Additional Scholarships Available

This program was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011. The loan provides financial assistance to qualified students who are committed to working in North Carolina in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a legal North Carolina resident as well as NC resident for tuition purposes
  • At the time of application, present a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of:

– 3.00 for graduating high school students (weighted GPA)

– 2.80 for undergraduate students pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree

– 3.20 for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree

  • Register with the Selective Service, if required
  • Not be in default, or does not owe a refund, under any federal or state loan or grant program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the enrolling policy of the institution
  • Be willing to work in North Carolina in a designated critical employment area


Annual Loan Amounts are as follows:

  • Certificate or associate degree programs: $3,000
  • Bachelor’s degree program: freshmen and sophomores: $3,000
  • Bachelor’s degree program: junior and senior: $7,000
  • Master’s degree program: $10,000
  • Doctoral degree program: $14,000

Maximum Aggregate Loan Limits:

  • Certificate and/or associate degree programs: $6,000
  • Bachelor’s degree program: $20,000
  • Master’s degree program: $20,000
  • Doctoral degree program: $56,000

Application Procedure: Applications may be obtained by visiting

Since 2010, the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has worked to increase the number and diversity of American students studying abroad through the provision of game-changing scholarships of up to $10.000.

Learn more about the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship.

This annual scholarship is designed for students presently enrolled in colleges or universities and studying education. Their objective is to assist aspiring teachers who are particularly interested in child guidance who want to make a difference in the lives of North Carolina’s children. Eligible participants can be considered for the scholarship after approval of their programs by the Board of Directors of the Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship Fund.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Plan to teach in North Carolina once their education is completed
  • Presently be in a teacher education program with an established career plan for teaching (high school students or recent high school graduates are not eligible to apply)
  • Fully complete a series of background history forms present in the application
  • Provide a recent college or university transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a typed essay (please see scholarship guidelines for essay details)

Value: $500 annually; awarded in early August.

Application Procedure: For more information contact the financial aid office or visit  and click on “View Details” for the scholarship’s guidelines and application or call 336-312-4643. Completed applications must be mailed to: Dena Barnes, 2709 Pleasant Ridge Road, Summerfield, NC 27358. The application deadline is June 1.

Crumley Roberts, LLP is a law firm with offices throughout North Carolina. The Next Step Scholarship is awarded to North Carolina community college students who will be transferring to an accredit four-year college or university in the coming fall.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicant must be a community college student who will be transferring to an accredited 4-year college or university in the fall semester.
  • Have at least a 3.2 GPA to apply

Please note: Applicants will be judged on a written essay.

Value: Three (3) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Application Procedure: The application will be available from November 1 through January 31 of the next year. Applications must be postmarked by February 1. The application is available only on the firm’s website at

Applicants must provide:

  • A written essay (500 words or less)
  • An official transcript from their community college
  • A letter of intent or acceptance from the college or university (if available)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A complete application

Applicants must have an official transcript from their community college, letter of intent or acceptance from the college or university, application, and essay sent to the following address:

Crumley Roberts Next Step Scholarship Program
Attn: Scholarship Committee
2400 Freeman Mill Road, Suite 200
Greensboro, NC 27406

Scholarship recipients are announced in April.

No calls, please. Additional questions may be directed to

Please note: Crumley Roberts employees and their family members are not eligible to enter.

The Golden LEAF Scholars Program — Two-Year Colleges is funded through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The scholars’ program provides funds up to $2,250 annually for curriculum students and up to $1,850 annually for workforce continuing education students. Participating colleges may vary; therefore, students are encouraged to check with the financial aid office at their college to see if the college is taking part in the program.

Eligibility: To be considered for this award, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a North Carolina community college during the academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a North Carolina resident and reside in a rural county that is tobacco dependent, or economically distressed, as determined by the Golden LEAF Foundation.

– Curriculum students will be selected based on their financial need as reported in their Free Application for Student Assistance (FAFSA). Degree-seeking students must be enrolled as a full-time student in the fall and spring semesters and at least half-time (6 credit hours) for the summer semester in order to be eligible to receive the maximum scholarship award. Grants for less than full-time will be prorated based on hours of enrollment and pending availability of funds.

– Workforce Continuing Education students must demonstrate financial need under the federal TRIO formula and be enrolled in a credentialing program of at least 96 hours.

