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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:

Wofford Scholars
About Wofford Scholars 

Wofford Scholars is the largest merit-based scholarship program at Wofford College. Each February, high school counselors are invited to submit nominations for the Wofford Scholars Program. The nomination period for qualified students begins in February of the junior year and should be completed by June 15th.  Extensions to the nomination deadline can be made on a case by case basis. (Note: To receive Wofford Scholars Nominee certificates for junior awards days, we must receive your nominations by April 1.)  To qualify as a Wofford Scholar nominee, a student should be ranked in the top 10 percent of the class and have achieved a combined score of 1300 (Critical Reading and Math) on the SAT or a 28 on the ACT.

Program Information  
Since 1949, outstanding high school students have been competing at Wofford for scholarships based on leadership, academic achievement and character. Each year the college receives nominations for the Wofford Scholars Program from guidance counselors across the United States. From these nominees, students are selected and invited to compete for a variety of scholarships. Wofford's faculty/staff, students and alumni eagerly anticipate meeting the best and brightest young people in the country.
To be competitive, nominees should:
  • 1. Rank in the top 10 percent of their class
  • 2. Score at least 1300 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT
  • 3. Be active in leadership and service roles in their school and/or community
Becoming a Wofford Scholar
 To participate in the program, you must do the following:
  •  Apply Early Decision or Early Action and submit all application materials by the corresponding deadline.  While still eligible for many merit scholarship options, Regular Decision applications will not be considered for Wofford Scholars.  
To be eligible, nominees must submit the following items:
  • 1. The Common Application (including Secondary School Report Form)
  • 2. An official transcript
  • 3. A letter of recommendation
If you are a high school junior, you will find that the Wofford Scholars Program can be an excellent way to learn more about the Wofford community and gain assistance in financing your education at an outstanding academic institution.

Please see Ms. Ferrerio if interested in being nominated!

The Tin Whistle Scholarship Foundation

The Tin Whistles, Inc is a non profit men's golfing organization founded in 1904 in PInehurst NC. The foundation was chartered in 1978 to provide educational scholarships to deserving Moore County high school students.

Scholarships are provided to seniors graduating from O’Neal, Pinehurst, Union Pines, and North Moore who have been admitted to or applied to an accredited four-year college or university. Students are competing for up to four total scholarships totalling $22,000 ($5,500 per year for four years).

Applicants for this Scholarship must have the following criteria (each is a 25% component of the decision)
  • A record of high academic achievement (GPA, class standing and SAT/ACT scores)
  • Active involvement in school extra-curricular activities and in the community (outside of school)
  • Demonstrated leadership capability
  • A demonstrated need for financial assistance
Completed applications must be submitted back to Ms. Ferrerio by March 22, 2019. Finalists will sit for an interview with the TWSF committee on April 29, 2019.
If interested, please see Ms. Ferrerio ASAP for an application. Financial need consists of any shortfall to tuition and fees not made up by family contribution, scholarships or financial aid. See Ms. Ferrerio for more information.

Presbyterian College Fellows Award

The Presbyterian College Fellows Award recognizes high school juniors who have demonstrated the potential for future success. The $4,000 scholarship awards $1,000 annually for four years of study at Presbyterian College.

Selection as a PC Fellow also grants students consideration for other academic scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $23,000. Such students may also be considered for the Griffith Scholarship, which covers the full cost of attending PC for four years of study and is awarded to two incoming freshmen each year. Lastly, we offer music, theater, and athletic scholarships as well as a competitive financial aid program that includes opportunities for need-based aid.
High school guidance counselors may nominate juniors who meet two of the following criteria:
  • One or more of the following standardized test scores:
    • PSAT (evidence-based reading, writing, and math) score of 1100 or higher
    • SAT (evidence-based reading, writing, and math) score of 1100 or higher
    • ACT Composite score of 22 or higher
  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of the current junior class
  • A weighted GPA of 3.5 or more
Please note that a valid mailing address is required for each nominee. A school’s address is valid only if the student is attending a boarding school. Otherwise, a home address is required.

Please see Ms. Ferrerio if interested!

