Golden LEAF Scholars Program for Two-Year Colleges is funded through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The scholars program provides funds up to $750 per semester for curriculum students and up to $250 for occupational education students.
Scholarship funds are limited to tuition, books, fees, supplies, childcare services and transportation.
To be eligible, a community college student must:
Demonstrate financial need and reside in a rural county that is tobacco dependent and economically distressed.
Degree seeking students must be enrolled at least full-time for full award. Less than half-time students may be considered pending the availability of funds.
Finalists meeting all the eligibility criteria will undergo a separate “merit” competition. Selection is based on:
The effect of the declining economy on his or her family
Owned or employed in farming/agriculture business
Owned or employed in traditional industries such as textiles or furniture manufacturing
Household member lost their job or gone from full-time to part-time
Leadership and community service
Applications for this scholarship closed Sept. 29, 2017.