How Programs are Awarded
Scholarships are open to North Carolina residents who are public high school seniors, who attend the NC School of Science and Mathematics or the UNC School of the Arts High School or who study in a home school registered with the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education. There are programs open to private high school students in Buncombe County, and programs open to students already in college or who are employees or children of employees of certain area corporations. Scholarships may be applied to all nonprofit postsecondary two- and four-year colleges, universities, and vocational schools in the United States, unless otherwise specified in the relevant scholarship fund agreement.
CFWNC ensures that all scholarship recipients are selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis and that selections are based on specific guidelines and criteria for each fund.
Review the list of available scholarships and eligibility requirements to be sure you qualify. In addition, applicants must demonstrate:
- Financial need (unless otherwise noted)
- Academic achievement or potential (based on class rank, GPA and SAT scores)
- A history of active participation in school activities, community service, extracurricular involvement, and/or work experience
- Strong moral character
You must meet the above criteria in addition to any further eligibility requirements stated for specific programs.
Meet Sophia Fairbairn
Athlete and musician Sophia Fairbairn is an accomplished violinist who volunteered to playing violin music for residents at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center while in high school. “I explored an interest in the impact of music on the brain and emotions. This led me to want to do interdisciplinary research about the brain and emotions, connecting music with psychology. I now join UNC-Chapel Hill’s Class of 2025 with a potential major in psychology and minor in music. I plan to join the UNC Symphony and explore social justice issues and community service. These scholarships help to open doors. I look forward to finding ways to pay it forward.”
Browse through our full directory of scholarships.