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SPRING 2016 SCHOLARSHIP NEWSLETTER Telena Gooch and Ken Neal, Counselors

Telena.Gooch@Montgomery.k12.nc.us & Kenneth.Neal@Montgomery.k12.nc.us

  • Bring in your college acceptance letters as you receive them. We want to display the colleges that our seniors have been accepted to. Also, bring in any recognitions or scholarship award information to your guidance counselor so you can be recognized during Senior Awards.

Listed below, are the Scholarships currently available. You should apply for all scholarships for which you meet eligibility requirements! Please check our website frequently for updates.

  • NC State Employees Credit Union “People Helping People” Scholarship: $2,500 renewable for 4 years of undergraduate study. Must be US citizen and NC resident, must have at least a 2.5 GPA, demonstrate character, leadership, integrity and community involvement. Students must plan to attend one of the 16 UNC universities. You must write an essay on how you have exemplified the People Helping People philosophy. Applications are available in student services. The WMHS Scholarship Committee will select the recipient. Applications should be returned to your school counselor by the close of school on Thursday, April 5nd, 2016.

  • George Andrews Scholarship:Three scholarships available to WMHS seniors only. One for $6,000/yr for four years, and two others for $3,000/yr for four years. The application is available in the guidance department. For more information, visit http://www.nccommunityfoundation.org/forms/scholarships. Application Deadline: March 18th, 2016.

  • Bob and Nancy Levin Scholarship: WMHS student attending a four year school. $3000/yr for four years. Preference given to liberal arts with concentration in writing, journalism or English. A “B” average is required. Application is in student services. Deadline is March 21st.

  • Pee Dee Electric Membership Corporation: Six $1000 scholarships will be awarded through the Pee Dee Electric Membership Corporation Awareness Committee. Must live in an area that is served by Pee Dee Electric which is typically Mount Gilead address. Application Deadline is March 31, 2016. Applications are in student services.

  • The Friends In Focus Excellence Scholarship: The Friends In Focus Group, an organization working in Montgomery County supporting communities, will award scholarships to WMHS seniors. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and three $500 scholarships will be awarded to deserving minority seniors attending West Montgomery High School. The scholarship is in support of minority students in their quest to receive a college education. The scholarship is for one year only and limited to undergraduate studies. Qualifications and procedures are described below:
    1. Eligible minority applicants that reside in Montgomery county, attend West Montgomery High School and a member of the senior class.
    2. Demonstrated leadership in school work or activities outside of school. Volunteer work in his or her community is a plus.
    3. Applicants must be accepted by an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university or vocational- technical school, for the fall semester following high school graduation.
    4. The age of the applicant must be 24 or under
    5. Applicants must have at least a GPA of 2.75 by the fall semester during which the scholarship application is filed. Applications are available in student services. Application Deadline is Thursday, April 30th, 2016 and must be mailed.
  • The Montgomery Scholars Program - The goal of the Montgomery Scholars Program is to provide every Montgomery County high school graduate with a scholarship to Montgomery Community College beginning the fall semester of the year of graduation. The scholarship is designed to follow the student through to a diploma and/or associate degree. Scholarship Qualifications: A student must -

  • Be a resident of Montgomery County and achieved a high school diploma

  • Maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives

  • Begin his or her studies the year of high school graduation

  • Agree to accept other scholarship funding in lieu of the Scholars program, if available

  • Complete appropriate applications following MCC guidelines and timelines.

Graduates from previous years do not qualify but will be considered for other scholarships.

  • First Health Montgomery Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship - $500 will be awarded to a WMHS graduate pursuing a career in the health care profession. Must have a 3.0 GPA to apply. Applications are in student services and must be returned by May 4th.

  • North Carolina Association of Education Office Professionals Scholarship –Several $300 to $1000 scholarships are available to graduating seniors. Application is in student services and the deadline is May 6th.

  • ECU Maynor Scholarship - $3000/yr. – Maynor family is offering a $3000 scholarship renewable for four years to a WMHS or EMHS senior that has been accepted to ECU with a high school GPA under 3.5. The senior must be employed while in high school and show a strong work ethic. More information is available at www.ecu.edu/cet.

  • UNC-Greensboro Guarantee: Tuition assistance, academic support /resources for qualifying students. Must be accepted to UNC-G, be NC resident, demonstrate academic promise, and enroll full-time in Fall 2016. All applicants must complete the FAFSA. Apply at: guarantee.uncg.edu Click on Apply to the Guarantee; fill out online application.

  • Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, $1,000. Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five topics for this year's competition book 1984 by George Orwell. Rules, details available at: www.penguingroup.com. Click on USA, enter Essay Contest into search bar. Application Deadline: Postmarked by April 15, 2016 and received by April 22, 2016.

  • LIFE Lessons Scholarship: Up to $10,000. For seniors who have deceased parent/guardian. In 500 words or less or a 3 minute video, please discuss how the death of your parent or guardian affected your life financially and emotionally. Be sure to describe how the loss of your parent/guardian impacted your college plans (e.g., your ability to afford college, attend the college of your choice, etc). Apply at: www.lifehappens.org/scholarship. Application Deadline is March 31, 2016.

