Scholarships

The North Carolina Community Foundation partners with donors to administer nearly 150 scholarship funds for the benefit of students across the state.

All of our scholarship opportunities are established through specific funds established at NCCF with criteria determined by the donor. In 2023, we awarded nearly $1.3 million in scholarships to over 300 students.

Most NCCF scholarships will open for 2024 applications on Jan. 16 and close on March 15.

Whether you are applying for a scholarship, serving as a scholarship administrator or are the recipient of a scholarship, we are committed to providing the tools and information you need to make the process a smooth one for you.

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Local scholarships

CASL Scholarship Fund in Memory of Lane Meyer

Eligible applicants are high school seniors who are current participants with the Capital Area Soccer League ("CASL") at the Challenge Level and above, who exemplify Lane Meyer's legacy of excellence and achievement in academics, soccer skills, sportsmanship, friendships, and school and community involvement, and who build spirit on the athletic field as Lane Meyer did as a CASL soccer player.

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Jefferson L. and Eva W. Sugg Endowment Fund

Eligible applicants are graduating high school seniors from Wake and Johnston Counties who are continuing their education leading to a degree or a certificate with a focus on building trades, (including electrical, structural, mechanical, computer, or related fields), or in business. Preference will be shown for applicants who have financial need. 

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Katie Dunn Rogers Scholarship

African-American female student attending public high school in Wake County, North Carolina and who desires to attend a 2- or 4-year college or a specialized accredited trade school (such as culinary arts). Priority will be given to a student who needs financial assistance and who has demonstrated strength of character and a desire to further her education in a field of her choice.

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Lane Meyer Scholarship Fund

Eligible students must exemplify Lane Meyer's legacy of excellence and achievement in academics, athletics, friendships, and community service. Special emphasis will be given to students who excel in academics, soccer skills and sportsmanship, school and community involvement. Students will be selected from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and must be members of the Wake Forest-rolesville High School Varsity Soccer Team. Eligible students will be those who build spirit in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the school community.

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Loomis, Rose and Ruth Peebles Endowment

African American Wake or Durham County graduating high school seniors with financial need who have overcome adversity. The student selected must be attending NC State University; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Asheville, Wilmington, Charlotte, or Pembroke; East Carolina University, Davidson, Elon, or Duke University. 

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Nicholls Family Scholarship

For students enrolled in a master's program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University demonstrating financial need.

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Raj Mehta Memorial Scholarship

Persons eligible to receive this scholarship are North Carolina residents pursing educational and professional goals through enrollment at Wake or Durham Technical Community College in order to obtain an associate degree, diploma, or certificate that will further their education and/or advance their careers. Preference is given to students who identify as members of a racial or ethnic minority group, who demonstrate financial need, and who seek educational advancement as a means of overcoming advance circumstances. In honor of Raj's character, additional preference is given to students who exhibit perserverance, authenticity, leadership, and a desire to do good for others.

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Raleigh Alumnae Delta Scholarship Endowment

Successful and active participation in the programs of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. School and community activities, academic performance, service, special achievements and recommendations are all considered by the committee.

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Raleigh Alumnae Delta Scholarship Endowment for Non-traditional Students

Eligible applicants are non-traditional students planning to attend a two or four-year college, university or technical certification program who did not finish or never attended college, with special consideration given to African American women ages over 30 years old.

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Robert Franklin Black Scholarship Fund

Individuals between the ages of 16 and 30 who have received or are expecting to receive a high school degree or its equivalent and whose parent or legal guardian is a resident of Durham, Orange, or Wake County, NC. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and adversity the applicant has encountered. The individual must have applied to and be planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning within one year of the application deadline. The scholarship may not be used for graduate education. **PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must show evidence of having overcome adversity and should be certain to address this in their application essay.**

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The George A. Kahdy Enloe High School Alumni Scholarship Endowment

Graduating seniors of William G. Enloe High School who are NC residents and who demonstrate the following: good character and integrity, academic achievement, financial need, service to school and community, and involvement in school activities. **PLEASE NOTE: Application essay must describe the impact the George A. Kahdy Enloe High School Alumni Scholarship will have on your life and your goals after high school.**

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The Ian Lewis Character Scholarship

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Wake Forest High School (WFHS) who are current members of the WFHS Boys or Girls Soccer team, plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university after graduation, and who exemplify the strength and excellence of character that is the legacy of Ian Frazier Lewis, a former WFHS student and member of the WFHS Soccer team.   

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Statewide Scholarships

Carolyn Grantham Ennis Scholarship Endowment

This fund provides scholarships for students at Shaw University who demonstrate Value, Valor, Versatility, Vision, and Vivacity.

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Cody Blue Pilkington Scholarship Fund

Students eligible to recieve this scholarship are North Carolina residents who are entering their freshman or sophomore year to study any engineering, science or math curriculum at NC State University, are at least 18 years of age, are involved in a community service organization (preferably two), are non-smokers and substance-free, and maintain a 2.8 GPA or its equivalent should the grading scale change. 

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DHS Friends Hilda Crocker Wilson Scholarship Endowment Fund

Eligible applicants must be a direct descendant of an alumnus or faculty or staff member of the former Dunn High School (direct descendants includes lawfully adopted children in the lineage), show evidence of acceptance by an accredited college, university or vocational/community college; plan to enroll in a full-time course of study in the field of Education; and have a minimum high school weighted academic GPA of 2.63. Additional selection criteria includes high school academic achievement, evidence of high moral character and good citizenship and involvement and leadership in high school activities, church and the community. 

PLEASE NOTE: The essay for this scholarship should address the following prompt: The DHS Friends Hilda Crocker Wilson Scholarship is for students who are pursuing a career in Education. Please describe your future plans in the field of Education, what drew you to Education as a career choice, and how you will use your gifts and talents in the field of Education.

