Scholarship News

The Process

Scholarship money is available, but it is important to note that applying and seeking out scholarships can be an involved process.  It takes someone who is a go-getter, someone who is persistent, resourceful and not afraid to ask questions!


The first place to look for scholarships is from the school you are planning to attend. Colleges and universities offer scholarships to incoming freshmen, but they are usually very competitive and are often based on academic performance. However, individual schools within the college may also offer scholarships based on need, or that are specific to your choice of major. The best way to start is by visiting the college’s website and then finding your way to the financial aid or scholarship section. All you need to know about available scholarships at that particular school will most likely be listed there.

Private scholarship sources make up a small slice of the total financial aid pie. Nonetheless, there are a number of scholarship opportunities—the trick is finding which ones are applicable to your individual situation.

Scholarship information will be published in our counseling newsletter and can be found in the guide below. This is by no means an exhaustive list; websites are listed below to assist with other scholarship searches. Be forewarned—the application process for scholarships is often as detailed as applying for college and sometimes the rewards are not large. The most important thing to remember is to never pay for a scholarship or for scholarship information.

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Scholarship Nominations from ACHRS: We are so proud of you!
*if you'd like to be featured, please email a copy of scholarship letters to Ms. Lewit*

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National Merit Finalist: Madeline Ellis

NC State Park Finalist: Madeline Ellis

NC State Park School Nominees: Erin Rogers, Madeline Ellis

UNC Morehead-Cain School Nominees: Erin Rogers, Madeline Ellis, Townes Ellum ETSU Roan Scholarship Nominee: Bryce Sweeney Heisman High School Scholarship School Winner: Kalyanne Neel

Check your emails for scholarship application pdfs, If you need help accessing applications to any of the scholarships below or need transcripts, please email:

Last Scholarship Update for 2019-2020 *New*

Dr. Keith Black Scholarship: Due: 5/27/2020

Dr. Keith Black of Black Orthodontics is providing our school with one $500 scholarship. This scholarship is for a deserving senior who will pursue a degree in the medical field. Listed below are requirements that Dr. Black deems necessary to receive the award:


Minimum GPA of 3.0
An acceptance letter from a school that provides higher education in the health field of study.
One letter of recommendation.
Email this information along with the attached application to Ms. Lewit:

St. Luke’s Scholarship: Due: 6/10/2020

Amount: $1,000 renewable up to 4 years

Requirements: 2.75 GPA or higher

To apply, students must complete THREE parts. Part 1 is this online application with uploaded essay. Part 2 is to submit via email or mail copies of the applicant and applicant’s parents tax statements (if the student is listed as their dependent) to St. Luke’s Church, 219 Chunn’s Cove, Asheville, 28805 by June 10, 2020. Part 3 is to have additional information mailed to the above address, including the academic summary page sent by the applicant’s records department (counselor), a one page essay, AND three letters of reference.

If you need help or have questions, please email or call Sarah Cain at 828-450-6476.

SigEp Scholarships: Vary but mostly due 6/1/2020

To qualify for the Balanced Man Scholarship, incoming students should submit an online application and enroll full time at any of these universities for the fall 2020 term. Final deadlines vary by school, but the early application deadline for most scholarships is June 1, 2020. Applicants have no obligation to affiliate with or join SigEp to be eligible. This resource is intended to assist with college affordability, while introducing students to campus life opportunities. Search to see if your school is participating here:

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March and April Scholarships

Buncombe County Schools Foundation Scholarships 2020: Due to Mrs. Lewit March 6th, 2020

See website for details regarding:
• Wells Fargo Company Scholarship 
• Paddison Family Scholarship If you are applying for the Paddison Family Scholarship, the Financial Aid Information (in Scholarship Application) and a copy of the FIRST PAGE ONLY of your FAFSA report including the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) are all REQUIRED. 
• Buncombe County Schools Foundation TEACHER Scholarship (Education Majors) 
• John W. Abbott Scholarship (Construction Management or equivalent degree) 
• John W. Abbott Scholarship (Engineering/Applied Technology – AB Tech) 
• Kayla Dezaray Hensley “Gentle Heart” Memorial Scholarship (Majors: Special Education, Speech Therapy, Deaf Education, Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy)
• Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company Scholarship

