Academic Related Courses (ACA) Scholarship

Central Piedmont's Academic Related Courses (ACA) department invites students enrolled in ACA 090 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, contact the ACA department.

The main application requirement is to write an essay on the prompt given in the application form.


  • Enrolled in ACA 090 or 122 during the semester you apply. 

    Summer students are eligible to participate in the Fall semester and Winter term students may participate in the Spring semester.

  • Have not gotten an ACA scholarship in the past

  • In good academic standing with the college (GPA of 2.0 or higher)

  • Maintain a passing grade in your ACA 090 or 122 class

  • 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)

  • Currently enrolled at Central Piedmont (to receive the funds)

  • In good financial standing with the college; cannot owe a financial balance to the college

ACA Scholarship Deadlines

  • Fall

    November 15

  • Spring

    April 15

Judging Criteria

Winners are 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?