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2021-2022 Scholarship Opportunities

*The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. To learn more watch this video. 
Phase I of The Gates Scholarship Application is due September 15, 2021, 2:00pm ET.

*Levine Scholarships

The Levine Scholars Program takes the brightest, most capable students and gives them the tools, resources and environment they need to explore the world around them, engage deeply in their communities and excel across discipline. The four-year scholarship includes full tuition, room, board, a grant to implement a service project of the Scholar’s own design, and four summers of experiences that will develop leadership skills, social awareness and an international perspective. The total value of this four-year package is estimated at $105,000 for in-state students and $155,000 for out-of-state students.  The nomination window is currently open now-October 8th.  Click the link provided to view nomination options.

*Morehead-Cain Scholarship:
Morehead-Cain was the first merit scholarship program established in the United States at the first public university in the country, UNC-Chapel Hill. It is four years, including four summers, of fully-funded educational experiences without peer that seeks driven, courageous, and inquisitive leaders eager to embrace new and unknown experiences. The NC application will be open from August 15 through October 15, 2021. Please note that admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process from the Morehead-Cain application and must be completed before January 15, 2022.

*Cheatham-White Scholarship:

The Cheatham-White Scholarship was established in 2018 as a merit scholarship program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina Central University. The scholarship provides students who are exceptional scholars, versatile thinkers, and well-rounded individuals access to an outstanding educational experience. Cheatham-White Scholars will represent students with a broad range of interests, who are proficient in areas of both the arts and sciences and who demonstrate leadership potential and a strong commitment to service. Each recipient is awarded a fully-funded four-year scholarship that covers the cost of all of the following: full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop, supplies, travel, and personal expenses. Each scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities, which may include international travel and study. Please visit respective sites for application deadline information. 

*Park Scholarship:
The Park Scholarship is a four-year scholarship to NC State University awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The mission of the Park Scholarship program is to bring exceptional students to NC State, based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The program develops and supports Park Scholars in these areas, preparing them for lifelong contributions to the university, state, nation, and world. The deadline for NC State Early Action admissions application and the Park Scholarships application is November 1, 2021.​

*Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college.  Watch this video to learn more. Apply by September 28, 2021. 

*The Golden Door Scholarship

Looking for a scholarship for undocumented, DACAmented, or TPS students? Immigration status shouldn’t determine opportunity. Tenacity and hard work should. With the Golden Door Scholarship, undocumented students invest in their education and define their futures. DACA students are ineligible for federal financial aid and in-state tuition in most states. This wastes talent by preventing tens of thousands of qualified students from affording college. Golden Door Scholars eliminates this barrier by investing in undergraduate education and career access for high-performing students.
The application deadline is October 4, 2021 at midnight ET.

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*The John F. Kennedy Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students is officially open! We’re now accepting submissions from high school students for the 2022 contest—and your students can win up to $10,000 for participating!
ixty-five years ago, John F. Kennedy described the stories of eight U.S. senators who demonstrated great courage under enormous pressure in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage. Although the problems facing our leaders today are different, President Kennedy’s message transcends. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is a great way for students to strengthen their research and writing skills while recognizing courageous leaders who have inspired them.


*Golden Door Scholarship

  • With the Golden Door Scholarship, undocumented students invest in their education and define their futures. DACA students are ineligible for federal financial aid and in-state tuition in most states. Golden Door Scholars eliminates this barrier by investing in undergraduate education and career access for high-performing students. The application deadline is October 10, 2021 at midnight ET.

*R.E.A.D.S. Scholarship

Ruffin/Edwards Academic Development Scholarship  (READS) is open to all students that will receive their high school diploma or GED and plan to attend a community college or 4yr institution that currently live in Durham County Public Housing.  Students must have an acceptance letter and applications are due by May 1st.  Visit Mrs. Settle for an application and if you have any other questions please contact Durham Public Housing Residents Services at

The Dream.US Scholarship for Undocumented Students

  • The National Scholarship for first-time college students or community college graduates to attend a Partner College in their state. The National Scholarship is for tuition and fees up to $16,500 for an associate’s degree and $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2022.

  • The Opportunity Scholarship for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot access in-state tuition. The Opportunity Scholarship provides up to $80,000 to cover tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meals for a bachelor’s degree to attend one of our five partner colleges. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.

*Colleges that meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for students.

*Triangle Community Foundation Scholarships

We currently administer many scholarship and award funds established by individual donors and organizations. Each scholarship and award has a unique set of eligibility criteria, application processes, and deadlines, which you can search below. Please review all eligibility and application requirements and deadlines carefully.

Also check out our list of additional financial aid resources and scholarships on our Resources for Students page!

*The Connia Watson Memorial Scholarship

The Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce, along with the family and friends of Connia Watson, is proud to announce the Connia Watson Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for top Durham high school seniors who embody the outstanding leadership and commitment to service of Connia Watson.  The award will be presented annually at the Black Business Gala.  To apply, please visit our website, or click here.  Please sent questions to us via email at <>.

