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Ledford High School Scholarship Newsletter #2

October 15, 2019


NOTE:  This scholarship list is not inclusive of all available scholarships.  Most colleges offer merit scholarships and need-based scholarships. Student Services encourages seniors to research each college in which they are interested, in order to determine all possible scholarship opportunities.  Seniors should contact the colleges to request information on scholarships and financial aid. Student Services is always available to answer questions and provide assistance with future-planning procedures.


Welcome, Seniors of the Class of 2020!

We are fast approaching some very important deadlines.  Get your minds in gear quickly about the following!

  • Take admissions tests (SAT and ACT) – YOU MUST REGISTER SOON!!!
  • Apply to college - You need to be checking specific college websites for application deadlines IMMEDIATELY and for college specific scholarship information.


College Admissions / Placement Test Dates

Students must be aware of registration deadlines for the following standardized tests.  To register for the SAT, go to To register for the ACT, go to 


SAT Registration Deadline

SAT Test Date


ACT Registration Deadline

ACT Test Date


September 5

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When you register for these admissions tests, do not forget to indicate which colleges you would like to receive your scores.  At the time of registration, THIS SERVICE IS FREE! Afterwards, you will have to pay to have scores sent to colleges. 


College admissions information:

Seniors should check the website for ANY college of interest regarding the admission deadlines that may apply.  Guidance can not possibly check all college websites. MANY COLLEGES ARE EMPHASIZING: Apply online. Students are encouraged to apply with their account to apply to multiple colleges.  The Common Application is also available online at  This form can be filled out once to submit to any one of the almost 500 participating colleges.



You can send your transcript electronically via; if you need assistance to send your transcript please stop by student services and fill out the clipboard on Mrs. Carr’s desk.


Volunteer Hours

You can find a copy of the Volunteer Service Form on the Student Services website or you may pick up a copy in Student Services. 


Dakota Mills Memorial Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Who: Available for students pursuing an undergraduate degree at either a 4-year institution or a technical college as a full-time student and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

How: Pick up an application in Student Services

Application Deadline: April 3, 2020


LHS Student Services Scholarship

Award: $500

Who: This scholarship is intended for a senior who will be attending a 4-year university or college as a full-time student beginning in the fall of 2019. Students must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA while in high school, have no incidents on Ledford’s campus, and have at least 50 hours of community service documented through the Ledford Student Services Volunteer Service Form

How: You may pick up an application in Student Services or print a copy from the Student Services website.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020


College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Award: Varies

Who: Varies

How: To learn more about your scholarship eligibility please visit College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Application Deadline: VarieUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Thomas Wolfe Scholarship

Award: Full tuition for 4 years

Who:  Seniors must show exemplary leadership, be involved in community service, show academic excellence, and physical vigor. Artistic merit is the chief criterion of selection. Students who write poetry, fiction, plays, literary non-fiction (personal narratives, memoir, travel and nature essays, literary journalism, belles-lettres) are eligible. The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship seeks to identify and reward students with exceptionally focused literary ability and promise.

How: Apply online @ The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship

Application Deadline: General application to UNC is due by October 15, 2019. The scholarship application deadline is November 15, 2019.

Seton Hall University’s Pirates Pitch Competition

Award: Varies

Who: Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for this competition. Applicants are asked to submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that you would like to create or have already created. Applicants will compete for prize money and a scholarship to Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

How: Apply online @ Pirates Pitch Competition

Application Deadline: October 29, 2019


Heisman High School Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: Students whose senior year of high school is the 2019–2020 academic year, graduating with the class of 2020. Students who have at least a weighted “B” grade average (3.0 GPA) during grades 9, 10, and 11. Students who participate in at least one of 47 Heisman High School Scholarship recognized sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee or the National Federation of State High School Associations. Students who have participated in volunteer service, community involvement or leadership within his/her school or community. Students who are a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (D.C.).

How: Apply online @ Heisman High School Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 29, 2019


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Award: $20,000

Who: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Eligible high school seniors must be attending a school in the U.S. who will graduate during the 2019-2020 academic school year. They must be a U.S. citizen planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.

How: Apply online @ Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019


Voice of Democracy Essay Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors graduating in Spring/Summer of 2020. Students must record an original 3 to 5-minute essay based on the year’s theme, “What Makes America Great,” and submit to your local VFW post.

How: Apply online @ VFW Voice of Democracy

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019


UVA Jefferson Scholarship

Award: Full tuition and fees

Who: High school seniors demonstrating excellence and exceptional potential in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.

