Scholarships and Financial Aid


    Scholarship Information 

    SHS Students Services will update the Scholarship Bulletin once a month. Please know this is just a small sampling of the hundreds of scholarships out there. You can find our scholarship bulletin and other helpful documents here: Scholarships and Financial Aid

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


    Park & Morehead-Cain Scholarship Nomination Information

    Seniors interested in the Park Scholarship (NCSU) or the Morehead-Cain Scholarship (UNC), may self-nominate for each of these scholarships. If a student wishes to get a nomination from Sanderson High School, the process to do so can be found in the following letter. Please read this document carefully. It does look better to get the school's nomination as well, but not 100% necessary.

    Letter to Nominees 2022 The required information sheet (last page of this packet) is due by the end of the day (2:30 pm), Monday, September 19, 2022 to Student Services (Ms. Toborowsky).

    Students may want to complete the scholarship applications prior to receiving the SHS nomination as the deadline for applications is approaching fast. The Morehead Cain deadline is October 1, 2022, while the Park is November 1, 2022.

    Morehead-Cain Scholarship

    Park Scholarship



    Financial Aid Information 

    FAFSA website: http://fafsa.gov

    Residency Determination Service: https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/residencyInfo/pdf/RDSBasicsHS.pdf

    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. 

    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 


    Financial Aid Help

    We have a financial aid advisor at Sanderson on Wednesdays from 8am-1pm. Mary Ann Norwood is available to meet with students and parents. To make an appointment, students and parents can email Mrs. Norwood at mnorwood@wcpss.net. Mrs. Norwood will also be visiting each Senior English class each semester to talk about financial aid.

    Additionally, the lead FA officer for WCPSS created a helpful video, which can be found here: Financial Aid 


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