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The following list of scholarships are offered through organizations outside of Davidson County Community College, and each one will have a different deadline and criteria to follow. Please read through each description and visit the website to determine your eligibility before you apply. If you have questions about any of the scholarships, you must contact the organization directly.

Please also be aware of any potential scholarship scams which might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Guaranteed Scholarships: In the world of financial assistance there can never be a guarantee other than a guarantee that “Guaranteed Scholarships” never come to fruition.
  2. Processing Fees: If a processing fee is required, run. Many of these scholarships have disclosure statements that “guarantee the winnings” and further state that “students will be eligible for a refund.” This is just an additional scam. In reality, the money never returns to the student.
  3. Rewards Without Entries: Simply put, when an award or prize is given without the student having to submit an application, not only is it surprising, but even more, unbelievable. Beware!
  4. Free Seminar: This is simply a baiting process to lure parents and students to attend seminars and the organizations will offer attractive materials that will “guarantee your student to qualify for a scholarship!” However, a fee is most likely applied and then followed by a small package of scholarships. Rather then pay this fee, visit the school’s financial aid office or go online to a more credible database. Both of these sources are free.

Be sure to get plenty of information about the organization. If needed, visit the web site of the Better Business Bureau  to determine if the organization is legit or not. Do research and get the right information before proceeding.


State Employee’s Credit Union Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 (DCCC is allotted 2 recipients)

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be an applicant, who is a graduate of a North Carolina high school or a full-time student, enrolled in an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate program at a North Carolina Community College.
    • Be a U. S. Citizen and a resident of North Carolina under NCGS 116-143.1 and is eligible for in-state tuition.
    • Demonstrate financial need using the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Demonstrate Scholastic Achievement by maintaining a 2.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale or attained a score of 3,000 on their GED test.
    • Use the scholarship to pay for tuition, fees, textbooks, course supplies and transportation.
    •Be enrolled at DCCC at the time the scholarship is awarded and for the duration of the scholarship and or completion of program whichever comes first.

**If you are a currently enrolled student here at DCCC you do not need to submit an official transcript**

How To Apply: Application


AXA Achievement Scholarship

Award Amounts: $2,500; $10,000; or $25,000 (Specific award amount will be determined by Scholarship America)

Application Opens: September 1 each year

Application Deadline: December 15 each year; OR until 10,000 applications are received

About the Scholarship: The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must:

  • Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 united states, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico
  • Be a current high school senior who plans to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2020-21 academic year. Enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution outside of the United States will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities
  • Because reducing risk is woven into the fabric of our company, special consideration is given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://apply.scholarsapply.org/axaequitable-achievement/information.php


Carol Fritts Brinkley Scholarship

Award Amount: $1000

Application Opens: Early February

Application Deadline: April 1 each year

About the Scholarship: The Davidson County Education Foundation (DCEF) announces the establishment of the Carol Fritts Brinkley Scholarship for persons entering the field of education. At this time, DCEF invites the following to apply for this scholarship: (1) all Davidson County residents graduating in the two-year transfer program at DCCC who have been accepted at a four year college or university pursuing a teaching degree; and (2) all DCS Teacher Assistants who are enrolled in a four-year college or university pursuing a teaching degree. Selection will be based upon character & integrity, academic potential, financial need, & commitment to a career in education in NC, preferably Davidson County. 

Eligibility Requirements: A completed application must be completed by April 1st, 2020, & the following must be included:

    • Your reason for wanting to pursue a career in education
    • A statement explaining your financial need (no tax returns)
    • A sealed, non-teacher, non-family letter of reference
    • A sealed recommendation from a teacher/professor who has taught you, or from a co-worker in the field of education
    • A copy of your letter of acceptance to a four-year college or university
    • A copy of your college transcript
    • A completed application form

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit: https://www.davidsonccc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Carol-Fritts-Brinkley-Scholarship-through-Davidson-Co.-Education-Foundation-2020-Application-021120.pdf


Crumley Roberts Next Step Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Application Opens: November 1 each year

Application Deadline: January 31 each year

About the Scholarship: Crumley Roberts firmly believes in continued learning as a key to success. As such, they have developed this scholarship program to help college-bound students in North Carolina pursue their dreams. 

