Please scroll down to review each of our scholarship opportunities and see if you qualify! Applications or links to applications for each scholarship can be found in the scholarship title.

Agnes Christman Scholarship

Due Date: Friday, June 02, 2023, or Until Filled

This scholarship is sponsored by PEO International and awarded each semester.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a female
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must show academic potential
  • Must be a Mitchell, Avery, or Yancey Resident
  • Must be enrolled in a certificate, diploma, or degree within the medical assisting or nursing program.
  • Must not have another degree

**In addition to the above criteria, a student may be required to have a two-year minimum break in education (between high school and college or other).  Students should still apply even if they do not have this break in education.**

If you meet ALL of the above criteria, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship by completing the Agnes Christman PEO Scholarship Application attached.

Once this document is complete, please return it to the Financial Aid Office at

SECU Foundation “People Helping People” Scholarship

DEADLINE:  June 22, 2023

The State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has established a two-year scholarship program to assist North Carolina community college students in achieving academic success.  The members of SECU take an active role in assisting organizations and communities across North Carolina and truly believe in “People Helping People!”

The SECU Scholarship is a $5,000 award distributed semi-annually in two payments:  $1,250 per student for the Fall Semester and $1,250 per student for the Spring Semester for a maximum of four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters.  Membership in the SECU is NOT required.

The Scholarship Committee of Mayland Community College will nominate two individuals for this award that are most deserving of an opportunity to further their educations.  The committee will consider students who best exemplify the membership philosophy of the SECU, “People Helping People,” and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.  The recipient will be selected without regard to race, sex, color, creed, religious preference, age, national origin, or disability.

Qualified candidates must:

  • Be a high school graduate or completed the General Education Development (GED) Program that is enrolled full-time each semester in an associate degree, diploma or certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina – eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Not been a previous recipient of the SECU “People Helping People” scholarship.
  • Best exemplify the membership philosophy of the Credit Union - "People Helping People" - and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate ongoing scholastic achievement by having and maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Use scholarship to pay tuition, books, fees, course supplies, and transportation.
  • Continue at Mayland for the duration of the scholarship (four consecutive fall/spring semesters) or until completion of diploma or certificate program.  Scholarships are not transferable to another student or another school.
  • Not be a Director, employee, or family member of an employee of the State Employee’s Credit Union or SECU Foundation.


To apply, please submit a one to two-page essay to the Scholarship Coordinator explaining why you feel you best exemplify the membership philosophy of the Credit Union – “People Helping People.”  Explain how you have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.  Your paper must be typed and double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 font.

Your essay must be accompanied by:

  • Two letters of recommendation from leaders of organizations for which you have volunteered or from members of the community who can attest to your character, integrity, and community involvement.
  • A copy of your most recent transcript.

Submit your essay along with all required documentation by the June 22 deadline to Gene Self by mail at 200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

2023 Community College Eligibility Criteria

Allen Ryan Todd Scholarship

Currently Unavailable


The Allen Ryan Todd Scholarship was established to honor the life and enthusiasm for learning of Allen Ryan Todd. The scholarship symbolizes his family’s belief that we are here not just to further our own ends, but also to contribute to a larger purpose. In that spirit, scholarship, service, and a desire to help other committed individuals are crucial elements.

The funds will be distributed in two payments per recipient: fall semester, and spring. Scholarship checks will be issued to the college in the name of the recipient. To qualify as a recipient for the Allen Ryan Todd Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a resident of North Carolina.
  2. Be enrolled (or must intend to enroll) in an Associate Degree program in education, health or environmental science at a North Carolina Community College.
  3. Be a motivated, capable learner who has a demonstrated economic need.
  4. Submit an essay specifying a chosen field of study and explain how the scholarship will help the applicant achieve his/her goal. A statement of how his/her goals honor the values modeled in the life of Allen Ryan Todd.
  5. Maintain a grade point average at or above the level required for graduation. (2.0)
  6. Continue enrollment for the duration of the scholarship at the college where he/she was enrolled at the time of the scholarship award.
  7. The recipient(s) must show documentation that they have volunteered in the intended field of study to be considered for this scholarship. Documentation must be within the past year.

Application Process

  1. Please complete the general scholarship application when available.
  2. Provide an essay including the following:
    • Educational Accomplishments: Please briefly describe any activities in your community in which you have been involved beyond your academic studies; i.e., awards, special programs, or any other educational accomplishments.
    • Educational Goals (Use a separate sheet and attach to the application): Please write no more than a one-page essay stating why you have chosen this field of study and how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goal
    • Life purpose: Allen Ryan Todd was a searcher, one who truly cared about learning. He also cared about people, especially those who needed help and hope. In that spirit, tell the committee why you feel that you qualify for the memorial scholarship bearing his name.

Bob and Ann Cook Scholarship Endowment

Currently Available



Graduates and graduating seniors from Avery County High School who plan to matriculate at a
North Carolina community college and attend full-time basis towards graduation

Local Contact

Dr. Tyran Hill, Director of Community Investment
North Carolina Community College Foundation

Due Date


How to Apply

Apply by using NCCF’s Online Application System. When prompted for an access code, use: boban

Doc and Ceci Ransom Memorial Scholarship

Currently Available



This scholarship is made possible by Doc and Ceci Ransom for the purpose of providing financial assistance to Yancey County residents who are active in their communities and have a desire to continue serving the communities they live in. Please read all instructions and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible.