How: Stop by student services and see Mrs. Cecil for more details by October 31

Application Deadline: January 1, 2020


 NC State University-Park Scholarship

Award: Full tuition

Who: Selection criteria is based on academic merit, exemplary character, exceptional potential for leadership, and the sense of promise that they may one day make contributions of enduring importance to the betterment of the human condition. Financial need is not a consideration. To be eligible for the Park Scholarship students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and apply for fall, the first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at N.C. State.

How: The Ledford High School Scholarship Committee may endorse two candidates. If you are not one of the two candidates chosen you may still apply directly for this scholarship. Interested students can apply directly by visiting Park Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 1, 2019


NC State University-Centennial Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: The Centennial Scholarship program is designed for students who are interested in career fields such as engineering, business management, design, chemistry, polymers, forensics, medical fields, fashion merchandising and retail management. Competitive applicants demonstrate high academic achievement, strong leadership qualities, involvement in extracurricular activities and civic engagement and interest in textile-related careers. For scholarship consideration, students must submit an NC State admissions application by the November 1 deadline.

How: Stop by student services and see Mrs. Cecil for more details by Friday, October 18.

Application Deadline: For scholarship consideration, students must submit an NC State admissions application by the November 1 deadline.


NC State University-Goodnight Scholars

Award: $20,500 and renewable for four years.

Who: Seniors that have applied for admissions to NCSU for fall 2020. Student must indicate a family income of less than $110,000 on the NC State application. Student must be a North Carolina resident. Student must select a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) major or STEM education major. Student must demonstrate a history of exceptional academic performance. Submit the general NC State application by November 1, 2019.

How: Apply online @ Goodnight Scholars Program

Application Deadline: General NC State application is due by November 1, 2019. The Goodnight Scholars Program Application is due by January 15, 2020.


Winthrop University Department of Fine Arts Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: The competition is open to all degree-seeking, undergraduate students attending Winthrop University for the first time (freshman and transfer students) during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students must declare a major within the Department of Fine Arts: Studio Art (includes the disciplines of painting, jewelry/metals, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and video), Art Education, or Art History.

How: Apply online @ Winthrop University Department of Fine Arts Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 2, 2019


Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Award: Varies

Who: Student must be in grades 5-12 as of November 5. Student must be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C. Student must have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application. Student must submit a completed application to a school or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 5.

How: Apply online @ Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Application Deadline: November 5, 2019


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors who are U.S. citizens. Applicants need to be related to a member of the Elks National Foundation. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

How: Apply online @ Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: November 5, 2019


Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

Award: Varies

Who: The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need

How: Apply online at Horatio Alger Association National Scholarship

Application Deadline: Varies


Parker McLendon Scholarship

Award: $6,000

Who: Seniors that are residents of Davidson County at the time of graduation and have been an active member of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts for a minimum of three years and continue to demonstrate growth toward the aims of Scouting in character, citizenship, personal fitness and leadership. Applicant must also have a cumulative weighted GPA of at least 4.0 and SAT total score of at least 1400 or a minimum ACT score of 29.

How: Please see Mrs. Cecil in Student Services by October 15 if you are interested in being nominated for this scholarship.

Application Deadline: School nomination must be completed by October 31, 2019. Student application must be completed by December 9, 2019.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: A senior that plans to graduate from a U.S. high school in 2020. Student must intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2020. Student must earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above and receive a minimum SAT total of 1200 or ACT composite of 26. Student must demonstrate unmet financial need.  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.

How: Apply online @ Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 13, 2019


USBC Youth Scholarships

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors who are USBC Members; Requirements vary for the scholarships

How: Apply online @ USBC Youth Scholarships

Application Deadline: Varies


North Carolina A&T Cheatham-White Scholarship

Award: Full Tuition

Who: A senior that has been admitted as a freshman in the fall semester into a baccalaureate program at North Carolina A&T. Student must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Student must be on course to graduate from high school in the spring semester prior to college admission. Student must have Minimum 4.0 or higher weighted cumulative GPA. Student must have minimum scholastic test score of 1280 SAT or 28 ACT. Student must show exceptional qualities of character and leadership and be significantly involved in extracurricular activities. Student must demonstrate a strong commitment to service.

How: For more information on school nomination and self-nomination please see Mrs. Cecil in Student Services by November 1, 2019.

Application Deadline: Scholarship nomination deadline is November 30, 2019. The undergraduate admissions application is due November 30, 2019. Cheatham White Scholarship application deadline is December 31, 2019.


