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    Top 56 North Carolina Scholarships in June 2024

    Written by Maria Geiger

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    Updated: June 4th, 2024

    Are you a student in the great state of North Carolina? Perhaps you are from another state, but want to attend school in the Tar Heel state? If so, you should fund your college or graduate school education with some of the top North Carolina scholarships! These scholarships include awards from private organizations as well as merit scholarships from the top NC institutions of higher  education. Keep on reading to learn more about these top NC scholarships including award amounts, eligibility requirements, and deadlines!

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest

    Offered by Regions Bank

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Regions Bank

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year? If so, you may be eligible for the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest! Each quarter, the contest awards $8,000 to the top four (4) applicants who submit an essay (500 words or less) or a video (3 minutes or less) about how someone they know has (1) inspired them and (2) given them the confidence to achieve their goals. The scholarship is offered four times a year, with deadlines every March, June, September, and December. Bear in mind that applicants must also reside in a state with Regions Bank full-service branches to apply. To find out whether or not your state is eligible, keep on reading. If it is, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Bold.org

    1 award worth $1,500
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Bold.org

    The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college…Show More

    The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college…Show More

    The Vickie Drum Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of a remarkable woman who overcame the challenges of being a mother while pursuing her college education, and who serves as an inspiration to many. Her story resonates with countless young mothers who aspire to improve their lives through higher education. However, the financial burden of attending college can be overwhelming for these individuals. In honor of Vickie Drum's legacy, this scholarship aims to support female students in North Carolina who are raising a child while pursuing an undergraduate degree. Eligible applicants must meet this criterion and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. To apply, share your unique journey through higher education as a parent and how it has shaped your path. This scholarship is an opportunity to not only honor Vickie Drum's memory but also empower mothers to achieve their educational goals and create a brighter future for themselves and their families.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,500
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Apply

    North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Undergraduate Criminal Justice Scholarship

    Offered by North Carolina Sheriffs' Association

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by North Carolina Sheriffs' Association

    The Criminal Justice Scholarship Program was established by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association to assist students who are dependents of law enforcement officials or who…Show More

    The Criminal Justice Scholarship Program was established by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association to assist students who are dependents of law enforcement officials or who…Show More

    The Criminal Justice Scholarship Program was established by the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association to assist students who are dependents of law enforcement officials or who are studying in the criminal justice field and express an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Applicants must be North Carolina residents enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours in an undergraduate degree granting criminal justice program at one of the institutions of The University of North Carolina or the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. To apply, students must receive a recommendation from their local sheriff and complete and submit an application. If you're a North Carolinian with a passion for keeping the public safe, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship

    Offered by Southern Nursery Association

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

    Offered by Southern Nursery Association

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is offered to students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate ornamental horticulture program or related discipline at…Show More

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is offered to students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate ornamental horticulture program or related discipline at…Show More

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is offered to students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate ornamental horticulture program or related discipline at a four-year institution, must be currently enrolled in good standing and must carry a full-time compliment of courses at time of application and during the semester the scholarship is granted. Also, student must be in a junior or senior standing at time of application in a four-year curriculum (having completed the first two years and at least two horticulture courses) or a graduate student standing in a horticultural masters or doctoral program. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Charlotte Pride Scholarship Program

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Charlotte Pride

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Charlotte Pride

    Are you an LGBTQ+ individual or ally from the Charlotte metro area who’s currently (or will soon be) attending college? Further, have you served the…Show More

    Are you an LGBTQ+ individual or ally from the Charlotte metro area who’s currently (or will soon be) attending college? Further, have you served the…Show More