About Hilda Crocker Wilson 

Hilda Crocker WilsonThe DHS Friends Hilda Crocker Wilson Scholarship Endowment was created and named in memory of Hilda Crocker Wilson, a beloved faculty member at Dunn High School from 1954 through 1969. She taught courses in office and business skills. In addition to her role a teacher, Mrs. Wilson was active in church and community affairs, and was named Dunn Woman of the Year in 2001. She was loved and admired by all who knew her.


Upon her death in 2014, Wilson bequeathed a substantial sum of money to DHS Friends. In fond memory of Wilson, and in appreciation for the love, dedication and mentoring she gave to thousands of Dunn High School students, her generous donation has been used to establish a scholarship endowment with the North Carolina Community Foundation. The endowment is designed to provide an ongoing stream of income that will fund the Hilda Crocker Wilson Scholarship perpetually.

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DHS Friends' Butler - Baggett Endowment

Eligible applicants must be a direct descendant of an alumnus, faculty or staff member of the former Dunn High School (direct descendants includes lawfully adopted children in the lineage); and must have been accepted and plan to attend a college or university in North Carolina. Additional selection criteria includes high school academic achievement, evidence of high moral character and good citizenship and involvement and leadership in high school activities, church and the community.

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DHS Friends' Dunn High School Memorial Endowment

Eligible applicants must be a direct descendant of an alumnus or faculty or staff member of the former Dunn High School (direct descendants includes lawfully adopted children in the lineage) and have plans to attend any qualifying institutions of higher learning. Additional selection criteria includes high school academic achievement, evidence of high moral character and good citizenship and involvement and leadership in high school activities, church and community.

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Dr. Donald W. Bentley Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Students from North Carolina planning to study at the undergraduate or graduate level at Virginia Tech are eligible, with a preference given to a student from Watauga County.  

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership, personal effort and good citizenship. Financial need will be considered if there are equally matched applicants, with the student with greater need being awarded the scholarship.  

Scholarships for undergraduate study are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors. Scholarships for graduate study shall be awarded to any entering or existing graduate student. 

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H. Lentis and Maude Penny Sorrell Scholarship

Students from North Carolina, preferably from Harnett or Johnston Counties, enrolled in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Special preference is given to students who are interested in pulmonary medicine or another closely-related field. 

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JADE Learning Electrical Technologies Scholarship

Students enrolled at North Carolina technical or occupational schools pursuing education and training in the field of electrical systems technologies, or apprentices enrolled in an approved apprenticeship program. Preference may be given to those who are pursuing a two-year associate's degree. Criteria considered by the Scholarship Committee include financial need, academic performance, references, and essay questions as described in the scholarship application.

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Joseph Bergin and Elsa Flower Davies Scholarship

Students wishing to pursue a degree or training in education, teaching or nursing (special consideration may be given to students pursuing gerontology-related nursing) at an institution of higher learning located in New Hanover County, NC.

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Joyce Price Johnson's Samaritan Fund

Young people exiting foster care or living in poverty in North Carolina who wish to continue their education at a college, university, community college, or other accredited institution. Primary consideration will be given to young people from Wayne County, or secondarily, from counties which are contiguous to Wayne County.

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Migrant Farmworker Nursing Scholarship

Individuals residing in North Carolina seeking higher education with plans to pursue a degree in nursing, whose parent or grandparent (by birth or adoption), stepparent or step-grandparent is or has been a migrant farmworker, are eligible to apply. Students enrolled in online programs are not eligible to receive the scholarship. The scholarship is not limited to high-school graduates.

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NC Alpha Delta Kappa Student Achievement Scholarship

Applicants must be a graduating senior from a high school in North Carolina pursuing a degree in a field of education at an institution of higher education. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 to 3.5 and an SAT score in the range of 900 to 1050. The committee will judge the applicant based on their service to school, community and church, as well as their integrity and leadership potential.

 

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Peter S. Slomianyj Scholarship Fund

Subway employees or children of Subway employees who have worked at least 500 hours over the last 12 months. Students must have a 2.0 GPA in high school or a 2.5 GPA in college.

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Red Oak High School Alumni Scholarship Fund

Eligible students will be high school graduates wishing to pursue their education at an institution of higher learning such as a college, university, or community college. Special consideration will be given to students with immediate family members who attended, taught at, or were employed at the former Red Oak High School of Nash County, NC. 

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Robert E. Barnhill, Sr. Scholarship Fund

High-school graduate who is a North Carolina resident and is attending a college or university. Considered are leadership potential, community involvement, physical vigor, academic achievement and financial need. Special consideration is given to employees/relatives of employees of Barnhill Contracting Company. **ESSAY PROMPT: Describe an experience that has had a significant impact on your life and then explain why you are applying for the Robert E. Barnhill, Sr. Scholarship.

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Scottie W. Cox Memorial Scholarship of NCCCLA

Employee of a learning resource center/library in North Carolina having at least a bachelor's degree and taking advance courses for professional development or in pursuit of a master's or doctoral degree in the library and information studies field. The courses must be offered by an accredited educational institution or other charitable organization.

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Sharma Family Scholarship Fund

Eligible students must be graduating from high school in North Carolina to attend a college or university in the state of North Carolina. Preference is given to those attending North Carolina State University. If no qualified applications from incoming NCSU students are received, additional applications may be solicited. Applicants must have a high regard for obtaining an education and the courage to pursue it in spite of limited financial resources; demonstrate leadership, involvement in extra curricular activities, friendship to others, solid work ethics and a commitment to academics; have a purpose and a plan for being a productive citizen; and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, recognizing the value of all people regardless of religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or ability.

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William Pretty, Jr. Scholarship Endowment

New or current students attending Shaw University and pursuing a degree in the field of business.

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