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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:

2018-2019 Horizon Award Student Application:

Thank you for your interest in the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC) Horizon Award. Each year SACAC seeks to award five (5) students attending high school in one of the nine member regions or the Caribbean with a $1,000 one-time scholarship. SACAC recognizes the financial barriers students often times face when considering college opportunities and the Horizon Award seeks to off-set some of these cost of living concerns.
Horizon Award applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on January 15, 2019. All supplementary materials must be submitted no later than January 22 for a student's application to be considered complete.
In order to be considered as an applicant for the Horizon Award students must be on track to graduate in Spring 2019 from a high school located within one of the SACAC member regions (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or the Caribbean).
The following items must be submitted for an applicant's file to be considered complete:
- Personal Statement
- Self-reported high school transcript
- Self-reported test score(s)
- Name and Contact Information for a Recommender (A recommendation letter will be requested on your behalf by the Horizon Award selection committee)
Any questions regarding the student application process can be emailed to

Please apply here:

Kurtz and Blum Scholarship

High school students, undergrad and graduate students across the nation are all eligible to compete in this scholarship essay contest. The deadline is quickly approaching on 12/14/18 and there will be two prizes awarded in the amounts of $1,000 & $500. For this essay contest, students should submit an essay of no less than 750 words about the “Me Too” movement and it’s impact on our society. More information can be found here:



Based in Aberdeen, North Carolina, Meridian is a fully integrated manufacturer of indoor and outdoor kiosks, interactive digital signage, and self-service software. As a complete end-to-end self-service innovator, Meridian develops products and services all under one roof, providing greater efficiency, and lean, high-quality results.
Despite being a global company, Meridian holds tight to and understands the value of strong local ties and community. Meridian’s high school merit scholarship is designed to assist a local, North Carolina high school student admitted to and planning to attend a North Carolina in-state college or university for the 2019–2020 school year. The recipient will receive a one-time award of $1,000.
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 any 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 2019–2020 school year
  • To apply, applicants should submit an essay on 
  • 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 19, 2019
2019 Sandhills Pride Scholarship
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!

Application can be found here:

The Coolidge Scholarship

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.
This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.

As a quick refresher, 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 2020 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 application 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, Wednesday, January 23, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, the Coolidge Scholars Program can be reached by email at or by phone at (802) 672-3389 ext. 114.

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.
A completed application, answering all questions.
  1. A separate listing of extracurricular activities, honors, community work and work experience.
  2. A current photograph.
  3. An unofficial transcript of grades, including first semester senior courses if possible and current GPA.
  4. A letter of recommendation from one of the student’s teachers (scanned and in pdf format if done online).
  5. 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.

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 2019 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 for this prestigious award. Share this news with candidates who exemplify these characteristics inside and outside the classroom and encourage them to apply.
Applications for the 2019 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program are accepted until Jan. 4, 2019. 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.
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