Thousands of scholarships available for local students

    Searching for college scholarships is a daunting task for high school juniors and seniors.

    Fortunately, there are many local scholarships originating from Cherokee and surrounding counties. There also are thousands of state and national scholarships, some with very specific criteria.
    Foraging through the many scholarship possibilities should start during the junior year of high school or early in the senior year, as many deadlines for the following school year are in September through December.
    The best source of help are high school guidance counselors, who are charged with the task of becoming familiar with available scholarships.
    High school counselors in Cherokee County are Teresa Wood, Andrews High School; Catrina Griggs, Hiwassee Dam High School; Sonya Cabe, Murphy High School; Susan Maxey, The Oaks Academy in Martins Creek; and Rodney Alt, Tri-County Early College High School in Peachtree.
    Below are just some scholarships available to local students and information about them.
    • Professional Educators of North Carolina Scholarship – Two scholarships of $500 each to applicants who are children of Professional Educators of North Carolina members. Deadline is Jan. 31.
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship program – Deadline is Jan. 18.
    • Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship – Write an essay of 550 words or less explaining career, academic and/or vocational goals. Deadline is Jan. 15.
    • American Indian Scholarship – Be an enrolled member of a Native American tribe, in financial need and have a grade point average of at least 3.25. This is a one-time scholarship of $4,000. Deadline is Feb. 15.
    • Frances Crawford Marvin American Scholarship – Be an enrolled member of a Native American tribe, in financial need and have a grade point average of at least 3.25. Deadline is Feb. 1.
    • National Honor Society Scholarship – A total of $1 million was awarded among 400 seniors.
    • Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship – All North Carolina students with disabilities are eligible. Deadline is Feb. 15.
    • Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship – $1,000 to a student interested in an animation career. Deadline is June 1.
    • Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship – $1,000 for a student pursuing a fashion degree. Deadline is June 1.
    • Aspiring Business Professional – For a student interested in a business degree. Deadline is June 1.
    • National Beta Club Scholarship – Active club members are eligible. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service and National Beta involvement. Deadline is Jan. 26.
    • Joanna Cornerstone Ministries Scholarship – One-time $1,000 for residents of Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties. Deadline is Jan. 31.
    • Leroy Ripper Scholarship – One-time $1,000 for Cherokee and Clay county students. Deadline is Jan. 31.
    • Western North Carolina Regional Scholarships – Renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 per year for four years from the 18 far-western counties. Deadline is Jan. 31.
    • N.C. Alpha Delta Kappa Student Achievement Scholarship – Students must have a 2.5-3.5 grade point average, an SAT score between 1,344-1,560 and an ACT composite score between 20-24. Deadline is March 1.
    • Mary Rose-Linda Rankin Memorial Scholarship – Be in top 10 percent of class, minimum 1,860 SAT, ACT composite of 27 and participate in extracurricular activities. One-year non-renewable. Deadline is March 15.
    • The Clare Johnson Marley/Mary Earle Berger Fine Art Scholarship – A student who declares his/her major in the fine arts and is in the top 20 percent of the class, SAT of 1,740 and ACT of 25. One-year non-renewable $2,000. Deadline is Jan. 28.
    • Scholarship Program for Children of N.C. Law Enforcement Officers – This is for children of law enforcement officers who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Deadline is April 3.
    • National Foundation for Advancement of Arts Young Arts Scholarship – $10,000 Gold Awards, $5,000 Silver Awards.
    • Prudential Spirit of Community Award – Based on community service with $1,000-5,000.
    • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation – General four-year programs with $10,000-20,000 provided annually for four-year college.
    • AXA Achievement Community Scholarship Program – $2,000.
    • The William Grady Anderson/Brady William Singleton Memorial Scholarship – Goes to a student at Hiwassee Dam High who will attend Western Carolina University. Amount varies.
    • Thomas Wolfe Scholarship Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – English, creative writing, poetry, fiction, plays literary non-fictional and nature essays, literary journalism. Full four-year financial support.
    • Intel Science Talent Search (Society for Science & the Public) – From $5,000-10,000.
    • National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Awards – For general entrepreneurship with $1,000-10,000 provided.
    • American Congress on Surveying and Mapping – $500-2,000.
    • Society of Women Engineers – $1,000-5,000 with some renewable.
    • Asian American Journalism Association – $1,000 and up.