Selection factors include:

  • The effect of the declining economy on his or her family
  • Owned or employed in farming/agriculture business
  • Owned or employed in traditional industries (such as textile or furniture manufacturing)
  • Household member lost their job or went from full-time to part-time employment
  • Academic performance
  • Campus activities and community service

Value: Curriculum students may receive up to $2,250 in awards annually and workforce continuing education students may receive up to $1,850 annually. The scholarships help with the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare and other components of the total cost of attendance for 2021-2022 fall, spring, and summer semesters.

2021-2022 Golden Leaf Application

Application Procedure: Curriculum Students will complete a Golden LEAF application and file it with the college financial aid office. (Applications should NOT be sent to the North Carolina Community College System Office.)

**For Continuing Education students, please visit Workforce Development and Continuing Education Scholarships as their Golden Leaf Application is different from the Curriculum student’s application.

Application Open Dates and Deadlines:

For the Summer 2022 semester, the Golden Leaf will be available on February 28th, 2022. The deadline for the Summer 2022 semester is April 29th, 2022, at 12 noon.

**Any application that is turned in after the semester deadline will not be processed for that semester. Students must fill out a new application for every semester.

AmeriCorps offers full- and part-time opportunities for participants (“members”) to provide service to their community. Service may involve tutoring or mentoring children, environmental conservation, job training or assisting homeless with resources.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligi­bility requirements:

  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or lawful perma­nent resident aliens of the United States. (Individu­als who are in the U.S. under a student work or tourist visa are not eligible to become AmeriCorps members)
  • Be 17 or older (exemptions may exist by the program for 16-year-olds in a full-time, year-round youth corps program)
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED, or obtain one while serving

People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation: Please contact AmeriCorps for more information on compensation.

Application Procedure: For more information about serving your community as an AmeriCorps member in North Carolina, visit or call (919) 814-2000.

NCHCF is a charitable fund established by the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals (NCSHP) at the Triangle Community Foundation to benefit Hispanic students in North Carolina. Applicants must enroll in a degree program at a community college or a four-year university, and must be committed to public service and community development.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate pf a NC high school within the past 2 years and be of Hispanic/Latino background
  • high school within the past two years
  • Have a four-year cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher 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
  • A minimum 500 word personal statement

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.

Value: The NCHCF awards annual scholarships valued between $500 and $3,000. Scholarship recipients may reapply for renewal for up to four years. The number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year. Scholarships will be designated for tuition, fees, and room and board.

Application Procedure: Application packets can be obtained by emailing or calling the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals at: or 919-467-8424. Applications are available online at Application must be received by December 15 and supported documentation postmarked by January 15. Award announcements are mailed by March.

The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2021 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend one of our state’s “Great 58” community colleges starting in the Fall 2021 semester. High school graduates may be eligible to receive this grant –not a loan – to cover tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per academic year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student [Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible]
  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021-22 academic year
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000 .(“EFC” is based upon a student’s FAFSA determination)
  • Renew the FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic years and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of the college

Application Procedure: APPLY NOW at New or Returning Students Admissions.

To get your EFC and determine your financial aid eligibility, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting The Financial Aid Process.

The Longleaf Commitment for High School Graduate Financial Aid is a partnership of the North Carolina Governor’s Office, Community College System, and the State Education Assistance Authority. Funds are being made available from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund through federal COVID-19 relief packages.

The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association’s (NCRLA) Foundation awards a wide variety of scholarships to students across the state who want to pursue higher hospitality education.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the eligibility requirements per scholarship category. Scholarships are awarded in four categories:

Community College or Culinary Students in Two-Year Programs:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year college or culinary program
  • Pursue a degree in culinary arts, hospitality management or tourism
  • Be a North Carolina resident

Value: Below are the scholarships this foundation offers and range from $1,000 to $3,500:

  • Golden Corral
  • William F. Carl Scholarship
  • Jimmy Alfano Scholarship
  • Vicki Clark Flaherty Scholarship
  • Pepsi “Service that Sell” Scholarship

Visit for eligibility requirements.

Application Procedure: Visit for application details and procedures. Direct questions to the NCRLA at 919-844-0098, send them a note at, or Please check the NCRLA website for application deadlines.

First established in 1974, the SEANC Scholarship Program provides endowments to SEANC members, their spouses, and their children to attend technical schools, community colleges, trade schools, junior colleges, or four-year colleges or universities full-time.

