Updated 1/13/16

January 1st UNCG Teaching Fellows Program: It is with great excitement that the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Education announces the “return” of the Teaching Fellows program. This program awards a $20,000.00 scholarship distributed incrementally over four years of study at UNCG. In addition to scholarships, the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program includes a variety of other benefits, including integrated seminars, networking events, community engagement opportunities, and leadership development. Fellows also live in relative proximity to one another as part of the Residential Colleges or Lloyd International Honors College. Additionally, Fellows study abroad during their sophomore year as part of the global focus of the program.

  • To be eligible for participation in the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program, a student must be a North Carolina resident, have at least a 3.80 cumulative high school GPA, and have a minimum SAT score of 1100 (verbal and math) or ACT composite score of 24.
  • Potential Students must also plan to major in education.
  • To Apply, Complete the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Application. Priority will be given to those applications (to both the University and the Program) received by January 1, 2016. Applications will still be accepted after this date, however.
  • For More Information, Click Here.

January 6th John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest: The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites High School Students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in "Profiles in Courage".
Grand prize winner receives a $10,000 scholarship. 2nd place prize receives $1,000, and up to 5 others will receive $500. Click Here to apply. Apply no later than January 6th, 2016.

January 7th GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship: The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program annually awards 20 college-bound students with a $10,000 renewable ($40,000 total) scholarship.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars candidates 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);
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by Scholarship Management Services;
  • Be citizens of the United States of America;
  • Be high school seniors attending high school in the United States, or any of the U.S. territories and commonwealths and graduating in winter 2014 or spring 2015. Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible. Home-schooled students who are graduating in winter 2014 or spring 2015 are also eligible.
  • 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 2015-2016 academic year.

Applications are submitted online and must be completed by midnight on January 7, 2016. For information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships or follow them on facebook at facebook.com/GEReaganScholarships.

January 8th South River Electric Membership Corporation Scholarship: At least one $1,000 and two $500 scholarships will be awarded in 2015 through the South River EMC Power Source Volunteers. These scholarships will be awarded to students who live in the South River EMC service area. Factors considered in granting scholarships may include, but are not limited to: character, moral standards, citizenship, past and present academic performance (as outlined in Eligibility section), letters of recommendation, statements of career goals and qualifications and extra-curricular activities. Applications must be mailed in, and must arrive by January 22, 2016. If you would like Triton to submit your application for you, please return the completed application to your Guidance Counselor by January 8, 2016. The application is attached below.

January 9th Ron Brown Scholarship Program: This scholarship seeks to identify African-American students who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, and make an impact on their communities through service to others. Applications must be downloaded and mailed in by January 9, 2016. For more information, and to apply, Click Here.

January 9th $10,000 Solve A Mystery Scholarship: Awaiting Updated Information Check this out: Girls start out loving science just as much as boys, but by middle school they're half as interested in stuff like test tubes and robots. What gives?! This October, DoSomething.org has teamed up with 3M to get girls (or anyone!) excited about a career in one of the STEM fields by showing them what pro scientists actually do. Participants can earn a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship for school by playing and sharing Science Sleuth, a multi-player, interactive texting game, where you and three friends must use your science skills to gather clues and solve the case of the missing mascot. There are no essays or minimum GPA required. Click Here for more information.

January 10th Elon University Teaching Fellows: This program is for students who are prospective educators. Recipients of this award will receive $5,500 per year as a part of their 4-year preparation as a teacher. This award is in addition to any other Elon University Merit scholarships received by the student. If interested, visit www.elon.edu/elonnctf. They also encourage you to contact their program assistant direct, Jennifer Fish, at jfish5@elon.edu. Online applications must be submitted by January 10, 2016.

