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2019-2020 Scholarship Information
Published by Glenda Farmer on September 10, 2019

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Scholarship Bulletin: Scholarship Opportunities 2019-2020

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SENIORS: East Carolina University Teacher Education (iTeach) Event
ECU’s iTeach event will be Saturday, September 14, 2019. This event is for students who are interested in Teacher Education programs at ECU to meet current Teacher Education students and faculty. During the event, prospective high schools students can explore Teacher Education program areas, learn about scholarships, tour campus and Gateway residence hall (home to our Education Living-Learning Community), and learn about the resources and support offered to Teacher Education majors by the College of Education and ECU community! If you are interested in Professional Development opportunities, please visit the following website to register for iTeach: Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach Registration site.  Registration for this event closes September 9, 2019, at 12:00 noon.

Image of a boy holding a pencil.SENIORS: Lenoir-Rhyne University Teaching Scholars Opportunity – Due: September 13
Lenoir-Rhyne University is currently recruiting Teaching Scholars for the 2020-21 academic year. This scholarship program provides financial aid and enrichment activities for students who wish to pursue teaching as a career. Scholars receive an award of $5500 a year in addition to other aid for which they qualify. A Scholar typically receives close to $16,000 annually to support their education at LRU.

They have asked us to provide names of Seniors who we believe possess the skills and dispositions to become teacher leaders for our state. If you are interested in being a nominee from Douglas Byrd, please complete the attached form. Our scholarship committee will review your file and if you’re selected we will submit your name to the county. Cumberland County Schools will then select 2-3 students to nominate from their list. Those applicants will receive priority consideration as Lenoir-Rhyne University awards scholarships.  Lenoir-Rhyne University Teaching Scholars Interest

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For Seniors: Golden Door is a nonprofit scholarship organization which provides large college scholarships to high performing students with DACA. This year they will award the scholarship to up to 50 students across the country attending college in Fall 2020 who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree. In addition to funding, Golden Door provides 1:1 mentorship, professional development opportunities, and summer internships. All scholars are required to be approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) See the attachment for the application link and a flyer. The due date for applications is Monday, September 16, 2019Golden Door Scholars Website       Golden Door Application

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Grades: 9-12: American Indian Scholarship Night

The Indian Education Program with the Public Schools of Robeson County is hosting a college fair Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6-9:00 p.m. in Pembroke, NC.  See the following flyer for more information: The Indian Education Program Flyer

Image of a boy holding a pencil.Grades: 9-12: East Carolina University Fall Open House

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Location: ECU Main Campus
East Carolina University invites you to attend the Fall 2019 Open House, Saturday, September 28, 2019! While at the event, you will have the opportunity to take a walking tour of campus, visit residence halls, learn about student life, and chat with East Carolina faculty members from most academic departments. They will also offer special sessions on important topics such as Admission Requirements, Choosing Your Major with Academic Advising, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Transferring to ECU, Campus Living & Dining, etc.  Click on the attached link to register:
East Carolina University Fall Open House

Image of a boy holding a pencil.Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Zeta Pi Omega Chapter offers a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a male and a female high school student.
ELIGIBILITY – The applicant must be a high school senior at a Cumberland County, North Carolina High School with a minimum academic average of 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
Postmarked by October 15, 2019
The following information must be submitted for consideration:
a. Verification of enrollment in a Cumberland County High School as of August 2019
b. Completed scholarship application
c. One-page essay written by the applicant titled “What is Your Vision of Service to All Mankind?”
d. An official transcript from 2018-2019 school year
e. Three (3) letters of recommendation
f. Signed Parental/Guardian Consent and Media Release Form
g. List of all your high school/community/volunteer activities
View the attached file for more information about the scholarship and for the application. 2019 Scholarship Application

Image of a boy holding a pencil.GRADES 9-12: College Information Fair
There will be a College Information Fair held on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Spring Lake Recreation Center, Spring Lake, NC.  See the attached flyer for more information. College Fair


Image of a boy holding a pencil.SENIORS: UNC Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholarship – Due: September 20, 2019

Selection for this scholarship is based on four criteria: leadership (you initiate; you get things done), moral force of character (courage, humility, and integrity), scholarship (you live for opportunities to learn), and physical vigor (you have demonstrated a sustained commitment to fitness and wellness). If you feel this describes you and you’re interested in attending UNC Chapel Hill next school year, see Ms. Matthews in Student Services.  * There will be a scholarship committee who looks at all of the applicants and can nominate up to 3 students for this scholarship. Visit the UNC Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholarship Website.