    Are you an LGBTQ+ individual or ally from the Charlotte metro area who’s currently (or will soon be) attending college? Further, have you served the LGBTQ+ community either through community service or activism? If so, consider applying for the Charlotte Pride Scholarship Program! Each year, the scholarship provides up to $10,000 to multiple applicants who fit those criteria and demonstrate significant, unmet financial need. In order to apply, you must submit a 500 - 800-word essay (or original artwork), your SAT/ACT score, transcripts, former work/community service experiences, and any extracurricular activities. The scholarship is offered by Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas, which hosts a variety of LGBTQ-related projects and activities. If this sounds like a good opportunity to you, we encourage you to apply. Your meaningful work has improved the lives of others, and now it’s time to be rewarded for it!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Kassel Smit Make A Difference Scholarship

    Offered by Triangle Community Foundation

    2 awards worth $3,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Triangle Community Foundation

    The Kassel Smit Make A Difference Scholarship was established in honor of Kassel Smit, a creative and inquisitive Cary High School student whose life was…Show More

    The Kassel Smit Make A Difference Scholarship was established in honor of Kassel Smit, a creative and inquisitive Cary High School student whose life was…Show More

    The Kassel Smit Make A Difference Scholarship was established in honor of Kassel Smit, a creative and inquisitive Cary High School student whose life was tragically cut short at age 16, in order to provide financial support to a soon-to-be Cary high school graduate who embodies Kassel's traits. Such traits include creativity, inquisition, sensitivity, generosity, a sense of humor, respect, and love. The $2,500 award can go toward any need listed under the recipients' post-secondary institution's total cost of attendance. To apply, students should download the application from the Triangle Community Foundation website and submit their completed application to [email protected]. If you're a passionate Cary High School graduate who demonstrates the traits listed above, and want to honor Kassel's legacy, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth $3,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Gantt-McColl Scholarship Fund

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Multiple awards worth up to $7,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Are you a high school senior projected to graduate from an eligible public high school in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina? Further, do you have a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior projected to graduate from an eligible public high school in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina? Further, do you have a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior projected to graduate from an eligible public high school in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina? Further, do you have a minimum cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale? If so, the Gantt-McColl Scholarship Fund may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $7,500 per school year to multiple college-bound high school seniors from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The scholarship may be received for up to four years, for a total of $30,000, so long as recipients continue to meet the renewal requirements (2.0+ GPA and full-time enrollment). If you're a college-bound high school senior from a public high school in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $7,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship

    Offered by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

    1 award worth $1,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student

    Offered by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

    Are you a female college student pursuing a STEM major who has served in the U.S. armed forces or are enrolled in an ROTC program?…Show More

    Are you a female college student pursuing a STEM major who has served in the U.S. armed forces or are enrolled in an ROTC program?…Show More

    Are you a female college student pursuing a STEM major who has served in the U.S. armed forces or are enrolled in an ROTC program? If so, you may be eligible for the Colonel Kathleen Swacina Scholarship! The scholarship is open to female college STEM majors who are current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, are in ROTC programs, or descend from veterans or AFCEA members. This scholarship honors Colonel Kathleen Swacina and her accomplishments with the AFCEA to support the community and support students who persevere when faced with adversity. Every year, one applicant receives a $1,500 scholarship to use towards their education. If you are passionate about STEM and have a personal connection to the Armed forces, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    1 award worth $1,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore, College Junior & Graduate Student
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    St. Andrew’s Society of Washington DC Founders’ Scholarship

    Offered by St. Andrew's Society of Washington, DC

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by St. Andrew's Society of Washington, DC

    Are you a post-secondary student of Scottish birth or heritage? If so, the St. Andrew's Society of Washington DC Founders' Scholarship may be a great…Show More

    Are you a post-secondary student of Scottish birth or heritage? If so, the St. Andrew's Society of Washington DC Founders' Scholarship may be a great…Show More

    Are you a post-secondary student of Scottish birth or heritage? If so, the St. Andrew's Society of Washington DC Founders' Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple post-secondary students of Scottish birth or heritage. Bear in mind that applicants from the United States must also hold permanent residence in the Mid-Atlantic Region (the District of Columbia, the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia). Other evaluation criteria include an identifiable need for financial assistance, a meritorious academic record, and an indication that the proposed course of study will materially contribute to the applicant's intellectual development and economic independence. Special attention will be given to applicants whose work would enhance public knowledge of Scottish history or culture. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship

