The FAFSA is now open: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ 

    It is a great idea to fill out the FAFSA and the RDS at the same time since they require some of the same information. 

    New this year: All students who plan to attend a community college or a 4 year public college/university in North Carolina will be required to complete the Residency Determination Service forms. These are required forms to determine your residency for in-state tuition. This form can ONLY be filled out through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) website. For that reason, you must create a CFNC account if you do not have one already. Additionally, all official transcripts must be sent to in-state schools (both 2 year and 4 year) through CFNC's Transcript Manager function. 

    CFNC Website 

    Please be sure to bring your device as we will be discussing ways to get information this year through Twitter (@mrs_carpino) and Remind 101 (@6cfb72)


    General Scholarship Information

    The best source for scholarship information is always the financial aid office of the college/university you wish to attend. 4 great, free sites we recommend for scholarship searches are: 





    For more WCPSS Scholarships, visit http://www.scholarshipplus.com/wake/



    Financial Aid Information

    We have a financial aid advisor at Sanderson who is available to meet with students. To make an appointment, students need to come to Student Services. Susan Waldrum, our financial aid advisor, is at Sanderson on Thursdays from 8:30-1pm. Mrs. Waldrum will also be visiting each Senior English class each semester to talk about financial aid. 

    Please view Ms. Waldrum's PowerPoint:

    Financial Aid Information


    FAFSA Day

    Want help completing the FAFSA? We'll make it easy. College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and State Employees' Credit Union are offering free programs to help you complete and submit this important form. 

    FAFSA Day
    Financial aid administrators will be available on FAFSA Day, Saturday, October 28 from 9-12 to walk you through the FAFSA process. This event will occur at a variety of campuses throughout the state. See the map below for campus locations, and click the FAFSA button to register and to find specific location details. Green icons indicate FAFSA Day campuses. 

    See locations, other dates and times here: FAFSA Day



    Newly Announced Scholarships 


    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical Institute (NC A&T) - The Cheatham-White Scholarship

    The Cheatham-White Scholarship will be established for the Fall 2018 as a merit scholarship program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina Central University to provide an outstanding educational experience for students who are exceptional scholars, versatile and well-rounded individuals. Cheatham-White Scholars will represent students with a broad range of interests, proficient in areas of both the arts and sciences, demonstrate leadership potential and a strong commitment to service.

    To be eligible for nomination as a potential Cheatham-White Scholarship candidate, a person must satisfy all of the following criteria:
    a)       Be a competitive applicant for admission as a freshman in the fall semester into a baccalaureate program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 
    b)      Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
    c)       Be on course to graduate from high school in the spring semester prior to college admission.
    d)      Minimum 4.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale cumulative GPA
    e)      Minimum 1280 (new)/ 1200 (old) SAT or 28 ACT
    f)        Show exceptional qualities of character and leadership
    g)       Be significantly involved in extracurricular activities
    h)      Demonstrate a strong commitment to service

    Sanderson High School is allowed to nominate 4 seniors for this scholarship. If you would like to be nominated, please contact Mrs. Carpino (lcarpino@wcpss.net) by October 15, 2017.

    For more info, please visit: http://www.ncat.edu/academics/honors/cheatham-white/index.html


    Davidson College - John M. Belk Scholarship

    The John Montgomery Belk Scholarship is one of our nation's most prestigious and generous undergraduate scholarships. The program is built around our belief that, as a Belk Scholar, you possess unique talents that should be recognized and nurtured. The Belk Scholarship will provide you comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room and board) plus special study stipends that allow you great flexibility in the on- and off-campus opportunities you choose to explore. Those experiences, paired with our academic programs, deepen your intellect, maturity, and global understanding. Guidance counselors, heads of school, or principals may nominate one or two candidates from each school. Our admission staff may also nominate students based on the strength of their application for admission. Learn more about the nomination and selection process, including deadlines for nominations.

    If you are interested in being nominated, please speak with or email Mrs. Carpino (lcarpino@wcpss.net) by Friday, October 20, 2017. 


    Elks 2018 Most Valuable Student

    This contest officially begins on September 01, 2017. The applications must be submitted by November 27, 2017. This year’s scholarship will happen completely online. Applicants will no longer be required to drop off the application at their local lodge.

    The application is available at enf.elks.org/mvs.   

    The 2018 Most Valuable Student Scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

                The timeline for the application process and judging is as follows:

                September 01, 2017                           Applications Open On-Line

                November 27, 2017                            Applications Close On-Line

                December 2017                                  Lodge Judging

                February 2018                                     State Judging

                March 2018                                         Notification of Students for Students

    There is a separate application for the nursing scholarship program that the North Carolina Elks make available to graduating seniors. If you have any students who would like to apply for this scholarship have them go to our State website ncelks.org/programs/nursing-scholarship/. The application opens on-line on September 01, 2017 and close on December 08, 2017.


