The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Inc., The General Assembly of North Carolina, and Bank of America have contributed more than $2 million toward the establishment of an endowment within the North Carolina Community College Foundation to support an expanded role for North Carolina's community colleges in teacher preparation.
The Endowment funds an annual scholarship/loan for prospective teachers enrolled in community college degree programs tied to baccalaureate completion programs on North Carolina community college campuses and innovative projects at community colleges.
Eligibility and priorities: Scholarship/Loans for 2017-2018 will be awarded to a limited number of students enrolled full-time in the first or second year of a community college degree program to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate program in elementary or secondary education housed on a community college campus.
Factors in the selection process include but are not limited to demonstrated commitment to and potential success in careers in teaching, academic achievement; substantive community involvement and financial need. Candidates shall be selected without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religious preference, age, national origin or disability.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Foundation will give preference in awarding grants to students who meet one or more of the following qualifications:
1. Students who are "career changers” who have returned to school from other occupations or from home responsibilities.
2. Students preparing to teach mathematics or science in middle or high school.
3. Students enrolled in community colleges serving low-wealth counties, as designated by the North Carolina Department of Commerce 2017 Tier I and II Counties.
Funding, conditions and requirements: The Foundation will award once per academic year. The total award per recipient will be $2,500 per semester for up to two consecutive semesters of full-time study (a minimum of 12 hours per semester). Receipt of second semester funds will be contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, with a minimum grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and progress toward the community college degree.
Recipients who are unable to meet these obligations will be required to repay the scholarship/loan within ten years of the award. Recipients may re-apply for a second year of funding. Acceptance of the award carries with it the following obligations:
1. Recipient must complete all credentials and begin work as a teacher in a public or charter school in a low-wealth county in North Carolina within six years of the first award.
2. Recipient must teach two full years for each full year of each scholarship/loan received. The first two years of the obligation must be completed within eight years of the award. Any additional obligation must be completed within ten years.
3. Recipient must attend, if invited, a meeting of the Foundation or other appropriate group to report on the impact of the scholarship/loan program.
4. Recipient must sign a promissory note for each award, which will be forgiven when the teaching obligation is fulfilled. The terms of the note will provide for a payback as noted in paragraph above.
II. APPLICATION PROCESS
Applicants must fill out the attached application and submit it by Friday, September 22, 2017 to the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation Teacher Preparation Scholarships Selection Committee. Applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The committee will include representatives of the State Board of Community Colleges, the Foundation Board, NC GSK Foundation, local community colleges and System Office staff.
Additional Required Information:
1. Previous educational and work experience: On a separate sheet (limit one double-spaced typed page), please describe your previous educational experiences and your work history.
2. Motivation to teach: On a separate sheet (limit three double-spaced typed pages), please describe your reasons for choosing classroom teaching as a career; your goals for your future as a teacher; your reasons for choosing to begin your teacher preparation at a community college; and the qualifications that make you the best candidate for this scholarship.
3. Letters of recommendation: Please attach three letters of recommendation from someone who can speak to your suitability for a career in classroom teaching. One letter must come from an instructor, counselor or other faculty or staff member at the community college or high school in which you are enrolled or plan to enroll.
4. Transcripts/test reports: Please include official transcripts from high school and any post-secondary work completed.
APPLICATION DEADLINES: Application deadline is Friday, September 22.
Submit all documentation to:
Monty Hickman, Associate Director of Enrollment Management
5016 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-5016
The Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two-Year Colleges will provide grants of up to $750 per semester, including summer term, for curriculum students and up to $250 per term for occupational education students to assist with tuition, fees, books, supplies, childcare, and transportation expenses and credential testing fees for mid-skill training courses. Community colleges choose to participate in the program annually so eligible students must attend a participating community college.
The Deadline for the Golden Leaf Scholarship is due on October 2, 2017. Please have all applications turned into Jessica Forbes by 5:00 pm on this day in room 124.