To be considered, an applicant must be enrolled during the 2012-13 academic year at a North Carolina public or private high school or a North Carolina community college, enroll for fall 2013 as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman or transfer from a North Carolina community college at one of the 57 participating public universities or private colleges and universities in North Carolina, be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes with a permanent residence in one of 78 qualifying rural counties and demonstrate financial need. Candidates must submit a Golden LEAF Scholarship application, available at CFNC.org/goldenleaf, a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) , available at www.fafsa.gov and a current high school or community college transcript no later than March 1. A complete list of program requirements, participating campuses and qualifying counties can be viewed at CFNC.org/goldenleaf.
Golden LEAF Scholarship opportunities may also be available for community college students. Details will be posted under the community college link at CFNC.org/goldenleaf.
The application deadline is March 1, 2013.
For more information, contact College Foundation of North Carolina toll-free at 866-866-CFNC.
About CFNC College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.Pathways, created by the N.C. General Assembly in 1999, is a state-wide initiative to increase the college-going rate of North Carolinians by providing: comprehensive college and career planning resources; electronic applications and transcripts accepted by all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities; and, information on student financial aid and college affordability. Pathways is administered by The University of North Carolina General Administration in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, and the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), established in 1965, is the State agency that promotes access to higher education by administering financial aid and savings programs, informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students. College Foundation, Inc. (CFI), administers a large portfolio of education loans, several major grant and scholarship programs for students attending N.C. colleges and universities, and the tax-free "529" college savings program on behalf of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority. CFI also delivers information to North Carolina students and families about paying for college and provides technology services for CFNC.org.
CFNC offers resources toll-free at 1-866-866-CFNC and at CFNC.org.
About Golden LEAF
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina's economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina's funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,017 grants worth over $477 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.
Golden LEAF Scholarship
Appalachian State University
Belmont Abbey College
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Bennett College for Women
Mount Olive College
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
Carolinas College of Health Sciences
North Carolina State University
North Carolina Wesleyan College
College at Southeastern
Queens University of Charlotte
St. Andrews University
St. Augustine's University
East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Fayetteville State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
High Point University
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Johnson & Wales University
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Johnson C. Smith University
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Western Carolina University
William Peace University
Mars Hill College
Winston-Salem State University
Mercy School of Nursing
Applicants must reside in one of the following counties to be eligible:
Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Burke, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Davie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Graham, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Watauga, Wayne, Wilkes, Wilson, Yadkin or Yancey