Scholarships -

    Welcome to! This page is the starting point for scholarship searches for students attending Gaston County Schools. Our master scholarship database can be found at All scholarship information that our high school counselors have access to can be found using At the bottom of this page are applications of scholarships listed in Scholarship Plus that are available for download. These pages should be a main source of scholarships outside of the scholarships available from your prospective college or university. It is constantly in the process of being updated because scholarship information becomes available at various times.

    Detailed information about the scholarships for the links below can be found at Some of these are applications that come to our counselors in a paper form only. We scan the paper applications we receive and create an application that be typed using your computer and post them here for downloading. Previously, these were scholarships that were only available from the school counselors at each high school. PLEASE NOTE: New applications will be added as new scholarships become available. 

    If you find any problems with any of the scholarship links on this page, or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Ami Parker, Director of Counseling Services, at 704-810-8813 or by e-mail at
    Please note that there may be more than one page of scholarships listed.  Please click MORE at the bottom to see additional scholarship opportunities. 

Scholarship Applications 2018-19

  • State Employees' Credit Union People Helping People Scholarship

    Important Updates for 2018 SECU People Helping People Scholarship

    * Gaston County Schools may award 8 scholarship; no longer one per high school

    * Must be a member of State Employees Credit Union or eligible for membership through a parent or guardian (NCSECU will verify)

    * Must file a FAFSA as part of the application

    Other eligibility requirements:

    * Must be a US citizen and resident of North Carolina

    * Must have a 2.5 or better UNWEIGHTED Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale

    * Is a senior and must attend one of the 16 UNC system public universities

    * Must have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement

    Deadline to school counselor by February 8, 2019: 

                                                                                           _____ Completed application

                                                                                           _____ Student bio (see guidelines below)

                                                                                           _____  Picture (recommend senior or cap/gown picture)

                                                                                           _____  Copy of Acceptance letter to UNC public university

                                                                                           _____ Consent form (linked below) by February 8, 2019

    SECU Scholarship Student Application 

    SECU Consent Form

    Guidelines for Writing Bio

    SECU Criteria



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  • The James W. Buie Scholarship (Gaston County Police Department)- due to counselor Feb. 15

    This full tuition scholarship, valued at $74,000 to be paid evenly over four years in partnership with Belmont Abbey College, has been created to strengthen local ties between Gaston County and the College, and increase the diversity of GCPD. Successful scholars will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Belmont Abbey College, and secure employment with Gaston County Police Department upon graduation.

    Applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • Classification as a current high school senior
    • Preference to residents of Gaston County and underrepresented populations
    • Scholastic Achievement: GPA of at least 3.00 (unweighted)
    • Pursuit of an undergraduate degree in criminal justice
    • Demonstration of strong school and community involvement through volunteerism
    • Clear Criminal History 

    Application deadline to school counselor on February 15th of each year.

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  • A. G Myers Scholarship- Due to school counselor Feb. 22

    Please use the link below to carefully read the eligibility and application procedures.  You should also contact your school counselor to notify him/her you are applying and seek assistance.


    AG Myers Brochure


    Application link This applicaiton is a fillable PDF.  You will need to complete it, print, parent and student sign.  Also, please see the final page for a list of other information you should submit including recommendation letters and transcript.


    Deadline to submit application and all supporting materials to school counselor is Feb. 22, 2019.  All applications must be typed.

    Please verify that the application has the student and parent signature.  All supporting documents should have appropriate signatures as well.

    Scholarship is based on these characteristics:

    1. purpose in life

    2. financial ned

    3. character

    4. qualities of leadership

    5. participation in student and community activities

    6. high school scholastic achievement

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  • Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship

    Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship (3 scholarships available, same application for each)

    Award- $2,000

    Deadline extended to February 28, 2019, deliver to Dr. Ami Parker, Director of Counseling Services at Gaston County Schools Central Office, 943 Osceola St. Gastonia, NC  28054

    Questions- contact Darinda Fredrickson via email at



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  • Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council (CMARC) Scholarship due Feb. 28

    Applicants must meet these requirements:


    • Currently a senior in good standing in a Charlotte area high school
    • Relocated between grades 9 and 12
    • Relocated more than 50 miles and changed schools due to their family’s relocation
    • Currently have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent achievement on a different scale)


    All applications must be postmarked by February 28th to have time to evaluate them and make a selection.


