Nearly 150 college scholarships now open for applications across North Carolina

Published 8:48 am Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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Nearly 150 college scholarships administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation are now open for applications, representing nearly $1.8 million in available scholarship funds.

Most NCCF scholarships close for 2024 applications on March 15. There is no cost to apply, and it is now much easier for students to apply for multiple scholarships from NCCF.

This year, NCCF is using a universal scholarships application for the first time. The online application matches information about the student – such as county of residence, GPA or intended major – with criteria for approximately 130 scholarships. Students are then alerted to all scholarships for which they may be eligible.

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About 20 other NCCF scholarships have separate applications with different due dates. Students are encouraged to review the criteria for those and follow the instructions on how to apply.

“NCCF believes in the power of education to improve lives and partners with donors to administer scholarships for the benefit of students across the state. All scholarships are established through endowment funds established at NCCF with criteria determined by the donor,” stated a news release from NCCF.

In 2023, NCCF awarded nearly $1.3 million in scholarships to over 300 students.

“We’re proud to administer scholarships across the state and we’re excited about the improvements we’ve made to make it easier for students to apply,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president and CEO of the North Carolina Community Foundation. “The types of scholarships we offer are wide-ranging and we encourage North Carolina students to fill out the universal application to see what scholarships they may be eligible for.”

Scholarships are available for students from all 100 counties, including for non-traditional students, and for students attending all types of institutions, including community colleges.

As eligibility criteria vary greatly, all students are encouraged to complete the NCCF universal scholarships application on the NCCF Scholarships Portal. To learn more and get started, students should go to