    Meredith College – Service Scholars Scholarship 

    The Award
    The Service Scholarship is for students with a demonstrated commitment to making an impact in their communities. Students will engage with a variety of organizations throughout the Raleigh area while critically reflecting upon challenges and solutions to issues throughout our community. Note: Students applying for the Service Scholarship are encouraged to apply to the College using the Early Decision (binding) or Early Action (non-binding) application plan and must be admitted to the College by the Service Scholarship Application Deadline. The award amount is $500 - $1,000 annually.

     How to Apply
    First, submit your application to the College. Then, apply for Service Scholars online* or submit the paper application and recommendation form. The scholarship deadline is January 15th and you must also be admitted to the College by January 15. 
    *If you choose to use the electronic version, log in using the Admissions Applicant Portal Temporary PIN or password you established after you submitted your application for admission to the College.

     Selection Criteria
    Applicants for Service Scholarship must meet the following criteria: 
    1. Exhibit a demonstrated commitment to their community 
    2. Meet the following academic criteria demonstrating academic ability and potential:

    • An unweighted minimum high school GPA of 3.4
    • A combined minimum SAT score of 1140 (EBRW+M) OR an ACT score of 23 OR inclusion in the top 10% of their class.

     For more details, please visit: http://www.meredith.edu/scholarship/detail/service-scholarship or contact admissions@meredith.edu


    NC State Goodnight Scholars Program

    Recruitment is beginning for the next cohort of tremendous STEM talent who will comprise the Class of 2022. Learn more about the Goodnight Scholars Program and the exciting opportunities provided for North Carolina students from low- and middle-income homes who dream of pursuing a STEM or STEM education major at NC State.

    For your convenience, we've included a collection of links below that you can share with prospective students and families:

    Selection Process 
    Facebook Page
    Online Brochure 
    Annual Report 
    "I am a Goodnight Scholar" Promotional Video

    Applying to NC State by October 15th is the first step for a prospective student to be eligible for an invitation to apply to the Goodnight Scholars Program. 


    Boston University Trustee Scholarship

    Boston University’s most prestigious merit-based award recognizes students who show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. Every year, Boston University welcomes about 20 outstanding students to the Trustee Scholars Program. Many of our current Scholars had perfect 4.0 grade point averages in high school and typically ranked in the top 5–10% of their class.

    In addition to exceptional academic credentials, Trustee Scholars are intellectually and creatively adventurous and demonstrate viewpoints, experiences or achievements beyond the usual. They are, in other words, not just top students, but extraordinary people. At BU, scholars also become part of a unique campus community that offers many intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities.

    While the competition is especially rigorous, the benefits are considerable. A Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus the University orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met.


    Ron Brown Scholar Program

    The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth.

    Recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline.  Since the Program’s inception in 1996, more than 300 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars.

    Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be graduating high school seniors at the time of their application. For more on scholarship conditions click here: Ron Brown Scholarship Conditions. The final application deadline is January 9th each year. 

    Click Here to Download the Ron Brown Scholarship Application


    Lenoir-Rhyne University LR Teaching Scholars Scholarship

    Lenoir-Rhyne University is proud to serve aspiring teachers through the Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars program. Prospective students are encouraged to apply immediately as space is limited. This is a highly competitive program and applicants should have a record of academic excellence and portray a deep desire to serve students through a career in teaching. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 10th, however, applications will continue to be accepted beyond this date until all spaces are filled.

    Scholars will be placed in Hickory-area school districts throughout their programs of study where they will serve as tutors, small group leaders and instructional assistants.

    Lenoir-Rhyne University's Teaching Scholars program provides scholarships of up to $5,500 per year for four years to incoming freshmen. These funds will be offered in addition to the federal, state and Lenoir-Rhyne financial aid for which the student may already be qualified, but cannot be combined to exceed the cost of tuition or combined with other top merit awards. The average LR student eligible for this program receives approximately $16,000 per year in scholarships and grants from the institution. There is no pay-back required for this scholarship through service or otherwise.

    For complete info, please visti: https://www.lr.edu/academics/opportunities-for-exceptional-students/teaching-scholars


    Virginia Military Institute Scholarship Program

    Since its founding in 1839, Virginia Military Institute has recognized and rewarded outstanding academic achievement. Today, approximately 100 cadets attend the Institute on full and partial academic scholarships awarded in recognition of their accomplishments. If you are an academically talented and intellectually curious student with a well-balanced high school record that includes leadership roles and a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities, you may be eligible to join this elite group of scholar-cadets. 

