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Ledford High School Scholarship Newsletter #4

December 2, 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



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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 cannot 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

If you are interested in documenting your volunteer hours through Student Services pick up a copy of the Volunteer Service Form in Student Services or print one from the Student Services website.


The “No Sweat” Scholarship

Award: $2,500

Who: Seniors

How: Apply online @ The "No Sweat" Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019


Elon Teaching Fellows Program

Award: $29,500

Who: Seniors interested in majoring in education.

How: Apply online @ Elon Teaching Fellows Program

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020


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

Award: Varies. This scholarship is for one year only; however, current recipients may reapply and be considered for additional funding along with other new applicants. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time.

Who: Applicants must:

  • Be a high school senior or graduate of Ledford High School in Davidson County, NC.
  • Demonstrate academic achievement
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate extensive participation in both school and outside interests.
  • Plan to attend full-time any accredited college or university in North Carolina leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Additional DESIRED qualifications include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

How: Apply online @ Edgar S. Welborn, Jr. and Frances M. Welborn Trust Scholarship

Application Deadline: To be considered for a scholarship, applications, and all supporting documentation must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 21, 2020.


Heidelberg United Church of Christ Choral Scholar Program

Award: A Junior who participates over two years will receive $2,000 at graduation, while a senior who participates for one year will receive $1,000.

Who: Heidelberg United Church of Christ is looking for specific students. Their requirements are as follows:           

  • We ask that they not be currently active in another faith community. We don’t want to rob other youth choirs of their talent.
  • Applicants should be able to read music.
  • They must be able to match pitch.
  • They will attend regular rehearsals each Thursday at 7:00; no rehearsals during the summer.
  • At the audition, students will be required to sight-read a composition and to demonstrate the ability to sing simple harmony.
  • They will vocalize to determine vocal range.

How: Pick up an application in Student Services


Thomas Austin Finch Foundation Scholarship

Award: $7,000 per year for students attending a two or four-year college or university. $1,000 per year for students attending a community college.

Who: Scholarship Criteria is below

  • Seniors that have 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 a portion of 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  5 is maintained
  • Student must be a legal resident of Thomasville, North Carolina (27360 zip code)

How: Pick up an application in Student Services

Application Deadline: Application must be submitted to Student Services by noon on Wednesday, March 11, 2020


The Silver Pen Writing Competition

Award: First place $2,500, Second place $750, Third place $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. Employees and children of employees at Homestead Hills are eligible as well as Members grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-nieces, and great-nephews. There is no GPA requirement for this writing competition.

How: Apply online @ The Silver Pen Writing Competition

Application Deadline: All submissions are due by February 14, 2020.


 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: Varies


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. The student application must be completed by December 9, 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


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. The 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.