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

2019 CTCL Scholarship Application

The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Loren Pope’s classic book and the 10thanniversary of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives.
Since first appearing in 1996, four versions of Colleges That Change Lives have been published, each update offering valuable insights about the college search, as well as profiles of 40 small, residential, liberal arts schools that deliver a quality education to thousands of students each year. The non-profit College That Change Lives organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting the book’s message, and this scholarship is yet another way to ensure that the CTCL experience becomes a reality for even more students.
The 2019 Colleges That Change Lives Scholarships ($1,000 per year, renewable for up to four years with a maximum award of $4,000 per student) will be awarded to new first-year students, including international students and undocumented students who choose to attend a CTCL-member college or university.
The CTCL Board reviews the applications and selects the recipients. Decisions will be based on the merits of the application, and financial need may be taken into consideration. All students will be notified about the scholarship results. Learn more about the most recent CTCL Scholarship winners.
To apply:
  • Complete and submit the online application before 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, March 22, 2019.
  • To complete the application, two items must be emailed with your name in the subject line to before 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, April 5, 2019:
    — at least one copy of an admission letter from a CTCL-member school
    — a copy of page one of your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA (see this example of page 1 of the SAR)
  • If you cannot file a FAFSA and/or provide a copy of your Student Aid Report, please select “I will not be able to submit a Student Aid Report, but would like to compete for this scholarship” when prompted on the application. If you are a finalist who did not provide the SAR, CTCL will contact you directly for more information. 
Awardees will be notified by email on April 19, 2019.
Questions? Please contact Executive Director Maria Furtado with questions (727.465.8005).

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Member colleges are listed below: 
Agnes Scott College (Women Only)Allegheny CollegeAntioch CollegeAustin CollegeBard CollegeBeloit CollegeBirmingham-Southern CollegeCentre CollegeClark UniversityCornell CollegeDenison UniversityEarlham CollegeEckerd CollegeEmory & Henry CollegeThe Evergreen State CollegeGoucher CollegeGuilford CollegeHendrix CollegeHillsdale CollegeHiram CollegeHope CollegeJuniata CollegeKalamazoo CollegeKnox CollegeLawrence UniversityLynchburg CollegeMarlboro CollegeMcDaniel CollegeMillsaps CollegeNew College of FloridaOhio Wesleyan UniversityReed CollegeRhodes CollegeSouthwestern UniversitySt. Johns College (MD and NM)Saint Mary's College (CA)St. Olaf CollegeUniversity of Puget SoundUrsinus CollegeWabash College (Men Only)Wheaton College (IL)Whitman CollegeWillamette UniversityCollege of Wooster


If you meet the follwing criteria:
-High School Senior
-Resident of Moore County
-Demonstrate Financial Need
-Planning to attend a College or University in North Carolina
-Planning to major in Accounting and pursuing a career in Accounting

**See Ms. Ferrerio for an application to a minimum $1000 scholarship.**

Application requires transcript, letter of rec, essay, birth certifcate, US and NC tax returns, letter of acceptance to NC college, estimated cost of attending college, any additiona information covering financial aid.


An estimated 3,450 people died in distracted driving car accidents in 2016 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports. Sadly, many of those crashes involved drivers who tried to use a smartphone to talk, text or access the Internet while they were behind the wheel.
Do you own a smartphone? How does it affect your daily activities? Are you ever tempted to use the phone while you are driving?

The attorneys of Englander Peebles invite you to share your thoughts and experiences and to compete for one of our two scholarship prizes worth a combined $1,500. We are now accepting entries from students nationwide for our annual Scholarship Essay & Video Competition.
Please read more about the competition below and take advantage of this exciting opportunity to compete for scholarship funds.
To enter, you must submit your essay or video by our May 31st, 2019 deadline


Each winner will receive a check from Englander Peebles. The check will be issued to the school which they will attend. The winners must use these funds to pay for education-related expenses. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes which apply to the scholarship award.


To compete in our law firm’s Scholarship Essay & Video Competition, you must be a student who is a U.S. resident or an international student who is studying at a U.S. school who is:
  • A high school junior or senior, or
  • A student currently enrolled in two-year or four-year college or university
  • A student currently enrolled in graduate school.
Applicants who are younger than age 18 must provide parental consent to enter. Employees of Englander Peebles, Consultwebs, Inc., and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter this competition.


To enter our Scholarship Essay & Video Competition, Englander Peebles requires that you submit:
  • An essay of 600 words or less (in .doc or .docx format) or
  • A video of two minutes or shorter (in .avi or .mp4 format).
Only one essay or video per student is allowed. The essay or video must cite all information sources. The essay or video must also be an original work. Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.
You must submit your essay or video to


You must submit your complete entry by May 31st, 2019.
Our selection committee will select the scholarship winners. The committee’s decisions will be final.
We will announce our two scholarship winners on June 30th, 2019.
We will use the contact information submitted in the application to notify the winners. Our law firm will also announce the winners on our website.

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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 either: 1.) a dependent child of an NC service member wounded or killed while serving in a combat zone from September 11, 2001, until the present, or 2.) one whose military sponsor was an NC resident at the time of service.
Information and application may be obtained by emailing Pat C. Smith at The deadline to submit all required information and documentation is April 15, 2019.

