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Scholarships

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. The criteria, application process and annual award amount vary, so explore the details below.  The 2020-2021 Scholarship Program opens January 1, 2020.

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Mary Armstrong Coffey Scholarship

Mary Armstrong Coffey Scholarship: $1,000

Application Deadline:   March 27 

Scholarship Application

PURPOSE
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.

FUNDS AVAILABLE
The plan for this academic year is to fund one graduating student at $1,000 (to be paid $500 per semester based on student’s academic standing).  However, the maximum amount of a scholarship is limited to actual cost or tuition and student fees.  The scholarship amount is subject to change based on availability of funds.  

PROGRAM TYPE
 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. 

To Story of the Mary Armstrong Coffey Scholarship:

 

Mary Armstrong Coffey Scholarship from Don Elrod on Vimeo.

David Belk Cannon Family Scholarship

($1,500 per year, renewable for a second year)

This scholarship was established in 1996 as a memorial to Mr. David Belk Cannon’s son, David Belk Cannon, Jr. and his daughter, Rebecca Cannon, both of whom died in a tragic fire.  The recipients are selected based on merit, academic achievement, and need. Each must be a full-time student, maintain a 2.0 GPA, attend a luncheon event, and participate in the scholarship’s mentoring program to continue receiving scholarship funds. Recipients may be enrolled in any course of study at Gaston College. Each year one applicant will be awarded $1,500 for the academic year.  Other applicants will be awarded $1,000. To apply, visit Gaston College's Scholarship site.

The David Belk Cannon Family Scholarship 2

($2,000)

This scholarship was established in 1996 as a memorial to Mr. David Belk Cannon’s son, David Belk Cannon, Jr. and his daughter, Rebecca Cannon, both of whom died in a tragic fire.  The recipients are selected based on merit and must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Gaston College graduates who received the David Belk Cannon Family Scholarship are eligible to apply for a one-time $2000 award for continuing study at a four-year college or university. To apply, visit Gaston College's Scholarship site.

Alaina N. Abernathy Scholarship

($500)

A scholarship awarded  each year to a graduate of Cherryville High School in memory of Alaina N. Abernathy, who died in an accident at the age of 15. Eligibility for the  scholarship includes criteria, which Alaina’s parents believe, reflects her  personality and interests as outlined in application information. Please contact  Cherryville High School for an application.

George and Patricia Barnard Scholarship

($5,000 per year, renewable up to three terms)

DUE: March 13, 2020

Dr. and Mrs. George Barnard and family have  established a renewable “We Believe in You!” scholarship for four years in the  amount of $5,000 per year to be awarded to a Gaston County public high school senior.   The Barnard family seeks to assist one graduate in the pursuit of her or his  dreams of a college education. Contact your high school guidance counselor for  more information on this scholarship. The criteria for this award are as  follows:

  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • College Preparatory Course of Study
  • Evidence of participation in extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of leadership, motivation, and initiative
  • Evidence of strong financial need

Bradley Alton Baxter Memorial Scholarship

($500)

Candidates must have attended West Lincoln High School for at least 2 years and meet all graduation requirements.  Also, they must not have any discipline referrals, an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, involved in school/community activities. Six candidate recommendations will be made by the West Lincoln High  School Scholarship Committee. The final decision will be made by Brad Baxter Scholarship Committee. A maximum of two, $500.00 scholarships will be awarded each year.  Please contact the West Lincoln High School guidance  counselor for more information and the application.

The Locke Bell Family Scholarship

($2,000)

Application 

Deadline  April 15

This program is designed to help deserving high school graduates to obtain a college or advanced technical education. Funding comes from the Locke Bell Family, a Gastonia Family with a strong interest in supporting the educational dreams of young people with financial needs. The plan for this academic year is to make available a scholarship of $2,000 to Gaston College.

PROGRAM OUTLINE:

A. Scholarship criteria will include, need, character, and academic achievement. Although not required, special priority will be given to applicants’ participation in the Boys and Girls Club.

B. Eligibility to apply: Current High School senior. In addition to normal channels for application, applicants may be nominated by unit directors of both Boys and Girls Clubs.

C. Selection of recipients will be made by a committee named by the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Gaston County, which shall have full and final authority in determining eligibility of applicants and selection of recipient from those applicants.

D. Renewal of each scholarship is possible for up to one year, assuming that the student is pursuing a logical academic progression as determined by the Selections Committee.

