Ledford High School

Scholarship Newsletter

January 12


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 2021!

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!!!
    • Please be advised that the UNC System universities will not require SAT and ACT test scores on students’ applications for the spring, summer, and fall 2021 sessions. Sending in test scores is optional for UNC System universities
    • Please check with non-UNC System universities individually for SAT and ACT test scores requirements.
  • 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 College Board. To register for the ACT, go to ACT

SAT Registration Deadline

SAT Test Date


ACT Registration Deadline

ACT Test Date


February 12

March 13       

January 8

February 6

April 8

May 8

March 12

April 17

May 6

June 5             

May 7

June 12



June 18

July 17

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!  Afterward, 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 cannot possibly check all college websites.  MANY COLLEGES ARE EMPHASIZING: Apply online. Students are encouraged to apply with their CFNC account to apply to multiple colleges.  The Common Application is also available online at Common App. This form can be filled out once to submit to any one of the almost 500 participating colleges.



You can send your transcript electronically to any North Carolina college/university via CFNC; if you need assistance with this please email your School Counselor. Students who need a transcript for a college/university outside of North Carolina for any reason should sign up on the clipboard in Student Services.


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: Dakota Mills passed away in July 2015 from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident. He was a student at Ledford High School, class of 2018. Dakota had an infectious smile, knew no stranger, and was loved by many in our community. His first love was his involvement in The Explorer program at Gumtree Fired Department, with a future goal in mind of becoming a professional firefighter. This Scholarship was created by the men and women of Gumtree Fire and Rescue to honor and memorialize Dakota. The family would like for the recipient of this scholarship to be interested in Fire Safety or Paramedic/EMT studies, however, they will review all applications regardless of the field of study.

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

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021


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 2020. 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, 2021


Lenoir-Rhyne University Teaching Scholars

Award: Up to $5,500 per year

Who: The Lenoir-Rhyne University Teaching Scholars scholarship program is for seniors who wish to pursue teaching as a career.

How: Apply online @ Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars

Application Deadline: Priority consideration will be given to students competing at the University’s invitation-only Scholarship Day and to applications received by January 10th. However, applications will continue to be accepted beyond this date until all spaces are filled.


Davidson College James B Duke Scholarship

Award: Full tuition + a $5,000 special study stipend

Who: The James B. Duke Scholarship recognizes students whose academic achievement, diverse talents, work ethic, resilience, and concern for others give evidence of their capacity to make a difference in the world. Five new James B. Duke Scholars will be named in each entering class.

How: Apply online @ James B Duke Scholarship

Application Deadline: Finalists will be identified in March and will participate in selection interviews


Army ROTC Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: The Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

How: Apply online @ Army ROTC Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 4, 2021


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


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


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, 2021.


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, 2021


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, 2021


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, 2021


Edgar S. Welborn, Jr. and Frances M. Welborn Trust Ledford High School Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: Applicants must

  • Be high school seniors or graduates of Ledford High School in Davidson County,
  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate extensive participation in both school and outside interested
  • Plan to attend full-time any accredited four-year college or university in North Carolina leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Additional Desired Qualifications: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

How: Apply online @ Welborn Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 3, 2021


1 for 2 Education Foundation Scholarship

Award: $25,000

Who: High School seniors with at least a 3.7 GPA.

How: Apply online @ 1 for 2 Education Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021


BigSun Scholarship

Award: $500

Who: Senior student-athletes

How: Apply online @ BigSun Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 19, 2021


Gardner Webb University Marching Band Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Who: Students interested in participating in the Marching Band at Gardner Webb University

How: Apply online @ Gardner Webb Marching Band Scholarship

Application Deadline: TBD


Silver Pen Writing Competition

Award: $500-$2,500

Who: The Silver Pen Writing Competition is open to all high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of Homestead Hills (3250 Homestead Club Drive, Winston Salem, NC 27103). Employees and children of employees at Homestead Hills are eligible as well as Members of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great nieces, and great-nephews with no distance restrictions. There is no GPA requirement for this writing competition.

How: Apply online @ Silver Pen

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021


Thomas Austin Finch Foundation Scholarship

Award: $7,000 per year ($3,500 per semester) for students attending a two or four-year College or university; a maximum of eight semesters will be funded.

Who: College-bound high school senior from the Thomasville area who clearly demonstrates substantial financial need, strong academic record, solid personal character, and willingness to work.


  • Financial need (validated by FAFSA)
  • Academic merit (validated by school transcript)
  • Character (validated by two letters of reference by school personnel)
  • Willingness to pay for portion fo school cost through work-study and/or employment
  • Renewable for up to four years for full-time students in good standing with the school provided a minimum GPA of 2.5 (of 4.0) is maintained
  • The student must be a legal resident of Thomasville, North Carolina (27360 zip code)

How: Application can be printed from the Student Services website or picked up in Student Services.