    Offered by Southeastern Theatre Conference

    1 award worth $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Southeastern Theatre Conference

    The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be entering a college or university in the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC)…Show More

    The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be entering a college or university in the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC)…Show More

    The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be entering a college or university in the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) region to major in theater. The SETC region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. If you're a college-bound student in the SETC region with a passion for theater, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Gordon Hay Scholarship Fund

    Offered by Blumenthal Performing Arts

    2 awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

    Offered by Blumenthal Performing Arts

    Are you a Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee-area high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore planning to pursue a non-performing career in theater?…Show More

    Are you a Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee-area high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore planning to pursue a non-performing career in theater?…Show More

    Are you a Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee-area high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore planning to pursue a non-performing career in theater? If so, you might consider applying for the Gordon Hay Scholarship! This scholarship is open to students residing within 125 miles of Charlotte, NC or Knoxville, TN who are pursuing a non-performing career in theater and exemplify a strong pursuit of personal excellence, commitment to community engagement, artistic or technical accomplishment, and who have a record of scholarly achievement. Eligible non-performance areas of theater include (but are not limited to): playwriting, set, costume, lighting, or sound design, arts administration, stage management, production management, and technical direction. If you're a student residing near Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee, and have a passion for the non-performance areas of theater, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen
    Get Started

    Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship

    Offered by Southern Automotive Women's Forum

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Southern Automotive Women's Forum

    The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship is open to female postsecondary students who are pursuing a STEM degree and interested in a career in STEM.…Show More

    The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship is open to female postsecondary students who are pursuing a STEM degree and interested in a career in STEM.…Show More

    The Southern Automotive Women’s Forum Scholarship is open to female postsecondary students who are pursuing a STEM degree and interested in a career in STEM. Applicants must be attending an institution in a southern state (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas or West Virginia), and are eligible to earn between $1,000 and $5,000 to go toward their education. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more, and get a headstart on your career.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started
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    How to win North Carolina scholarships

    North Carolina scholarships are sought after due to the countless prestigious universities and colleges that call North Carolina home. In order to get a leg up on the competition to win North Carolina scholarships, you should focus on what you’re passionate about while connecting back to your North Carolina roots. 

    For example, if you want to pursue a career in agriculture, you can discuss your fond memories of attending the local Charlotte farmer’s market and learning about the fresh raspberries from the farmers themselves. This not only ties in with your passions, but also relates back to how appealing North Carolina is as a state.

    Scholarship application resources for  North Carolina scholarships

    As mentioned before, North Carolina scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself which could be 250 words to 500 words. Luckily. Scholarships360 has all the resources you could need to win North Carolina scholarships! Be sure to check out our guides and well as read over the ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships. Best of luck on your writing endeavors!

    North Carolina student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, in total, North Carolina residents owe $49.2 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $37,721 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 52.3% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

    Keep on reading to learn more about top scholarships in North Carolina, as well as merit scholarships from colleges in North Carolina!

    Merit scholarships at North Carolina colleges and universities

    Davidson College

    • Eligibility: High academic achievers with experiences that reflect a varied range of interests, talents and achievements and some scholarships require a nomination
    • Amount: Up to full cost of attendance
    • Deadline: Admission deadline

    Duke University

    • Eligibility: All applicants are automatically considered for Duke merit scholarships by virtue of their admissions application
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Admission deadline

    Elon University

    • Eligibility:Students are automatically considered when they apply and are selected based on their high school academic record and application essay
    • Amount: $3,000 up to $13,500
    • Deadline: Mid-January

    North Carolina A&T State University

    • Eligibility: The National Alumni Scholarship and the Louis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarships recognize exceptional academic talent and ability
    • Amount: Up to full tuition and room and board 
    • Deadline: Mid-January 