Local Contact for any questions

First Baptist Church Burnsville

Due Date


How to Apply

Apply by using, scroll down to the 2023-24 Curriculum Scholarship Application, and select. Follow the directions on the given page for guidance on how to download and apply for the scholarship.

Golden Leaf Two-Year Scholars Program

Currently Unavailable


The Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two-Year Colleges will provide grants of up to $2,250 annually for curriculum students.  The scholarships help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other components of the total cost of attendance for the 2023-2024 fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligible students must (1) be a North Carolina resident, (2) demonstrate financial need, and (3) reside in a rural county that is tobacco-dependent, or economically distressed, as determined by the Golden LEAF Foundation (please see Qualifying Counties 2023-2024 list below). A scholarship recipient who resides in an eligible county upon initial award will retain eligibility and will be eligible for renewal awards as long as the student’s place of residence is within the state of North Carolina.
  • Eligible students may receive an award each year. Financial aid offices will determine their application procedures for receiving awards for subsequent terms. Selected students will be required to disclose all financial aid awards as dictated by college financial aid offices for award packaging.  Golden LEAF Scholarships will not displace federal grants, e.g. Pell grants, for which the student may be eligible (may displace loan funds).

Curriculum Student Selection Criteria

Eligible students must:

(1) Be enrolled at least full-time for fall and spring; Summer school students must be enrolled at least 6 credit hours. Grants for less-than-full-time students will be prorated based on hours of enrollment and pending availability of funds

(2) Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

(3) Be a resident of North Carolina

(4) Reside in a rural county that is tobacco-dependent, or economically distressed, as determined by the Golden LEAF Foundation (Please check with your financial aid office for Qualifying Counties 2023-2024).

Scholarship Awarding Format Sample:

Colleges may select students to receive up to $2,250 in awards annually. For example, if a student receives $2,250, funds will be awarded up to $1,000 for the fall, $1,000 for the spring, and $250 for the summer. The scholarship may be renewed for one year if the student meets the eligibility criteria. If the student fails to enroll, those remaining funds may be awarded to another student. Grants for less-than-full-time students will be prorated based on hours of enrollment and pending availability of funds. For example, if a student is awarded $2,250 for the fall and spring, but enrolls for only halftime for the spring semester, the award will be prorated for the spring to $563. The remaining $562 may be awarded to another student.

Application Process

  • The System Office will promote and market the scholarship among the local community colleges to help the students understand and recognize the mission of Golden LEAF. A marketing and publicity plan approved by the Foundation will include the scholarship notification letter sent to each scholar.
  • Students will complete the Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two-year Colleges application for the targeted academic year.  Applications will be filed with the college financial aid offices.
  • Timing for the selection process is determined by the award policies and procedures of each college.
  • Applicants bear full responsibility for completing the Golden LEAF application prior to each deadline.
  • Financial aid offices will disburse awards and collect media release forms regarding the scholarship recipients.
  • Financial aid offices will provide a list of selected recipients including name, amount, address, counties, email, and use of funds to NCCCS.

This program is funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Please email all applications to Gene Self at by the above-listed deadline.

North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program

Criminal Justice Fellows Program Overview

Who can apply?
The Criminal Justice Fellows Program is open to high school seniors and graduates seeking an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice or other Committee approved related field of study. Applicants may reside in any county in North Carolina but should intend to enter an eligible criminal justice profession in an eligible North Carolina county.

What is needed to apply?
Applicants interested in the Criminal Justice Fellows Program can visit or email to obtain an application packet. In addition to a completed application, applicants must also submit unofficial high school transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores, two (2) references, a copy of their driver’s license or government-issued ID, and AOC records checks from all counties they have resided in or may have been charged in.

Where should applications be sent?
Completed applications and accompanying documents may be submitted by email, fax, or mail to the addresses below:
Email: Fax: (919) 779-8210
Mailing Address: Criminal Justice Fellows Program P.O. Box Drawer 149 Raleigh, NC 27602-0149

When is the deadline?
The application process for the Criminal Justice Fellows Program opens annually on September 1st and closes on April 30th. Selection is ongoing and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Completed applications and all accompanying documents must be received by the April 30th cutoff date. If submitting an application packet via mail, applicants should make sure to mail it early enough to be received by April 30th as we use the date received and not the postmarked date.

Wells Fargo Technical Scholarship

Currently Unavailable


This scholarship is split between Fall and Spring semesters. To qualify for this scholarship a student must:

  • Be a full-time student (12 credit hours)
  • Be in the second year of a two-year educational/technical program
  • Demonstrate financial need or have a 2023-24 FAFSA on file at Mayland
  • Use the scholarship to pay for tuition, books, and/or transportation.

Educational Accomplishments (Use a separate sheet and attach it to the application): Please write no more than a one-page, typed essay (12-point font) stating why you have chosen this field of study, how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals, and why you should be considered for this scholarship.