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!

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National Merit Semifinalist: 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

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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)

ACRHS students:

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SECU: People Helping People $10,000 Scholarship 2020

Click application material link below to obtain application materials: DUE to Mrs. Lewit by Wednesday February 19, 2020.
SECU 2020 application material
Q: What scholarships are provided to North Carolina public high schools by the SECU Foundation, and how much are the scholarships worth?  
The SECU Foundation People Helping People 4-year scholarship valued at $10,000 is payable at $1,250 per semester, for a total of eight consecutive semesters. SECU Foundation does not select the recipients of the scholarship. Each LEA (Local Education Agency) has a Scholarship Selection Committee that selects the recipients of the scholarship for the schools within their district. Recipients must be enrolled full-time for the entire eight consecutive semesters at one of the 16 universities in the UNC system. Recipients must continue as a full-time student in good standing. 
Q: Who is eligible for the scholarship? 
All graduating seniors from a North Carolina public high school who are either an SECU member or are eligible for membership through a parent/guardian and meet the eligibility criteria are considered for the SECU Foundation scholarship. Membership eligibility does not include LGFCU and NC Press Association Credit Union members. Students attending private schools, being home schooled, going to out-of-state universities or residing out-of-state are not eligible for the People Helping People Scholarship.  Please note, if selected as a recipient for the scholarship, proof of eligibility will be required.

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Community Foundation Scholarships are NOW Live!

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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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

Scholarship & Financial Aid Search Engines

According to The 4 Best Scholarship Search Platforms
Fastweb - Best for Most Students:
Cappex - Best Database:
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: