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External Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for Current College Students

The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards merit-based $5,000 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to the environment. To be considered, applicants must be reviewed and nominated by the college.

For more info, visit You may also contact Dr. Michael Bitzer at (704) 637-4117 for more information and interest in the scholarship.

State Administered Grants and Scholarships:

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers programs designed to help college students pay the costs of higher education.

Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)
FELS can help you obtain the degree you want at Catawba and do not have to be repaid in cash if you stay in North Carolina to work in your field. FELS are available for qualified students who are committed to working in North Carolina in areas with a critical need for more employees such as nursing, teaching, allied health fields, and medicine. In order to qualify for FELS, you must be a North Carolina legal resident, maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the policies of Catawba, and meet minimum GPA requirements. To apply or for more information, call CFNC at 1-866-866-CFNC or visit The application and all supporting documentation is due by April 1st.

Golden LEAF Scholarship

The Golden LEAF Scholars Program is designed to assist current high school seniors and North Carolina community college transfer students. Recipients must be from certain rural counties and demonstrate both financial need and merit to attend participating North Carolina colleges and universities. The scholarship is funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation through a grant to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The number of years of scholarship support depends on the degree sought and the number of credits transferred. For more information about this scholarship and to apply please visit

Scholarship Information for African-American Students:

There are thousands of scholarships and grants administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). UNCF awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending UNCF member schools and other schools across the country.

To be considered for a UNCF administered scholarship, you must meet certain basic eligibility requirements:

  1. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Students must have unmet need as verified by the university financial aid office
  3. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
  4. Students must request that the Student Analysis Report (SAR) be sent to the financial aid office at their college or university

Many UNCF administered scholarships have requirements in addition to the basic eligibility requirements listed above. Non-UNCF administered scholarships have eligibility requirements based solely on the discretion of the donor or administering organization.

Scholarships for Hispanic Students:

The Hispanic College Fund, Inc. (HCF) is a private non-profit organization founded in 1993 to develop the next generation of Hispanic professionals in America by awarding scholarships to deserving Hispanic students. HCF accomplishes its mission by securing the funds needed to award financial assistance to students seeking to afford a higher education in academic disciplines leading to careers in business, science, engineering, and technology.

Eligibility Criteria

  • US citizen or permanent resident of Hispanic background residing in the fifty states or Puerto Rico.
  • Starting as a college freshman, sophomore, junior or senior by Fall 2005.
  • Enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) as a Full-time undergraduate student (minimum 12 credits per semester)
  • Applying to or enrolled in an accredited college or university in the fifty states or Puerto Rico.
  • Good academic standing with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

HCF scholarships are based on both merit and need.

Scholarship Information for Native American Students:

Building better lives, revitalizing Indian communities and replacing despair with hope is the mission of the American Indian College Fund. Through scholarships for American Indian college students and our support of America's tribally controlled colleges and universities, the Fund gives hope to, and creates better lives for, generations of Native American students and their families and communities.

In 2003, the Fund distributed $4.2 million in scholarships and program support to the tribal colleges, which translated into more than 6000 scholarships. Because of donor support, the average scholarship to a tribal college student increased by 24% from $473 in 2002 to $587 in 2003. Students are selected on the basis of academic success, financial need, and community involvement.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Program:

The Department of Veteran Affairs administers the benefit programs listed below. If you need additional assistance, please call VA's toll-free number 1-888-442-4551 to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor. These counselors are there to help you with your educational questions and benefits.

To inquire about your benefits, download forms and learn what is happening with VA, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Education Service home page.

  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon
  • Chapter 35:Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

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Federal Tax Benefits Information:

For parent and student information on federal tax benefits for tuition and fees, view the NASFAA guide.

General Scholarship Searches and Information: