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Special Programs sponsored by Colleges

The following Special Programs are being held in the area:

Students interested in the United States Naval Academy:

Please attend the USNA Admissions Forum
October 5, 2019 from 10am to 12pm
You are welcome to attend for an informative program and to ask questions to USNA Admissions Staff!
Wake Forest University Farrell Hall
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-SAlem, NC 27106
Registration begins at 9:00am
Parking is availbe in student, visitor, faculty and staff marked parking areas!

Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarship opportunities are available for qualified students. Each of these scholarships is on a "faculty nomination" basis. However, if you are interested in attending any of these schools, have checked the criteria on the school website, and would like to self-nominate, please see Ms. Ferrerio:

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership State Leadership Seminar:


At HOBY, high school sophomores build their leadership potential through an inspiring three- or four-day Leadership Seminar based on three leadership perspectives: Personal, Group, and Societal. As many as 300 “ambassadors” from high schools across the state or country gather at their local HOBY State Leadership Seminar between April and June to:
  • Experience life on a university campus, where HOBY Leadership Seminars are hosted
  • Interact with local community leaders—from CEOs to business owners to doctors to media experts—through panels, presentations, and group discussions about real-world issues
  • Participate in hands-on activities to explore and exercise leadership on personal and group levels
  • Form diverse relationships with adult professionals, college-age mentors, and high school students from across the state with diverse leadership styles and backgrounds
  • Conduct a community service project to put leadership-for-service skills into action
  • Open opportunities for internships, mentorship programs, and other HOBY Ambassadors Connect benefits
After each seminar, HOBY alumni are challenged to complete 100 hours of community service within the next year as a way to put their passion and newly built leadership skills into action.
For more information read here:

O'Neal can nominate one student and one alternate student. First student fee is $225, alternate student is $395. Please see Ms Ferrerio if interested!

The following scholarship opportunities are available for any qualified students and do NOT require a nomination:


NEXT DEADLINE: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5 p.m.
In 2000, the Arts Council started a scholarship endowment fund with the goal to award merit-based scholarships to Moore County middle and high school students with demonstrated talent and interest in the arts. Past scholarship winners have attended Appalachian State University’s Cannon Summer Music Camp, UNC School of the Art’s summer programs, Parsons School for Design, New York Summer Film Academy, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, UNC at Greensboro’s Summer Music Camp, or taken private lessons with an art or music teacher. If you are a middle or high school student interested in applying for this scholarship and need information on how to apply, CLICK HERE.

Please check out College Board Big Future Scholarship Search for unlimited opportunities-

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.!
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. 
Applications are now open for 2020 awards.

Here's how it works: 
  • By November 5, 2019, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member.)
  • By November 15, 2019, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state level judging. 
  • On February 4, 2020, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2020. 
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, established in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is America’s largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. To be eligible for this award you must:
  • be an individual student enrolled in grades 5-12. Groups and partners are not eligible.
  • be a legal resident of U.S.
    • students who live elsewhere are eligible if their parent(s)/guardian(s) are legal voting residents of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. 
  • have conducted a volunteer community service performed at least in part after September 1, 2018.
  • not be employees, or children of employees, of NASSP, Prudential or its affiliates, or International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS); or previous Prudential National Honorees.
    • Previous State Honorees are eligible only if their submitted activities are significantly different from previously honored activities.
You MUST meet all the above requirements. No exceptions will be made.
How to Apply
To complete this application:
  • Complete all the required fields on this form.
  • Request your certification from one of the following:
    • School Principal
    • Girl Scout Council Executive Director
    • County 4-H Leader
    • American Red Cross Chapter Executive Officer
    • YMCA Executive Director
    • Executive Director of a Points of Light Global Network Member
  • Click the Submit button on the Save/Submit page.
  • It is your responsibility, as the applicant, to monitor your Home page and ensure a Complete application status.
Application Deadline
DEADLINE: November 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone

Horatio Alger Association National Scholarship

106 scholarships at $25,000 each

As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.
The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.
To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2020 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen
The application is open annually from August 1 – October 25.
Deadline to apply is October 25, 2019
Visit for more information

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 31st class in 2019, the Foundation has provided over 6,150 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $69 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Apply now! High school seniors may visit to apply to be a Coca-Cola Scholar.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be:
- Current high school (or home-schooled) students attending a school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools) who will graduate during the 2019-2020 academic school year
- U.S. Citizens (not a Temporary Resident), U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility
- On track to graduate this academic year (2019-2020)
- Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
Applicants may not be:
- Children or grandchildren of employees, officers, or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.
- International students (with the exception of students at DoD schools)
- High school graduates
- Temporary Residents (Your Permanent Legal Residence is outside the U.S.)


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship program
The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.
Program Experience
Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:
  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
  • Ability to pursue any area of study.
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.
We are currently accepting applications for the Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply is November 13, 2019.
For application please visit:

Cameron Impact Scholarship

The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation (“Foundation”) awards four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service. The Cameron Impact Scholar is unique among their high-achieving peers in their desire to make an impact on their communities and in the world at large. Our Scholar aspires to contribute to positive forces for change and plans to tailor their education to that end.

