Career Specific Scholarships

Career Specific Scholarships

The North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation Endowment for Teacher Preparation Scholarship/Loan

The North Carolina Community College Foundation Endowment for Teacher Preparation Scholarship/Loan is 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. Students must be enrolled full-time in the first or second year of a community college degree program to prepare them 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 2015-2016 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 2015 Tier I and II Counties.  Those counties are: 

Tier I

Alleghany, Anson, Bertie, Beaufort, Bladen, Burke, Caldwell, Camden, Caswell, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Edgecombe, Gates, Graham, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jackson, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Mitchell, Montgomery, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rutherford, Scotland, Surry, Swain, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wilson,

 Tier II

Alamance, Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Catawba, Cherokee, Cleveland, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Harnett, Haywood, Lee, Macon, Madison, Nash, Onslow, Pamlico, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Transylvania, Wayne, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancey

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.

Applications and other required supporting documents must be received by the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation Teacher Preparation Scholarships Selection Committee by September 25, 2015. The application can be accessed here.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Project Scholarships

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Early Care and Education Community Specialist Scholarship Program is designed to increase access to relevant early childhood and child development focused coursework by those individuals who are working on behalf of young children in the early care and education system.  For more information, visit  T.E.A.C.H.​ Access the application here.

Forgivable Education Loan for Service (FELS)

Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, FELS provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved health care or education program and who are committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina.  Visit the FELS page on for more information and to apply.

National Student Nurses' Association Scholarship

This scholarship is for nursing and pre-nursing students.  This scholarship is based on merit and financial need.  Visit the National Student Nurses' Association, Inc. Foundation for more information and to apply.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

This scholarship is for all students who are pursuing a career in the healthcare field.  For more information and to apply online, visit the Tylenol website.

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program​

This scholarship is open to students pursuing a major in manufacturing, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), or business disciplines.  Students must demonstrate how their area of study prepares them for a career in manufacturing.  For more information and to apply, visit the Nordson website.