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Ledford High School

140 Jesse Green Rd | Thomasville, NC 27360 phone Phone: 336-769-9671 phone Fax: 336-769-0650
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Ledford High School

Scholarship Newsletter

November 2018

NOTE:  This scholarship list is not inclusive of all available scholarships.  Most colleges offer merit scholarships and need-based scholarships.  The Guidance Department 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. The Guidance Department is always available to answer questions and provide assistance with future-planning procedures.


Welcome, Seniors of the Class of 2019!

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 7                                          October 6                    September 28                                 October 27       

October 5                                              November 3                November 2                                    December 8

November 2                                          December 1                 January 11                                       February 9

February 8                                            March 9                       March 8                                           April 13

April 5                                                    May 4                         May 3                                              June 8

May 3                                                    June 1                          June 14                                            July 13


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.


Please see Lara Cecil if you need an application or more information on any of the below listed scholarships. For scholarships requiring a school nomination, students need to express interest directly to Lara Cecil. The LHS Scholarship Committee, unless directed otherwise, chooses the nominee(s). For some nominations, students may need to submit materials for consideration such as high school resume or personal resume. For others, simply submitting a name may suffice. Please contact Lara Cecil for specific nomination procedures.



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.


SunTrust Off To College Scholarship
: $500
Who: Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 13 years of age or older. Have a permanent residence in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia (D.C.) Provide proof of enrollment for the fall of 2019 in a U.S. Department of Education Title IV eligible 2 or 4 year public or private college or university located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (D.C.)
: Apply online @
SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes
Application Deadline
: The first drawing will occur on or about October 29, 2018.
Subsequent drawings are approximately every two weeks thereafter until on or about May 13, 2019.


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. Applicant must also have a cumulative weighted GPA of at least 4.0 and SAT total score of at least 1320 or a minimum ACT score of 28.

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, 2018. Student application must be completed by December 10, 2018.


Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Award: $1,000-$5,000

Who: Student must be in grades 5-12 as of November 6. 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 official designated local organization by November 6.

How: Apply online @ Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Application Deadline: November 6, 2018


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors who are U.S. citizens. Will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

How: Apply online @ Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: November 15, 2018


NCSU Centennial Scholarship Program

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 an interest in textile-related careers. For scholarship consideration, students must submit a NC State admissions application by the October 15 deadline.

How: Contact Mrs. Cecil in student services if you are interested in this scholarship opportunity by November 9.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2018


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Award: Varies

Who: A senior that plans to graduate from a U.S. high school in 2019. Student must intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2019. 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. We 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 $26,000.

How: Apply online @ Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 20, 2018


PICMA and Pfeiffer University Scholarship

Award: Varies from $2,000-$5,000

Who: Seniors who are interested in attending Pfeiffer University.

How: Apply online @ Pfeiffer-Phoenix

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018


USBC Youth Scholarships

Award: Varies

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

How: Apply online @ USBC Youth Scholarships

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018


Catawba College West Teaching Scholarship

Award: $2,500 per year

Who: Seniors planning to attend Catawba College to pursue a career in teaching. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and minimum SAT of 1100. Selection criteria include high academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, community involvement, and commitment to teaching. Must apply to Catawba for admission before completing scholarship application.

How: Apply online @ Catawba College West Teaching Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018


Davidson College-John Montgomery Belk Scholarship

Award: Full Tuition

Who: Current high school seniors representing integrity, intellectual enthusiasm and ability, global awareness, leadership potential, and admission to Davidson College.

How: Students must be nominated by the LHS scholarship committee by no later than November 9. To be considered for school nomination, contact Lara Cecil before October 1.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018


 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: To be considered for school nomination, contact Lara Cecil before November 9 for instructions. Please see Mrs. Cecil for self-nomination instructions.

Application Deadline: December 10, 2018


Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University

Award: $10,000

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 10, 2018


AXA Achievement Scholarship

Award: $2,500-$25,000

Who: Seniors planning to enroll full-time in a two or four year college or university for the entire 2018-2019 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 14, 2018


The Silver Pen Writing Competition

Award: $500-$1,500

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

How: Apply online @ The Silver Pen

Application Deadline: December 14, 2018


Kurtz and Blum Scholarship Essay Contest

Award: First place award $1,000 and second place award $500.

Who: The law firm of Kurtz & Blum deeply values the role that higher education plays in helping young people to achieve their career, and will award two scholarships worth a combined $1,500 to current and prospective college students from anywhere in the United States who write the winning essays in their Fall 2018 Scholarship Essay contest.

How: Apply online @ Kurtz and Blum Scholarship Essay Contest

Application Deadline: December 14, 2018


Greenhouse Scholars

Award: Varies

Who: This scholarship is looking for high-performing seniors (unweighted GPA of at least 3.5) who come from low income communities and have demonstrated true leadership and positive community contributions. Applicant should possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest and commitment to their community.

How: Apply online @ Greenhouse Scholars

Application Deadline: December 17, 2018


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, 2018


National Co-Op Scholarship Program

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors planning to attend one of the following universities who have at least a 3.5 GPA

                Clarkson University

                Drexel University

  Johnson & Wales University

  Merrimack College

  Rochester Institute of Technology

  State University of New York Oswego

                The University of Toledo

                University of Cincinnati

                Wentworth Institute of Technology

How: Apply online @

Application Deadline: Deadlines vary by school. Early applications are encouraged.


UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Scholarship

Award: $20,000 over 4 years

Who: Seniors who have a minimum 3.8 weighted GPA and an SAT of at least 1170 or ACT 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, 2019.


North Carolina Teaching Fellows: Elon University, Meredith College, UNCC, UNC, NCSU

Award: Receive up to $4,125 per semester for up to eight semesters.

Who: Seniors that will be accepted to enroll in an approved educator preparation program leading to initial licensure in an eligible area at one of the five Teaching Fellows partner institutions. High school applicants or applicants with fewer than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 and have scored at least a 24 on the ACT or a 1,100 on the SAT. Student must be willing to teach in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) or special education licensure area in a North Carolina public school, traditional or charter.

How: Apply online @ North Carolina Teaching Fellows

Application Deadline: January 7, 2019


 Lenoir-Rhyne University Teaching Scholars

Award: Up to $5,500

Who: Seniors planning to pursue a career in teaching

How: Apply online @ Lenior-Rhyne University Teaching Scholars

Application Deadline: January 10, 2019


Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award

Award: $10,000

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, 2019


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, 2019


Matthew C. Graziadei Scholarship

Who: The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) is pleased to announce the Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship will go to an outstanding North Carolina high school senior with a disability.

How: Apply online @ Matthew C. Graziadei Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 13, 2019


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, 2019


The Nido Qubein Associates Scholarship Fund

Award: Varies

Who: Seniors that plan to enroll as a full time, degree-seeking student in any North Carolina college or university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; reside in the city limits of High Point, Archdale or Trinity for at least 24 months; demonstrate good grades; demonstrate need as a result of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to February 1st.

How: Scholarship application is located in the Scholarship basket in Student Services.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2019


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.