More Scholarships Now Available!

Through the generosity of Community Foundation donors, we’re able to offer more than two dozen scholarships that recognize achievement, respond to financial need and help us build a future generation of community leaders.  Listed below are our February and March Scholarships with the criteria and annual award amount. Be sure to visit our Scholarship page to learn more.

 Albert G. Myers Scholarship

8 recipients - $20,000 Scholarship, $5,000 per year

Deadline: February 21

The First Gaston Foundation Fund, annually awards a maximum of eight Albert G. Myers Scholarships.   Each Scholarship is for $5,000 per year or a total of $20,000 to be used over a four-year period. Funds will be paid directly to the school selected by the scholarship winner. Recipients must be enrolled in a college or university to receive the scholarship. All students should be enrolled in a college or university during the fall of the year of their high school graduation, no GAP year programs will be allowed.

The rules under which the scholarships will be awarded are as follows:  Recipients shall be seniors in the public or private high schools in Gaston County who are also residents of Gaston County.  Recipients must be citizens of the United States of America.

Applicants are eligible to compete for scholarships only during the year in which they are scheduled to graduate from high school.  Students requiring summer school  after normal graduation time will not be eligible to compete.

Scholarship Criteria is based on purpose in life, financial need, character, qualities of leadership, participation in student and community activities and high school scholastic achievement.

 The Sylvia L. Holmes Scholarship


Deadline:  March 1

This program is designed to help young women achieve higher education at an accredited college or university. It was established to honor Sylvia L. Holmes and her many contributions and distinguished tenure as Executive Director of the Pioneer Council, Girl Scouts of the USA. Scholarship Criteria is based on the character, academic achievement and need of a female high school senior and resident of the Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk and Rutherford Counties of NC.  The young woman does not have to be a Girl Scout, but scouting participation will be looked upon with favor as will attendance at a NC college or university.

Dr. Grover W. White Scholarship


Deadline: March 6

This scholarship program is funded by an endowment and serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. White, a respected Urologist in Gastonia for 33 years. The applicant must be a resident of Gaston, Cleveland or Lincoln County in North Carolina or York County, South Carolina and who will attend an educational institution in North or South Carolina. The applicant must be seeking an advanced degree in a medically related field: i.e., MSN, NP, MD, DDS, PA, PT; must already hold a bachelor’s degree or higher with a 3.50 GPA and must be attending or have been accepted at an appropriate school for the chosen field at  the time of application.

John E. Willoughby Scholarship


Deadline: March 6

From the Gastonia Evening Lion's Club; the purpose of this scholarship is to aid a Gaston County High School graduate who is seriously sight/hearing impaired or a child of a person who is sight/hearing impaired. Applicants must have been a resident of Gaston County for at least one year at the time of the deadline date, February 28, to be eligible. To qualify, the graduate must attend an accredited NC college or university.

Tom Browne Scholarship


Deadline: March 21

These scholarships are funded by gifts from Beam Construction Company of Cherryville to honor the late Mr. Browne. This program helps high school students receive a college education and/or advanced vocational training for careers in the construction industry. Qualifications include character, academic achievement and need. The applicant must be a graduate of a Gaston County High School (or a Gaston County resident for at least two years with GED certification) who demonstrates a strong interest in the field of construction or related professions. Planned course of study may include either a four-year school in architecture and engineering or a community college, technical school in such areas as civil technology, HVAC and welding.

Clyde & Dezaree Brackett Family Scholarship


Deadline: March 27

This scholarship is designed to help deserving Gaston County high school graduates obtain a college or advanced technical education. Awards are based on academics, character and financial need.

Mary Armstrong Coffey Scholarship: $1,000


Deadline: March 27 

This program is designed to help students of Forestview High School obtain a college or advanced technical education that plan to attend any accredited college or university.
 Selection criteria shall be based on character and work ethic:
a. Applicant must be a graduating student of Forestview High School.
b. Students with part-time employment will be given preferential treatment.
c. A legal U.S. Citizen.
d. Grades of 2.5 or better in core subjects is required.
e. Scholarship may be used in any accredited college or university.  The selection committee reserves the authority to consider the nature or study and credentials of any technical school to be attended by an applicant.

Honorable Ralph C. Gingles, Jr.

$2,000   - 2 recipients

Deadline: March 27

This scholarship was established in memory of the Honorable Ralph C. Gingles Jr.  

Ralph Gingles was committed to his family, education, and serving his community. This scholarship is being established to continue his legacy for generations to come, recognizing that working together to support one another is what truly makes a difference.


This scholarship will recognize two Gaston County graduating high school students with a GPA of 3.0 unweighted or better, who have been accepted to a four-year college/university, and who show financial need. Students must complete the specified application and essay, 500 word minimum discussing the importance of the case, Thornburg v. Gingles  and its effects on voting rights.

W. G. & Hazel V. Hardin Education Scholarship


Deadline: March 27

For students pursuing a degree in preschool, elementary or secondary education. For residents of Gaston, Randolph or Richmond counties. Based on character, academic achievement, financial need and desire to work with children.

Jarman Family Scholarship


Deadline: March 27

Established to help children of full-time religious ministers who are residents of North or South Carolina to achieve an undergraduate or graduate degree. One recipient is chosen per year based on character, academic achievement and need.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 123 Gastonia, NC 28053

Street Address:
1201 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054




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