Bess Chapel U.M.C./Brad Baxter Scholarship Fund

($750.00, considered for renew a second year)

Application 

DUE: March 28

Applicant must be a resident of Gaston or Lincoln counties and received their high school diploma. Student must also have received acceptance at college/university. Selection is based on financial need, work ethic, strong positive character and high school scholastic performance. 

Alfred W. Bohanan Scholarship

  Two

Application 

 recipients  $2,500 each 

DUE :May 20

This program is designed to help Gaston County  students pursuing careers with Trade Degrees (i.e. machining, air conditioning,  auto mechanic, construction, electrical, plumbing, nursing, etc.) that plan to attend Gaston College, Cleveland Community College, York Technical College, Central  Piedmont Community College, or any accredited College or University. Selection criteria shall be based on character, work  ethic, and need. 

Clyde & Dezaree Brackett Family Scholarship

1 - $1,500 scholarship- renewable up to three terms)

Application 

DUE: 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.

Tom Browne Scholarship

($1,000)

Application 
DUE: 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.

Perry Fewell Honorary Leadership Scholarship

 

($500 - $1,000)

Candidate must be a South Point High School senior in good academic standing (B Average) planning to attend a college, university or  vocational school. Please contact the South Point High School guidance counselor  for more information.  Selection criteria: demonstrated leadership in a minimum of three of the following categories: academics, student government, school  clubs, school sports, community service; demonstrated exceptional character on  and off campus; exhibits an infectious positive attitude and spirit of cooperation.

Max J. Fowler Scholarship

($500-1000)

Application 

Due:  April 10

This program is designed to help either a traditional student or returning adult student complete a four-year undergraduate degree that are accepted and enrolled at NC State University in the College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences or College of Engineering. The program has been developed to honor Max J. Fowler’s lifelong devotion to community education and the field of engineering.   The applicant must be a resident of Gaston or Cleveland counties.

Requirements

Selection criteria shall be based on character, academic achievement, and community service listed in order of importance:

1. community service
2. school performance
3. class ranking
4. any additional interests in music or the arts
5. financial need

Paul F. Fuller Scholarship

($1,000 each year, renewable up to three terms)

This scholarship was  established in honor of Paul Fuller, an enthusiastic participant of the Chamber  of Commerce’s and Gaston County Schools’ Student Mentoring program. The  applicant must have been a part of the Mentoring Program and a graduating senior  from a Gaston County High School. If you would like a copy of the application, please contact Valerie Yatko at Gaston County Schools, 704-866-6329.

The David Gaines Memorial Scholarship

April 10

Application

($2,500 one time)

Scholarship offered through the  Gaston County Jaycees.

In order to be eligible for the  David Gaines Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must:

1.  Be a high school  senior.

2.  Live in Gaston County.

3.  Provide proof of need for  financial assistance.

4.  Have a cumulative grade  point average of 3.00 or higher.

5.  Plan to attend any North  Carolina college or university.

6.  Demonstrate involvement in  community service and/or volunteer work.

7.  Report annually to the  Gaston County Jaycees on achievements and goals.

 

William & Hazel Hardin Education Scholarship

($750)

Application 

DUE: 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.  This program is designed to provide financial assistance for graduating high school seniors, current college students full-time or part-time who are pursuing a degree in preschool, elementary or secondary education.

PROGRAM OUTLINE:

 Selection criteria shall be based on character, academic achievement, financial need and demonstrated desire and ability to work with children as shown through volunteer, church, or previous work experience. Character and demonstrated desire to work with children shall be the most important criteria of those stated.


Tom and Erlene Hogan Scholarship

($2,000)

Application 

DUE: April 10 

This scholarship was established by the children of  Thomas Hogan (Tom)  and Erlene Hogan, to honor their memory and provide support to one of their many passions, Education.  Tom was a resident at Terrace Ridge Assisted Living for 17 months and received excellent care while there.  The family wishes to provide educational support to a staff member at Terrace Ridge.

 

Applicant must be an employee of Terrace Ridge Assisted Living and remain an employee while attending school. They must also be a legal US citizen, with grades 2.5 or better in core subjects, and attend a NC college or university.

The Sylvia L. Holmes Scholarship

($500)

 Application 

DUE: 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.

Jarman Family Scholarship

($5,000)

Application 

DUE: 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.

Kings Mountain Student Scholarship

($1,000)

Please contact the Kings Mountain High School guidance office for the application.