2020 African American Network- Carolinas Scholarship Fund: 3/6/2020
The fund provides scholarships ranging up to $2,000 for graduating seniors in North and South Carolina. 
Applications are available at: 
We ask for your assistance in making your students aware of this great opportunity. Applications should be submitted online by March 6, 2020. The AAN-C Scholarship Committee will consider academics, and financial need of each applicant after assuring they meet the minimum eligibility: 
1. Graduating Senior at a North or South Carolina High School
2. Must attend a four-year college or university located in North or South Carolina
3. Must plan to major in engineering, math, science, computer science, accounting, finance, or business administration.

 Farm Bureau R. Flake Shaw Scholarship: Due March 6th, 2020

*stop by counseling for info.  Must be a member of Farm Bureau*
Community College: $1,000/year
University Scholarship: $4,000/year
-Intent to pursue a career in agriculture or in a agriculturally-related field?
-Financial need
-Satisfactory grades
-Understanding of the agricultural or agribusiness community
-Leadership potential


Herter-O’Neal Scholarship: Due March 16th, 2020

This scholarship is targeted toward current and enrolling college students pursuing an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in business or a business-related field. You will find the informational brochure and application attached to this email. The deadline for this scholarship is March 16, 2020. **See Mrs. Lewit for application**.

Ken Hess Scholarship: 4/2/2020
This scholarship recognizes a graduating high school senior
with plans to enlist in the military or pursue a career in public safety or community service.
(fire safety, police science, teaching, nursing, EMT, ministry, and other noble causes.)

*make sure to select the correct scholarship from the drop down menu*

WNC Communities Journey Scholarship for Residents of Fairview & Shiloh: 3/20/20

1. Must reside in one of the Buncombe County Communities: Avery’s Creek, Buckeye Cove, Cane Creek, Fairview, Leicester, Ox Creek, Rosscraggon Wood, Sandy Mush, Shiloh, Spring Mountain 2. Must have at least a 3.0 unweighted grade point average 3.Only high school seniors are eligible 4. Scholarships are for an accredited four or two year college program 5. Good character, academic ability, extracurricular activities, financial need and community service to school and community.

Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship: Due 3/27/2020
Click HERE for the application
You must qualify as a member of an underrepresented minority group (see website)
Pursue a field of student for a career in healthcare
Demonstrate an interest in future employment at Mission Health
Complete high school prior to June 30, 2020

The 2020-2021 A-B Tech scholarship application is available NOW

Make sure you have completed the A-B Tech Admissions Application before filling out the scholarship application.  The scholarship application deadline is May 1, 2020. Over 100 scholarships are available.  Get up to $2,000.  If you are planning to attend A-B Tech in Fall 2020, you will need to complete the general scholarship application.  You will also need to submit two (2) references and a written essay in the system.  Click here and review the video on Applying For A-B Tech Scholarships, then go to: to complete the one-page application.  

Stop by counseling to sign up for our ACRHS scholarship workshops for students on 2/13 and 3/9** reschedule because of snow.   

AC Reynolds PTSO Scholarship: AB Tech: 4/30/2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED
The AC Reynolds High School PTSO is pleased to announce the opening of the yearly PTSO scholarship
application period. Each year the PTSO awards one $500.00 (five hundred dollar) scholarship to a
deserving student who is committed to attending A-B Technical College.
Scholarship requirements are as follows:
1. An essay of no more than one page written by the student briefly describing any obstacles
he/she has overcome to reach this point in his/her life, why he/she needs this scholarship,
what his/her future plans are, and how this scholarship may assist with those goals.
2. One complete student transcript to be obtained from the guidance office.
3. Two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with the student’s work, such as a
teacher, scout master, employer, etc.
4. A brief interview.
All completed materials are due to Ms. Lewit in the AC Reynolds Counseling office NO LATER THAN
3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

