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    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 2017-18

  • Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship (Education)

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

    Award- $2,000

    Deadline- March 15

    Return completed application to Gail White at 416 Elizabeth St., Gastonia, NC  28054

    Questions- email to or call 704-864-9129

    Flyer for scholarships linked below

    ADK Scholarship Flyer


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  • Ruth Angel Grant-in-Aid (Education)

    The Ruth Angel Grant-In-Aid from the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will be awarded to a high school senior from Gaston County who plans to enter a college or university to complete his/her degree program in education and teach in North Carolina.  This grant of $500 will be paid directly to the college or university where the recipient is enrolled.  In order to be eligible to receive this grant, applicants must already been accepted for admission to the college or university they plan to attend.


    The following information, an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a copy of your college acceptance letter must be submitted to your school counselor by March 15, 2018.

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  • George and Patricia Barnard “We Believe In You” Scholarship

    Dr. and Mrs. George Barnard and family have established a renewable “We Believe in You!” scholarship for four years in the amount of $5,000 per year to be awarded to a Gaston County public high school senior.  The Barnard family seeks to assist one graduate in the pursuit of her or his dreams of a college education.

     The criteria for this award are as follows:

    • Typically a GPA of 3.0 or better
    • College Preparatory Course of Study
    • Evidence of participation in extracurricular activities
    • Evidence of leadership, motivation, and initiative
    • Evidence of strong financial need, typically household income under $40,000
    • Strong preference given to student showing perseverance in the face of adversity (financial, family, health, etc.)

    Completed application is due to school counselor by March 16, 2018.


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  • Gaston Gazette Best and Brightest 2018

    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 2018.  Apply here and remember to submit your supplemental information by 3/19/18 as well.

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

    One important change this year: Applicants must email their supplemental material to the This includes the 300 word essay, official school transcript and up to 3 letters of recommendation.

    Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 19. 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 26 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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  • Michael A Demayo Scholarship- due March 26

    Deadline- March 26, 2018

    * Must have a cumulative 3.0 or better GPA,

    *Must submit via Dropbox:

    (1) application,
    (2) a presentation (video,powerpoint,
    brochure, website, essay) that encourages teens to  abstain from underage drinking or highlights the dangers
    of underage drinking and driving;
    (3) transcript,
    (4) ACT or SAT scores,
    (5) two letters of recommendation;

    * Must be a graduating senior who must have applied for acceptance to will attend a 4-year college or university;

    *Must live in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Catawba, Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Lincoln, Rowan, Caldwell, York, Stanley, Iredell,
    Alexander or Burke counties to apply.

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  • Rotary 4-Way Test Challenge Essay/Speech Contest

    Deadline: ue to school coordinator by April 9, 2018  If selected as a finalist, you will present your speech on April 22, 2018 at 2pm at the Schiele Museum.

    Award- 1st place $1500, 2nd place $1000, 3rd place $500

    Create an original short essay based on the Rotary 4 Way Test (listed below).  Essays should be approximaely 500 words in length, about 5 minues when read as a speech.  High School Seniors from Gaston County are eligible.  Speeches selected as finalists must be presented on Sunday, April 22, 2pm at the Schiele Museum.


    Rotary 4 Way Test

    Of the things we think say or do:  Is it TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to ALL concerned?  Will it build GOOD WILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to ALL concerned?

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  • Paul Fuller- Trade and Technical Training Scholarship

    Scholarship Deadline is April 12, 2018 to school counselor

    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.

    2. Exhibit strong academic effort toward achievement.

    3. Write a personal essay of up to 500 words describing “How a mentor and mentoring has influenced my life”. Essay should also indicate the type of trade, technical training or certification that the applicant plans to pursue.


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    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 April 13, 2018

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  • Gaston County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship- due April 15, 2018

    Deadline- April 18, 2018

    For students interested in agriculture related career;

    A 4-H Club Advisor, County Agricultural Extension Agent or FFA Advisor should estimate the candidate’s potential commitment to pursuing a career in agriculture or a related field.  

    Return completed application packet to
    Lara Worden
    Gaston County Cattlemen’s Association
    Scholarship Committee
    1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway
    Dallas, NC 28034



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  • Petty Family Scholars Scholarship (Gaston College)

    Application is due April 16, 2018 to school counselor.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    *GCS graduate, preference to Hunter Huss grad
    *2.75 minimum unweighted GPA
    *preference to thosestudents with financial need
    *enroll full-time in Gaston College (minimum 12 credit hours
    * must write a thank you letter to the scholarship sponsor

    More information about the scholarship


    This link will tell you how to upload the attached pdf of the scholarship and make it a fillable form so that you can type your responses on the application.


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