Scholarships

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Central Piedmont Scholarships

Central Piedmont institutional scholarship funds are provided to eligible learners through the continued generosity of the Central Piedmont Foundation, individuals, industries, businesses, organizations, civic clubs, and other community partners. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis applying the following criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • achievement
  • leadership qualities
  • need or other criteria as stipulated by the donor.

Awards are usually restricted to tuition assistance and require the recipient to maintain a minimum grade point average to continue receiving the scholarship. Each scholarship is awarded for one academic year beginning with the fall semester.

How to Apply for Central Piedmont Scholarships

You must reapply each year.

Scholarship Donors

Donors of Central Piedmont scholarships should direct contributions to the Central Piedmont Foundation, Incorporated, which supports and supplements educational programs, projects, and scholarships at Central Piedmont for which funds from other sources are unavailable or inadequate. The Central Piedmont Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Questions regarding the establishment of scholarships and requests for other scholarship donor­-related information should be directed to the Central Piedmont Foundation at 704.330.6869.

Other Central Piedmont Scholarship Opportunities

  • Academic Related Courses (ACA) Scholarship

    Central Piedmont's ACA department invites students enrolled in ACA 090, 111, 118, or 122 to enter the ACA Scholarship Contest. Seven winners will be chosen in the fall and spring semesters to receive scholarship awards of $600 each. For more information, please contact ACA, English, and Humanities at 704.330.6506.

    Eligibility Requirements

    1. enrolled in ACA 090, 111, 118, or 122 during the semester you apply
    2. not a previous ACA scholarship recipient
    3. in good academic standing with the college (GPA of 2.0 or higher)
    4. maintain a passing grade in your ACA 090, 111, 118, or 122 class
    5. high school graduate or have a GED (official HS/GED transcript must be on file with Central Piedmont on or before the essay submission deadline)
    6. currently enrolled at Central Piedmont (to receive the funds)
    7. in good financial standing with the college; cannot owe a financial balance to the college

    Application

    Deadlines

    • fall: Nov. 1
    • spring: April 1

    Judging Criteria

    Winners will be chosen by a team of Central Piedmont instructors and administrators.

    Topic and Theme
    • Was the topic addressed/subject matter matches required topic?
    • Was the theme carried throughout the essay?
    Content
    • Was subject is discussed clearly and in an interesting manner?
    • Was the question “What Makes a Successful Community College Student?” answered successfully and thoroughly?
    • Was the information presented organized and clearly structured?
    Quality of Writing
    • Was correct grammar, punctuation and spelling used?
    • Did the information flow easily from one thought to another?
    • Does the essay show original thought and presentation?
    Additional Criteria for Scoring
    • Were references used to support position?
    • Does the essay show evidence of personal learning in the classroom and applications to real life situations?

    Fall 2019 Winning Essays

  • American Legion Post 287 Scholarship

    Since most veterans receive “veteran” educational benefits, our post would like to assist the children of veterans who do not receive any such funds. The American Legion Post feels that one of its main roles in the veterans' lives is to provide support, not only while on active duty, but after returning to civilian life. Some of that support is to his family. Post 287’s desire it to “give back” in some way a thank-you for your service to our country by assisting your children in their pursuit of continuing education.

    The American Legion Post typically provides two $500 scholarships that can be used for registration fees or books. The scholarship is paid to recipients' Central Piedmont account at the beginning of the fall semester.

    Requirements

    • parent must be either an Active Duty or Honorable Discharged veteran
    • registered as a full-time student and carry a full load during the fall semester
    • may reapply for the scholarship for the next fall semester

    Process

    • Get an information package and application from the financial aid office at Central Piedmont.
    • Fill out the Post 287 Scholarship application form (PDF) along with a letter as requested in the application.
    • Mail your application and letter to the Post Adjutant:

    American Legion Post 287
    Scholarship Chairman
    4709 Gaynelle Drive
    Charlotte, North Carolina 28215

    Scholarship Committee

    • The American Legion Post 287 Scholarship Committee will collect all applications during the months of July and August.
    • Selections will be based on applications and the letters. Judging will be performed independently by members of the committee who will meet and, by consensus, select the recipients.

    Notification

    Recipients will be notified by phone or mail. Individuals who are not selected are encouraged to resubmit the following summer.