SENIORS – Horatio Alger Scholarship – Due Date: October 25, 2019 Image of a boy holding a pencil.

Currently, two $25,000 National Scholarships and twelve $10,000 state scholarships are available to NC graduating seniors, in addition to the new $2,500 CTE Scholarships for students who will attend a Technical or Community College.  Seniors with a strong desire to attend college, who have a notable financial disadvantage, and those who have overcome or are overcoming a major life adversity but are driven to succeed would make a great audience and fit for this scholarship. Visit the following website for more information:  Horatio Alger Scholarship Website

Image of a boy holding a pencil.SENIORS: FREE FAFSA Completion and FAFSA Day Assistance

If you are planning to apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Application

The FAFSA for the 2020-2021 school year will launch October 1. NC campus financial aid offices are holding multiple events, including FAFSA Day on October 26, 2019, to assist students and families with FAFSA completion. In the past they have asked students/families to register for FAFSA Day. This year they are giving you an additional option.

I have attached a flyer where students/families can receive assistance with financial aid/FAFSA completion. The flyer includes a link asking students/families to complete a VERY short form – name, email, county of residence, and how they wish to be contacted. Once that form is completed, you will be connected with a financial aid administrator in our area. This is available to you at NO cost and there is NO obligation to continue with the administrator if you change your mind. Don’t miss out on this free assistance!

Image of a boy holding a pencil.SENIORS: James Henry Thomas Scholarship – Due Jun 1, 2020

See the attached flyer and the linked website for information about the James Henry Thomas Scholarship.  James Henry Thomas Scholarship Website     James Henry Thomas Scholarship

Image of a boy holding a pencil.Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Educational Grant Program – Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for the 2019-2020 academic school year. The Foundation wishes to enrich the learning experience by supporting improved educational opportunities for students and educators in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering.

Who may apply? Teachers, administrators, and schools
What types of grants will be awarded?  The sky is the limit. We know that you have wonderful ideas to inspire your students and support their learning in the areas of mathematics, science, and engineering. Perhaps you need materials for a hands-on project or an authentic learning experience. Maybe there’s a professional development opportunity that you and other educators could learn invaluable information by attending. Would a field trip expose your students to the subject matter? Does your school need equipment for real-world application? Use this grant to innovate your instruction by supporting your students’ creativity and critical thinking skills.

Awards: The Foundation will award up to $5,000.
Priority will be given to projects that:

  1. Create a sustainable educational resource that can be used beyond the current school year.
  2. Integrate projects with current curriculum (math, science, and/or engineering);
  3. Provide learning that will have long-lasting effects; and
  4. Develop start-up projects

Rules for use:
Grant funds must be used as stated in the proposal. The deadline to use the funds is May 18, 2020, and all funds not used by this deadline will be returned to the fund. Principals will be responsible for ensuring projects are implemented and accounting report(s) are made to the Foundation by May 29, 2020. Materials obtained by the award of a grant shall become the property of the Cumberland County Public School System.

2019 Application Proposal Instructions

  • School and personal contact information including e-mail address
  • Number of students/educators benefited
  • Plan for implementation (including timeline)
  • Budget
  • School Principal Approval
  • Grant proposals should be submitted on school letterhead and should be no more than three (3) pages in length, excluding the cover page (shown below) and line item budget detailing proposal needs.
  • No more than two (2) proposals will be accepted from any one (1) school.
  • Proposals involving multiple schools will be considered.
  • Proposal should explain the need and purpose of project, goals, and objectives, number of students and grades benefited and/or number of educators benefited and their respective positions, total amount requested including line-item budget detailing how funds will be used, description of how funds will be tracked to ensure that proper accounting procedures are followed, and description of how the success of the project will be evaluated.

Each proposal must be signed by the school principal and primary contact person for the project and must be mailed no later than November 1, 2019, to:
The SSF Memorial Educational Grant Program
PO Box 53674
Fayetteville, NC 28305

Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Foundation

Recipients will be notified by December 20, 2019.  Awards will be made in January 2020 to the recipient’s school.

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