College Applications:

Contact information for applications:

Jill Bender, Counselor,

Amine Seifert, Advisor,

Residency Determination Services:

College Foundation of NC: Has tools for researching 2- and 4- year colleges in NC, and information about how to apply to and pay for your college education.

College Test Scores: College Admissions Test Scores are optional again this year for the 16 University System.  For more information, read the Test Waiver memorandum.

College Application Timeline Goals for February
  • As you receive admission responses from early action applications, follow the directions from the school! Do you need to accept/decline a waitlist or deferral status? Do they need more materials? If you receive a deferral status from an early action application to a university, let Mrs. Bender know ASAP so that she can send your updated transcript with fall grades. Those generally need to be turned in this month.

  • If you plan to attend a community college after graduation, go ahead and apply. While the actual deadline to apply for community colleges is closer to summer, spaces in some programs are limited. If you apply soon you secure your space, you get access to earlier class registration, and you can go ahead and apply for financial aid.

  • Some 4 year colleges are still accepting applications. If you want to apply, try to complete your application this month.

  • Make sure you have completed RDS, FAFSA and any other forms needed by the schools to which you applied. (Some require CSS Profile too.)

  • Log into portals for every college you applied to and check to ensure they have received all your materials!

  • Check the scholarship pages of individual college websites and apply to scholarships specific to each school. Continue researching state and national scholarship opportunities.

  • Check email and your college portals regularly so that you don't miss important communication!

How to Pay for College

1. Fill out your FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at This is necessary to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. Even if you don't anticipate qualifying for federal aid, you oftentimes must complete the FAFSA to be considered for scholarships through the school. All students should complete the FAFSA.

2. Apply for scholarships. This is money that does not have to be repaid. There are many scholarship opportunities available - awarded for academics, special activities, financial need, demographics, etc. Each school has their own scholarships, so be sure to check individual college websites. Then use the links below to explore additional opportunities! Also check the block below with regional scholarship postings that have been sent directly to Vance Charter School.

Recommended Scholarship Websites These websites are only some of the ones that have scholarship information.  Remember that scholarship searches and applications should never cost money.

Individual colleges also have their own scholarships and financial aid.  Please check their websites for more information.

Regional Scholarship Postings

These are scholarship postings that were sent directly to Vance Charter School. They are always emailed to students. A shorter version of the listing is included on this page for reference.

AgCarolina Scholarships - Their 2023 application period is now open. Applications close on April 15. AgCarolina offers scholarships for 4-H members, FFA members, students attending HBCU's, and students who have a parent/grandparent that is a member of AgCarolina Farm Credit. For more details of all these opportunities and links to the scholarship application, go to
National Farmers Union has several scholarships available for high school seniors. Visit for more info on eligibility requirements and how to apply. Deadlines are April 1, 2023. 1. Stanley Moore Scholarship- $1500 2. Hubert K. and JoAnn Seymour Scholarship- $1000-$2000 Both of these scholarships are for students seeking to attend a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university or technical school for any area of study. Must be a Farmers Union member. 3. Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Scholarship - $1500 For students seeking to attend a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university or technical school for any area of study. Must be a MANRRS member.

SECU "People Helping People" Scholarship - Three NC seniors graduating from charter schools will receive this scholarship, valued at $10,000 per year, to attend one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of NC System.  Although the SECU Foundation Scholarship program recognizes academic achievement, the People Helping People Scholarship has a much broader purpose - recognizing leadership, integrity and community involvement. The SECU Foundation PHP Scholarship is available only to graduating public high school seniors who are either current members of State Employees’ Credit Union (“SECU”) or the child of a parent/guardian who is a member of SECU at the time of application. Membership eligibility does not include Local Government Federal Credit Union or NC Press Association Credit Union members. Preference will be given to students whose parents or guardians and family members are public sector employees (state, local or federal government; public health; public education) who live and work in NC. Additionally, preference will be given to those majoring in public service degree programs (such as Public Health, Education, Public Administration, and Public Policy). More details are available at links below:

2023 NC PHP Charter School student Eligibility Criteria 2023 PHP FAQs 2023 PHP Membership Verification process

See Mrs. Seifert for application form. The application form is due to the Vance Charter Scholarship Committee on February 24. We are allowed to select 1 school nominee to advance in the SECU scholarship selection process.

The Woodward-Gholson Endowment Scholarship is a local scholarship opportunity that provides scholarships for post-secondary education for students from this area in need of financial support, with strong academics, and a commitment to community service.  An individual is eligible to apply for a 1-year scholarship for education-related expenses if the student meets established criteria.  Awarded scholarships may be renewed.  The committee currently limits scholarships to $7,500 annually ($3,750 per semester), but amounts granted may vary depending on individual need. To apply, contact Mrs. Seifert for the application form and instructions. Applications are due to the Vance Charter Scholarship committee by February 24. We are allowed to select 2 nominees to advance to the Woodward-Gholson scholarship selection committee.

Henderson Junior Woman's Club is offering 3 scholarships this year. All are open to both male and female applicants. Applications are due by January 25, 2023. Application forms are available from Mrs. Seifert (and were emailed to students in December). 1.The Sallie Southall Cotton scholarship worth $500 is offered to a senior planning to attend a four-year college/university. 2.The Linda Weaver scholarship worth $300 is offered to a senior planning to attend a community college. 3.The Stack K. Barnett scholarship worth $300 is more specified.  It is offered to a senior planning to attend Vance Granville Community College in health related fields.

Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators - Gamma Chi Chapter is offering a $500 scholarship, renewable annually, for females living in Warren or Vance county who plan to pursue a degree in education. Students who plan to attend a 4-year college, or who plan to start at a community college and then transfer to a 4-year college, are eligible. Applications are available from Mrs. Seifert. Deadline to apply is January 18, 2023.

Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship- The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of NC will award scholarships to NC high school seniors to be used at any NC college or university. 1st place - $3000, 2nd place - $1000, 3rd place - $800 and 3 4th places - $400, plus local committees may provide smaller scholarships to local finalists. Details can be found online The application must be completed and supporting materials uploaded online no later than 11:59pm on February 5, 2023.

NC Golden LEAF Scholarships- These are open to high school seniors who reside in a qualifying NC county, demonstrate financial need, and plan to attend a participating NC public or private university or community college. The application deadline for college/university scholarships is March 1, 2023. The deadlines for community college scholarships are set by each school.

NCHSAA Scholarship Opportunities for Student-Athletes

Henderson Optimist Club is sponsoring the 2022-23 Optimist International Essay Scholarship Competition. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 7. The Optimist Club will judge student's essays, based on the theme of "Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?". A flyer with more details is available from Mrs. Seifert, and was also emailed to students on Jan 13.

Other Senior Info

For all regular school or counseling issues, Mrs. Bender is available to assist students with their needs.  To see the counselor, please visit the office.  To schedule appointments with the counselor, use this link:, email a request to or call the school at 252-431-0440

All seniors should complete a Senior Career Plan form at the beginning of the school year and then make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Seifert, the College & Career Coordinator. To schedule an appointment, visit or email a request to

College Fairs

The Rocky Mount Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC is sponsoring the Alpha College Round-UP at Rocky Mount High School on 3/04/23 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  Vance Charter high school students (9th-12th grade) are invited to register to attend. See Mrs. Seifert for details and registration info. Over 80 colleges have been invited to attend and seniors are encouraged to bring their transcripts as some colleges will make on-site admission offers. Registration deadline is 2/22/23, and the event is limited to the first 1,000 registered students.