Eligibility Requirements: The Next Step Scholarship is awarded to North Carolina community college students who will be transferring to an accredited four-year college or university in the coming fall. A completed application must be completed by January 31st, 2020, & the following must be included:

    • Transcripts
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • 500 word essay to the prompt listed within the application

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.crumleyroberts.com/the-roberts-center/the-roberts-center-for-leadership-education-adva/next-step-scholarship/


Diamante Latino Youth Accomplishment Award

Award Amount: Up to 2 one-time scholarships for up to $750

Application Deadline: August 1 each year

About the Scholarship: Diamante, Inc. offers scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors by recognizing contributions to the community, leadership qualities, and the achievements of Hispanic/Latinx youth in North Carolina.

Eligibility Requirements: The applicant must:

  • Be a NC High School graduating senior / incoming freshman or sophomore student attending an institution of higher education (College/University).
  • Must be at least 50% of Hispanic-Latino descent.
  • Must live in North Carolina.
  • Submit high school transcript with a minimum C+ or 2.5 grade point average and submit either SAT or ACT scores.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school principal, a college counselor or a community leader.
  • Send resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation to: scholarships@diamanteinc.org.
  • Submit an essay (topic provided in the application)

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://latinxcellence.typeform.com/to/T9wSlY


The Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship

Award Amount: $500

Application Deadline: June 1 each year

About the Scholarship: The North Carolina Federation of Republican Women established the Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship Fund in 1991 in honor of First Lady Dottie Martin’s work and dedication to the families and youth of North Carolina. This annual scholarship of $500.00 is designed for a man or a woman presently enrolled and studying the field of education. Its purpose is to attract teachers who are motivated to cultivate in our young people a true love of learning. Their objective is to assist aspiring teachers who are particularly interested in child guidance and counseling and who want to make a difference in the lives of North Carolina’s children.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Those presently enrolled in education programs can be considered for the scholarship after approval of that program by the Board of Directors of The Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship Fund. Recent high school graduates are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • The applicant must be well-advanced in programs of Education with an established career plan for teaching.
  • A completed application must include the following:
  • Background history forms, Sections A-G fully completed
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation including telephone number of authors
  • Most recent copy of college or university transcript
  • A typed essay (topics are listed in the application)

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: http://www.ncfrw.com/DottieMartin_Scharship_2019.pdf


Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship

Award Amounts: Two scholarships will be awarded in one year: First place wins $3,000 and the Runner-up wins $1,000. Scholarships are not renewable.

Application Deadline: Beginning of February each year

About the Scholarship: The Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship (FKMS) honors the memory of the first president of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina, Florence Hill Kidder. The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2020.

Eligibility Requirements: To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Be a high school senior who is planning on matriculating into a postsecondary program in North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2020.
  • Complete the application form answering all questions and supplying all requested documents.
  • Submit an original essay of 500 to 700 words on the subject listed in the application.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.ncdames.org/florence-kidder-memorial-scholarship


Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF Scholarship)

Award Amount: Amounts range from $500 to $5,000

Application Opens: Jan. 1 each year

Application Deadline: Feb. 15 each year

About the Scholarship: The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: High school seniors; Undergraduate students (all years); Community college students transferring to four year universities; & Graduate Students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 undergraduate and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, during the fall of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • US 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

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.hsf.net/en_US/scholarship


J. Howard Coble Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $2,500

Application Deadline: March 31 each year

About the Scholarship: The J. Howard Coble Scholarship was established in 2016 by Congressman Coble’s nephew Dr. Ray Coble and his wife Chris Coble who created a fund at the High Point Community Foundation to honor Congressman J. Howard Coble and provide financial support for deserving students who demonstrate the ideals and leadership qualities of Congressman Coble. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman. It will be awarded to the student who best demonstrates the ideals and leadership qualities of Congressman Coble, including high moral character and good citizenship.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must:

  • Be graduating from high school & residing in one of these NC counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Durham, Granville, Guilford, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, and Surry.
  • Submit a completed application, which includes a 500 words or less essay (prompt is found within application).
  • Complete the FAFSA & submit a paper copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) with your application.
  • Submit a copy of your driver’s license.
  • Submit the 3 recommendation forms (found within application).
  • Priority will be given to children of U.S. military personnel or U.S. military veterans, members of scouting programs, and members of ROTC programs.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.hpcommunityfoundation.org/programs/the-j-howard-coble-scholarship/


Katherine Baich Endowed Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Application Deadline: March 31 each year