    Full and partial scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to eight semesters of full-time study at VMI. Scholarship funds are often used to supplement ROTC scholarships or other forms of financial aid in order to meet the full cost of attendance at VMI. Financial need is not a criterion for selection.

    All Institute Scholars are automatically enrolled in the Institute Honors Program.

     For complete info, please visit: http://www.vmi.edu/academics/scholarships/


    NC Wesleyan Merit Scholarships

    For complete info, please visit: http://ncwc.edu/scholarships/

    John & Charles Wesley Heritage Scholarship Full Tuition, Room (double only), Board, & Books* 

    (Inclusive of NC Need-Based Scholarship and Federal Pell grant if eligible)

     *If selected, scholarship only covers Tuition, Room (double only), Board, and Books. Student is responsible for any other additional fees.

    4.0 Weighted GPA

     1240/1170 SAT/26 ACT**

    Must maintain a GPA of 3.2

    Scholarship not guaranteed; selection of recipients will be determined by interview performance (limited amount available)

    Completion of FAFSA required

    Trustee Scholarship Full Tuition & Books* 

    (Inclusive of NC Need-Based Scholarship, if eligible) 

    *If selected, scholarship only covers Tuition and Books. Student is responsible for room, board, and any other additional fees.

    3.75 Weighted GPA 

    1200/1130 SAT/25 ACT**

    Must maintain GPA of 2.95

    Scholarship not guaranteed; selection of recipients will be determined by interview performance (limited amount available)

    Completion of FAFSA required.

    Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship Full Tuition & Books* 

    (Inclusive of NC Need-Based Scholarship if eligible) 

    *If selected, scholarship only covers Tuition and Books. Student is responsible for room, board, and any other additional fees.

    Must be 1st or 2nd in class ranking on final transcript 

    3.85 Weighted GPA

    1130/1050 SAT/23 ACT**

    Must maintain GPA of 2.8

    Limited number available

    Completion of FAFSA required

     Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship

    The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America of Wake County in the State of North Carolina will award a scholarship of $1,000 to Wake County high school seniors, to be used at any North Carolina college or university. In addition, the winner from Wake County will then compete for an additional $3,000 scholarship or runner-up scholarship of $1,000 at the state level. The recipients will be selected on the basis of character, need, scholastic record and an essay on the attached topic.

    Attached are copies of the application along with requirements for the application for interested students. The link to the scholarship application information is on the website www.ncdames.org/florence-kidder-memorial-scholarship . The application is to be completed and supporting materials uploaded online no later than February 4, 2018.

    Each high school may recommend as many seniors as they wish for consideration by the local committee. If you would like to be recommended, please contact your school counselor. 


    Florence Kidder Application


    Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship

    Each year, the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh awards a one-time scholarship in honor of Sallie Southall Cotten, a founder of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs.

    For the 2017 – 2018 Club Year, the scholarship amount is:  $2,500.

    The scholarship is open to all high school seniors from any Wake County high school. Applicants must attend a college or university in North Carolina in order to receive the scholarship.

    The deadline for consideration for this scholarship is December 15th.

    Our Club’s scholarship recipient will compete at the District VI scholarship competition. The recipient is expected to attend the GFWC-NC District VI Arts Festival to be interviewed by a panel of judges and possibly win additional scholarship monies of $1,000 (Club Year 2017 – 2018).  The District VI Arts Festival for Club Year 2017 – 2018 is Saturday, February 10, 2018.

    The winner from each District in North Carolina goes on to compete for the State Scholarship of $12,000 which consists of $3,000 per year for four years! 

    The rules and requirements are as follows:

    1. Applicant must be in upper fourth of his or her class.
    2. The scholarship is to be used at a four-year College or University in North Carolina.
    3. Student must personally submit:
    • Application (pdf)
    • Recent photograph
    • A personal letter as to why he/she desires to continue his/her education, his/her future plans and why financial aid is necessary
    • Letter of recommendation from the principal, guidance counselor or a school teacher
    • Letter of recommendation from a business or professional person other than school personnel
    • 2015 Tax Returns
    • High School transcript with grades through the first semester of senior year
    • College entrance exam scores (math and verbal)
    • Student’s rank in the senior class and the number of students in the graduating class
    • Grade point average, weighted and unweighted

    For any questions, please contact our scholarship chair. Mail completed items listed above to:

    Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh
    3300 Woman’s Club Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27612
    c/o Education CSP Co-Chair