College Transfer Scholarships
Scholarships for transfer students are available at most four year colleges. Some colleges have developed special transfer scholarships for community college students who have excelled academically. There are a few national scholarship programs for transfer students but most are limited to outstanding students. North Carolina offers some scholarships for North Carolina students at CFNC.org. Transfer students are encouraged to use a national scholarship search engine online like www.fastweb.com or Scholarsite.
The following links will provide you with most of the scholarship resources for students transferring to a four-year college. Please keep in mind that every college has specific scholarships for different majors, some even have grant funding for certain programs. If the college you want to transfer to is not listed below do not assume they do not offer scholarships, go to their website, or call them directly, as every college offers some merit and need-based scholarships. Keep in mind the best source of money for college is federal financial aid available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The next best source is the four-year college!
NC College Transfer Scholarships
The Golden LEAF Scholarship awards up to 215 grants, each valued at about $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years) for the 2015-16 academic year. These scholarships are made possible through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
The Nance Family Agricultural Scholarship is a $1,000 gift specifically for Richmond Community College students transferring into the College of Natural Resources or College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University. This scholarship applies to the following majors:
- Forest Management
- Environmental Technology and Management
- Natural Resources
- Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
- Sustainable Materials and Technology
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Click here to apply or to access additional information on other College of Natural Resources scholarships.
The Next Step Scholarship: Crumley Roberts firmly believes in continued learning as a key to success. The Next Step Scholarship is awarded to North Carolina community college students who will be transferring to an accredited four-year college or university in the coming fall. To date, Crumley Roberts has provided over $215,000 in scholarships and technology for North Carolina students.
The Janice Suggs Educational Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarship grants to qualified students who are pushing degrees or advanced training in science, technology, engineering, and math development of our next generation of science and technology leaders and innovators. Over the past 5 years, the NC chapter has distributed over $250,000 to over 200 students in the local Fayetteville/Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.
Need-Based Scholarships: These type of scholarships help bridge the financial gap. They usually have more generous financial qualification criteria, and many are endowed specifically for the student who wants to attend college but whose parents make too much money for the student to qualify for most federal programs. A need-based scholarship may pay partial or full tuition, housing costs, and sometimes a books stipend.
Merit-Based Scholarships: Merit-based scholarships are typically awarded on the basis of academic, athletic or artistic merit, in addition to special interests. Some merit scholarships also consider financial need, but the rewarding talent is the primary objective.
National Transfer Scholarship Programs
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation's top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor's degrees at 4-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year, making it the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country.
Phi Theta Kappa National Scholarships: COA PTK inductees have a plethora of scholarship opportunities available to them at the national PTK web site. PTK members can access www.collegefish.org to assist them with transferring and competing for scholarships.
Direct Links to North Carolina Colleges' Scholarship Websites