Fri. May 20th, 2022
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The Golden LEAF Scholarship has opened its scholarship to applicants for 2022, closing for the year on March 1, 2022.

Every year since its inception in 1999, the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program has helped North Carolina scholars from rural communities realize the dream of attending a community college or university. The scholarship program’s goal is to help scholars from tobacco-dependent, economically distressed programs obtain the degree they need to help build a more resilient and stable workforce in rural communities.

Besides planning to go to college within North Carolina, scholars who apply for these funds must intend to live in a rural county upon graduation.

The program covers $3,500 per year for up to four years for high school students. Additionally, it provides $3,500 per year for community college students who transfer to a university for up to three years. Students who receive this scholarship must re-apply annually. Additionally, they must prove financial need and full-time enrollment at a participating university or community college.

Golden LEAF Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements

Here are the eligibility requirements, according to the Golden LEAF website:

  • Residency requirements: Scholars must reside in North Carolina for tuition purposes. Also, they must live in a qualifying North Carolina County (Bertie residents meet this standard).
  • Be a senior at a North Carolina high school. Or, be enrolled full-time at a NC Community College and seeking to finish a degree at a participating university.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 (cumulative), at a minimum.
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid Expected Family Contribution below the maximum set forth by Golden LEAF.
  • Express an intention of returning to a rural North Carolina county after graduating from college.

For more specifics on applying for the Golden Leaf Scholarship or starting the application process, click this link.

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Building a better community must include retaining the best and brightest minds. The Golden LEAF Scholarship empowers scholars who might not otherwise have a chance to attend college to build a fantastic future. A strong, well-trained, educated workforce can help the area become more vigorous than ever.

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