Helen Rhyne Marvin Scholarship

($750)

This scholarship has been  created by friends of Helen Rhyne Marvin, a former history teacher at Ashley  High School and Gaston College and an eight-term senator. It will be awarded to a senior at Ashbrook High School planning to major in history or political  science and attend either Gaston College or one of the 16 universities of the  UNC system. This award is based on academics, character, and service.  The  deadline is the last Monday in April each year. For more information please contact Ashbrook High School.

Albert G. Myers Scholarship

This Scholarship is closed.

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

DUE: February 22 ( please return application back to school counselor)

  ALBERT G. MYERS SCHOLARSHIPS

First Gaston Foundation Fund, annually awards a maximum of eight scholarships (unless prohibited by Federal Regulations governing 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. 

Scholarship funds are not to exceed the actual cost of tuition, books, fees, supplies, board, lodging, and/or other expenses directly related to educational needs.

Since it is the intention of the Foundation to provide funds for the necessary cost of attending college, the Albert G. Myers Scholarship funds will be coordinated with all other scholarships received by an Albert G. Myers Scholarship recipient to the extent that the student will not receive more than the total cost of education.

Students receiving Albert G. Myers Scholarship awards are required to furnish grade reports for each semester to the First Gaston Foundation Fund.  The recipient may attend the school of his/her choice, provided such school is approved by the Foundation.  Students will be expected to pursue a full course of study.  If the student does not maintain suitable proficiency in his/her studies, or if personal conduct of the student becomes unsatisfactory, scholarship funds will be withdrawn.

ELIGIBILITY

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 work after normal graduation time will not be eligible to compete.

SELECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Responsibility for the selection of the scholarship winners will be vested in a committee which consists of the presidents, or their appointees, of the following organizations in Gastonia:

Altrusa Club, Belmont Rotary Club, Gastonia Civitan Club, Gastonia Kiwanis Club, Gastonia Rotary Club, Moloch Lodge #468, and Noon Optimist Club.

Any member of the Selection Committee who has a child, grandchild, brother or sister applying for a scholarship must be replaced.

BASIS OF AWARDS

The selection committee will give consideration to the following factors when judging applicants for scholarship awards:

1.      Purpose in Life

2.       Financial Need



3.       Character



4.       Qualities of Leadership



5.       Participation in Student and Community Activities



6.       High School Scholastic Achievement

Applications are made available in the Winter/early Spring each year.  For more information on the Myers Scholarship, please contact:  Nina C. Greene ngreene@cfgaston.org



William P. and Odessa Swann Phillips Scholarship

THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020

Application 

DUE:

This program is designed to help a deserving African  American Gaston County public high school graduate obtain a college or advanced  technical education.

Mildred J. Sadler Scholarship

Mildred J. Sadler Scholarship

($1,000, one time)

Application 

DUE:April 10

Established with the Community Foundation to honor  Mrs. Mildred Sadler.  This scholarship is designed to help African American, Gaston County public school students pursuing a college or trade degree.  Awards are based on  academics, character and financial need. 

Theodore Drury Stowe Science and Technology Scholarship Program

($1,000 per year, renewable up to three terms)

Applicant must be a student of South Point High School. Please contact the South Point High School guidance counselor for more information and for the application.

Lonnie & Rachel Waggoner Nursing Education Endowment Fund

(Scholarship amount varies)

A permanent endowment to honor the professional and  community service contributions of Dr. Lonnie Waggoner. Annual scholarship  grants to students seeking an accredited degree in the field of nursing. The  award can go to graduating high school seniors or to those wishing to upgrade their skills. Awards shall be for one year only. Applicants for the scholarship  must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited nursing program offering degrees in one or more of the following: LPN, RN, or BSN. Selection  criteria include financial need, character academic record. Please contact  Sandra Kelly, CaroMont Health, 704-834-4042 or sandra.kelly@caromonthealth.org.  Applications are accepted January through February.

Dr. Grover W. White Scholarship Program

($1,500)

Application 

DUE: 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 bachelors 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

($1,000)

Application 

DUE: 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, March 6, to be  eligible. To qualify, the graduate must attend an accredited NC college or university.

Honorable Ralph C. Gingles, Jr. Scholarship

(2  recipients - $2,000)

 Application

Due: 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.

Requirements

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. Students are eligible to apply for a one time $2,000 scholarship; up to (2) recipients will be awarded.

The Weisler United Beverage Scholarship

THE WEISLER UNITED BEVERAGE APPLICATION

This program is designed to provide continuing educational opportunities for children of United Beverages of NC Employees,obtain a college or advanced technical education. 