  • Ayn Rand Contest: Check out these awesome opportunities at http://aynrandnovels.com/essay_contests.  Some of these books you may be reading in English class...like to write?  Enter and win money for college!!
            April 26, 2016:  Fountainhead Essay Contest: up to $10,000!
            May 6, 2016:  We the Living Essay: with grand prize of $3,000! 

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: $2,500. The mission of CHCI Scholarship Program is to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. Must be Latino US citizen or permanent resident; plan to attend 2-year or 4-year college/university in fall; demonstrate financial need, strong writing skills and active participation in community service activities. Apply at: www.chci.org/scholarships Application Deadline: April 16, 2016.

  • North Carolina High School Athletic Association: Various scholarships for high school athletes. Visit website: www.nchssa.org Click on Scholarships for scholarships, eligibility requirements and deadlines.

  • Norah Morris Memorial Scholarship Endowment : For students entering college who have participated in equestrian activity. Applications available at www.nccf.org. Applications must be received in Raleigh by the Deadline : April 20, 2016.

  • Peter S. Slomianyj Scholarship: For Subway employees or children of Subway employees who have worked at least 1,000 hours over the past 12 months. Students must have at least 2.0 GPA. Applications available online at: www.nccommunityfoundation.org. Applications must be received in the Chapel Hill office by April 13, 2016.

  • Forgivable Education Loans for Service : Seniors planning to pursue a degree to work in North Carolina in areas with a critical need for more employees such as nursing, teaching, allied health fields, or medicine. Go to www.cfnc.org/FELS for a list of approved educational programs, eligible institutions, student eligibility requirements and annual loan amounts and limits. Applications must be received by April 1, 2016

  • National Co-op Scholarship Program : (must attend one of 7 universities listed on website - Johnson and Wales is a local one) www.co-op.edu.

  • State Employees Association of NC: Is your mom or dad a state employee/retiree and a SEANC member? Are you a SEANC member? If so, you may be eligible to apply for a SEANC scholarship. Scholarships are awarded in the following categories: 
    CATEGORY I: Financial Need
    CATEGORY II: Merit
    CATEGORY III: Member Only (working full time and enrolled in at least 6 semester hours of undergraduate work or 3 semester hours of graduate work) 
    DEADLINE: SEANC scholarship applications are available from December to April each year. The deadline to apply is April 15. YOU MUST BE LOGGED IN TO THE SITE IN ORDER TO ACCESS THE APPLICATIONS. For more information go to: www.seanc.org/membership/scholarship.

  • North Carolina Society of Accountants Scholarship: If you plan on a career in accounting, a $600 scholarship is available. Applications are in student services. Application Deadline is April 15th, 2016.

  • North Carolina Bar Association Scholarship: $250 to $4,000. For children of NC law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the lie of duty. Applications online at: http://younglawyers.ncbar.org/media207370/childrenofslainorpermanentlydisabledlawenforcementofficers.pdf Application Deadline is April 1, 2016.

  • Medical 180 Scholarship Program: $1,000. For high school seniors who plan to attend college in Fall, 2016 for at least 12 credit hours. Must be under doctor’s care for spina bifida, spinal cord injury, or transverse myelitis. Apply at: www.180medical.com/scholarships. Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

  • NC Strawberry Association Scholarship: The intent of this scholarship is to promote future leadership in the strawberry industry. The scholarship is open to high school seniors applying, accepted to, or currently enrolled in  a land grant university, interested in or having declared a major in a program of study directly related to the strawberry industry (For example, small fruit production, marketing, food science, nutrition, entomology, agronomy, etc). Two Scholarship Awards of $1000 each are offered for 2016. For more information visit www.ncstrawberry.com.The deadline for applications is May 1, 2016.

  • Beverly Lake Scholarship Endowment: North Carolina high school graduates who are eligible for membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the United Daughters of the Confederacy and pursuing a degree at an institution of higher learning. For more information, visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org/Scholarships. Application Deadline is April 20th, 2016.

  • Norah Morris Memorial Scholarship Endowment: An individual entering college or continuing college education who has participated in equestrian activity. For more information, visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org/Scholarships. Application Deadline is April 30th, 2016.

  • Peter S. Slomianyj Scholarship Fund: Subway employees or children of Subway employees who have worked at least 1,000 hours over the last 12 months. Students must have a 2.0 GPA in high school or a 2.5 GPA in college. For more information, visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org/Scholarships. Application deadline is April 12th, 2016.


  • The main scholarship search that we use is College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org. This is an excellent website, which allows you to plan and apply for college, prepare for SAT/ACT tests, and find information on scholarship opportunities. You can also send your transcripts electronically to colleges though this website. Create an account today!

  • There are many scholarships available for students planning to attend a community college in North Carolina. For more information on these opportunities, go to www.ncccs.cc.nc.us. Select the “student” tab at the top of the page and “scholarships” on the menu.

  • Many websites provide financial aid and scholarship information. Go to http://www.scholarshipexperts.com for free information. Allow about 30 minutes to complete the information process.

  • FastWeb is a free service which allows students to research scholarships and colleges online. Go to: www.fastweb.com.

  • Scholarship money available for Latino students: www.latinocollegedollars.org

  • Scholarship money available for African American students: www.blackstudents.blacknews.com

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