tuition and Room/Board for four years
  • 2nd Place – 5th Place – Full Tuition Scholarship

DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship Contest

Teachers may nominate seniors who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, the qualities of a good citizen. One student will be selected to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. Deadline Oct. 20th for nominations.

Check out this unusual way of qualifying for scholarships through

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the 2017 Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest held in Stuttgart, AR.

A copy of the contestants high school transcript must be provided at registration along with a proper ID.

The first-place winner will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $750, and 4th place will receive $500.

Open to any current high school senior graduating in 2018, the competition will be on Friday, November 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. The contest is associated with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest and will take place on the Main Street Stage beside the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce.

HSF Scholarships

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

  • High school seniors
  • Undergraduate students (all years)
  • Community collge students transferring to four year universities

AWARD Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.


  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)


  • All majors and graduate fields accepted
  • Emphasis on STEM majors

Belk Scholars - Davidson College

In 2017-18, the Belk Scholarship is valued at $63,903 (covering the cost of room, board, tuition, fees). Belk Scholars also receive two special study stipends, up to $3,000 each, for international travel and study. The award is renewable for all four years, providing GPA and progress toward degree requirements are met. ​

Belk Scholars are students who:

  • demonstrate purposeful engagement in the classroom, with student and civic organizations, on the athletic field, or in the arts.
  • exhibit deep intellectual curiosity and evidence commitment to both their local and global communities.

See Ms. Gross in the Academy if you plan to apply to Davidson and would like to apply for this scholarship. DEADLINE: Oct. 31st

Kenneth Christensen and Russell Hymas are proud to offer a generous $1,000.00 scholarship for any individuals who qualify. The deadline for application submissions is August 1, 2018. Qualifying students can apply here: To qualify for this scholarship: You must be currently enrolled in or have been accepted to (and planning to attend) a University or College in the United States and provide proof of current enrollment. If you have not received acceptance, you may still apply, but be sure to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment for the scholarship to be released (ex. screenshot of grades, picture of acceptance letter, etc.) You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Cumulative GPA of the current or most recent secondary education program you have attended.

Ladies: interested in infrastructure and engineering? Check out this opportunity to win $500!

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

If you have made a difference through volunteering, please consider this award. Apply at or by November 7th, 2017 to be eligible to be considered for $1000. We have lots of great volunteers at MHS, so please give this scholarship a try!

Lenoir Rhyne University is currently recruiting Teaching Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year. This scholarship program was developed to provide financial aid and ongoing enrichment activities for students who wish to pursue teaching as a career. If you are interested, please submit your resume and letter of interest to Ms. Gross no later than October 1st.

Are one or both of your parents military veterans???? Check out this site:

The West Teaching Scholarship at the Catawba College Academy for Teaching is available. The scholarship is a yearly award of $2,500 in addition to any other academic scholarships for which the student is eligible. The Academy provides a wealth of experiences including early field experiences, excursions and professional networking. Interested students may apply online or contact us to discuss this scholarship.

The West Teaching Scholars application is located at the following link:

The deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2017. In order to be eligible for the West Scholarship, students must have applied to and have been accepted to Catawba College.

Cheatham White Scholarship

If you are interested in this scholarship for NC A&T/NCCU, please submit a personal statement and resume to Ms. Gross by Oct. 15th, 2017.


To be eligible for nomination as a potential Cheatham-White Scholarship candidate, a candidate must:

  • Be a competitive applicant for admission as a freshman in the fall semester into a baccalaureate program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University or North Carolina Central University (in-state and out of state students are both eligible)
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Minimum 4.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 1280 (new)/1200 (old) SAT or 28 ACT
  • Show exceptional qualities of character and leadership
  • Be significantly involved in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to service

Considering any of these schools? Clarkson University, Drexel University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, The University of Toledo, The University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Wentworth Institute of Technology.

The WACE scholarship may be for you. Go to

Deadline February 15, 2018

FREE SPEECH essay contest

Juniors & seniors are eligible to participate in FIRE's essay contest. To enter, students must submit an essay between 800 - 1000 words on the provided topic. One $10,000 first prize, one $5000 second prize, and three $1000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen by drawing from the remaining entrants. Deadline: December 31, 2017. To enter, visit THEFIRE.ORG/CONTEST

Please consider allowing me to assist with your essay!

Voice of Democracy: "American History: Our Hope for the Future"

Record your original 3 - 5 minute essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. This contest is open to students in grades 9 - 12. Prizes can be awarded at the Post, District, state, and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC March 3 - 7 to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

Student entry deadline: October 31, 2017. See Ms. Gross for more details.

SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Scholarship available to high school seniors and college undergraduates. 30 winners will be chosen at random. Two $500 scholarship winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks beginning on or about October 30, 2017 - May 14, 2018. Enter now at:

No GPA or financial need requirement

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Davidson College- Bryan & Norris Scholarships

Two scholar athletes, one male and one female, who demonstrate outstanding academic records, leadership in the classroom and in their sport and are impact players at the NCAA Division 1 level.

To apply: Notify Ms. Gross if you are interested by September 15th, 2017. If selected you must submit your Davidson application by October 15, 2016. Immediately contact the Davidson coach of his/her eligible sport via letter or email. Mandatory on-campus interviews will be held October 29, 2017.

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Davidson College- Belk Scholarship

The Belk scholarship recognizes students who have displayed superior intellectual and personal achievement as well as significant leadership ability.

To apply: Notify Ms. Gross of your interest by October 27th, 2017. If you are chosen as a nominee, your application to Davidson must be completed by December 1, 2017. Phone interviews for semi-finalists held in February (date to be determined). On campus selection interviews for finalists will be held March 22 - 24, 2018.

NC State University Park Scholarship

Criteria: Students who demonstrate exceptional potential in the areas of education, leadership and public service. Students will be evaluated based on four criteria areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. For more information visit -

To Apply: Submit a resume & personal statement addressing the criteria above. Only two students will be sent forward as school nominees to NC State. The MHS Scholarship committee will select those students based on the criteria and paperwork students submit.

Deadline: Resume & Personal Statement due September 15 to Ms Gross. Nominees will be notified by September 27. Nominees must complete Park application with admission application to NC State submitted by October 15.

The Levine Scholars Program

Plan on attending UNC-Charlotte? You may be interested in the Levine Scholars Program. This scholarship includes full tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for eight semesters of undergraduate study at UNC Charlotte. Scholars will also have access to funding for 4 summer experiences, a service grant, and a professional development fund. The combined value of the scholarship over 4 years is $105,000 for North Carolina residents. If you are interested, please see Ms. Gross in the GEAR UP office for more information. Deadline: October 2nd.

Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill

Criteria: Must be a competitive applicant to UNC Chapel Hill and must show evidence of character, scholarship, physical vigor and leadership. Financial need is NOT a consideration. MHS is allowed to nominate 4 seniors. Seniors may also self nominate.

To Apply: Students must complete a questionnaire (from the counseling office bulletin board). All students who apply with the questionnaire will be submitted to the school’s scholarship committee to be considered for the school nominee applications. The application is located at

Deadline: Questionnaire must be completed and submitted to Ms. Gross by September 13. Nominees will be notified by September 27 if they are the school nominee. Online applications for nominees and self-nominees must be completed by October 15.

Scholarship Websites to Check Out

  • - 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.
  • - search site that posts scholarships similar to other sites, but seems to be more variety.
  • 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.

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