January 13th The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:
  • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American.
  • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED.
  • Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited* college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2015 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.
    • If selected as GMS finalists, students must demonstrate eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant Program as part of their financial aid package for the 2015 academic year. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Programs. Students are urged to file a 2015 FAFSA at their earliest opportunity. The 2015 FAFSA form will be available January 1, 2015 at www.fafsa.gov. Federal Pell Grants typically are awarded to families that demonstrate significant financial need. Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is a function of many factors, including dependency status, family income, family size and the number of students in the family.
  • Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student's application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student's academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student's community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline. The deadline to submit this online application is January 13th, 2016. Click Here for more information.

January 15th The North Carolina JCI Senate scholarships are given in memory of Kyle Byrd whose parents are North Carolina JCI Senators from Apex. Kyle was tragically killed while still enjoying high school. The North Carolina JCI Senate will award two $500.00 scholarships in 2015, and submit two scholarship applications to the United States JCI Senate Foundation to be evaluated for $1,000.00 scholarships. The two scholarship applications submitted for national competition may or may not be the same applicants receiving North Carolina JCI Scholarships. For more information, and to download the application, go to www.ncjcisenate.org/scholarship.

The deadline for submitting applications for both the North Carolina and United States JCI Senate Scholarships is January 15, 2016 (postmarked) and should be mailed to:

Linda Reid Oldham
Kyle Byrd Memorial Scholarship Chairman
Post Office Box 147
Lakeview, NC 28350

January 15th North Carolina Extension and Community Association: The NCECA is offering two (2) $800.00 scholarships. The scholarships will be paid in the following fall term. Adults and youth can apply for the scholarships.
The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students obtaining a degree at any NC college, in any field of study – with priority given to Family and Consumer Sciences.
The application needs to be received by February 1 and can be sent to:

Harnett County ECA
Tyrone Fisher
126 Alexander Drive
Lillington, NC 27546

Download the application below, and return your application to your Guidance Counselor by January 15. If a student is selected they will receive a letter of congratulations and will be required to return a form with a letter from their college or vocational school’s registrar’s office stating they are officially enrolled for the coming fall semester. Checks will then be mailed to the student. Previous applicants and/or recipients may reapply each year they remain in school.

January 15th North Carolina Hispanic College Fund: This foundation awards multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $2500 yearly. Scholarship recipients may re-apply to continue receiving their scholarship for up to 3 additional years.

Eligibility is as follows:
  • 2.5 cumulative gpa
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • High School Transcript
  • 500 word personal statement
  • Preference is given to students who are "foreign-born" or native born student of foreign-born parents

To apply, you must mail the completed application and other materials to the address on the application, postmarked no later than January 15, 2015. The application is attached below.

January 15th Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarships: The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program, or financial need. Determine eligibility and begin the U.S. process Click Here.

January 16th Lenoir Rhyne University Teaching Scholars: They are recruiting exemplary high school seniors to receive this prestigious scholarship and develop the skills to become effective teacher leaders for our public schools. FALL 2015 applications are being accepted now with priority consideration being given to students applying by January 16, 2016. Apply at edu.lr.edu/teachingscholars

January 20th Tu Futuro Gets Brighter Scholarship: This is a national scholarship for Hispanic Students. The program offers four $100k scholarships a year, and many other local scholarships. Visit www.MeEncanta.com to apply.

January 30th NCSU Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship: Program for students with demonstrated leadership potential, academic achievement, personal talents, unique work or service experience, and financial need. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of diversity. To apply, you must follow these steps.
  1. Apply for Admission: To be considered for the Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship, you must submit your online application for Undergraduate Admission to NC State University no later than 5:00 PM on November 1, 2014. All Undergraduate Admission required materials must be postmarked by the November 1, 2014 deadline. Scholarship applicants must be accepted for Admission by January 30, 2016 to be considered.
  2. Apply for Financial Aid: To be considered for the Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship, you must complete the 2015-2016 online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1, 2016. Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship applicants must demonstrate a significant level of financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA, in order to receive the scholarship.
  3. Apply for Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship.

The Application for the Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 PM (EST) on March 1, 2015. No exceptions can be made to the deadline.

Visit https://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/cls/ for updated information.