There are many different school grants and scholarships available to students in North Carolina.You can get $3,000 per year for your education at a 4-year college in North Carolina through the Golden Leaf Foundation Scholarship. Since the Golden LEAF Foundation was started, it has given out more than 5,700 scholarships totaling more than $18 million to students from rural North Carolina. This money is awarded to students who plan to attend or do attend public universities, and independent colleges. Awards of $1,500 per year are also given to students who want to attend community colleges in North Carolina. You can apply through the financial aid office of your college, or you can contact: Karen Yerby at 919-807-7100 ext 7107 for schools in the NC Community College System; Robbie Schultz at 919-248-4686 for schools in the UNC System (public universities); Colleen Freeman at 919-832-5817 for member schools of NC Independent Colleges and Universities.
If you want to major in criminal justice in North Carolina, then you can get $2,000 per year in money for college from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Undergraduate Criminal Justice Scholarship. Ten students are given these awards per year, and you may reapply each year. You can get an application from the financial aid office at any of these colleges: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Western Carolina University.
The application is processed and administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). To be eligible, you must be a full-time undergraduate student. You are more likely to be chosen for this award if you are a child of a law enforcement officer killed in the line or duty, or the child of a retired or active law enforcement officer. However, any resident criminal justice student can be chosen for this award who meets the college’s merit and financial need requirements.
Another great program in North Carolina is the “People Helping People” High School Scholarship for 4-year public university students that is offered through the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. The award amount is $2,500 per year, and it is renewable for up to four years. To be eligible, you must have a 2.5 or higher GPA. You also must be a senior at a North Carolina public high school who has been accepted to one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. Additionally, you must agree to continue as a full-time student in good standing with the same university for your four-year degree. Apply through your high school in North Carolina.These wonderful grant and scholarship opportunities are here to help you in your college endeavors in North Carolina
Grants in North Carolina for 2012
In 2012 there are grant opportunities for those students who wish to attend an institution of higher learning in the state of North Carolina. Let us take a look at what is in store for you:
Student Assistance Grant: The student assistance grant is made available to students by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority through College Foundation Inc. It is offered to financially needy pupils in the state of North Carolina who are attending or who plan to attend eligible colleges or universities found within the state. There are some minor changes to the grant this year. To determine your eligibility you first must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it.
Adult Learners Grants: While this is not the name of the grant, many of the colleges and universities in North Carolina offer grants for adult students wishing to return to school to earn an undergraduate degree. Adult learners should contact the school that they are planning to attend to find out what grant opportunities are available to them.
Grants Unique to North Carolina Colleges and Universities: There are many small grant programs provided by alumni, fraternities and sororities that are not highly publicized. To find out if the school you are interested in enrolling in has any grant programs available to you contact the financial aid office of the college. There are too many small grants to name here.
North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance Grant Program
Those who wish to apply for this grant program must be enrolled in or have plans to attend a college, university or technical institution that offers two and four year programs of study. Applicants must be attending school either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students must be attending a school in the state of North Carolina. Those who apply for this grant program must have served or presently be serving in the Army National Guard or the Air Force National Guard.
This grant can be used during the student’s freshman year, sophomore year, junior year or senior year. This grant program is available to both undergraduates as well as graduate students. The maximum amount for this grant is up to $2,000 and cannot be renewed year after year.
Mary Lily Research Grants
If you are a postsecondary student who has an interest in pursuing women’s studies then you can apply for the Mary Lily Research Grant. The research that you propose can take into consideration any number of disciplines as well as approaches to the subject of women’s studies. This grant is not well publicized and is newer in nature than many of the other North Carolina school grants.
University of North Carolina Need-Based Grant
The University of North Carolina Need-Based Grant is suitable for those residents of the state that are financially disadvantaged and need the help to attend school. Applicants must have completed and submitted a FASFA and be in at least six credit hours at one of 16 UNC system universities. The amount of money awarded to each student who is approved varies depending upon information provided in the FAFSA. This grant money can be used during the freshman year of school, the sophomore year, the junior year or the senior year.