If selected, the scholarship will be paid out as follows:
$250.00 (two hundred and fifty dollars) per semester to be used for tuition and fees only. Renewal for
the second semester is contingent upon the student maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and
being in good academic standing. If the student does not meet these requirements or does not return
for the spring semester, the scholarship monies are subject to reverting to the AC Reynolds High School
*If you have questions, email Ms. Lewit*

Buncombe County Farm Bureau Scholarship: 4/1/2020
Details: Interest in an agriculture-related program or degree. 
Plans to enter two- or four-year college, demonstrated financial need, commitment to community service, 2.5 or better unweighted GPA, character/leadership qualities.  First consideration given to Buncombe County Farm Bureau member families ($26/year to join).
How much: BUNCOMBE COUNTY COMPETITION.  One renewable scholarship of $2000 ($4000 or $8000).
Procedure/deadline: Paper applications on file in the counseling office.  Applications and supporting docs must be submitted to address on application by April 1st, 2020. 

MLK Jr. Scholarship DUE: 5/1/2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED


The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Scholarship was established in 1986 by the MLK Celebration Committee of Asheville & Buncombe County. 
Scholarships will be awarded each year to area high school seniors who actively embrace Dr. King’s dream of improving racial harmony and social justice. We are pleased to announce that as many as four scholarships may be awarded up to $5,000, to support students in their pursuit of higher education and are non-renewable. The scholarship award(s) will be presented at the annual Scholarship awards program to be held in May.
Applicants must be BUNCOMBE COUNTY RESIDENTS enrolled in a high school in their senior year. Criteria for selection include character, community involvement, and scholastic achievement. Individuals meeting these
qualifications may access the application form one of two ways.
 school counselor’s office
1) The applicant must send a completed application package that consists of:
a) A completed application form
b) Resume’ of accomplishments, extra-curricular activities, scholarships, affiliations, organizations
c) A one to two page essay that represents how “Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. espoused and encouraged justice,
equality and unity for all ina peaceful way. How have your actions emulated the work of Dr.King by Keeping
Hope in Challenging Times?
d) An official transcript must be stamped, signed, and sealed with a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 2.5
e) Two letters of recommendation: (Signed letters of recommendation must be given to the applicant in
a sealed envelope)
 one (1) letter must be from applicant’s school personnel (recommendation must be on school letterhead)
 one (1) letter must be from applicant’s community
2) Deadline for all required materials must be postmarked or emailed no later than April 15. The applicant is responsible for supplying all materials required for consideration for the scholarship as one complete package. Mail the completed application to:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
P.O. Box 328
Asheville, NC 28802

3) A screening committee will review the application and select winners. The recipients will be notified in April and later recognized at the annual MLK Scholarship program.
4) The awarded scholarship is for the upcoming academic year, and it must be used that year. The MLK Association cannot honor a “Gap Year” due to annual budgeting requirements. Awardees must provide a high-resolution headshot for award announcement purposes.
5) The scholarship money will only be distributed during the fall and spring semesters of the freshman year. The scholarship recipient must notify The MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County by mailing an official proof of enrollment at the college/university of his/her choice (such as an official letter and/or class schedule). This proof of enrollment must include:
 The student’s identification number as well as provide the college/university’s mailing address in order to receive the scholarship money.
 MLK Association shall assume the responsibility of forwarding the scholarship money directly to the college/university.
 The applicant must notify The MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County of an enrollment in a college/university of his/her choice by October 31 of the fall semester and January 31 of the spring semester. The money will remain in the Scholarship fund if the deadlines are not met.
More info:
Process and Guidelines

William Cullen Colburn Memorial Scholarship: online due 3/16/2020 and supplemental material mailed by 3/16/2020

Qualifications: two- or four-year college, minimum 2.0 unweighted GPA (respective ability), educational goals, career ambitions and financial need.

How much? BUNCOMBE COUNTY / ASHEVILLE CITY COMPETITION.  Number and amount of awards varies each year.

Procedure/deadline: Q&A sheet available in student services.  Apply online at  The deadline for the online portion of the scholarship is March 16, 2020.  Supplementary materials must be mailed by March 16, 2020.  All additional materials must be submitted in ONE envelope.  Required supplemental materials may be scanned and emailed to or mailed to: The William Cullen Colburn Memorial Scholarship / 4320 Wade Hampton Boulevard / Suite G / Taylors, SC 29687.

