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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships & Financial Aid


Scholarships can be an important part of paying for college. Earning scholarships requires planning, preparation, research and diligent effort toward completing applications. Many students and families are not sure how or where to begin the scholarship research and application process. The information on this webpage can be a helpful start, but be sure to utilize other resources as well. Don't limit yourself by using only a single source for scholarship information.


Below you will find a list of scholarships. Please be mindful of the due dates and materials needed for a complete application. If you have any questions please reach out to your counselor. 

  • In advance of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson’s final race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 2020 Bank of America ROVAL™ 400, speedway officials honored the career of the future Hall-of-Famer with a 10-year scholarship fund to benefit children in the Cabarrus County community. Each year, a $4,800 scholarship will be awarded to deserving student with career pursuits in fitness, nutrition or exercise science, passions that Jimmie has championed as much as he has racing.

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  • Purpose: To assist high school seniors in the Cabarrus County and the Kannapolis City School Systems who are pursuing a post-secondary education through a North Carolina college or university. Scholarship recipients must have demonstrated active participation in the Cabarrus County Fair, and preference given to students pursuing post-secondary education in the fields of Agriculture or Family & Consumer Science.

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  • Gamma Pi, a local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a honor society of educators, is pleased to offer once again a $1000 scholarship opportunity for a high school senior pursuing a degree in the field of education.  Attached is information and the scholarship application.  


  • Union Power is proud to invest and support our community in building future leaders and growing opportunities. As our commitment to our community, I would love your help in spreading the word to all High School seniors in your district about Union Power Cooperative’s College Scholarship.

    We understand college scholarships can be a tremendous help to parents and students who are looking for funds to cover the increasing cost of furthering their education after high school.  

    With your help, this information can be posted on bulletin boards throughout the school, newsletters, the school website, broadcasting, and any other communication source that reaches high school seniors daily.

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  • The Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship (FKMS) honors the memory of the first president of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina, Florence Hill Kidder.

    • Six scholarships will be awarded in one year: First place - $3,000, second place - $1,000, third place - $800 and three fourth places - $400.
    • Scholarships are not renewable.
    • Awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend a post-secondary institution in North Carolina.

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    Essay Information

  • Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917. 

    To learn more about political courage, visit Contest Information and FAQs.

    All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.

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  • The Fidelity Scholars Program combines a generous annual needs-based scholarship with robust wrap-around services that support students’ persistence to degree or certificate attainment. The program is working to identify and support approximately 2,500 talented students from Fidelity’s geographical priority areas in the United States. For year 2023-2024, the program will focus on students from Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Washington, DC.


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  • JRF Scholars receive college scholarships of up to $35,000 over four years and are financially sponsored to attend JRF‘s annual, four-day “Mentoring and Leadership Conference“ in New York City and other events throughout the year. Aside from generous financial support, Scholars benefit from a comprehensive, four-year program that includes career guidance, internship and permanent job placement, travel abroad, and leadership and practical life skills training.


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    • Earn a $10,000 renewable scholarship - up to $40,000 total - for tuition, school fees, books, supplies, and on-campus room and board
    • Attend an exclusive, all-expenses-paid Scholars Retreat in California
    • Receive support throughout their leadership journeys in college and beyond

    Become part of a diverse network of more than 215 student leaders attending college, pursuing graduate degrees, and working in careers ranging from medicine, law, education, business, nonprofit, and more. Recipients have been awarded $8.62 million to attend more than 120 college campuses across the country. 

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  • 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 45 – 50 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.


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  • Created in memory of Burger King Co-Founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the Burger King℠ Scholars program provides scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $60,000 to high school students and BK employees and their families. Scholarships are intended to offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected through an application process that takes into consideration their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. In 2022 alone, the Foundation awarded over $4.6 million in scholarships to nearly 4,000 students.

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  • WTS fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in the area of transportation. One way it does this is by awarding the WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship to girls pursuing high school studies in science, technology, engineering, and math.


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  • Dr. John Gardner Johnston, Teen Health Connection’s founding Medical Director, and Charlotte pediatrician was known for his efforts to empower every adolescent to be healthy, safe, and successful. The Johnston Ziegler Youth Leadership Scholarship was close to Dr. Johnston’s heart and reflects his passion for empowering and inspiring teenagers in our community. Dr. Johnston strongly believed in nurturing the potential of our youth and fostering their growth.

    Barbara Ziegler demonstrated outstanding commitment and capability in her efforts to improve adolescent health as the Founding Executive Director for Teen Health Connection. Barbara advocated for adolescents through position statements and conversations with local, state, and national politicians and through her service on various local and state committees and boards.

    The Johnston Ziegler Youth Leadership Award is a merit-based scholarship that recognizes a local high-school senior who, like Dr. Johnston and Barbara Ziegler, has demonstrated outstanding leadership, advocacy, or service for adolescents. The selected youth will receive a $5,000 educational scholarship to the college or university of their choice.


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  • Pegge Haywood (10/29/24 to 3/18/05) was a dedicated Republican citizen of Cabarrus County. Pegge was a lifelong Republican and attended several national conventions as a delegate. Pegge was the owner of the Pegge Lee School of Dance for 40 years. She was a graduate of Concord High School, Virginia Intermont College, and the Chalif School of Dance. She was active in the American Red Cross and served as vice president and board member of Historic Cabarrus. She was president of the Cabarrus Arts Council and chair of the Social Service Board of Cabarrus. Pegge also served on the board of Meals on Wheels.

    We hope this scholarship will encourage public service, charitable work, and a commitment to Republican ideals among young persons pursuing advanced study, as well as the selfless work to which Pegge Haywood dedicated her life. The following paragraph is from a document creating the scholarship: The application process will award the scholarship to an outstanding individual who demonstrates a commitment to Republican principles expressed by participation in party activities and a brief essay submitted with their application. The applicant's choice of college major need not be politically oriented or aimed at public service.

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