About the Scholarship: The Endowment was established to provide assistance paying for housing and food for children of veterans with service-connected disabilities during their undergraduate studies at either a community college, college, or university. The founder of the Endowment wanted to recognize the sacrifices made by veterans with service-connected disabilities and their families on behalf of our nation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Alexander, Catawba, Iredell, Davie, Mecklenburg, Rowan, or Yadkin County in North Carolina.
  • Must be under 25 years of age, and be the child of a veteran with a service-connected disability.
  • A completed application, which includes:
    • A copy of a high school diploma and transcript, or GED certificate
    • A copy of the veteran’s DD 214
    • A copy of the veteran’s letter of disability from the Veterans Administration
    • A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
    • A statement of financial need, which lists all grants and scholarships that the applicant has received, and a description of why you need assistance from the Endowment.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://purplehearthomesusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Katherine-Baich-Scholarship-Forms-Revised.pdf


Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline: Beginning of February each year

About the Scholarship: Each year, LGFCU awards 120 one-year college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and students attending colleges, universities, graduate and trade schools. All scholarships are for $1,000, payable in one installment to the school, and may be applied to tuition, textbooks, computers or other fees.

Eligibility Requirements: LGFCU members in good standing are eligible to apply for this scholarship. A member in good standing is not overdrawn on Checking or Share Accounts, and has not defaulted on LGFCU loans. UTMA Accounts do not qualify. Applicants also must:

  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0.
  • Be a full-time graduate, undergraduate or trade school student.
  • Submit official school transcripts.
  • Have an individual Share Account or a joint Share Account with a parent or guardian.
  • Submit a completed application online.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.lgfcu.org/benefits-and-services/scholarships/lgfcu-scholarship


National Federation of the Blind Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Application Deadline: March 31 each year

About the Scholarship: The National Federation of the Blind’s annual scholarship program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, they award more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be legally blind (PDF) in both eyes.
  • Must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
  • Must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study in a degree program at a U.S. institution in the fall of the year of application (one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time).
  • Must participate in the entire NFB National Convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities (finalists will receive assistance to attend the national convention).

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/scholarships-and-awards/scholarship-program


NC Reach Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Application Deadline: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOULD NOT APPLY UNTIL JULY AFTER THEY HAVE GRADUATED or RECEIVED THEIR GED. Please do not apply during your senior year of high school or your application will automatically be deemed ineligible because you have not earned your high school diploma yet.

About the Scholarship: NC Reach is a state-funded scholarship offered to qualified applicants for up to 4 years of undergraduate study at NC public universities and community colleges. Available funding is awarded to students, after all other financial aid, public funds and scholarships have been processed and applied to their account. NC Reach provides comprehensive student support to help all students be able to navigate their post-secondary education.

Eligibility Requirements:  Students are eligible for NC Reach if they are:

  • Legal residents of North Carolina, eligible for in-state tuition rates.
  • Adopted from NC Division of Social Services (DSS) foster care after the age of 12, OR, aged out of NC DSS foster care at age 18 (they must have been in care on their 18th birthday).
  • Enrolled in one of the 74 NC public community colleges, or universities.
  • Under the age of 26 (participants remain eligible until their 26th birthday).
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
  • NC Division of Social Services (DSS) determines the initial eligibility of each applicant. The NC Reach program is unable to officially start working with a student until they are deemed eligible by the State of North Carolina. Once a student’s eligibility is determined, they will be contacted by a member of Foster Care to Success.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.ncreach.org/apply/


NC Association of Health Care Recruiters (NCAHCR) Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $1,500

Application Deadline: Early October each year

About the Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage and enable deserving and interested persons to pursue a career in a health profession. Any individual may apply who has been accepted for admission to an accredited nursing or allied health program. These disciplines are designated by the Scholarship Committee and periodically reviewed.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • The scholarship will only be awarded if the individual will be attending as a full-time student.
  • Generally, the scholarship will not be awarded for a degree program which enhances the applicant’s credentials (example: ADN nurse pursuing BSN) but does not substantially expand the scope of the applicant’s job duties or abilities.
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing their degree in a North Carolina program.
  • A program from a properly accredited institution which leads to an associate’s, baccalaureate, masters, or doctorate degree in a health field.
  • NCAHCR Board and Scholarship Committee family member(s) are ineligible for the scholarship.
  • All parts of the completed application must be submitted electronically, including:
    • Proof of acceptance into the program in the form of a formal letter of acceptance from the institution or a letter of verification from the Program Chairman.
    • Proof of completion of a minimum of 1 semester of in the healthcare degree program (outside of prerequisites).
    • A minimum of two (2) appropriate recommendations. Recommendations may be from high school teachers, college instructors, or current/previous employers. Personal references from friends or family are not sufficient.
    • A copy of the applicant’s most recent official college transcript.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://memberships.ncahcr.org/north-carolina-association-of-health-care-recruiters-ncahcr-scholarship-program/


