Other Scholarship Resources for Students

These resources were compiled through community and partner organizations. This page is designed to assist students who cannot receive Say Yes scholarships due to an inability to receive in-state tuition or complete the FAFSA.

Say Yes Guilford Partnerships

For students to receive Say Yes last dollar tuition-only scholarships, they must be eligible to receive Federal and State government aid, and should complete the FAFSA.

While some students are currently ineligible to apply, Say Yes Guilford still wants to offer support through its partner universities. We encourage those students to apply to the schools in our Say Yes Higher Education Compact. Below is a list of schools in our network that we recommend as they offer programs that could be of benefit:

In-State: Guilford College, Wake Forest, Davison College, Salem College, and Duke University.

Out-of-State: Oberlin College, Reed College, University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College, Swarthmore College, Brown University, Tufts University, Northwestern University, Bowdoin College, Smith College, and Rice University

Featured Scholarships

Golden Doors

Golden Door Scholars invests in education and career access for high-performing DACA students. With a holistic approach; Golden Doors focuses on four-year college scholarships for high-performing high school grads, professional development & internship support, and a scholar-driven, pay-it-forward approach to sustainability. To learn more about Golden Doors, click here.

Bonner Scholar Programs

The Bonner Scholar Program supports individuals who otherwise could not afford to attend college because of financial need. Bonner Scholar Programs meet the full documented need of the student. In return for the financial aid support, the Bonner Scholars are expected to engage in 10 hours a week of community service during the school year (140 hours per semester) and 280 hours in the summer. Each program is unique. To Explore the Bonner Scholars Program, click here.

In addition to the Bonner Scholars schools, we encourage you to look at the Bonner Leaders Program in the following universities, Brown University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Washington & Lee University, and Bates College.

The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund

The NCSHP established this charitable fund at Triangle Community Foundation to benefit Hispanic students in North Carolina. We realize that the high cost of college tuition is often a major factor that students evaluate when considering college education. The North Carolina Hispanic College Fund awards annual scholarships worth between $500 and $2,500 to help students who desire to attend college pay for their education.  Scholarships recipients are recent graduates of North Carolina high schools who are of Hispanic/Latino background.  Recipients of a NC Hispanic College Fund scholarship must enroll in a degree program at a community college or a 2 or 4-year college/university and be committed to public service and community development. Click here to apply.

Latino Credit Union Scholarship Fund

Every time a member of the credit union uses a debit card, the Latino Credit Union will direct a percentage of the earnings to this scholarship fund, which will provide a scholarship to start, continue, or finish studies for those members that apply and are selected according to the requirements. During the first year of the program, LCCU awarded 10 scholarships for a total of $25,000. The application period for the following school year will begin in the first quarter of 2017. For more information, click here.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Fund offers a number of scholarships for Hispanics ranging between $500 to $5,000 based on merit, or on relative need. Click here to apply.

Scholarship America Dream Award

Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophomore year and beyond — with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented students can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started. Students who have been granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), are Be U.S. citizens, or U.S. permanent resident can apply. Click here to apply.

HomeSecurityList Smart Home Scholarship

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: A high school senior already accepted to a college or trade school, a student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school in the United States. You must be interested in the smart home revolution including home automation, IoT (internet of things), home security, etc. Application Deadline: December 10th, 2017 Award Details: One winner will be selected by January 31st, 2018 and will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship. Further Reading: To learn more, please continue reading or visit our official scholarship page: https://www.homesecuritylist.com/smart-home-scholarship/

The Redefining Ready National Scholarship

This scholarship is available for America’s graduating seniors who have 2.8 minimum GPA. The scholarship provides students with rigorous academic programs, personalized and career-specific learning experiences. The scholarship will fund a total of $12,000 award amount. The Application deadline is “May 22, 2017”You can get more information through this link: The Redefining Ready National Scholarship

Scholarships For Women

This comprehensive site has many financial aid and scholarship resources available specifically for women. Click here for more information.

Other Places to Look

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students. Click here to learn more about it. In addition the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities provides its own scholarship, click here to apply.

Let’s Learn Triad created a comprehensive list of scholarships that are targeted to Latino students. If you find a link that happens to NOT BE WORKING copy and paste the NAME of the scholarship in google search to find it or try copying the URL on the internet.

North Carolina Community Foundation Scholarship provides a list of scholarships per county. Qualification vary among scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Money Geek: Scholarship Guide for Hispanic Students provides a list of scholarships targeted to Hispanic and Latino students, including undocumented and students. Click here to search for scholarships.

My Documented Life: Provides up-to-date scholarships for undocumented undergraduate and graduate students. Click here.

The Best Colleges:  They are committed to helping students of all demographics in paying for education with research on scholarships, grants, and more. Their new guide to The Best Scholarships for Women provides easy access to scholarship resources with helpful information on how to apply. You can also find out more about what they do by clicking here.

Money Key: They are proud and excited to announce a new scholarship program for undergraduate and post graduate students. They want to help provide financial assistance to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement with a $2,500 USD Scholarship towards tuition books and other expenses. Please click here for more details.

Additional Resources


The following visas qualify for in-state-tuition in NC:  A valid A-1, A-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-1C, H-4, I, K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, L-1 A , L-1B,L-2, N, O-1, O-3, P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, R-1, R-2, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5, U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5, V-1, V-2, V-3, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5,  NATO-6 visa status.

Information obtained through Let’s Learn Triad resources.

 Tuition Classification Exemptions for Certain Community College Students

  • Business-Sponsored Students.  When an employer (other than the armed services) pays tuition for an employee to attend a community college and the employee works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate.
  • Students sponsored by a Non-Profit Entity. A lawfully admitted nonresident of the United States who is sponsored by a North Carolina non-profit entity is eligible for the in-state resident community college tuition rate. A North Carolina nonprofit may sponsor no more than five nonresident students annually under this provision. This provision does not make a person a resident of North Carolina for any other purpose.
  •  A refugee who lawfully entered the United States and who is living in this State shall be deemed to qualify as a domiciliary of this State under G.S. 116-143.1(a)(1) and as a state resident for community college tuition purposes.  While the refugee must live in North Carolina to be eligible for in-state, the refugee is not required to be domiciled in North Carolina for the 12-month qualifying period.
  • Non-resident of the United States.  A nonresident of the United States who has resided in North Carolina for a 12-month (365 days) qualifying period and has filed an immigrant petition (Forms I-130, I-360, or I-140) with the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) shall be considered a North Carolina resident for community college tuition purposes.

Information obtained through Let’s Learn Triad resources.

Adelante Education Coalition

Adelante focuses on education issues affecting Latino and migrant students and their families in North Carolina. The coalition is a collaboration among nonprofit organizations that focus on advocacy and public policy, community organizing, and grassroots support. We are working to ensure that North Carolina has a high-quality K-12 and post-secondary public education system where students will succeed and excel without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, language, culture, socioeconomic or immigration status. Click here to learn how to pay for college.

College Foundation of North Carolina

In partnership with the Adelante Education Coalition; CFNC has created a list of resources about going to college for Latino Families. Some of those resources incudes college road maps, financial aid tips, information about early colleges,  resources for D.A.C.A. students etc. Click here to learn more.

My Documented Life: Provides up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants by posting scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, and DAPA news. Click here to learn more.

Please click here for a single point of contact at specific institutions for Homeless/Transitional Students.

For scholarship websites for colleges in North Carolina, please click here.

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