    To submit your application, essay, activities list and transcript mail to:

    Charter Communications

    Attn: Jason Beane

    7800 Crescent Executive Dr.

    Charlotte, NC 28217

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  • Gaston County Honor Guard Scholarship- postmark by Feb. 28

    One year scholarship of $1,000 to be paid as $500 for first and second semesters


    Requirements:  academic achievement (submit transcript), essay on goals and why scholarship is needed (200 words or less), parent or guardian must be active, retired, or honorably discharged veteran (proof of military service must accompany application)


    Mail application postmarked by Feb. 28 to 

    Gaston County Honor Guard
    190 Ken Garrison Rd.
    Dallas, NC  28034

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  • Gastonia Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship

    Completed applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2019 and mail to: 

    Gastonia Alumnae Chapter
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    C/o Scholarship Committee
    PO Box 1482
    Gastonia, NC 28053

    Please email any questions to

    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    All Applicants Must:
    Δ Be a male or female high school seniors planning to enroll in a Four-year College or University
    Δ Reside in Gaston County or attending a Gaston County High School and plans to graduate by June 2017
    Δ Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 1.75 on a 3.0 scale
    Δ Have applied for Fall 2017 admission/enrollment in a Four-year College or University
    Δ Has a November or December SAT/ACT scores and 1st Semester Grades

    All interviews will be scheduled for the week of March 25, 2019.

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  • Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship- due March 1, 2019

    The Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship Fund benefits graduating high school seniors within the Charlotte Region who demonstrate above-average ability and great interest in one or more areas of the performing arts. Two annually renewable scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded each year.  Click here for information on how to apply for the Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship.

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  • Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority (Education) due March 15, 2019

    Award- $500

    Deadline- March 15, 2019   Submit scholarship to Gail White at 416 Elizabeth St., Gastonia, NC 8054


    Scholarship Criteria:

    Female student in a Gaston County High School

    top 20% in class rank

    1150 or better combined SAT or 20 or better ACT composite score

    Participation in extracurricular activities and/or community service

    Enrolling in a NC 2 or 4 year college/university

    Plan to major in education and pursue a career in teaching

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  • Drum-Wilkinson Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarship due March 15

    Award- varies each year, minimum of $250.

    Deadline- postmark by March 15, 2019 and mail to Drum-Wilkinson Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarship, 2419 Bud Arndt Road, Maiden NC 28650


    There is no application form.  Attached are the directions explaining what information to submit including a short essay and a recommendation letter.  There is a form explaining what your recommender should include in the letter.

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  • Gaston Gazette Best and Brightest 2019

    The Gazette and The Star are pleased to give community-wide recognition this year to the outstanding high school seniors in the Best and Brightest 2019.  Apply online at

    We will honor one outstanding senior in each high school in Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln counties who personify the community builders of their generation.

    Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 18. Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of educators, community leaders and business people based on community and school involvement, academic achievement, an essay and letters of recommendation.

    The Best and Brightest winners will be recognized by The Gazette and The Star and honored at a reception Thursday, April 18 at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia. Three scholarships, one for $1,500 and two for $1,000 each, will be awarded to three of the Best & Brightest students based on meaningful contributions that have led to the betterment of their schools and communities.

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  • THE PAUL F. FULLER SCHOLARSHIP- due March 29, 2019


    To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant is required to meet the following:

    1. Have participated in the Gaston County Schools mentoring program for a minimum of
      one year at any grade level (elementary, middle, high school)
    2. Exhibit strong academic effort toward achievement.
    3. Write a personal essay of up to 500 words describing “How being mentored has influenced my life”

    All application materials should be received by March 29, 2019

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  • Beta Rho Chapter Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship


    This scholarship is provided by the local Beta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority.

    Scholarship value is $1,000

    Checklist of application materials:  completed application, list of extracurricular involvement and honors, parent or guardian's endorsement, high school transcript, SAT or ACT score, two letters of recommendation, personal statement about career goals and rason for wanthing scholarship, current personal photo.

    Deliver completed application by April 1, 2019 to 

    Dr. Ami Parker, Director of Counseling Services 
    Gaston County Schools Central Office
    943 Osceola St.
    Gastonia, NC  28054

    Questions about the scholarship should be directed to 

    Darinda Fredrickson, contact via email at



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  • Gaston Co Extension and Community Association (ECA) Memorial Scholarship- due April 4

    Deadline - must be submitted or postmarked by April 4, 2019

    Three $1000 scholarships will be awarded

    Submit via email to  or deliver to the Lucille Tatum Extension Center, 959 Osceloa St., Gastonia, NC  28054

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