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North Carolina Education Scholarships

Several scholarship programs are available in North Carolina to assist those who wish to enter the teaching field. Listed below is some information with a brief description and/or links to the appropriate content and contacts.  Information on eligibility, requirements and how to apply can be found by following the link for each program.  If after viewing this information you have questions, please contact the agency responsible for administering the particular scholarship(s) in which you are interested.

If you are a teacher seeking information for loan cancellations, unfortunately the State of North Carolina does not have any programs. However, the federal government does have some partial and full cancellations and deferments for some of their loan programs, e.g. Stafford loans, Perkins loans, etc. For information on the federal loan cancellations and deferments, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/Students/repayment/teachers/

Prospective Teacher Scholarship Loan

The Prospective Teacher Scholarship Loan is a competitive, merit-based scholarship-loan program available to students who have chosen to enter the education profession. A school official such as a high school guidance counselor or principal must recommend students for this award. Recipients must have maintained a minimum unweighted cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or better, received a score of 900 or better on the SAT or equivalent ACT score, enroll in a teacher preparation program at any of the eligible institutions, and plan to pursue a degree in teacher education to become a certified teacher and demonstrate a commitment to teach in the State's public schools.

The annual award will be $2,500 per year ($1,200 per year for community college) for students enrolled full time (a minimum of 12 credit hours for both the fall and spring semesters). One half of the award is made available to the recipients in the fall semester enrollment period and the remainder in the spring semester enrollment period. The scholarship-loan is renewable. Funding for the program is contingent each year upon appropriations made available to the State Education Assistance Authority by the General Assembly.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

Applications are available to High School Seniors through High School Guidance Departments. Applications are available in November and due in February.

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is a federally-funded program established to promote student excellence and academic achievement. Approximately 150 scholarships of $1500 each are awarded annually based on academic merit and promise of continued academic excellence. This program funded by U. S. Congress and is administered in North Carolina by the Department of Public Instruction.

Teacher Assistant Scholarship Loan

Beginning fall of 2006 the Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund (TASF) program will provide funding for full-time teacher assistants attending both community colleges and four-year colleges. The Teacher Assistant Scholarship-Loan (TASL) program for two-year college students will not award grants after the 2005-06 academic year since community college students will be eligible for TASF consideration.

The TASF application, eligibility requirements and other program details will be posted in late 2005 at www.CFNC.org/TASF . The application deadline is February 28, 2006.

Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund

Beginning with the 2006-07 academic year teacher assistants from both two-year and four-year campuses are eligible to apply for TASF funds.

The 2005 General Assembly transferred the Prospective Teacher Scholarship-Loan (PTSL) program from the Department of Public Instruction to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) and eliminated the Teacher Assistant Scholarship-Loan program, which had been funded from PTSL funds. The program transfer takes effect on January 1, 2006.

General information, eligibility requirements for new and renewal applicants at both two-year and four-year qualifying campuses, application deadlines and applications for the 2006-07 academic year for the TASF program will be posted at
http://www.CFNC.org/TASF in mid January 2006. Information will also be provided by calling College Foundation of North Carolina toll-free at 866-866-CFNC in mid January 2006.

Renewal information will be mailed in late 2005 to previous recipients of both TASL and TASF funding.

Prezell R. Robinson Scholars Program

The Prezell R. Robinson Scholars Program (formerly the Challenge Scholars Program) is designed to encourage high school students to pursue careers in teaching. Low-wealth school systems and school systems with documented difficulty in recruiting qualified teachers are eligible to participate. Robinson Scholars participate in system-sponsored activities designed to foster their commitment to teaching and enhance the likelihood they will be accepted to and complete an approved teacher education program. Upon graduation from high school, Robinson Scholars who meet prescribed SAT and grade point average requirements are awarded a Prospective Teacher Scholarship Loan (PTSL) to pursue a program of study leading to teacher licensure in North Carolina.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

Applications and other information

This program was adopted and funded by the 1986 North Carolina General Assembly as part of a ten point teacher recruitment plan proposed by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. The first recipients of North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarships were named in 1987.

Applicants must be North Carolina residents currently enrolled as high school seniors. Selection is made on the basis of high school grades, class standing, SAT scores, writing samples, community service, extracurricular activities, and references from teachers and members of the community. Recipients must be accepted for admission to one of the following post secondary institutions in North Carolina: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elon University, Meredith College, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, UNC Asheville, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, and Western Carolina University. Eligible applicants are interviewed by a local school district interview committee, and the other from the educational region in which the applicant lives. Viable candidates advance to a regional interview. Financial need is not a selection criterion.

Subject to continuing legislative appropriations, up to 500 Teaching Fellows are selected annually from area high schools. The maximum award is $6,500 per year and is renewable for a total of four years of college.

Future Teachers of North Carolina Scholarship/Loan (FTSL)

This program was established by the 2005 General Assembly to provide scholarships to college juniors and seniors in schools of education who intend to teach math, science, special education or English as a second language in North Carolina's public schools. This two-year scholarship-loan can be used at any North Carolina four-year institution that offers a teacher education program.
Recipients must agree to teach full-time in a qualifying subject area in a North Carolina public school for three years within five years after graduation. Recipients who do not fulfill the service obligation must repay the scholarship-loan in cash with interest.

Additional eligibility requirements and other details of this program will also be available in early 2006 at http://www.CFNC.org/FTNC or by calling College Foundation of North Carolina toll-free at 866-866-CFNC

One hundred (100) awards of $6,500 per year will be offered

Other Scholarships and Information
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Provides information pertaining to scholarships and scholarship information from sources other than the NC Department of Public Instruction. The information listed is for Undergraduate Teacher Education Scholarships and Loans. Should you come across one that interests you, please contact the appropriate person listed in the scholarship information. We do not maintain any material or applications for the scholarships. We are providing this as assistance in helping individuals locate money to further their education.