Through the Community Foundation of Gaston County several scholarships are made possible to graduating high school students who wish to pursue a higher education. The Community Foundation, a non-profit organization, is able to give aid to the residents of Gaston County as a result of generous gifts from many donors. To compete for these awards, students must fulfill specific criteria as determined by those who created each scholarship program.
David Belk Cannon Family Scholarship
This prestigious scholarship program is a major component of Gaston College’s financial support to deserving students and is funded by an endowment memorial to the young children of David Belk Cannon who died in a tragic fire in 1965. Each year, at least one applicant is awarded a full scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies at the estimated total of $1,350. Several other applicants are awarded $750 scholarships to cover tuition and fees. Recipients must participate in a weekly mentoring program. These scholars will have the opportunity to take part in monthly group meetings, workshops and special events. Cannon scholars who graduate from Gaston College are eligible to compete for a one-time $2000 scholarship for further study. Please contact Gaston College for an application or visit their website www.gaston.cc.nc.us . Deadline for application is March
George and Patricia Barnard Scholarship
Dr. and Mrs. George Barnard and family have established a renewable “We Believe in You!” scholarship for four years in the amount of $4,000 per year to be awarded to a Gaston County 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 financial need
The Sylvia L. Holmes Scholarship - Download Application
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. Deadline for application is February 1st.
Tom Browne Scholarship - Download Application
These scholarships are funded by gifts from Beam Construction Company of Cherryville to honor the late Mr. Browne. This program helps young people 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. Deadline for application is March 29th.
Clyde & Dezaree Brackett Family Scholarship - Download Application
This program is just one component of a significant bequest from Mr. Brackett designated to help deserving youth. These awards provide college, university or professional school scholarships for selected high school graduates. Awards are based on academics, character and financial need. Deadline for application is February 28th.
Jarman Family Scholarship - Download Application
This scholarship was 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. The deadline for application is March 1st.
Mildred J. Sadler Scholarship - Download Application
Established with the Community Foundation to honor Mrs. Mildred Sadler. This scholarship is designed to help African American Gaston County Students pursuing a college or trade degree. Awards are based on academics, character and financial need. Application deadline is March 29th.
William P. and Odessa Swann Phillips Scholarship - Download Application
This program is designed to help a deserving African American Gaston County high school graduate obtain a college or advanced technical education. Application deadline is March 29th.
Theodore Drury Stowe Science and Technology Scholarship Program
Applicant must be a student of South Point High School. Please contact the South Point High School guidance counselor for more information and this application.
The David Gaines Memorial Scholarship
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.
Please contact your high school guidance counselor in late March for more information.
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