NC Business & Professional Women’s Foundation Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $1500

Application Deadline: April 15 of each year

About the Scholarship: Each year, the North Carolina Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. awards scholarships to deserving women to help them in their pursuit of higher education. The number of scholarships and the value of each may vary from year to year. The North Carolina Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. offers four types of scholarships. The Scholarship Committee advises applicants of their decision on or before June 3rd. Recipients will be invited to attend the BPW/NC Foundation Luncheon at State Convention in June.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be female and in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or higher)
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled (full or part-time) at an accredited community college, college or university – accredited by the appropriate accreditation board.
  • Applicant must complete an application form provided by the BPW/NC Foundation Scholarship Chair
  • Applicant should have a career plan after completion of schooling and provide a summary of career goals, previous honors or community activities, and justify a need for the scholarship
  • Carefully read the requirements for each named scholarship as there may be varying criteria for each
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of North Carolina

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: http://www.bpw-nc.org/details_about_each_scholarship


NC Education & Training Voucher Program

Award Amount: Up to $5000

Application Deadline: March 31 of each year.

About the Scholarship: The NC Education & Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited & available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Applicants must complete the ETV application which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to ETV confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) & unmet need.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a current or former foster student who was:
    • in U.S. foster care on or after your 17th birthday; OR
    • adopted from U.S. foster care with the adoption finalized AFTER your 16th birthday; OR
    • entered into a kinship guardianship placement from foster care on or after your 16th birthday.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
  • Your personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) are worth less than $10,000.
  • You must be at least 18 but younger than 21 to apply for the first time. You may reapply for ETV funds, if you have a current grant, up to the age of 23.
  • Has accessed ETV funding less than the 5 year limit (consecutive or intermittent).
  • You must have been accepted into or be enrolled in a degree, certificate or other accredited program at a college, university, technical, vocational school. To remain eligible for ETV funding, you must show progress toward a degree or certificate.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.fc2sprograms.org/north-carolina/


NC Hispanic College Fund

Award Amount: up to $2500

Application Deadline: Mid-January each year

About the Scholarship: The NCSHP established this charitable fund at Triangle Community Foundation to benefit Hispanic students in North Carolina. They realize that the high cost of college tuition is often a major factor that students evaluate when considering college education. The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund awards annual scholarships worth between $500 and $2,500 to help students who desire to attend college pay for their education.  Scholarships recipients are recent graduates of North Carolina high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background. Recipients of a NC Hispanic College Fund scholarship must enroll in a degree program at a community college or a 2 or 4 year college/university and be committed to public service and community development.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • 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)
  • 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.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: http://thencshp.org/programs/nc-hispanic-college-fund/


Programa de Becas Por Una Vida Mejor (Scholarship Program for Better Living)

Award Amount: $1000

Application Deadline: Middle of September each year

About the Scholarship: Qué Pasa Media and Wells Fargo provide scholarships to support the education of young Hispanic residents in the Piedmont-Triad area.

Eligibility Requirements: To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Be Hispanic
  • Be under 22 years of age
  • Be bilingual
  • Have completed high school in North Carolina or have a diploma high school equivalent (HSE)
  • Be currently enrolled or have been accepted for the fall semester at a community college, or public or private college or university in North Carolina
  • Be required to pay non-resident tuition at community colleges or University of North Carolina institutions as a result of immigrant status
  • Be a resident of one of the following counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, or Yadkin.

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://greensboro.quepasanoticias.com/becas


State Employees Association of NC (SEANC) Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $1000

Application Deadline: April 15 each year

About the Scholarship: The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to raising, receiving and disbursing funds to further the educational process of SEANC members in good standing, their spouses and/or dependent children. Funds awarded may be used to attend accredited schools (Four-year universities/colleges and Two-year community colleges/technical). 

Eligibility Requirements: Only active and associate SEANC members, spouses and/or their dependents are eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program.

SEANC members must be in good standing with membership dues paid current prior to April 15. State employees and retirees are eligible to join SEANC and the first membership dues payment must be received in the SEANC Central Office by April 15. There are 3 categories for scholarships: Financial Need; Merit; and Members Only (you may only apply for 1 category).

How to Apply: For more information, including the application & who to contact with questions, please visit the following link: https://www.seanc.org/scholarship


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