Search and apply for upwards of $3 million available in Central Piedmont scholarships with one simple online application. You can also apply for scholarships offered through our partner organizations. Plan before you apply.

Central Piedmont institutional scholarship funds are provided 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 based on academic excellence, achievement, leadership qualities, need, and/or other criteria as stipulated by the donor.

Search and Apply for Central Piedmont Scholarships Listed in AcademicWorks

Review the portal where you apply for several Central Piedmont scholarships. Not all Central Piedmont scholarships are listed in this portal. Continue reading for details on how to apply for other scholarships. 

Funds are limited — apply early. Each scholarship is awarded for one academic year, beginning with the fall semester. You must reapply each year.

  • Review the List of Central Piedmont Scholarships

  • Get Your Student ID Number, Apply to Central Piedmont

    You must have a Central Piedmont student ID number to apply for scholarships. If you are a new student or do not have a student ID number, complete the steps to apply to Central Piedmont.

  • Complete the FAFSA

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps determine your financial need. If you have not done so already, complete the FAFSA. You need to complete the FAFSA each school year.

  • Submit the AcademicWorks Scholarship Application

    Log in to the scholarships portal and complete the general scholarship application to be considered for opportunities that match your profile. You can also apply for other opportunities that have additional requirements.

    The questions about “my educational and career goals” and “how a scholarship will help you meet these goals" are considered the essay portion of the scholarship application. We recommend that you write your answer in a Microsoft Word document first, include information such as returning to school after working, changing careers, or if you have a degree, use the spell check tool, and check your answer for errors. If possible, let someone read your answers before submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will receive notification in the portal when you have successfully completed the general application. You can still edit your application after you have submitted it.

    Log in to the scholarships portal

Review the List of Central Piedmont Scholarships

Not all Central Piedmont scholarships are listed in AcademicWorks. Continue reading for details on how to apply for other scholarships not listed in the AcademicWorks portal.

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Other Central Piedmont Scholarships

  • Academic Related Courses (ACA) Successful Student Essay Scholarship

    Central Piedmont's ACA department invites students enrolled in ACA 090, 111, or 122 to apply for the Successful Student Essay Scholarship. Seven winners are chosen in both the fall and spring semesters, to receive scholarship awards of $600 each. For more information, please call 704.330.6506.

    Eligibility Requirements

    1. Enrolled in ACA 090, 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, 118, or 122 class
    5. High school graduate or have a GED (official high school/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


    • Write an essay answering the question: “Being resilient (the ability to recover quickly from difficult conditions) is a life skill that we often do not recognize. How have you been resilient in your journey as a community college student, and what does this journey look like?"
    • Submit the ACA Scholarship application. Include your essay in your application.


    • Fall: November 1
    • Spring: April 15

    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 essay question 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 scoring criteria:
      • Were references used to support position?
      • Does the essay show evidence of personal learning in the classroom and applications to real life situations?

    Fall 2020 Winners

    Meet the fall 2020 ACA Scholarship winners.

  • ANSWER Scholarship

    The goal of the ANSWER Scholarship is to send moms to college: to help women raising school-age children fulfill their dream of earning a college degree, while creating the desire, expectation, and priority of a college education for their children to follow in their footsteps.

  • Bridge to Career SECU Scholarship Program (Phlebotomy, Truck Driving/CDL, and Welding Students

    Launch your career in a high-demand field. The NC State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Bridge to Career scholarship offers scholarships for eligible students enrolling in short-term, career-focused training in phlebotomy, truck driving (CDL), and welding.

  • Career Training/Continuing Education Scholarship Programs

  • Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

  • High School Student Scholarship Opportunities

  • 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

  • O'Berry Center Scholarship (For Working with People with Disabilities)

    Award amount: $1,000 (can be renewed for up to 4 years)


    • Currently enrolled student
    • At least a 2.8 high school cumulative GPA, or at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA at the college
    • Enrolled in an eligible program with the intent to work with persons with developmental disabilities
    • Demonstrated evidence of volunteer (or paid) experience working with persons with developmental disabilities, or evidence of involvement in research related to persons with developmental disabilities
    • Have a financial hardship
    Examples of Eligible Programs
    Criteria for Renewing Scholarship
    • Continue to meet eligibility requirements
    • Continue to show your intent to work with people with developmental disabilities through either work or volunteer experiences.

    You must reapply each year; you are not guaranteed to get the scholarship each year that you apply.


    Review and submit the O'Berry Center Foundation scholarship application (PDF).

  • 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.

    Central Piedmont receives two scholarships each year, each valuing up to $5,000. These scholarships are distributed in two payments twice a year 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 by Friday, July 16.

  • Strengthening Teachers Reaching Individuals Valuing Everyone (STRIVE) Scholarship

  • 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.


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      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
      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

      We are not currently accepting applications for this scholarship.

    Community/External Scholarships

    The following list is intended to help you find potential additional funding opportunities, but Central Piedmont does not manage nor award these opportunities. Requirements will vary by scholarship. Visit each scholarship's website for award amounts, eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and other details before you apply; direct questions about the scholarship to the organization directly. Never pay to apply or search for a scholarship, including paying any kind of fees. Also avoid “guaranteed” scholarships or scholarships that promise to give you an award or prize without you having to apply. Before applying, review the scholarship or search site’s privacy policies to make sure you know how they use and share your personal information. If you have any concerns about any external scholarship or search site, please let the Office of Financial Aid know.