Presidential Scholars Program

The Central Piedmont Presidential Scholars Program is both a scholarship and a unique cohort experience for high school seniors planning to attend Central Piedmont as a first-time college student.

Students in the Presidential Scholars program have their tuition and fees completely covered for a maximum of two years (fall and spring semesters). This merit-based honor will be awarded to 30 students each academic year.

As a Presidential Scholar, you benefit from leadership development, service learning, and peer mentoring opportunities as a part of an intentional community. Over the course of your educational journey, you will participate in a customized seminar series and volunteer projects and help successfully orient new students into the Presidential Scholars program. 

If eligible, Presidential Scholars may still receive other financial aid funds, such as Pell Grants.


  • unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • committed to finishing an associate degree at Central Piedmont
  • maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA while at Central Piedmont and stay continuously enrolled full-time (summer excluded)

Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to Central Piedmont.
  2. Visit and click “Sign In.”
  3. Use your Central Piedmont login to access and submit the General Scholarship Application form.
  4. Apply to the Presidential Scholars program by clicking the “Apply To” button next to Presidential Scholars Program.
  5. Complete the FAFSA (use Central Piedmont Title IV School Code 002915).

    If you have any questions about the Presidential Scholars Program, please contact Deziree Martin at or 704.330.6027.