College Scholarships

Scholarships are one form of financial aid available to help students pay for college. It is money that does not have to be repaid. Students may also qualify for federal or state grants, or loans. This page on our website focuses on scholarships, but you can learn more about how to pay for college and the other types of financial aid available at College Foundation of NC.

There are many scholarship opportunities available - awarded for academics, special activities, financial need, demographics, etc. Students can find scholarship opportunities at the national, state, and community level, as well as with their chosen college. Below we have provided some resources to get your started. However, each school has their own scholarships, so be sure to check individual college websites for those opportunities. Remember, scholarship searches and applications should never cost money!

National Scholarships

A sampling of state & national scholarships are listed below (deadlines for the class of 2024 will be updated as the scholarship listings are received). You can find more opportunities like this by researching scholarship websites! A list of recommended websites is listed in another block on this page.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship - 150 awards, $20,000 each, Deadline: October 2, 2023

Questbridge National College Match program - A college admission and scholarship process through which high-achieving, low-income students can be "matched" — admitted early with full four-year scholarships to QuestBridge college partners. The Match Scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the college, and it is worth over $200,000. The deadline to apply is September 26, 2023. Finalists who do not match can apply for free to any of our college partners through QuestBridge Regular Decision

Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program - Program open to high school juniors. The application opens in early February each year, and it closes in late March. College Prep Scholars are awarded various opportunities throughout the summer that are designed to strengthen their college applications. When students apply as juniors, their application will automatically carry over to the National College Match when they are seniors, giving them a head start.

Gates Scholarship - highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Ideal candidates will be top 10% of his/her class with demonstrated leadership ability and exceptional personal success skills. Deadline: Sept 15, 2023

UNC Morehead-Cain Scholarship - full tuition scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill; students may apply as school nominees or through self-nomination process; Deadline: October 1, 2023

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program - provides eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and most mandatory fees for Scholars at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Scholars also have access to generous funding for up to three summer experiences, funding for conferences throughout the academic year, and for two semesters of study abroad. Application deadline: November 15, 2023.

Levine Scholars Program - a merit-based scholarship at UNC Charlotte providing full tuition, summer experiences and a civic engagement grant; Deadline: Nov 15 (may seek school nomination, which is due Oct 15; must apply to UNCC by Nov 1 Early Action deadline)

NCSU Park Scholarship - full tuition scholarship at NCSU; Deadline: November 1, 2023

Cheatham-White Scholars - a merit-based scholarship available to incoming freshmen at North Carolina A & T State University and North Carolina Central University. The scholarship fully funds four years of higher education. 

UNC Thomas Wolfe Scholarship - full tuition scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill for Creative Writing; Deadline: November 15, 2023

NC Promise - Through the NC Promise, the state has significantly reduced student tuition costs to $500 per semester at four UNC System institutions: Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Western Carolina University.

Mike Rowe Works Scholarship - This scholarship is for high school seniors who are enrolling in an approved trade program at an accredited 2-year college, vocational or technical school, or other approved technical institute in the US.

NC Community Foundation manages 150 scholarship funds across the state.

Scott & Kim Verplank Foundation Scholarship ($10,000, 1 award) This is a renewable scholarship for college-bound seniors who had a childhood diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes ($10,000, 25 awards, Deadline: spring) This scholarship is for students ages 8-18 who are working on an inspiring service project, or have done so within the last 12 months. You must be working as an individual to lead your service work.

ASHRAE Scholarship for High School Seniors Are you planning to major in engineering at an approved school?*(Check out the link to find out if your institution meets the criteria for eligibility.) Do you have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0?  Are you within the top 30% of your class? If you answered "YES" to all of the above, check out the scholarship for a chance at $3,000 towards your education.

Regional Scholarships

We post any regional scholarship info that is sent directly to Vance Charter School here. Most regional scholarships have deadlines in the spring. Below is the list of scholarships that were received last year. As we receive application links and deadlines for the Class of 2024, we will make updates to this list.

SECU "People Helping People" Scholarship

Henderson Junior Woman's Club

Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators - Gamma Chi Chapter

Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship-

NC Golden LEAF Scholarships

NCHSAA Scholarship Opportunities for Student-Athletes

Kiwanis Club of Henderson

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ®, Nu Chi Omega

Edmonds Tennis & Education Foundation

Alpha Delta Kappa, Rho Chapter

Nash Community College FFA Scholarship

Rotary Club of Henderson

Woodward-Gholson Endowment Scholarship

Henderson Optimist Club

Granville Health System Foundation 2023 Sam Perry Memorial Scholarship

Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association Scholarship

Wake Electric Webb Technology Scholarship

The Henderson Optimist Club Scholarships

Couch Oil Cares Scholarship

Brent Strong Foundation Scholarship

Henderson Institute - Robert Bogan Scholarship

Warren County Cattlemen's Association Scholarship

AgCarolina Scholarship

National Farmers Union