Student-View Scholarship: 4/22/2020

Details: plan to attend two- or four-year college

How much? NATIONAL COMPETITION.  Thirteen awards ranging from $500 to $5000.

Procedure/deadline: simply log on to and complete a 20-minute application survey about colleges in your area.  Recipients will be selected via a random drawing and announced in May.  The deadline is 22 April 2020.

Shiloh Community Association: Scholarship Program 
NOW OPEN: See Mrs. Lewit for a paper application OR click HERE  2020-2021 Shiloh Community Association Scholarship has been extended to July 1, 2020 

 Students must be graduating high school seniors who have applied to an undergraduate college or
university. (Awards will be granted to high school seniors upon proof of college acceptance.); or be
currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a college or university.
 Reside in the Shiloh Community.
 If a high school senior the applicant must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of a 2.50
on a 4.0 scale.
 If currently enrolled in a college or university the applicant must have a minimum cumulative Grade
Point Average of a 2.50 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent on a 3 point scale.
 Demonstrate community service.
 Submit an essay and two letters of recommendations (see application page 4 for details)

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Community Foundation Scholarships 

Scholarships are open to NC residents who are public high school seniors.

Eligibility Requirements
Review the list of available scholarships and eligibility requirements to be sure you qualify. In addition, applicants must demonstrate:

Financial need (unless otherwise noted)
Academic achievement or potential (based on class rank, GPA and SAT scores)
A history of active participation in school activities, community service, extracurricular involvement, and/or work experience
Strong moral character
You must meet the above criteria in addition to any further eligibility requirements stated for specific programs.

Click on the link below for details:

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May Scholarships

Brady Corbin Law Group Essay contest: May 1, 2020
NC residents accepted to any NC college or university.
Amount: $2500-$500
The essay contest is open to high school students as well as students enrolled in two-year and four-year colleges and universities and graduate school programs throughout the United States. Applicants who are 17 years old or younger will need to provide parental consent to enter.

Stephens-Lee Alumni Association Scholarship
Due: Received and Postmarked no later than May 5th, 2020


All applicants must have a CPA of 2.5 or better (Applicants are identified as “exceptional” will be reviewed on a case by case basis.) 
One of their parents, grandparents, or great grandparents must be a Stephens-Lee or Catholic Hill High School alumna/us.
For additional information please contact: Ms. Ernestine Watts, Scholarship Chairperson at (828)279-6610.
*See Mrs. Lewit for Scholarship Application**

Emerging Artists Scholarship: 5/1/2020
The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts’ Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund scholarship program supports young performers by providing scholarships beginning at $1,000 for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts.

Any student graduating from high school in 2020 may apply for the Emerging Artists Fund scholarship. Applicants must currently be residents of Buncombe County, must intend to pursue a career in the performing arts, and must receive a recommendation from a teacher, instructor, or mentor.

To apply for an Emerging Artists Fund scholarship, students must complete the application, create an audition video, and obtain a recommendation from a teacher or mentor. Materials should be submitted to Wortham Center for the Performing Arts via email or mail by 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2020. No in-person meeting or event attendance is required as part of the 2020 application in order to support students who are operating remotely or over digital platforms. Submission of an application does not guarantee an award.

You can find more information and a downloadable application here:
As much as ever, we hope to encourage the young creatives in our community and support their goals to become the next generation of performing arts professionals. Please reach out with additional questions to Rae Geoffrey, Managing Director, at

Kate Reeves Memorial Scholarship: 5/15/2020

Details: for a female who is entering the field of education
BUNCOMBE / SURROUNDING COUNTIES COMPETITION.  One award of $750 to be used at the recipient’s discretion.  May extend to two years ($1500).
Deadline/procedure: Paper application attached.  Can be mailed/emailed to you at your request.  DEADLINE EXTENDED: 5/15/2020.  Completed application and supporting documents should be mailed to the address on file by May 15, 2020:
Ellen Goodell
Beta Upsilon Scholarship Chair
442 KyFields
Weaverville, NC 28787

New: B.Davis Scholarship: May 22, 2020

The deadline is approaching for the 2020 B.Davis Scholarship.
Please visit our website at to read about us:
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:
Your submissions must be sent to us by email at
Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.
Applications must be received by May 22, 2020
Amount of Scholarship: $1,000
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

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June and Later Scholarships

Balanced Man Scholarship (ETSU): 8/12/2020

Details: The scholarships are not limited to male students. The Balanced Man Scholarship rewards students who exemplify the qualities of a Sound Mind and a Sound Body, as we believe they are two ideals essential to leading a balanced life.

