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Special Programs sponsored by Colleges

The following Special Programs are being held in the area:

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:

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.
  • Six scholarships will be awarded in one year: First place - $3,000, second place - $1,000, third place - $800 and three fourth places - $400.
  • Scholarships are not renewable.
  • Awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend a post-secondary institution in North Carolina.

Eligibility

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 2021.
  • See the Application Procedure below.

Value

First place - $3,000, second place - $1,000, third place - $800 and three fourth places - $400.

Application Procedure

  1. A completed application form answering all questions and supplying all requested documents.
  2. An original essay of 500 to 700 words on the subject below.
2021 Essay Topic:
A Glimpse into History
Please choose and describe a historical structure in or near your county that was built prior to the 20th century. Imagine a time capsule was buried there during the building of the structure and discovered today. What kinds of artifacts or writings were left in the capsule that would give us information about the area when the capsule was created? What hopes and ideals from that period in time would the creators of the capsule like us to know about?

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%). 

Deadline

The deadline of all materials to be submitted online is February 7, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Additional Information

The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2021.
Note: Family members of current NSCDA-NC Officers, Board Members, and State Committee Chairmen are not eligible to apply.
Questions? More information?
Proceed to Online Application

 

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:

Apply Now

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an inviation to the program's national recognition events!
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 2021 awards. Here's how it works: 
  • By November 10, 2020, 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 20, 2020, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state level judging. 
  • On February 9, 2021, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2021. 
Learn more: FAQs   ●   About the Program

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship (STAR)

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide scholarships for exceptional high school senior women to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada in the next academic year.
 

Scholarship

This is a non-renewable $2,500 scholarship for graduating high school senior women which must be used in the academic year following graduation or it will be forfeited.
At the discretion of the recipient, funds may be paid directly to the recipient or to the accredited educational institution. Funds used for tuition and fees or required books and equipment are usually non-taxable for income tax purposes. Funds used for room and board might be reportable income for tax purposes. Recipients and their families will decide on the use of funds and will be responsible for any taxes incurred. Recipients and their families should seek professional tax guidance.

STAR Eligibility Requirements

 

Eligibility

A woman is eligible to be recommended for the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship provided she:
  • Exhibits excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success
  • Has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Is in the final academic year (senior year) of her secondary education and is 20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year
  • Is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • Plans to attend an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States or Canada, full-time or part-time, in the fall of the academic year following high school graduation
  • Is recommended by and receives the vote of a local P.E.O. chapter
 

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.

Chapter Recommendation and Application Process

When a local chapter identifies a prospective applicant, the local STAR Scholarship chairman will arrange an interview to assess eligibility. If the chapter votes to recommend the applicant, the chairman oversees the online application process.
The chapter will advise the applicant that she will be emailed instructions for setting up her online account to complete her portion of the application. Submission of the Chapter Recommendation Form must be made online, following the online instructions, between August 15 and October 15.
The Student Profile, Student Activity Charts, original one-page essay, two references, and unofficial high school transcript (through the 11th grade/junior year) must be submitted online no later than 30 calendar days after the applicant has received a link with instructions to set up her online account. Canadian applicants must also include their Province Conversion Grading Scale.

Awards

Recipients will be announced annually by April 30. Notification letters will be sent to all applicants and recommending chapters. Recipient award certificates will be mailed to recommending chapters for presentation at a high school awards ceremony or other public forum.

Endowed and Named Scholars

Endowed STAR Scholarships may be established in honor or memory of an individual or chapter. The funds are held in the P.E.O. Foundation.
A one-time gift of USD $2,500 may be designated as a Named Scholarship in honor or memory of an individual or chapter and must be received by the P.E.O. Executive Office no later than December 1 to be awarded in the ensuing academic year.

STAR Documents

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