College Counseling

Scholarships and Special Programs

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Special Programs sponsored by Colleges

The following Special Programs are being held in the area:

Triangle Youth Leadership Conference:
Student Applications Open Now for 2020 Conference!  
Dear High School Counselor,
Are your students looking for an opportunity to develop their leadership skills? Build their resume? Experience a college campus? 
You should let them know about the Triangle Youth Leadership Conference, an annual conference held on NC State's campus designed specifically to help high school students build their leadership skills!
The Triangle Youth Leadership Conference is organized by NCSU Student Organization Triangle Youth Leadership Services, and is now in its eleventh year! 
TYLC will immerse your students in hands-on workshops, empower them to develop action-focused service projects, and give them a chance to explore NC State's campus and interact with like-minded peers from across North Carolina. 
Learn more about Triangle Youth Leadership Services and the conference here:
TYLC11 will be held January 24th and 25th, 2020 on NC State's campus, 
So don't wait! Forward this email to your students TODAY and make sure they find out about the conference that will take their leadership skills to the next level.   

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:

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


History and Purpose
In 2011 SACAC launched the Extend the Dream Scholarship as a way in which to honor deserving students with scholarship assistance to help cover some of the gapped costs in attending a postsecondary institution. The scholarship has been limited to students who attend high schools located within the nine member states and the Caribbean.

In 2018 SACAC renamed the scholarship the Horizon Award and repurposed the funding to better reflect the mission of SACAC. While there remains a need to support students in pursuing a postsecondary education, the Horizon Award will now also acknowledge deserving college counselors and CBO advisors in a similar manner.

In 2020 The Horizon Award will be awarded to five high school students in the amount of $1,000 for one-time use. As a matching award, a college counselor or Community Based Organization advisor who has been nominated by the chosen students will receive $1,000 to be used towards professional development opportunities, such as conference registration fees, annual membership dues for SACAC, or fees associated with participation in any SACAC- or NACAC-related event.
Application Criteria and Awarding Process
Students eligible to apply for the Horizon Award are high school seniors attending schools within the nine member states of SACAC (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) and the Caribbean. In addition to the application itself, students will be asked to supply a name and email address for a recommender.

  • November 18, 2019 – Student Application Available
  • January 17, 2020 – Student Application Deadline at 11:59 pm
  • January 24, 2020 – Student Application Supplementary Materials Deadline at 11:59 pm
  • February 22, 2020 – Decision Notification

For questions regarding the Horizon Award and the application process, please contact Kim Jackson-Allen and Federico “Freddy” Glitman, Horizon Award Co-chairs, at


The Sandhills PRIDE Scholarship Program is dedicated to assisting LGBTQ and allied students in furthering their educations to become successful, productive adults. In just three short years through fall 2018, Sandhills PRIDE has awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to eleven extraordinarily talented high school students in our region. The scholarships are made possible by individual donations and fundraising events. Our enthusiastic supporters have made a significant investment in future LGBTQ leaders both here and beyond!
You can download the application for the Sandhills PRIDE Scholarship Fund Scholarship here.

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (unfortunately current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant -- but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.

We hope you will share this opportunity with outstanding high school juniors at your school. The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: Please note the deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Thursday, January 16, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at or by phone at (202) 827-4291.

NC Federation of Republican Women Offer $1,000 NC Scholarship for Child of NC Military
Cramerton, NC – Pat C. Smith, President of the 2,000-member NC Federation of Republican Women, announced a $1,000 merit-based scholarship to an accredited NC college, vocational or technical institution.
Eligible recipient is an NC High School Senior who is a dependent child of an NC service member wounded or killed while serving from September 11, 2001, until the present.

Information and 2020 application may be obtained by emailing

The deadline to submit all required information and documentation is April 15, 2020.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Help put promising young leaders in the running to join our 10th class of Scholars. Share this news with candidates who exemplify these characteristics inside and outside the classroom and encourage them to apply.
Applications for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program are accepted until Jan. 3, 2020. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online. You may also follow us on Facebook and learn more about the Foundation’s other programs for students and educators.
We look forward to honoring these deserving student leaders next spring.


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-

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.)

 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?
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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


We are excited to announce Meridian's annual merit-based scholarship, which is available to graduating seniors planning to attend a North Carolina in-state college or university during the 2020–2021 school year. 
For your convenience, here is the link to the application page on our website:  
Eligibility and application details are included below: 
  • Applicants must be a graduating senior at a North Carolina high school
  • Applicants must currently hold a 3.0 unweighted GPA
  • Applicants must be admitted to and planning to attend a North Carolina in-state college or university for the 2020–2021 school year
  • To apply, applicants should submit an essay response to one of five essay topics outlined here 
  • One student will be selected to receive $1,000 in scholarship funds
  • Scholarship funds must be used to pay for qualified expenses, including tuition, books, and/or room and board for the 2019–2020 school year
  • To enter, applicants are encouraged to submit their application at
  • The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2020
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