The Cameron Impact Scholarship will be awarded annually, in December, to approximately 10-15 high-school seniors (applications are due in May and September preceding the awards). This four-year, merit-based scholarship (“Scholarship”) is intended to cover the full tuition and ‘qualified educational expenses’ (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) at the recipient’s chosen collegiate institution (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum). ‘Educational expenses’ vary amongst higher institutions, but the Scholarship is intended to cover tuition, fees, course-related expenses, books, supplies, and equipment.

The Foundation will allocate approximately 25%, or a quarter of the scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in education, nonprofits, government, and/or military and have a stated professional goal of public service. However, the criterion for the Scholarship is intentionally broad. There are countless ways to make a positive impact in many professional careers (Finance, Education, Healthcare, Technology, Military, Legal, Sports, Engineering and Art to name but a few). In either the Private or Public Sector, the Cameron Impact Scholar has the ability to make real, tangible contributions in their lifelong dedication to the greater good.
Eligibility for the Cameron Impact Scholarship is based on the following criteria:
The applicant must:
  • Prioritize academic excellence (maintaining a minimum cumulative unweighted 3.7 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent in their high school studies);
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be in the high school graduating Class of 2020, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university for the full academic year following high school graduation;
  • Excel in a broad variety of extracurricular activities. This includes, but is not limited to: athletics, academic clubs, music lessons, performance art, and philanthropic organizations;
  • Be motivated leaders with a strong work ethic and social acumen. Scholars rise to the occasion and are both candid and confident;
  • Demonstrate active participation in community service and in civic-minded arenas, exhibiting an appreciation for the world outside themselves and a belief in their own capacity to effect change on scales both large and small;
  • And submit by the Application Deadline*:
    • Online Application,
    • Two (2) required Letters of Recommendation** (these letters MUSTbe submitted prior to the Application Deadline for an Application to be considered complete), and
    • Transcript (unofficial is fine) certifying academic performance.
*IMPORTANT: Applicants are strongly advised to submit their application well in advance of the final deadline. The Foundation assumes no responsibility for an applicant’s technical submission issues encountered on the final due date.
**Recommendations and Transcript may be uploaded directly within the Application when prompted, OR e-mailed directly to the Foundation  Please submit only two Recommendation letters.  
Applicants may not be related to, or have pre-existing relationships to any members of the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation staff, Board of Directors, or Selection Committee. The Foundation is committed to a policy against discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please visit the website to submit an application:

Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship

The Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship (FKMS) honors the memory of the first president of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina, Florence Hill Kidder.
  • Two scholarships will be awarded in one year: First place – $3,000 and Runner-up – $1,000.
  • Scholarships are not renewable.
  • Awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend a post-secondary institution in North Carolina.


To be considered, a candidate must:
  • Be a high school senior who is planning on matriculating into a postsecondary program in North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2020.
  • See the Application Procedure below.


One $3,000 award; runner-up award of $1,000

Application Procedure

  1. A completed application form answering all questions and supplying all requested documents.
  2. Original essay of 500 to 700 words on the subject below.
2020 Essay Topic:
Historic Preservation in North Carolina
Over the years, many organizations have preserved historic buildings and sites.  Please locate a historic building or site in or near your county and expound on its significance.  The building/site should have been built/significant prior to the 20th century.  Your essay should be about the people who lived there, events that took place there, cultural aspects of the time, etc.  Who preserved the building/site?  Why do you think historical preservation is important?

Remember you must document from where you obtained a particular piece of information, including citations within the body of your paper and a list of works consulted at the end. 

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit of the individual essay (75%), scholarship and character (20%), and need (5%). 


The deadline of all materials to be submitted online is February 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2020.

Additional Information

The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2020.
Note: Family members of current NSCDA-NC Officers, Board Members and State Committee Chairmen are not eligible to apply.
Questions? More information?
 Please go to for more information


The Heisman High School Scholarship program is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the U.S. We consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports as well as school and community activities.
  • Have a cumulative weighted high school grade point average (GPA) of a B (3.0) or better.
  • Participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school. The full list of qualified athletic events in alphabetical order includes:
    Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing/Rowing, Cross Country, Curling, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian (Dressage/Eventing/Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating (Figure or Speed), Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Luge, Modern Pentathlon, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Skateboarding, Skiing (Alpine, Biathlon, Cross Country, Free-Style, Jumping), Snowboard, Soccer, Softball, Spirit/Cheerleading, Sports Climbing, Surfing, Swimming (or Synchronized), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track & Field, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball (or Beach), Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.
  • Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman.


    Eligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 47 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.

    Check here for more information

Serving Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Whispering Pines, Sanford, West End, Aberdeen, and areas surrounding Moore County, NC.

The O’Neal School
3300 Airport Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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