    North Carolina State University

    • Eligibility: Awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character
    • Amount: Up to full cost of attending
    • Deadline: November 1

    Salem College

    • Eligibility: All admitted students are considered for scholarships and amount awarded is based on high school GPA
    • Amount: $14,000 up to $20,000
    • Deadline: Varies based on program

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    • Eligibility: Applicants are automatically considered and must have impressive academic and extracurricular achievements and show promise of engagement in the life of the University
    • Amount: Up to the full cost of attending
    • Deadline: Admission deadline

    University of North Carolina at Asheville

    • Eligibility: Academic excellence, as demonstrated by a high grade point average/scores on the SAT or ACT, interest in or passion for an academic program, extracurricular engagement
    • Amount: Up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission deadline

    University of North Carolina at Wilmington

    • Eligibility: When you are accepted to both UNCW and the Honors College, you are automatically considered for competitive Honors College Merit Scholarships
    • Amount: $500 up to full tuition 
    • Deadline: November 1st to be considered for Early Action, and February 1st to be considered for Regular Decision

    Wake Forest University

    • Eligibility: Students with extraordinary achievement, leadership, and talent
    • Amount: Up to the full cost of attending
    • Deadline: Mid-November

    Warren Wilson College

    • Eligibility: Students who excel in academics, work, service and are admitted to the college
    • Amount: $4,000 up to full tuition
    • Deadline: Admission deadline

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

    In-state tuition provides students with a lower cost compared to out-of-state tuition rates. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

    Here are a few well-known North Carolina universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

    North Carolina State University

    • In-state tuition: $9,105
    • Out-of-state tuition: $31,977

    University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

    • In-state tuition: $7,020
    • Out-of-state tuition: $37,360

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    You are probably wondering how to get in-state tuition for North Carolina schools since it significantly reduces the cost of tuition! In order to receive in-state tuition, you will need to have established legal residence in North Carolina and maintained this status for at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the semester. Some ways to establish legal residence include obtaining a North Carolina driver’s license, registering your vehicle in North Carolina, and becoming employed in the state of North Carolina. Be sure to double check with your intended North Carolina institution what they require students to do in order to obtain in-state tuition! 

    Does North Carolina have tuition reciprocity? 

    Yes, but this benefit is only for graduate students. North Carolina is a barely-participating member of the Academic Common Market, which is a regional reciprocity agreement among Southern states. However, North Carolina only participates through their graduate school programs meaning undergraduate students will not benefit. 

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    Additional North Carolina resources

    College Foundation of North Carolina

    This one-stop shopping website offers planning tools, timelines, test prep resources and financial literacy guidance are everything you need to set a course for college. Along with lots of scholarships that are easy to search for!

    Community College Student Resources

    Important resources for students planning to/or attending community college, including course library, curriculum, licensure/certifications, and high school equivalency information.

    Golden Door Scholars

    For DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protected Status), and Undocumented students. Applicants must be currently in high school or have graduated from a United States high school or obtained a GED (General Education Development) certificate from a United States GED Program. They also must be applying to or attend one of the Golden Door Scholars Partner Schools.

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    Frequently asked questions about North Carolina scholarships

    What type of scholarships does North Carolina offer?

    North Carolina offers an abundance of different types of scholarships both for North Carolina residents and out-of-state students. These scholarships may include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

    Are there scholarships available for graduate students in North Carolina?

    Yes! There are many scholarships offered for graduate students in North Carolina. Graduate scholarships may be offered by universities, professional organizations, foundations, and other entities. In addition, North Carolina offers tuition reciprocity for graduate studies as well.
     

    Can out-of-state students receive scholarships in North Carolina?

    Yes, out-of-state students can receive scholarships in North Carolina. Some scholarships may prioritize North Carolina residents, but there are also scholarships available to students from outside the state.

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