Scholarship and Award Programs for Traditional Students


Since its inception in 1956, North Carolina is proud of its heritage in supporting students in their quest for success in higher education.  This legacy of assistance still continues today.

Meritorious Scholarships for both freshman and transfer traditional  students are awarded during the admissions process. Please contact your admissions counselor or the admissions department at admissions@ncwu.edu with any questions regarding these scholarships.

Meritorious Level Scholarships for Incoming Freshman Students*

Recipients must maintain the required GPA or higher in college coursework, maintain satisfactory academic progress and be enrolled full-time in the traditional program.

Founder’s Award Beneficiaries of the Founder’s Award may receive up to Full Tuition, Room (double only), Board & Books. Award amounts vary.

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.75 Weighted GPA
  • 1200 SAT/25 ACT
  • Must maintain GPA of 2.95
  • Completion of FAFSA is required
  • Scholarship is awarded for 8 semesters. Selection process includes interview.
President’s Award Beneficiaries of the President’s Award receive a scholarship of $20,000.

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.30 Weighted GPA
  • 1080 SAT/21 ACT
  • Must maintain GPA of 2.75
Dean’s Award Beneficiaries of the Dean’s Award receive a scholarship of $18,000.

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 Weighted GPA
  • 980 SAT/19 ACT
  • Must maintain GPA of 2.6
Wesleyan Award Beneficiaries of the Wesleyan Award receive a scholarship of $15,000.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 Weighted GPA
  • Minimum 900 SAT/17 ACT
  • Must maintain GPA of 2.3
Bishop Opportunity Award** Beneficiaries of the Bishop Opportunity Award receive a scholarship of $10,000.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.3 Weighted GPA
  • Minimum 700 SAT/13 ACT
  • Must maintain GPA of 2.0

Not a Merit-based Scholarship

Awards are restricted to undergraduate programs. Award amounts may change without notice.

*Completion of FAFSA is required and award is inclusive of any other financial aid in which the student is eligible as well as the Honors Scholarship, Pell Grant and NC Need-Based Grant. Free room for Founder’s Award is a double room.

**Must meet admissions criteria.

Meritorious Levels of Scholarships for TRANSFER Students*

Recipients must maintain GPA of 2.0 or higher in college coursework, maintain Satisfactory Academic  Progress and be enrolled full-time in the Traditional Program.

Transfer Award Gold Beneficiaries of the Transfer Award Gold receive a scholarship of $15,500.

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
Transfer Award Blue Beneficiaries of the Transfer Award Blue receive a scholarship of $13,500.

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
Transfer Award White Beneficiaries of the Transfer Award White receive a scholarship of $10,500.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
Transfer Opportunity Beneficiaries of the Transfer Opportunity (TOA) receive a scholarship of $7,500.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

* All scholarships require completion of FAFSA. Award amounts may change without notice.

To request applications for any non-meritorious scholarship or awards, email the Office of  Financial Aid at financialaid@ncwu.edu.

Special Distinction and Participation Awards for Traditional Day Students

If you have already received an aid package and this award was not included in that package, your eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid will be reevaluated. In compliance with federal regulations, state requirements and institutional policy, your aid package may be revised. You will be notified if a revision is made.

Legacy Award

Beneficiaries of the Legacy Awards receive $22,000 (for Resident) or $18,000 (for Commuter)

Award is inclusive of all institutional scholarships and grants.

Requirements

  • Students with GPA 3.0+, whose parents or grandparents graduated from NCWU

Honors Award

Beneficiaries of the Taylor-Crocker Honors Award receive varying amounts of scholarship funds.

Requirements

International Scholarship

Beneficiaries of the International Scholarship receive a scholarship of $5,500.

Requirements

  • New Students (On-Campus Only)
  • Awarded during the admissions process

United Methodist Award

Beneficiaries of the United Methodist Award receive a scholarship of $2,000.

Requirements

  • Application for UMC Scholarship/Letter from pastor confirming active membership in United Methodist Church affiliated with the NC Conference of United Methodist Church.

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United Methodist Award (Returning Students)

Beneficiaries of the United Methodist Award receive a scholarship of $2,000.

Requirements

  • Application for UMC Scholarship/Letter from pastor confirming active membership in United Methodist Church affiliated with the NC Conference of United Methodist Church.

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Ministerial Award

Beneficiaries of the Ministerial Award receive a 50% reduction for tuition, room & board, books.

Award is inclusive of all institutional scholarships and grants.

Requirements

  • Dependent of full-time, licensed ordained ministers of a United Methodist Church in the NC Conference.  Also extends to all denominations residing in Nash, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Johnston, Wake, Warren and Wilson.

Fine Arts Award

Beneficiaries of the Fine Arts Award receive varying amounts of scholarship funds..

