Scholarships are monetary awards that you are not expected to repay. Like grants, usually these have strict guidelines for eligibility and often a rigorous selection process. Nonetheless, most students and families find that the process is definitely worthwhile. In this section, we've included summaries of the different types available.

We have also provided examples of specific NCICU scholarships. Financial aid offices at each of our colleges and universities automatically select eligible students for these scholarships. Other scholarships, such as those offered through outside institutions or your college or university, might require an application. Contact your financial aid office for more information.

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Discipline-Specific Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to students who plan to pursue a specific career or field of study, often in areas that are in high demand, such as nursing, education, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Common examples include the following:

  • Duke Energy Scholarships are awarded to math and science majors or teacher education majors with concentrations in math or science.
  • Pfizer Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in a physical science.

College-Specific Scholarships
These scholarships are sponsored by your college or alumni of your college. You should check with the financial aid office of your chosen college for information regarding any college-specific scholarships for which you might qualify.

Merit-Based Scholarships
This type of scholarship is awarded to students based on their demonstrated academic, artistic, athletic, or other ability. One example is the following:

  • Burlington Industries Foundation Scholarship is awarded to the most eligible student who is a child of an active employee at International Textiles Group. You must attend Greensboro College, Guilford College, High Point University, North Carolina State University, Philadelphia University, or University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Need-Based Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded based on the financial need demonstrated by students or their families. Common examples include the following:

  • Golden LEAF Scholars Program is a need-based scholarship program awarded to students from tobacco-dependent counties in North Carolina.
  • Pfizer Scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating financial need who reside in Lee County and are pursuing a physical science major.

Other Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of characteristics that are unique to a specific group of students, such as gender, ethnicity, or religion. Examples of this type of scholarship include:

  • NC REACH is a scholarship program available to students who have either aged out of North Carolina public foster care or whose adoption from North Carolina public foster care was finalized on or after their twelfth birthday.
  • Bridgestone/Firestone Scholarships are awarded to students with financial need who are residents of Edgecombe, Greene, Johnston, Nash, Pitt, Wayne, or Wilson Counties, have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA, and are from underrepresented populations or are disadvantaged students.
  • UPS Foundation Scholarships provide support to students primarily from underserved and disadvantaged populations and communities.