Community Scholarships

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.

7 x 24 Exchange – Carolinas Chapter’s Bob Cashner Memorial Scholarship

2019-2020 Academic Year (7/1/2019-06/30/2020)

Due Date: 5:00 PM, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

One or more scholarships will be awarded based upon the availability of funds and will be awarded to students meeting the criteria set forth annually.

A total of (4) four scholarships, granting a maximum of ninety percent (90 %) of full-time tuition (based on $79/credit hour up to a total of 70 credit hours per student), excluding books and fees will be provided to eligible students. The funds may be distributed equally in (2) two annual payments; one fall and one spring payment for each selected recipient. The North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation will notify and submit funds to the designated institution.

Student Eligibility:

To qualify as a candidate for the 7 x 24 Exchange – Carolinas Chapter’s Bob Cashner Memorial Scholarship Fund, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be eligible for in-state (North Carolina) tuition.
  • Must enroll in one of the following associate degree programs:
    • Mission Critical Operations A40430
    • Engineering Technologies
  • Submit an essay stating why he/she chose the field of study and how the scholarship will help them financially attain their educational goal.
  • Must maintain a grade point average required for graduation and continued enrollment at the college where he/she was enrolled at the time of the scholarship award.
  • Complete the degreed program within (4) semesters as a full-time student or within (8) semesters as a part-time student.

Other factors to be considered in the selection process will include, but will not be limited to:

  • scholastic achievement,
  • financial need,
  • participation in outside activities,
  • and a demonstrated interest in working in the Mission Critical – Data Center Industry.Preference will be given those pursuing “Mission Critical Operations” programs. However, those pursuing Applied Engineering and Technology programs will also be seriously considered particularly, if the applicant shows an expressed interest in Operations and Maintenance.

The candidates for the scholarship shall be selected and the scholarship awarded without regard to race, gender, color, creed, religious preference, age, national origin or disability. The individual recipients of the scholarship will be selected each year from the group of applicants meeting the above criteria.

To Apply:

Please print and complete the application supplied in the below button. Once complete, please return the completed application (along with Student Consent Form) and essay to Jessica Forbes in the Mayland Community College Financial Aid Department by no later than the deadline listed above.

**Please note the deadline to submit to MCC is sooner than the deadline listed on the application so we will be able to get your applications to the organization before the organization’s deadline.**

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Forgivable Loan

2020-2021 Academic Year (7/1/2020-6/3/2021)

Due Date: 11:59 PM, Monday, January 13, 2020

The Teaching Fellows program has been an important legacy in North Carolina. For decades, it has provided a way for the best and brightest in North Carolina to have a place of influence and distinction by elevating them to a vital role — the role of a teacher. In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly reestablished Teaching Fellows and specifically designed the program to meet the areas of most need in our State — not just by focusing on special education and STEM fields, but also by prioritizing low-performing schools.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  • Be accepted to enroll in an approved educator preparation program leading to initial licensure in an eligible area at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions:
    • Elon University
    • Meredith College
    • NC State University
    • UNC Chapel Hill
    • UNC-Charlotte
  • Be one of the following:
    • A North Carolina high school senior.
    • A student planning to transfer to an educator preparation program at one of the five above listed Teaching Fellows partner institutions.
    • A student already enrolled at one of the five above listed Teaching Fellows partner institutions who transitions into an educator preparation program.
    • An individual with a bachelor’s degree pursuing preparation for teacher licensure at one of the five above listed Teaching Fellows partner institutions.
  • Be willing to teach in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) or special education licensure area in North Carolina public school, traditional or charter.
  • Minimum Academic Requirements
    • High school applicants or applicants with fewer than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 and have scored at least a 24 on the ACT or a 1,170 on the SAT.
    • Applicants with more than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA.

**Students already currently enrolled in an educator preparation program are not eligible to be considered for a Teaching Fellows award.**

If Chosen:

Forgivable loans may be awarded for use at one of the five above listed partner institutions for the below listed timeframes:

  • North Carolina high school seniors (up to 4 years).
  • Students applying to transfer to an educator preparation program (up to 3 years).
  • Students already enrolled at one of the partner institutions who transition into an educator preparation program (up to 2 years).
  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are pursuing preparation for teacher licensure (up to 2 years).

A student could be allotted up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 an academic year). Loan funds may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books.

Continued Eligibility Requirements:

If chosen for the program, the student will be required to sign a promissory note agreeing to the terms of their NC Teaching Fellows Forgivable Loan. The forgivable loans are allotted annually (as listed above) and are renewable annually as long as the student:

  • Meets the initial eligibility requirements of the program.
  • Honors the terms of the award promissory note.
  • Makes Satisfactory Academic Process, as defined by the institution where the Fellow is enrolled.
  • Participates in all Teaching Fellows enrichment activities, unless an exemption is approved by Campus and Program Director.
  • Does not exceed the maximum number of semesters eligible for Teaching Fellows funding.

Please follow the below link for the NC Teaching Fellows Forgivable Loan application. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!