Below are the categories of scholarships that are available:

  • Category I – Based on academic performance and financial need
  • Category II – Based on academic performance without regard to financial need
  • Category III (Member-Only) – Awarded to active and associate members who are working full time and wish to continue their education on a part-time basis
  • Retired Grandchild – Category I – Based on academic performance and financial need of the grandchild of a retired state employee
  • Retired Grandchild – Category II – Based on academic performance without regard to financial need of the grandchild of a retired state employee
  • Leadership NC scholarship (for current and active SEANC members)

Value: Awards are $1,000 for four-year schools and $500 for two-year trade schools and community colleges. The category III scholarship is worth $500. The scholarships are nonrenewable, but previous recipients may reapply for funding.

Application Procedure: Scholarship applications are available from January to April of each year. Applications, postmarked no later than April 15, must be sent to the appropriate scholarship chairperson in a member’s local district. To obtain district information, contact the SEANC Scholarship Department at 800-222-2758 or Scholarship applications are available at

The “People Helping People” Scholarship Program for Community College Students was established in 2004 by the SECU Foundation. The scholarships were awarded for the first time in the fall of 2005 to students attending North Carolina community colleges. Each of the state’s 58 community colleges will offer two scholarships during the academic year.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an applicant or full-time student who is a high school graduate or has completed the General Education Development (GED) program, enrolled in an associate degree, diploma or certificate program
  • Be a U.S. citizen and a resident of North Carolina eligible for in-state tuition
  • Exemplify the membership philosophy of credit unions, “People Helping People,” and demonstrate leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement
  • Demonstrate scholastic achievement and maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale or attain a score of 3,000 on the GED test
  • Use the scholarship to pay tuition, books, fees, course supplies, and transportation
  • Agree to continue at the community college where enrolled at the time of the scholarship award for the duration of the scholarship, for four consecutive semesters or until completing a diploma program if less than four consecutive semesters
  • Not be a director, employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or the SECU Foundation

The decision of the Scholarship Selection Committee will be final.

Preference may be given to students with limited financial aid from other programs.

Value: Each “People Helping People” Scholarship for community college students is valued at $5,000 ($1,250 per semester for up to 4 consecutive semesters of study at a qualifying campus).

Application Procedure: Recipients of the scholarships will be selected by their community colleges. Application details and other information will be available through the State’s community college financial aid offices by the end of July. The application deadline is July 12. Websites: and

The recipients of the scholarships will be selected each year from applicants meeting the established criteria at local community colleges. Colleges may not submit alternate recipients for the Wells Fargo scholarship in the spring semester after March 1.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled full-time in the second year of a two-year educational/technical program
  • Demonstrate financial need and scholastic promise.
  • Use the scholarship to pay for tuition, books, and transportation

Value: One scholarship per college valued at $500 each. These scholarships are distributed among the 58 colleges in the community college system, which may be distributed in two payments: $250 for fall semester and $250 for spring semester.

Application Procedure: Recipients will be selected by their colleges. For more information about this program, contact the financial aid office at the attending campus.

Each of the four military services, the Coast Guard and the Selected Reserve Service Components operates its own voluntary education program.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a member in good standing of the regular Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard or the Selected Reserve Component of any one of these services
  • Have the signed permission of the base Education Services Officer or Reserve Training Officer
  • Have served an established number of continuous days of active duty
  • Meet other criteria that the individual service may have established

Value: Effective October 1, 2002, the services pay 100% of tuition and related instructional costs up to certain credit caps and determined annual ceilings.

For additional information, visit:

NCTAP provides assistance for tuition and required fees to qualified members of N.C. National Guard (NCNG).

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an active drilling member of the North Carolina Army or Air National Guard prior to the start of the academic term for which tuition assistance is provided
  • Members must have a minimum obligation of two years remaining as a member of the N.C. National Guard from the END of the academic period for which tuition assistance is provided or commit himself or herself to extended membership for at least two additional years from the END of the academic period for which tuition assistance is provided
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an approved program of study at an approved institution
  • Be meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirement at the approved institution
  • Satisfactorily complete courses in which tuition assistance is provided

Value: Assistance for tuition to qualified members of the NCNG is awarded up to an amount set by the NC State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). Subject to the availability of funds.

Application Procedure: To apply, register at and upload the required coursework information in the NC National Guard Student Portal.

Please direct all questions to the NC National Guard Education Services Office: 984-664-6272.

Eligibility: Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be children (under age 25 at time of application) of certain deceased or disabled veterans or of veterans who were listed as POW/MIA
  • Veteran’s disabilities must have occurred during a period of war
  • Veteran must have been a legal resident of North Carolina at time of entry into service, or child must have been born in North Carolina and resided there continuously

Value: Full scholarships provide for four academic years of free tuition, room and board allowances, and mandatory fees at state-supported institutions. Limited scholarships provide free tuition and mandatory fees at public universities. Awards may be used for either undergraduate or graduate study.