  • Career Training/Continuing Education Scholarship Programs

  • Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

  • High School Student Scholarship Programs

  • Metallica Scholars Initiative (Scholarship)

    In late 2018, as part of a new workforce education initiative, rock band Metallica’s All Within My Hands (AWMH) Foundation awarded Central Piedmont a $100,000 grant to support career and technical education programs. The scholarship program provides direct support for students enrolled in one of four healthcare career programs, who need financial assistance to complete their studies and become licensed healthcare professionals. 

    Learn more about the Metallica Scholarship.

  • NC Assist Summer Funds for College

    NC Assist gives away $5,000 in its "$5,000 Summer Funds for College” program. Any student or parents of students who will be attending Central Piedmont in the fall of 2019 or spring of 2020 are eligible to enter.

    Visit the NC Assist Facebook page and share the NC Assist Summer Funds for College giveaway Facebook post with your students and families. 

    The contest is open until midnight on Wednesday, July 31, 2020. Visit ncassist.org to view the giveaway rules and to enter. 

  • State Employees Credit Union Scholarship

    The SECU Foundation established this two-year scholarship program to assist North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) students in achieving academic success.

    There are 116 scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each. Central Piedmont receives two scholarships each year. These scholarships are distributed semi-annually in two payments for a maximum of four consecutive semesters:

    • fall semester: $1,250 per student
    • spring semester: $1,250 per student

    To apply, review the eligibility criteria and submit the following documents to the Central Piedmont Financial Aid office by the specified deadline. Check back for when the application is available again.

    • State Employees Credit Union Scholarship application, media consent form, and student biography guidelines
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  • Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA) "Making A Difference" Scholarship

    Share your financial aid experience and highlight how financial aid is making a difference in your college experience.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • must be an undergraduate student enrolled in college for 2019–20
    • must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

    How to Apply

    Email all your application items to spiersb@tcc.fl.edu by January 31, 2020:

  • Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship

    The Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for currently enrolled students pursuing a two-year degree at Central Piedmont. The scholarship is restricted to books and/or tuition assistance. This scholarship award is made possible through library fundraising projects.

    • Two $500 scholarships are awarded in the fall and spring semester.
    • Scholarships are awarded for one academic semester only. Awards cannot be renewed or transferred to a different semester.
    • If awarded a scholarship, the full scholarship award will be deposited directly into your Central Piedmont account once your enrollment in 12 or credit hours more for the awarding semester is verified.

    Deadlines

    The application will be available again soon.

      Eligibility Requirements

      • not have previously received a Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship
      • not a library employee, including work-study student
      • full-time student (currently enrolled in 12 credit hours or more) in an approved program leading to a two-year degree
      • completed at least one full-time semester at Central Piedmont
      • cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher

      To Apply

      You can complete both the scholarship application and the recommendation forms electronically, but they must be printed and signed in order to be considered complete. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader (Adobe Reader 8 or later) if you plan on filling out the application electronically.

      Use the scholarship checklist to verify that you have completed all necessary application steps. Then, submit your completed application and all supporting documents in a sealed envelope one of the following ways:

      1. Scan and email to library.scholarship@cpcc.edu.
      2. Submit in person to any Central Piedmont campus library.
      3. Mail to:

      Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship Committee
      Library Administration – Library Building 326
      PO Box 35009
      Charlotte, NC 28235-5009

      Recipient Selection

      • All applications and supporting documents are reviewed and verified by the library scholarship committee.
      • Recommendations for award will be based on how well applicants met eligibility criteria, written essay, and letter of recommendation.
      • The decision will be made by the committee and is final.
    • Wells Fargo Scholarship

      The Wells Fargo Scholarship is distributed among the 58 colleges in the community college system. One scholarship, valued at $500, will be awarded per college and may be distributed in two payments:

      • fall semester: $250
      • spring semester: $250

      Recipients of the Wells Fargo scholarship will be selected each year from applicants at local colleges meeting the following criteria:

      • full-time student enrolled in the second year of a two-year educational/technical program
      • demonstrated financial need
      • demonstrated scholastic promise
      • scholarship must be used to pay for tuition, books, and/or transportation

      Wells Fargo Scholarship application (PDF)

      The deadline has passed and applications are no longer being accepted for 2019–20.

    Community/External Scholarships

    Application requirements will vary by scholarship. Visit each scholarship's website for award amounts, eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and other details.