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 2017-18

  • 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

    * 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 16, 2018: 

                                                                                           _____ 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 16, 2018

    Student Application 

    Consent Form

    Guidelines for Writing Bio

    SECU People Helping People Scholarship Flyer


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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


    Deadline to submit application and all supporting materials to school counselor is Feb. 22, 2018.  

    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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  • Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council Due Feb. 28

    The Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council (CMARC) is a non-profit organization that brings together corporations and relocation service providers in and around Charlotte for the primary purpose of providing educational information and current industry updates to its members. As part of our commitment to Relocation, CMARC has developed a scholarship program for current high school seniors who have relocated into the Charlotte area sometime between grades 9 (after 8th grade graduation) and 12. The one-time award of $1,000 will be presented to one Charlotte area high school senior in 2018.  The award will be sent to the college that the student will be attending to assist with tuition, etc.

    CMARC will select scholarship winners based on the strength of their total package. The student will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities and on their response to an essay addressing the challenges associated with relocating to a new area and a new high school.

    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. The scholarship will be awarded at our summer meeting in June. You will be invited to the meeting to read your essay to our membership.


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  • Gastonia Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Scholarship

    Completed applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, February 28, 2018 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 27, 2018.

    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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  • African American Network- Carolinas Scholarship Application- due March 2, 2018

    Apply online for this scholarship at this link.    Scholarship link

    Deadline- March 2, 2018

    Minimum eligibiliity: 
    1.  graduating senior at a NC or SC high School
    2.  must attend a four year college or university located in NC or SC
    3.  must plan to major in engineering, computer science, the sciences, accounting, finance or business administration

    Selection criteria:     
    1.  prior academic performance
    2.  financial need as determined by the costs of college attendance compared with applicant's household income and other financial factors 

    Contact information: 
    AAN-C Scholarship
    Foundation for the Carolinas
    220 North Tryon St.
    Charlotte, NC  28202



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  • 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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  • 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 thinks 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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