The National CCAA Scholarship Application

Greetings from the National CCAA! I hope February is off to a great start.
Once again, we are pleased to offer our National CCAA Scholarship. Please share the following with your graduating seniors:
The National CCAA Scholarship is awarded to eight college-going high school seniors from various geographic regions attending one of our member institutions in Fall 2019.
The scholarship awards were established by the National CCAA’s Board of Directors to promote Catholic higher education. We also aim to engage high school counselors in our effort to further encourage Catholic higher education.
The National CCAA Scholarship is a one-time, $1,000 award. This year's application is now available. The application is brief and will take students a few minutes to complete. The deadline to apply is March 15 and award recipients will be selected in mid to late March. Further details regarding the scholarship and application procedures can be found here. To learn more about the many educational opportunities our member colleges and universities have to offer, please visit our website. 
On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support of our organization and for your good work in promoting Catholic higher education. We encourage you to spread the word to other high school counselors and to your students about our scholarship opportunity.

Cameron Impact Scholarship

The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation has opened up applications to the high-school graduating Class of 2020 for the Cameron Impact Scholarship (merit-based, 4-year, full-tuition).  
A Cameron Impact Scholar must show evidence of strong academics (3.7 unweighted GPA or higher), leadershipcommunity service, participation in extracurriculars, and a desire to make a positive impact on the world around them.
Early Application Deadline: May 24, 2019
Regular Application Deadline: September 13, 2019
We accept applications on a rolling basis, and will limit the number of applications we will review to 3,000.
Please feel free to visit our website for further information and a list of past recipients.

Barnes-Travis Arts Scholarship

The Arts Council of Moore County’s Barnes-Travis Arts Scholarship was established in 2000 with the goal to provide support to Moore County middle and high school students with a demonstrated talent and interest in the arts. The scholarship may be used for such items as fees for a music or art camp, studying dance at a local dance company, or taking private lessons with an art or music teacher. The scholarship may not be used to fund college attendance.
The scholarship is named for Harry Barnes and Vaud Ancil Travis, III, two long-time and strong supporters of the Arts Council of Moore County and the arts throughout Moore County.  Additional funds have been created in someone’s honor or memory. These funds include:
  • Barnes-Travis Arts Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to applicants wishing to pursue their interest in any arts genre.
  • Carol Lawson Rouhier Visual Arts Scholarship – Awarded in memory of Moore County artist and longtime Arts Council member, Carol Lawson Rouhier, this scholarship is awarded to applicants wishing to pursue their interest in the visual arts.
  • Sara Schrock Theatre Scholarship – Awarded in memory of actor, Sara Schrock, this scholarship is awarded to applicants wishing to pursue their interest in theatre.
  • Laine Lea Classical Ballet Scholarship – Awarded in honor of Laine Lea, this scholarship is awarded to applicants who reside in Moore County and wish to study classical ballet.
Since the Barnes-Travis Arts Scholarship’s inception, the Arts Council has awarded 129 scholarships in the amount of $46,105 to middle and high school students pursuing their interest in the arts.

2019 Scholarship Deadline

2019 DEADLINE – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019
NOTE: This is not a postmark deadline. Applications must be in ACMC’s office by deadline.

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Making Positive Changes—2019 Scholarship Essay Contest

The attorneys at Younce, Vtipil & Baznik P.A. are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the people we represent and in the North Carolina communities we serve. In keeping with that commitment, we are pleased to announce our 2019 scholarship contest to help some deserving students in North Carolina with college education expenses.
Our law firm recognizes the importance of attaining a college education to pursuing a fulfilling career in the 21st century. We are pleased to assist. The winners will receive a total of $1,500 in scholarships.
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:

Scholarship Essay Contest

The law firm of Charles R. Ullman & Associates is now offering three (3) scholarships in our Scholarship Essay Contest to deserving high school, undergraduate and graduate college students who author winning essays on the family law topic explained in detail below.

Essay Contest Rules

The essay submission period begins on January 1, 2019 and essays must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2019. Please read through our rules carefully and don’t let this deadline pass without seizing this excellent opportunity.


Essays will be judged by the partners at Charles R. Ullman & Associates. Winners will be selected by May 15, 2019. Submissions will be judged on content, grammar, style, and originality. Judges will look for clear, original, articulate writing that is logically organized and well-supported.
To be eligible, you must:
  • Be a student enrolled in a North Carolina high school, undergraduate program or graduate program
  • Verify you have read and understood the Charles R. Ullman & Associates Scholarship Essay Contest Rules.
  • Submit your application form.
  • Submit your essay (please note that only one (1) essay per student is allowed).
  • Submit your application and essay by 11:59pm on April 15, 2019 by submitting the form below.

Essay Content

The essay you write must be on the following topic:
How can men become allies for the MeToo movement? Since the movement promotes women speaking out, what can men to do make victims of harassment become more comfortable speaking out? How do you think the movement has changed environments in the workplace, social life, and other areas?

Essay Length

The essay you choose must be no fewer than 750 words and no more than 1,500 words long

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