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Scholarships and Special Programs

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Special Programs sponsored by Colleges

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference

State Leadership Seminar

HOBY State Leadership Seminars are for sophomore students who want to develop their leadership talents and become stronger leaders in their communities. Through engaging and interactive speakers, workshops, fun activities, and discussions, HOBY’s dynamic 3-4 day leadership training explores leadership from three perspectives: personal, group, and societal.
The State Leadership Seminar is only for sophomores, so don’t miss out! Students should visit their sophomore counselors if they are interested in participating.

If interested, see Ms. Ferrerio. We can send up to two students. The primary student pays $225 and the alternate pays $395

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 schoalrship opportunities are available for any qualified students and do NOT require a nomination:

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 2019

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, monetary awards 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 2019 awards. Here's how it works:
  • By November 6, 2018, 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 affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.)
  • By November 16, 2018, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state-level judging.
  • On February 5, 2019, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2019.
For more information click on this website or see Ms. Ferrerio: 

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship is beginning its eighteenth year at Carolina.  Our scholarship for full undergraduate support for student writers will open its fifteenth submission period as follows:  The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship will receive applications beginning September 1st, 2018.  Our Thomas Wolfe Scholarship application process involves two (2) steps
            Step 1)  an application to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by October 15th, 2018; and,
Step 2)  an application to the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship by November 15th, 2018.  Students must apply to both the University and the Scholarship to be considered.  Preliminary screening will be completed in January, 2019, with final screening concluding in early March, 2019.  Three outstanding candidates will be brought to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus for interviews, and a final decision will be made in early April, 2019.
            Novelist and short-story writer Thomas Wolfe of Asheville, North Carolina entered Carolina in the fall of 1916 and graduated in the spring of 1920.  Wolfe loved Chapel Hill, which he celebrated as Pulpit Hill in Look Homeward, Angel, the novel he published to international acclaim in 1929: “The university was a charming, an unforgettable place. . . . The central campus sloped back and up and over a broad area of rich turf, groved with magnificent ancient trees . . . . the wilderness crept up to it like a beast.”
            Wolfe had but one playwriting course to take.  Students in our Creative
Writing Program now choose courses in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, stylistics, and songwriting, and courses in playwriting and screenwriting are also offered by the Departments of Dramatic Art and Communications Studies.  With five semesters of credit, students can minor in Creative Writing, and we believe ours to be among the strongest undergraduate writing programs in the country.
            More complete information on The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, including the application form, is available on the University's website at the features, procedures, documents, and specific requirements for application.  If you have any questions, please email  Thank you for passing along word of this unique scholarship to your best writers, our potential applicants.

Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship

Students desiring to be considered for a Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship must have the following material completed and postmarked or uploaded online by 11:59pm February 3, 2019.
  1. A completed application, answering all questions.
  2. A separate listing of extracurricular activities, honors, community work and work experience.
  3. A current photograph.
  4. An unofficial transcript of grades, including first semester senior courses if possible and current GPA.
  5. A letter of recommendation from one of the student’s teachers (scanned and in pdf format if done online).
  6. Original essay of 500 to 700 words on this year’s topic.
2019 Essay Topic
North Carolina in the Revolutionary War
Most counties in North Carolina have revolutionary sites or historical highway markers depicting events that date back to revolutionary times. Please locate a site or marker in or near your county and expound on the event that took place. Your essay should be about the revolutionary war era, events leading up to it or soon after the war ended. Why did you pick this particular site or marker? Who were the people involved? How did the event affect the outcome of the war?   What remains at the site today?   Where is the site/marker located? If feasible, a picture of the site/marker attached to your essay would be appreciated.
These are two books amongst others that may help you pick your topic:
A Guidebook to Revolutionary Sites in North Carolina by Patricia Brown Moss and Jeffrey J. Crow
Guide to North Carolina Highway Historical Markers published by Raleigh, North Carolina, Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History
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%), character, grades-scholarship record (20%), and need (5%).
Students may upload scholarship application and supporting materials to under Scholarships and Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship or they may submit by mail at the address below. If the guidance counselor mails the materials for multiple students, we ask that they be placed into a separate folder for each student.

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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