How much: ETSU FRESHMAN COMPETITION.  2 x $1000 scholarships, 2 x $500 scholarships

Deadline/procedure: To qualify for the Balanced Man Scholarship, incoming students must apply online at by August 12, 2020

Balanced Man Scholarship (NCSU): 7/5/2020

The NC State chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is offering 4 one-time scholarships in the amounts of $1,000$500$150 and $100 to incoming freshmen men for the 2020 academic year!


SigEp is a leadership organization that will award over $225,000 at 180 campuses across the country through the Balanced Man Scholarship this year. Our mission is to Build Balanced Men and our goal is to reward men who exemplify the qualities of a Sound Mind and a Sound Body, as we believe these are two ideals essential to leading a balanced life.


To qualify for the Balanced Man Scholarship, incoming male students must submit an application by July 5th, 2020 and enroll full-time at NC State for the Fall 2020 term.

Applicants can apply online at

Applicants have no obligation to join or affiliate with SigEp to be eligible for the scholarship.

Should you or your students have any questions concerning the Balanced Man Scholarship or the transition to NC State, please contact me at you for your time and assistance.


NC Child Support Council Bob McGuire Scholarship: 6/15/2020

  • At least one parent must be a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council or a client of the Child Support Program (through either Child Support services or Clerk of Court services).
  • Applicant must be a resident of North Carolina and a graduating high school senior.
  • Applicant must have been accepted by a North Carolina school of higher learning: a College, University, Community College or Technical School.  Applicant needs to attach a copy of the acceptance letter.
  • Applicant must have maintained an overall C average or above during his/her high school career.
  • See attached application or email Ms. Lewit for copy.

Return completed application to:   Transylvania County Child Support
C/O Elizabeth Roach
106 E. Morgan St
Brevard, NC 28712

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For Juniors:

Furman Scholars (Greenville, SC, medium-selective): 6/1/2020

 Students selected as Furman scholars are eligible for at least $20,000 in scholarships per year upon acceptance to Furman University.  Furman scholars get a fee waiver on their common application.  Must meet the following requirements: 3.5 or better unweighted GPA, significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service, demonstrated leadership potential, 1360 SAT/PSAT or 29 ACT/Pre-ACT.

Juniors, tell your counselor as soon as possible if you want to be nominated for this program that could give you a chance to attend Furman for a greatly reduced price.  June 1 is the final deadline for nominations.

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2019-2020 Live Scholarship Guide Click Here 
Every scholarship that the ACR Counseling Department receives notification for is linked in this Google Sheet. Scholarships are listed according to due dates. Criteria, values and types of scholarships are also indicated. If a link appears to be broken, please copy and paste the scholarship name in a search engine and you should be directed to the site.
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October Scholarship Bulletin 2019
November Scholarship Bulletin 2019
December Scholarship Bulletin 2019
December Scholarship Email 2019: sent to all students
February Scholarship Bulletin 2020

Scholarship & Financial Aid Search Engines

According to The 4 Best Scholarship Search Platforms
Fastweb - Best for Most Students:
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Unigo - Best Search:
Big Future - Best Resources:

Phone Apps:
Raise Me:
Scholly Search
Scholarship Owl

Other Search Engines to Explore:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
College Foundation of NC (
United Negro College Fund (UNCF):
Thurgood Marshall College Fund for Historically Black Colleges & Universities:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund:
Latino College Dollars:
I Am First! First Generation College Students:
Federal Student Aid:
College Affordability Guide:
LendEdu College Financial Aid, Scholarships &  Loans 101 Course: