• Seniors, if you've been offered any scholarships, we need this information for district reporting and also to recognize you at Senior Awards Day. 
    Step 1: Please complete the Scholarship Reporting Form and list any and all scholarships you have been offered, even if you are not accepting the award (i.e. you are going to NCSU, but you received a scholarship from ECU, etc.).
    Step 2: Email copies of your award letters to Ms. Hitt at in Student Services. 
    This information is due by Friday, April 26, 2024. Form:


  • Scroll through the SHS Student Services scholarship bulletin to find more scholarship opportunities. The bulletin will be updated at least every other week during the school year.


2024 Chris Ford Memorial Scholarship

  • The Chris Ford Scholarship is offered in memory of Chris Ford, a 1984 graduate of Sanderson High School, whose life was cut tragically short in 2020. This $1500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who most exemplifies Mr. Ford's qualities of courage, commitment, and compassion in helping others.  The minimum GPA required is: 2.5 weighted.  

    Application: 2024 Chris Ford Memorial Scholarship

    Submit your application by email to Ms. Martz, School Counselor, at

    Students Apply: Due April 10, 2024 by 3:00 pm
    Late April - Early May 2024


  • Are you interested in applying for any of these large scholarship programs?
    All three of these competitive full-ride scholarship programs now allow self-nominations. Please visit their websites soon to learn about their application process and deadlines. Some are very soon!  Contact your school counselor if you have any questions.


  • FAFSA website:

    Residency Determination Service:

    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 



    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 Mrs. Norwood will also be visiting each Senior English class each semester to talk about financial aid.



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