(as of 12/19/2016)

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SECU/People Helping People Scholarship

  • $10,000 scholarship sponsored by the State Employees’ Credit Union
  • The Scholarship Committee at EWHS is asked to select one recipient of this scholarship each year.
  • Applicants must be planning to attend one of the 16 constituent campuses in the UNC system. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants whose parents work in the public sector (state, local, or federal government; public health; public education); additionally, preference will be given to applicants majoring in public service degree programs (such as public health, education, public administration, or public policy)
  • Applicants are required to submit the FAFSA; a copy of the Student-Aid-Report (SAR) must be submitted with your application.
  • See Mrs. Coates for the preliminary application; deadline:  April 10th.


Golden LEAF Scholarship

  • A total of 215 awards will be offered to first-time recipients to assist with tuition at any of the UNC system campuses or any of NC private, non-profit institutions.
  • The awards are valued at $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to 4 years).
  • Recipients are selected based on GPA, financial length, length of residence in NC, and ability to communicate a commitment and desire to return to a rural county that is economically distressed (i.e., Wayne County or some other rural county)
  • The application is available at; deadline:  March 1st.
  • Applicants must also submit the FAFSA ( to demonstrate that the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) does not exceed the Cost of Attendance (COA).
  • See Mrs. Coates if you have questions!


America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders

  • $1,500 scholarships for students who plan to pursue an ag-related field of study; sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
  • Applications are available at; students must seek two farmer endorsements for their applications; deadline:  February 1st.
  • Winners will be announced April/May of 2017.
  • Program is managed by the National FFA Scholarship Program, but applicants are not required to be FFA members.


Wayne County Livestock Development Association (WCLDA) Scholarships

  • $2400 scholarships for seniors planning to attend a 4-year college or $1200 scholarships for seniors planning to attend a 2-year college
  • Applicants must enroll in an agricultural-related field degree program and/or have been active in the WCLDA Junior Livestock Show & Sale and/or the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair.
  • This application was emailed to the scholarship group on November 21st, but you can also see Mrs. Coates for a paper application; deadline:  January 29.


Corvias Foundation Scholarship

  • Scholarship for military dependents whose parent is an active-duty service member stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB
  • Valued at $50,000!!!
  • Access the application at; deadline:  February 9.
  • EWHS has had two military-connected students to earn this scholarship!  See Mrs. Coates if you plan to apply.


NCHSAA Endowed Fund Scholarships

  • The North Carolina High School Athletic Association sponsors several scholarships for student athletes who excel in the classroom as well as on the field or court.
  • For a full list of the various scholarships, visit:; deadline for most is February 9.
  • See Mrs. Coates if you need help with securing letters of recommendation from our coaching staff.


NC Hispanic College Fund

  • Awards annual scholarships worth between $500 and $2500 each year to high school graduates of Hispanic/Latino background
  • Winners must enroll in a degree or certificate program at a 2- or 4-year college/university and be committed to public service and community development.
  • Applicants must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5; financial need is considered.
  • See Mrs. Coates for an application or download one at; postmark deadline:  January 15th.


Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program

  • Seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals.
  • There are four categories of the scholarship:  one general category for all students regardless of race; one for students of Asian background; one for students of Hispanic/Latino background; and, one for students with African-American background.
  • For more information, visit The deadline to complete the online portion and mail in all supportive documents is January 18th.


Jackie Robinson Foundation

  • $28,000 scholarships (payable at $7,000 per year) will be awarded to graduating, minority high school seniors who plan to attend a 4-year college/university.
  • Applicants must show leadership potential, demonstrate a dedication to community service, and present evidence of financial need.  A minimum SAT score of 1,000 (M + CR) or an ACT composite score of 21 is required.
  • Apply online at; deadline:  February 15.


GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Each year, this program selects roughly 20 college-bound students who excel in leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship to receive $10,000 renewable scholarships – that’s up to $40,000 per recipient!
  • Apply online at; deadline:  January 5th.


Service Academy Nominations

  • Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Representative for the First Congressional District of NC has the distinct privilege of nominating students to the military service academies including:  the US Air Force Academy, US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, and the US Merchant Marine Academy. (the US Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional Nomination.)
  • Each service academy provides a bachelor’s degree and graduates automatically enter their chosen branch of the military as an officer.  In exchange for signing up for 5 years of active duty, students receive:  free tuition, free room and board, free books, and free medical/dental insurance; these benefits represent nearly $400,000 in value.
  • Eligibility criteria, instructions, and the Service Academy Nomination Application are available at


Partnership East @ WCC

  • This is a transfer program offered at Wayne Community College for students who plan to major in elementary education, special education, and/or middle grades education.  They attend WCC for the first two years after high school and then join a cohort of students to complete their bachelor’s degree through East Carolina University.  The ECU classes are taught on the campus of WCC for ease and convenience.  Students can save lot of money earning their 4-year degree through this program!
  • Students who participate may be eligible to receive up to $3,800 of financial support during their senior year internship semesters.
  • See Mrs. Coates for a brochure or contact Lynn Mooring at Wayne Community College (919.739.7012).


Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars

  • For seniors planning to attend Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC who want to study to become teachers.
  • HS seniors should apply at; deadline:  January 10.


West Teaching Scholarship at Catawba College


Air Force Academy Scholarships

  • The US Air Force Academy strives to create a highly qualified and truly diverse cadet wing at the Academy each year.  Students who are selected for admission do not pay ANYTHING toward tuition, housing, meals, or books!  The entire cost of attendance is paid by our government.
  • Spring of the junior year in high school is when the application process should begin.  However, seniors have until December 31 to request congressional nominations for an appointment and submit the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire.
  • A Summer Seminar program is available to give high school juniors a change to see what life at the Air Force Academy is really like.  Limited spaces are available so students should apply between December 1st and January 15th for this opportunity.
  • For more information, visit



NC Reach Program

  • State-funded scholarship offered to qualified applicants for up to 4 years of undergraduate study at NC public colleges and universities
  • Applicants must be young adults (up to age 25) who either aged out of NC foster care or were adopted from NC foster care on or after their 12th birthday
  • NC Reach students receive the following benefits:
    • Funding to cover tuition and fees at their school without having to take out student loans
    • Many students also receive a refund which may be used for school-related living expenses
    • Students are matched with a NC Reach coordinator who helps them academically, personally and in designing a career path
    • They are eligible to request a personal coach to assist and encourage their progress in school through telephone calls, email and social media
    • They receive three care packages during each school year
    • They are eligible to participate in the Foster Care to Success InternAmerica Program
  • Students apply online at


NC Veterans Affairs Scholarship

  • Four-year scholarship program for students of disabled, deceased, combat or POW/MIA war veterans.
  • Requirements:  veteran parent was a legal resident of NC at the time of said veteran’s entrance into that period of service in the military OR be born and raised in NC their entire lives and have a veteran parent
  • For a list of qualifying criteria and scholarship descriptions, contact the Wayne County Veterans Service Office (731-1490) or email


**The scholarship list will be updated as new scholarship applications become available.  You may join Mrs. Coates email group to receive scholarship updates by sending a request to


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