Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Scholarship

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) scholarship helps community college students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a continuing education student in a high-demand workforce training program that will lead to a state or industry-recognized credential, you may be eligible for a GEER scholarship.

Scholarship Amount

The GEER continuing education scholarship awards up to $750, or the cost of the program — whichever is more. The scholarship can help cover the cost of:

  • tuition

  • fees

  • books and supplies

  • credentialing tests

  • transportation

  • child care

  • other costs of attendance


  • North Carolina resident.

  • Currently enrolled or able to enroll in an eligible continuing education program or course:

    - at least 96 credit hours

    - leads to a state or industry-recognized credential

Eligible Programs

Other programs may be considered if they are at least 96 credit hours and meet local workforce needs. Explore continuing education programs. (Continuing education courses start with a 7 or an 8.) If your application is approved, we will help you choose and enroll in an eligible program, if needed.

  • Assisted living activity director training

  • Commercial truck driver (CDL) training

  • Community health worker

  • EKG technician

  • Emergency medical technician (EMT) basic and/or paramedic

  • Medical billing and coding

  • Natural hair care

  • Professional Bookkeeper

Apply for the GEER Scholarship

  • Choose Your Continuing Education Course or Program

    Choose a program that meets your career goals and needs. If you need help choosing a program, contact Workforce Scholarships Coordinator Sheila Funderburke, at 704-330-2722, ext. 3644 or via email.

  • Complete the GEER Scholarship Application and Release Form

    Submit the GEER scholarship application and release form. We will then contact you to confirm that you are eligible and to help you register for classes.

Learn More About the GEER Scholarship

Attend a GEER scholarship information session