    • Best Buy Children’s Foundation Scholarships – $1,000.
    • Gates Millennium Scholars – Up to full tuition, fees, books and living expenses.
    • The N.C. Baptist Foundation Inc. Bullard Family Scholarship – Scholarship amounts vary.
    • N.C. Hospitality Education Foundation – Culinary arts, hospitality, management or tourism. $750 renewable at higher rate of $1,500.
    • Sam Walton Community Scholarship – $3,000.
    • Discover Scholarship Program – $40,000.
    • Walmart Foundation and Walton Family Foundation – $3,000-3,250 renewable.
    • National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship – $1,000-12,000 renewable.
    • Microsoft Scholarships – Full tuition for one year and a salaried summer internship.
    • American Meteorological Society – $2,500 per year for two years.
    • Burger King Scholars Program – $1,000, $5,000 or $25,000.
    • Future Educators of America – $500-5,000 renewable.
    • Lowe’s Scholarship and Charles Buchanon Scholarship – $2,500-5,000.
    • Shell Ministry Scholarship Program – $2,500 renewable to $5,000.
    • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation College Scholarship Program – Pp to $2,500 per year renewable.
    • KFC Colonel’s Kids Foundation Scholarships – $5,000 renewable
    • Orphan Foundation of America Scholarship – $2,500-5,000.
    • N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs, Scholarships for Children of Disabled, Deceased, Combat or POW/MIA War Veterans – Up to full tuition in North Carolina-owned institutions or $1,500-4,000 per academic year in private institutions.
    • Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering Science Foundation General Scholarships – $1,000-3,000.
    • North Carolina Child Support Council, Bob R. McGuire Memorial Scholarship – $1,000.
    • Tylenol Scholarship – $5,000-10,000.
    Other local scholarships available include the
following:
    • Shannon Christy Scholarship – The popular Andrews High student played volleyball and softball before dying in a tragic kayaking accident.
    • Eastern Star Scholarships – Up to $2,000. Deadline is March 1.
    • Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors – $1,000 for graduating seniors from Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties. Deadline is April 15.
    • Murphy Medical Center Scholarships – Annual scholarships for select, graduating high school seniors from Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties pursuing health-care-related college degrees.
    • National Wild Turkey Foundation Scholarship – $5,000 annual non-renewable. Deadline is Feb. 1.
    • State Employees Credit Union – Provides a $10,000 four-year scholarship to a graduate of each public high school and three charter schools in North Carolina. In addition, a student from each of the early college high schools is awarded a $5,000 grant.
    • Teddy Nichols Scholarship – This is through the Cherokee County Community Foundation to a high school graduate from Valleytown Township who attends Andrews High. Deadline is April 30.
    • N.C. Firefighters Association Scholarships – Awarded Jan. 1 through March 15 annually for a person who is a member in good standing of a fire department that is a member of the association.
    • Joe Parker Scholarship – Awarded to an agronomy or horticulture student with a grade point average of at least 2.5.
    The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina offers a variety of scholarships. Among them are:     
    • Asheville Wilbert Vault
Service Scholarship – one-time $2,000. Deadline is March 15.
    • Harry W. Clarke memorial Scholarship Program – $1,000 renewable for one more year. Deadline is Jan. 17.
    • Capt. John G. Gardner, U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veterans Memorial Scholarship – One-time $1,000 to relatives of Vietnam decorated vets. Deadline is Jan. 21.
    Other local scholarships available include:
    • Andrews Masonic Lodge scholarship.
    • Rebecca Debty Scholarship.    
    • Delta Kaplpla Gama Scholarship.
    • Friends of the Library Scholarship.
    • Konnahetta Woman’s Club Scholarship.
    • Lion’s Club.
    • Marble Masonic Lodge.    
    • Michael Gray Scholarship.
    • Murphy Rotary Club.
    • Stephen Patterson Scholarship.
    • Petro Family Scholarship.
    • Phoenix Scholarship.
    • Barbara Smith Scholarship.
    • Ruth Star Pullium Scholarship.
    • State Farm-Extra Mile Scholarship.
    • Reichman Family Scholarship.
    • Andrews Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    • Helen Wells Scholarship.
    • Mary K. Whitener Piano Scholarship.
    If you have details on any of these scholarships or others, please call the Cherokee Scout at 837-5122.