Application Deadline: All applications should be turned in to Student Services by 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2021.


Judge George Fuller Memorial Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Who: The Judge George Fuller Memorial Scholarship is available to Alexander, Davidson, Davie, and Iredell County high school seniors with an emphasis on academics and need for financial assistance

How: Apply online for general scholarships @ Judge George Fuller Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 4, 2021


North Carolina Society of Accountants Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Who: Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of North Carolina
  • Must enroll in an accredited school of higher education in North Carolina
  • Must enroll in an accounting degree program with 6 or more credit hours per semester.
  • Must show a firm intention to continue into the field of Accounting

Application Deadline: Completed applications must be mailed by the applicant to the address below by April 15, 2021

                     The North Carolina Society of Accountants                                    

                     1314 Raeford Road

                      Suite A

                      Fayetteville, NC 28305


NewEdgar and Lois Reich Educational Foundation Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: Eligibility Requirements

  • Be high school seniors, current college students or graduate students.
  • Have been born and reside in Forsyth County or Davidson County, North Carolina.
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the field of Education or Dental Science
  • Demonstrate academic achievement.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate involvement in civic and social activities.
  • Attend an accredited four-year college or university located in the United States

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • A minimum unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • For applicants pursuing a degree in Education, preference to those students pursuing degrees that will equip an individual for the teaching profession.
  • For applicants pursuing a degree in Dental Science, preference to those students pursuing degrees that will equip an individual for the profession of dentistry.

How: Apply online @ Edgar and Lois Reich Educational Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 23, 2021


NewDavidson County Extension Master Gardener Association Educational Scholarship Application

Award: $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship

Who: Eligible students must be Davidson County residents and either attending high school or being home-schooled in Davidson County. Interested students must be seniors who have plans to attend an institution of higher education and should have an interest in fields related to agriculture and horticulture. Eligible students must have a demonstrated unweighted grade point average of 2.50 or above.

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

Application Deadline: Completed applications should be postmarked, or delivered in person no later than Friday, March 5, 2021 to:

                        Davidson County Master Gardener Association

                        ℅ Scholarship Committee

                        301 East Center Street

                        Lexington, NC 27292


NewDavidson-Davie Community College Achievement Scholarships

Award: Varies

Who: Available to any graduating high school senior that enrolls at Davidson County Community College

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

Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted to Mrs. Cecil in Student Services NO later than Thursday, April 1, 2021, as this allows time for the scholarship committee to nominate students for the various scholarships offered.


2020 SECU People Helping People Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Who: All eligible seniors must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a SECU member or is eligible for membership through a parent/guardian. Student or their parent/guardian must be a member at the time of application.
  • Must be a United States citizen and a resident of North Carolina
  • Must be a senior at a North Carolina public High School
  • Must be attending one of the 16 UNC System Universities
  • Must have demonstrated scholastic achievement with a 2.5 or higher unweighted GPA
  • Must have demonstrated leadership, the excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement
  • Must file FAFSA as part of the application.
  • Is not a director, employee, or a family member of a director or employee of SECU of the SECU Foundation, or a family member of a member of the scholarship selection committee.

How: All SECU scholarship information (including the ELECTRONIC application) can be found on the LHS Scholarship page.

Application Deadline: Completed applications should be saved in ONE folder and emailed to Mrs. Cecil.  ( by Thursday, March 11, 2021.  A completed application includes:

  • Completed Student Application and Essay. This document must be sent as a Word Document only. The document is macro enabled to allow SECU Foundation to import student data into our database directly. Please do not send this document as a PDF or Google Doc.
  • Copy of University Acceptance Letter
  • Photo of Student (headshot only) – submitted electronically in jpeg format
  • A 5-6 sentence bio written by Student with Accomplishments and Awards noted, bio may be published in the local newspaper
  • Hand-signed Consent Form. Each recipient of the scholarship and their parent/guardian must sign and date (we cannot accept electronic signatures) the Consent Form to release their names and images for press releases to the local news media as well as within SECU and the SECU Foundation. In addition, both parents and student will be asked to submit their full social security numbers on this Consent Form, to verify eligibility as a SECU member

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Award: $30,000

Who: To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior;
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21; (JRF recognizes the challenges of taking standardized tests during the COVID-19 pandemic; applicants who do not HAVE TEST SCORES to submit will not be disadvantaged in the selection process).
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship

How: Apply online @ Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

NewLewis and Keller Champion Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Who: This scholarship is for students who have been accepted or currently attend a two or four-year college or university in North Carolina. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Employees of Lewis and Keller and their relatives are not eligible to participate.

How: Apply online @ Lewis and Keller Champion Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 21, 2021


College and Scholarship Search Websites

The following list outlines a variety of Websites 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.


College Foundation of North Carolina                               


U.S. Department of Education                                                     

Fast Web


Online Colleges, Online Degrees, and College Scholarships        

College Board           

Guaranteed Scholarships