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 organation is legit or not. Do research and get the right information before proceeding.

Independent Insurance Agents of NC - North Carolina Community College System Partnership Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000 (1 recipient for Spring 2018 only)

Deadline:Return all completed information to the DCCC Financial Aid Office in the Mendenhall Building by February 7, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a NC resident for tuition purposes
  • Be enrolled in either the Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration or the Associate in Applied Science in Accounting.
  • Have earned a minimum of 24 credit hours toward the aforementioned degrees.
  • Be enrolled in Spring 2018 for at least 12 credit hours that are applicable to the degree listed.
  • Be in good Academic standing as determined by the community college where the student is enrolled for spring semester 2018.
  • Have a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.00 in all coursework applicable to the degree listed.
  • Have completed a 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

How to Apply: Complete the Nomination Form and write a narrative of the student’s career goals and relevant experience. 

Narrative: On a separate sheet, and in no more than 500 words, the nominated student should explain her/his career goals and include relevant volunteer work, family care, awards, and/or other life experiences and activities that demonstrate commitment to the student’s program of study.

Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000

Application Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018 by 12:00 noon

About the Program: The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Program helps students across the country, who are interested in careers in the skilled trades, public safety, or supplychain, realize their educational goals. Outstanding students are recognized with a $2,000 scholarship award for the 2018-2019 school year and a Westward toolkit upon graduation in 2019.

Eligibility Criteria: Students must meet ALL of the following requirements to beconsidered for this scholarship:

  • Will be enrolled in an eligible program, including:
    • Skilled Trades: Electrical Engineering, Machining, Manufacturing Technology, Welding, HVAC, Industrial Systems, Diesel & Heavy Equipment, Automotive;
    • Public Safety: Fire Protection Technology, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Science;
    • Supply Chain: Supply Chain Management (Global Logistics & Distribution Management)
    • Final decisions as to whether a program of study qualifies as a skilled trades, public safety, or supply chain program shall be made by Grainger.
  • Will be enrolled FULL-TIME (12+ credit hours) BOTH Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.
  • On track to complete the program and graduate May 2019.
  • Maintain a cumulative-program GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Complete the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship Form and all required statements.
  • Obtain a letter/statement of recommendation from an instructor, supervisor, or advisor.
  • Preference will be given to honorably discharged veterans of the US Armed Forces.

How to Apply: Students currently enrolled in the eligible programs will be emailed instructions with both the application & the instructor recommendation forms, so be sure to check your DCCC email. Instructors of these programs will be emailed with the same information. Students must submit both forms by Friday, March 16, 2018 by 12:00 noon to the front reception desk of the President’s/DCCC Foundation Office (on the 2nd floor of the Mendenhall building). Applications, recommendations, and requirements will be reviewed to evaluate eligibility and two DCCC students will be selected and submitted to the donor for final approval. Final scholarship decisions from Grainger are typically announced in July.

For questions, please email Kristi Louya at:

North Carolina American Indian Fund Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2018

About the Scholarship: Established in December of 2001, the North Carolina American Indian Fund is a collaborative effort of North Carolina American Indian tribes and organizations. It was established in response to an understanding that resources for meeting the human and economic needs are limited, including scholarship assistance, funding for community based health, human services, education programs and tribal organization infrastructure. Recognizing that gaps in funding for education needs put Indian communities at risk in many areas, education was selected as the first priority to address these critical gaps. The North Carolina American Indian Scholarship Fund will assist American Indian students in obtaining higher education by providing scholarships to selected applicants each year. The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the funds available for distribution each year. Scholarships are for full-time students pursuing post-secondary education (two- or four-year degrees only) at any accredited college, university, community college or trade school.

Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a state or federally-recognized tribe (with documentation)
  • Demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian Community and commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives
  • Have family residency in the state
  • Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution in the state of North Carolina
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • Plan to pursue a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private or technical college or university
  • This scholarship is not available for students planning to enroll part-time or at for-profit or online institutions. There are no restrictions on area of study.
  • Scholarship recipients will be selected based on 1) Commitment to and plan to give back to the American Indian Community in the future; 2) Involvement in extracurricular, volunteer, and community activities, 3) Demonstrated financial need; and 4) Academic merit and performance.

How to Apply: For more information, including how to apply, please visit

Golden Leaf Scholars Program

Award Amount: Varies (based on enrollment)

Deadline: May 11, 2018 (Spring 2018)

Eligibility Criteria: Live in one of the following counties: Alamance, Davidson, Davie, Randolph, and Rowan. Demonstrate financial need. Demonstrate scholastic promise. Use the scholarship to pay for tuition, books and transportation.

How To Apply: See attached application or you can pick up a application in the Enrollment Center on the first floor of the Mendenhall Building.

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Financial Aid Priority Date

Summer 2017:

FAFSA Application Priority Date: April 1, 2017
FAFSA File Completion Priority Date: April 15, 2017

Fall 2017:

FAFSA Application Priority Date: June 1, 2017
FAFSA File Completion Priority Date: June 15, 2017

Fall 2017 (2nd 8-Week Session):

FAFSA Application Priority Date: September 1, 2017
FAFSA File Completion Priority Date: September 15, 2017

Spring 2018:

FAFSA Application Priority Date: November 1, 2017
FAFSA File Completion Priority Date: November 15, 2017

Spring 2018 (2nd 8-Week Session):

FAFSA Application Priority Date: February 1, 2018
FAFSA File Completion Priority Date: February 15, 2018

Summer 2018:

FAFSA Application Priority Date: April 1, 2018
FAFSA File Completion Priority Date: April 15, 2018