*Access Scholarships

The goal of Access Scholarships is to connect students of all years with information and opportunities regarding paying for college, college success and more!  Click the link below for more information.

*SECU People Helping People Scholarship

People helping people scholarship is available to students that have a SECU account or are eligible to have an account through a parent/guardian.  Students must be a senior at a NC public high school, be a US citizen, and be eligible for in-state tuition. Students will need to provide an acceptance letter to one of the 16 UNC system universities with an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher.  For an application please contact Mrs. Settle.  All applications are due to Mrs. Settle by 2/4/2022

*The DPS Foundation Scholarship

The DPS Foundation administers 13 scholarship funds, which are only available to DPS graduating seniors. Of these 13 scholarships includes the Durham Promise Scholarship Fund. This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to one senior at each DPS high school (11 total recipients).


Spring 2022 Application Timeline

  • Monday, January 3rd: application opens

  • Sunday, April 3rd: application closes at 11:59 PM EST

Learn more and apply today at

*Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship

The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is proud to offer the Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award to a North Carolina high school senior with a disability. This award includes a $1,500 scholarship, to be used for any post high school learning experience/training or for equipment/technology needed for employment.  ALL North Carolina students with disabilities are eligible for nomination. Including students enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study, students who will be receiving a Graduate Certificate and students enrolled in the Future Ready Course of Study.  

Applications will only be accepted through Wednesday, February 2, 2022. The award will be presented to the winning student during his/her high school awards ceremony. Based on applications received, additional students may be selected as Runner Up.

Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:

·     Student Information Form – TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT REQUIRED

·     Nomination Narrative - A one-page narrative, completed by school counselor, student or someone who knows the student describing the student and his/her accomplishments in relationship to the attributes. Include a brief personal history, education or career goals, and reasons why they should be selected for this award.

·     3 Letters of Recommendation: Administrator from high School: Principal or Assistant Principal A Teacher, Coach, or School Counselor, Community Member – can include student’s employer, Minister, another student, service provider, etc.

To send via email, scan your completed application, supporting materials, etc. into a single PDF and email to If you have not received an email confirmation within 3 business days, please contact Cheryl Strupe: 800-962-6817 before application deadline.


If emailing this document is not possible, documents may be sent via USPS mail, FedEx, UPS or hand delivered to:


Matthew C. Graziadei Award


907 Barra Row, Suite 103

Davidson, NC 28036

*Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship

  • Be a graduating NC HS senior and permanent resident of Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain or Warren county

  • Plan to enroll for the first time as a full-time degree-seeking student at N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, or UNC-Greensboro

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the application process; have Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that does not exceed the maximum permitted by the Program

Applications must be complete by February 14th.

*Assistance League of the Triangle Area Scholarship

this is a need-based opportunity for students in Durham, Wake, and Orange County.  Students have the ability to receive $1,000-$7,500 annually.  Click the link below for more information and to begin the application.  Completed applications are due by March 1, 2022.

*Scholarships for Class of 2022

*Scholarship for Exceptional Children

*Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to eligible children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Chaplains, and Religious Program Specialists. Our scholarships are for children pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a trade school, career training school, community college, or four-year university. We’re the Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families. To put our size in perspective, this year we awarded over $9.2 million to more than 2,500 students.  For more information and to apply click the link below.

*Perry Scholarship Fund for Durham High School Students

This scholarship opportunity is for students applying to Bennett, Livingston, and NC Central.  Applications are due by April 15, 2022.  Click the link below for application information.

*The Eta Beta Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Annual Scholarship

This scholarship is available to graduating seniors in Durham County.  Awards range from $500-$1000 and applications are due by April 1, 2022.  Please click the link below for application information.

*The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People Scholarship

The DCABP is offering a $500 scholarship for African American senior students that are leaders and serve their community.  This application closes on May 6, 2022.  Click the link below to for application information.

*Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 2022 Scholarship Application 

The Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is committed to assisting young people in the Durham Public Schools to succeed academically.  We do this by awarding scholarships to qualified high school seniors. It is important to ensure that students with financial hardships have access to the resources they need to obtain a college education.

Scholarships are available to high school seniors who attend public schools in Durham County.  To be eligible to receive an award, applicants must have a 2.5 grade point average.  Additionally, applicants should be active in extracurricular and community service activities.  Recipients of the Durham Alumnae Chapter Scholarship have until May 31 of the following year to claim the awarded scholarship. Applications are due by April 15, 2022.  Click the link below for application information.

*Latino Community Credit Union

Our 2022 Scholarship Program is still open! We began this program in 2016 with the goal of increasing our members’ access to higher education. Since then, we have awarded over $455,000 in scholarship funding to support our members on their academic journeys.


We are in the final stages of this scholarship, which began receiving applications on March 14th and will be closing next Friday, May 13th. If you know anyone that is pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the U.S., invite them to apply to this wonderful opportunity! To read more about our qualifications and to apply visit:

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