Requirements

  • Band/Wesleyan Singers/Wesleyan Players

Eagle Scouts/Girl Scouts

Beneficiaries of the Eagle Scouts/Girl Scouts receive a scholarship of $1,000.

Requirements

  • Students who are an Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient

Shelton Challenge

Beneficiaries of the Shelton Challenge receive a scholarship of $1,000.

Requirements

  • Students who participate in the Shelton Challenge

Phi Theta Kappa/ Gamma Beta Phi

Beneficiaries of the Phi Theta Kappa/Gamma Beta Phi Award receive a scholarship of $1,000.

Requirements

  • Must be a transfer student with an Associate’s Degree and have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa or Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.

Cheer & Dance Award

Beneficiaries of the Cheer & Dance Award receive varying amounts of scholarship funds.

Requirements

  • Students who participate on the Cheer or Dance team

ROTC Award

Beneficiaries of the ROTC Award receive varying amounts of scholarship funds.

Requirements

  • GPA 2.5; SAT 290+; ACT 19+; must meet physical standards and agree to serve in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard

Other Scholarships

For Traditional Students or Adult & Professional Studies Students

Olive A. Stokes Scholarship Trust Scholarship

Beneficiaries of the Olive A. Stokes Scholarship Trust Scholarship receive varying amounts of scholarship funds.

Requirements

  • Must be residents of Nash or Edgecombe Counties, NC and citizen of the US. Qualified students may receive financial assistance in the form of scholarship grants.

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(Not available until the 2023-2024 school year)

Helen Lancaster Minton Educational Fund Scholarship

Beneficiaries of the Helen Lancaster Minton Educational Fund Scholarship receive varying amounts of scholarship funds.

Requirements

  • Must be residents of Nash or Edgecombe Counties, NC and citizen of the US. Qualified students may receive financial assistance in the form of scholarship grants.

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(Not available until the 2023-2024 school year)

Golden LEAF Colleges and Universities Scholarship

Beneficiaries of the Golden LEAF Colleges and Universities Scholarship receive an award of $3,500 a year for up to four years to high school seniors and $3,500 a year for up to three years to community college transfer students.

Requirements

  • Be a North Carolina resident, residing in a qualifying North Carolina county.
  • Be a high school senior enrolling full-time in the fall as a first-year student or a currently enrolled community college transfer student enrolling full-time in the fall.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be able to communicate an intent to return to a qualifying county after graduation from college.

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Adult Studies United Methodist Scholarship

Beneficiaries of the Adult Studies United Methodist Scholarship receive an award of 20% of tuition for full-time students, Fall and Spring only.

Requirements

  •  This scholarship is designed for students who are members and attend a United Methodist Church affiliated with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

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Adult Studies United Methodist Scholarship- RETURNING Students

Beneficiaries of the Adult Studies United Methodist Scholarship receive an award of 20% of tuition for full-time students, Fall and Spring only.

Requirements

  •  This scholarship is designed for students who are members and attend a United Methodist Church affiliated with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

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United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) Scholarships

Each year, UMHEF invites students to apply for chances at more than $2 million in scholarships awarded by UMHEF every year. Applications are typically open from January 1 – March 1 for the following academic year.

How to Apply for United Methodist College Scholarships | UMHEF

Higher Education & Ministry Scholarships (The United Methodist Church)

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Scholarships offers financial aid to United Methodist students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Every year, we award an average of $5.5 million to help students in the United States and abroad pursue their dreams through higher education.

Learn more about GBHEM – Scholarships for Further Education

Need Based Awards

FAFSA is required for all need based awards. Use Federal School Code number: 002951.

Federal Pell Grant

Beneficiaries of the Federal Pell Grant receive an amount determined by FAFSA application or funds up to $6,895.

Requirements

  • Need-based; FAFSA completion required

Direct Student Loan

Beneficiaries of the Direct Student Loan receive between $5,500-$12,500.

Requirements

  • Based on grade level and dependency status; FAFSA completion required

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Federal Work-Study

Beneficiaries of the Federal Work-Study receive up to $1,800. Federal work program to assist students with payment of educational costs. Eligibility is based on the results of the FAFSA. Note: Students are paid directly for work study hours earned and funds cannot be subtracted from the student account balance.

Requirements

  • Need-based; FAFSA completion required

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NC Need-Based Scholarship

Beneficiaries of the NC Need-Based Scholarship receive varying amounts of funds.

Requirements

  • NC resident for at least two years; FAFSA and NC residency determination completion required

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SEOG Grant

Beneficiaries of the SEOG Grant receive up to $4,000.

Requirements

  • Need-based for high need; FAFSA completion required (Preference to non-NC residents)

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To request applications for any scholarships and awards, email the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@ncwu.edu.