Requirements

A. Scholarship criteria includes financial need, work ethic, strong positive moral character, and academic achievement:

B. Eligibility to apply: Current year high school graduate (or newly certified GED) who is graduating from an accredited public, private or charter school and whose parent(s) has been an employee of United Beverages for at least three years as of the application deadline.

C. Scholarship may be used in any accredited college or university or a specialized technical school. The selection committee reserves authority to consider the nature and credentials of any technical school to be attended by an applicant.

D. Selection of recipients will be made by a committee named by the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Gaston County, which shall have full and final authority for determining eligibility of applicants and selection of recipients from those applicants.

E. Renewal of scholarship is possible through the application process.

John Hunsucker Memorial Scholarship

Application

$1,000

Deadline  May 1st


John Hunsucker Memorial Scholarship

PURPOSE

John Hunsucker Memorial Scholarship was established in September of 2018 so that John’s legacy of giving and going the extra mile may live on through the support of a student recipient.  The scholarship will be given to a student who exemplifies John’s motto of “be a gentleman or lady first, a scholar second, and an athlete last.”

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 the following:

*   Weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher
*  Must attend an accredited 2 or 4 year college
*  Evidence of participation in school or community extracurricular activities
*   Evidence of initiative, motivation, strong character, and leadership
*  Evidence of financial need

Selection of recipients will be made by a committee named by the Board of Directors of the Gaston Community Foundation, which shall have full and final authority for determining eligibility of applicants and selection of recipients from those applicants.

 

FUNDS ALLOCATION

Scholarship proceeds will be payable  directly to the accredited school upon confirmation of the student’s beginning of classes. However, the maximum amount of a scholarship is limited to actual cost of tuition and student fees.  The scholarship amount is subject to change based on availability of funds.

PROCEDURAL POINTS
Applications must be received online. Late applications will not be accepted.

In additional to the application, applicants must submit the following:
   Essay describing character
    Official confirmation of acceptance in a school
    Copy of SAT/ACT scores

 

Dr. William & Karen Hunter Science Scholarship

Dr. William and Karen Hunter Science Scholarship:   $500

Application

1 year (not renewable)

Application Deadline: April 10

Dr. William & Karen Hunter Science Scholarship was established to support a Gaston County graduating senior pursuing further education in the field of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry). Dr. Hunter is a board-certified neurosurgeon with over two decades of experience. Dr. Hunter's practice, The Spine Clinic at Neuroscience and Spine Center of the Carolinas, LLP is affiliated with CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC.

Each year the $500 scholarship will honor one graduating student from a public, charter or private school.

SELECTION CRITERIA

* Weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher

* Accepted into a Science Program (Bioloby, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry) at an accredited 4-          year college (Strong consideration to student pursuing Neuroscience).

* Evidence of participation in school or community extracurricular activities

* Evidence of initiative, motivation, strong character, and leadership

* Financial need

ESSAY

Write and essay describing your future, including your educational goals and  factors that have led to this decision. 

Include in the Essay:

* Description of the most influential person in your life and why

 .   * Share any barriers you anticipate in achieving your goals and you plan to overcome these

* Explain how this scholarship can help you accomplish your goals

 

 

 

Maxine Porch Scholarship, McAdenville Woman's Club

Maxine Porch Scholarship -  up to $1,500

Application

Deadline:  April 1st

The McAdenville Woman's Club established the Maxine Porch Scholarship to assist qualified students who reside in McAdenville wishing to further their education beyond high school  The club named the scholarship in honor of Maxine Porch, a club member who devoted her time and talents to the betterment of the McAdenville community.

Eligibility:

Students must reside in McAdenville or have at least one parent/guardian residing in McAdenville (this will be verified by Gaston County GIS tax map.

Student must have at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale (unweighted average)

Student must be attending  one of the following:

Accredited four-year college

Accredited two year college

Vocational School

Community College

School of Nursing (at hospital or university)

Graduate school

 

Pat E. Haney Scholarship - Belmont Historical Society

Deadline: April 10
PURPOSE

For questions about our scholarships, please contact Nina Greene at the Community Foundation.

Teens Changing Gaston County

Join Teens Changing Gaston County for an excellent extracurricular activity involving philanthropy with your Foundation!

"I am so grateful to have received this scholarship. Attending college can be expensive and it's great to know some of my finances will be covered."

Gianna Partee, 2014 recipient of the William P. & Odessa Swann Phillips Scholarship

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