North Carolina Golden Leaf Scholarship Worth up to $12,000 - College in 321

North Carolina Golden Leaf Scholarship Worth up to $12,000

Written by Kathy deJong

February 7, 2018


Scholarship for North Carolina Rural County Residence worth up to $12,000 for 200+ students.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How does $3,000 per year for your four-year North Carolina college education sound? Or perhaps $750 per semester to go to a North Carolina community college? If you live in a designated North Carolina rural county and have demonstrated financial need, it could be yours. Triad counties such as Alamance, Davidson, Davie, Yadkin, Wilkes, Surry and Stokes are all on the list.

Local scholarships are often the best option for college financial aid.


The scholarships are made available to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority by the Golden LEAF Foundation. The foundation encourages growth in rural counties and scholarship applicants will need to “communicate a commitment to return to a rural county” and contribute to its future economic success. The program’s offerings are structured to help students be successful in that pursuit. With the skills and education gained through college and this program, recipients are encouraged to start a business or professional practices in a NC rural community as a way of giving back.



To be eligible you must be:

  • A high school senior or a community college transfer student planning on attending any of the participating colleges
  • Live in one of the qualifying counties which can be found here.
  • Complete the application and submit supporting documents by the stated deadline (March 1, 2018 this year).
  • Meet the requirements for in-state tuition
  • Plan to enroll at least ¾ time or nine credit hours as an undergraduate
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the campus for financial aid renewal, and
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that does not exceed the cost of attendance.


Here is the best news!  Approximately 215 scholarships are awarded each year, and most North Carolina public and private universities and colleges participate. Here is the list of participating colleges.    


But wait…there’s more.  Students awarded the Golden LEAF scholarship are eligible to participate in the Scholars Leadership Program.  It’s an expense-paid, two day leadership conference/workshop at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, a well-respected professional training organization.  And, participants are assigned a coach who will assist with setting goals and planning a summer internship project in a rural county.  Each scholar can receive up to $8,830 for their internship project, in addition to the Golden LEAF scholarship fund!




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