Scholarships for High School Students

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers a limited number of competitive scholarships for entering freshmen in an effort to recognize and encourage exceptional academic ability and talent. To be considered, students must apply for admission by October 15.

Some academic scholarships also require that students demonstrate financial need. All students who apply for admission by October 15 and apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 will automatically be considered for need-based academic scholarships.

To learn about specific scholarship programs, please review the following:

Distinctive Scholarships

  • Park Scholarship Program – Prestigious, competitive academic scholarship program for students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability, exemplary character, and exceptional potential in leadership and service.
  • General Hugh Shelton Leadership Initiative Scholarship – Competitive academic scholarship program to promote the mission of the Shelton initiative, “to inspire, educate and develop value-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service.”
  • Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship – Program for students with demonstrated leadership potential, academic achievement, personal talents, unique work or services experience, financial need and a demonstration of overcoming personal adversity. A preference will be given to those individuals who will enhance and contribute to NC State’s diversity. Students who apply for admission by October 15 and submit a FAFSA by March 1 are automatically considered. No separate application is required.
  • Goodnight Scholars Program – The Goodnight Scholars Program is a unique scholarship for outstanding students in the STEM and education disciplines.  It is available to middle income families from North Carolina and is valued at $17,500 per year.  A comprehensive professional development program allows students to grow into tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

College Based Scholarships:

Each of the Colleges at NC State offers scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in their academic programs. Consult the college website for specific criteria, application materials, and important deadlines.

Employer Specific Scholarships:

Eligibility for some scholarships requires an employment affiliation.

  • Balfour Beatty Construction Scholarship – The Balfour Beatty Construction Scholarship is intended to benefit full-time undergraduate students whose parent is a permanent, full-time employee in the Office of Finance and Administration or Division of Academic and Student Affairs at NC State. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 through April 1.
  • Carrier/Bryant Dependent Scholarship – The James A. Rider Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for dependent children of active employees of an authorized Carrier/Bryant dealer in North Carolina or South Carolina. Applicants must show high academic achievement and demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The scholarship application will be available February 1 through April 1.
  • City of Raleigh Dependent Scholarship – The Jimmie & Susan Beckom Educational Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for an incoming freshman who is the dependent of a permanent employee of the City of Raleigh. Eligible students must show exceptional academic achievement and demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The scholarship application will be available February 1 through April 1.
  • Cross & Chalice J. Smith Capel Scholarship – Eligible dependents of members of Capel are encouraged to apply. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 through April 1. 
  • George and Reba Worsley Scholarship – The George and Reba Worsley Scholarship is intended to benefit full-time graduate or undergraduate students whose parent is a permanent, full-time employee in the Finance and Administration division at NC State. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 through April 1.
  • NC State Employee Dependent’s Tuition Scholarship – The NC State Employee Dependent’s Scholarship may award up to $2,000 for a maximum of eight semesters (Fall and Spring).  It is intended to benefit dependents of NC State faculty or staff who have been employed full time for three years or more. Students must also be qualifying dependent children (as defined under IRS code), of the University employee and enrolled as a full time, degree seeking, undergraduate in their first degree program at NC State. Students must apply annually for consideration and must provide parental employment confirmation from the employee’s department. Additional information is available here. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 to April 1.
  • News & Observer Scholarship – Eligible dependents of members of the News & Observer are encouraged to apply. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 through April 1. 
  • Smithfield Foundation Scholarship – The Smithfield Foundation Scholarship is intended to benefit full-time undergraduate students whose parent or grandparent is a current or retired employee of Smithfield Foods, or one of its subsidiaries. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 through April 1. 
  • Southeastern Gas Association Dependent Scholarship – Eligible dependents of members of the Southeastern Gas Association are encouraged to apply. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 through April 1.
  • Student Action for Farmworkers Scholarship – Eligible dependents 1) whose parents or guardians are currently engaged in migrant farm labor or have been migrant farmworkers in the past or 2) whose parents or guardians work, or have worked, in food processing plants are encouraged to apply. The scholarship application will be available from February 1 through April 1.
  • Tom Glover Memorial Scholarship – The Tom Glover Memorial Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for dependent children of employees of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  The scholarship application will be available from February 1 to April 1.

Other Funding:

Outside Scholarships:

Seeking an Outside Scholarship?

  • Sign up for SALT and learn more about searching and applying for Scholarships.
  • Review our Outside Scholarship Search Tips to aid in your scholarship search.
  • Search Fastweb‘s free scholarship search engine that includes more than 400,000
    scholarships worth more than $1 billion
  • NC residents are encouraged to search for scholarships at NC State Education Assistance
    Authority
    . In addition, there are a number of community foundations serving the
    residents of North Carolina. Students are encouraged to search foundation sites for
    scholarships.

Receiving an Outside Scholarship?

  • Inform the Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid as soon as you are offered a scholarship by completing the Scholarship Notification E-Form. Please visit MyPack Portal and select the Awards tab to submit scholarship information. Please read the Important Information for Student and Scholarship Donor to assist with questions you or your donor may have.

Minority Scholarships:

  • NC State encourages students to search for private scholarships offered by agencies not affiliated with the university.