Application Procedure: For information concerning this scholarship program and applicable institutions, contact your local Veteran’s Affairs Office or the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, 1315 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1315, call 919-733-3851, or visit Division of Veterans Affairs notifies applicants of approval of benefits. Applications are due by March 1.

The North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships for Health Careers were created to assist students interested in attaining associate degrees in fields of high demand that will allow them to join the health care profession.

Eligibility: Applicant must be the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be full-time
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Enrolled in their second year of an eligible Allied Health program at a community college
  • Must complete the current Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Eligible programs are listed below:

  • Associate Degree Nursing (A45110)
  • Dental Hygiene (A45260)
  • Emergency Medical Science (A45340)
  • Health Information Technology (A45360)
  • Medical Assisting (A45400)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (A45400)
  • Pharmacy Technology (A45580)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (2-year program)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (1+1)(A45640)
  • Respiratory Therapy (A45720)
  • Veterinary Medical Technology (A45780)

Award: The Foundation awards $1,000 scholarships, $500 for the fall and spring semesters. Disbursement of the spring awards is contingent upon enrollment and satisfactory academic performance during the fall semester.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee of NC Community College representatives. The committee will consider financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA), merit as determined by academic performance, and personal commitment to the health profession, as determined by the required documentation. The head of the college’s Allied Health Department will need to complete the application for the recommended student and submit it to the System Office.

Family Statement:

The Allen Ryan Todd Scholarship was established to honor the life and enthusiasm for learning of Allen Ryan Todd. The scholarship symbolizes his family’s belief that we are here not just to further our own ends, but also to contribute to a larger purpose. In that spirit, scholarship, service, and a desire to help other committed individuals are crucial elements. Recipients of this scholarship will demonstrate merit and commitment to further their education and honoring the memory of Allen Ryan Todd.

Available are two (2) scholarships valued at $1,660.00. The funds will be distributed in two payments per recipient: fall semester $415, and spring semester $415. Scholarship checks will be issued to the college in the name of the recipient.

To qualify as a recipient for the Allen Ryan Todd Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

    1. Be a resident of a North Carolina.
    2. Be enrolled (or must intend to enroll) in an Associate Degree program in education, health or environmental science at a North Carolina Community College.
    3. Be a motivated, capable learner who has a demonstrated economic need.
    4. Submit an essay specifying a chosen field of study and explain how the scholarship will help the applicant achieve his/her goal. A statement of how his/her goals honor the values modeled in the life of Allen Ryan Todd.
    5. Maintain a grade point average at or above the level required for graduation.
    6. Continue enrollment for the duration of the scholarship at the college where he/she was enrolled at the time of the scholarship award.
    7. The recipient(s) must show documentation that they have volunteered in the intended field of study to be considered for this scholarship. Documentation must be within the past year.

The recipients of the scholarship will be selected each year by a scholarship committee at the North Carolina Community College System Office. Factors to be considered in the selection process will include, but will not be limited to, scholastic achievement, participation in outside activities, and a demonstrated commitment to the students’ chosen disciplines: Education, Health, or
Environmental Science.

The Todd family and supporters hope recipients will regard this scholarship as an obligation to make the most of their career goals and as an opportunity to help others. We are looking for students who will model scholarship, leadership, and service in their own lives and serve as good models for future recipients of this financial aid. While we cannot always “pay it back,” we can “pay it forward.” We wish to support those who subscribe to this philosophy.

Submit application selections by August 31 to:
Brenda Burgess
Associate Director of Student Aid

5016 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-5016
Telephone: (919) 807-7104
Fax: (919) 807-7173

For more scholarship information please visit CFNC at

Outside Scholarships

Many organizations offer awards based on place of residence, background, professional affiliations and/or field of study.  Students should search and apply for outside scholarships independently.  There are many free online scholarships search sites.  In addition, book listings are available in bookstores and libraries.

If you are awarded an outside scholarship you should provide a copy of the award notice to the Financial Aid Office to ensure that funds are available in a timely manner.  Scholarship checks from outside donors should be sent to:

Lenoir Community College
ATTN:  Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 188

Kinston, NC  28504

Scholarship funds will be equally divided between the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise requested by the scholarship donor or indicated as a single semester disbursement.

You will generally have access to your funds within 2 weeks to charge tuition and fees and/or purchase books and supplies in the Campus Bookstore. Organizations often contact the Financial Aid Office for potential scholarship recipients.  This information is posted on Self-Service as it becomes available.