Catawba College West Teaching Scholarship

Award: Up to $5,000

Who: Seniors planning to attend Catawba College to pursue a career in teaching. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and a minimum SAT of 1170. Selection criteria include high academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, community involvement, and commitment to teaching. Must apply to Catawba for admission before completing the scholarship application.

How: Apply online @ Catawba College West Teaching Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019


The Piedmont Institute of Communication, Music, and Art Emerging Writers Contest (PICMA)

Award: $2,000-$5,000 scholarship to Pfeiffer University

Who: The Piedmont Institute for Communication, Music, and Art (PICMA) is sponsoring its 4th annual writing contest, giving high school and community college students the opportunity to earn a scholarship plus cash! All winners will get published in the 61st edition of The Phoenix and give a public reading at the spring 2020 launch party!

How: Apply online @ Piedmont Institute for Communication, Music, and Art scholarship for Pfeiffer University

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Elks Most Valuable Student Nursing Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Who: Seniors who are U.S. citizens. Applicants need to be related to a member of the Elks National Foundation. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

How: Scholarship application can be found online @ Scholarship must be printed off and mailed to:  Winston Salem Elks Lodge #449

       P O Box 25924

       Winston Salem, NC 27114

Application Deadline: December 8, 2019


 Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University

Award: $10,000 dispersed over four years.

Who: Seniors who are interested in Clemson University and would like to study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society. Scholarships are competitive.

How: Apply online @ Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University

Application Deadline: December 11, 2019


AXA Achievement Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors planning to enroll full-time in a two or four-year college or university for the entire 2019-202 school year and are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Award is given to those who demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work-related events.

How: Apply online @ AXA Achievement Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019


Norwich University Take the Lead Scholarship

Award: $2,000 renewable for four years

Who: Senior students that are motivated, driven, and excited by the idea of new challenges.

How: Apply online @ Norwich University

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019


 FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) Essay Contest

Award: Varies

Who: Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools overseas.

How: Apply online @ FIRE

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019


UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Scholarship

Award: Up to $20,000

Who: Seniors who have a minimum 3.8 weighted GPA and an SAT of at least 1100 or ACT composite score of at least 24. Student must select a UNCG major that leads to N.C. teaching licensure.

How: Apply online @ UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Scholarship

Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2020.


Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award

Award: $5,000

Who: The Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award Sweepstakes is open only to residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories who are at least sixteen (16) years old at the time of entry. Entrants must also be high school senior students who will be or college students who are enrolled at least half-time in a Bachelor's or Associate's degree program or graduate program at an eligible school or parent/legal guardians of students that satisfy the above eligibility requirements.

How: Apply online @ Discover Student Loans Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020


 Allegacy Mel Hughes Scholarship Program

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors accepted as a full-time student at an accredited post-secondary institution (2 or 4 year). Must be an Allegacy Member with your own savings account.

How: Apply online @ Allegacy Mel Hughes Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020


North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Scholarship

Award: Four year scholarship

Who:  In appreciation for the service and sacrifices of North Carolina’s war veterans: a four-year scholarship program at approved schools in North Carolina has been established for the qualifying natural or adopted (before age 15) children of certain class categories of deceased, disabled, combat or POW/MIA veterans.

How: Apply online @ North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020


McDonald's Archways to Opportunity Tuition Assistance

Award: $2,500

Who: Restaurant  crew are eligible in tuition assistance each year if you are employed by the same McDonald’s Franchise Owner/Operator at least 90 cumulative days as of the tie of the Tuition Assistance Request application completion; you work an average of 15 hours per week for that Franchise Owner/Operator; and you are in good standing as determined by the Franchise Owner/Operator.

How: See Mrs. Cecil in Student Services if you are interested.


Capital Auto Auction Annual Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Who: To qualify, undergraduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study (or related field) as well as attending an accredited college or university. According to the Department of Education, STEM fields of study include computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, natural sciences (including physical, biological, and agricultural sciences), and related fields. These related fields involve research, innovation, and/or the development of new technologies using the aforementioned fields of study.

How: Apply online @ Capital Auto Auction Annual Scholarship

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for the 2020 Capital Auto Auction Annual College Scholarship is August 15, 2020. Winners will be announced on August 30, 2020.



College and Scholarship Search Websites

The following list outlines a variety of Web sites available for students who are interested in gathering information related to college and scholarship searches.  Please note that some of these websites will send visitors to sites that request money for additional searches. The counselors ask that you investigate such searches completely before offering any monetary payments.