West Mecklenburg College Prep and Scholarship Wiki

The West Mecklenburg School Counselors will post vital information for the college admission process including SAT and ACT information, college programs and scholarship information.

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Counselor Assignments

Last Name Counselor Email address
A - C Grady Cathey
D and all AVID students Corey Smoot
E - Fi Grady Cathey
Fl - K Lisa Revalee
L - Ra Lisa Rivera
Re - Z Lakiesha Dennis

Funmi Solar is our new Carolina Corps College Adviser. She is a recent graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and will assist students and parents in all aspects of the college admission and financial aid process. Her office is in the 800 building. Do not hesitate to contact her assistance in the college process.

CFNC.org is the one-stop site to conduct your college admission and financial aid

All college-bound seniors need to take a senior SAT / ACT!

Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch through CMS can receive two fee waivers each for the SAT / ACT. Counselors need a copy of the letter showing proof of free/reduced in order to give students waivers. To obtain a copy of your letter call CMS Nutrition Services at 980-343-6041 and select meal assist option.

SAT Dates / Registration Deadline
Oct 5 / Sept 6
Nov 2 / Oct 3
Dec 7 / Nov 8
Jan 25 / Dec 27
March 8 / Feb 7
May 3 / April 4
June 7 / May 9

Register for the SAT

ACT Dates / Registration Deadline
Sept 21 / Aug 23
Oct 26 / Sept 27
Dec 14 / Nov 8
Feb 8 / Jan 10
April 12 / March 7
June 14 / May 5
Register for the ACT

SAT / ACT Test Prep Information

College Fair at Phillip O Berry

Thursday October 10th
6 pm to 8 pm
Click below for list of colleges attending

Central Piedmont CC Open House
Oct 24th

What Does it Take to Get In? Check this list of NC colleges and universities and their requirements to be admitted

Scholarship Opportunities

North Carolina State University Park Scholarship

Deadline to receive West Mecklenburg nomination Wednesday Sept 25
Contact Lisa Revalee

UNC Chapel Hill Morehead Cain Scholarship

Deadline to receive West Mecklenburg nomination Wednesday Sept 25
Contact Lisa Rivera

UNC Charlotte Levine Scholarship

Student must be nominated by school counselor by Oct 15 and must complete an application to UNC Charlotte by Nov. 1. See your counselor about a nomination.

Pride Teen Awards

Deadline for nomination is Oct. 21..see your counselor or self-nominate Contact Kisha Williams

AES Engineering Scholarship - deadline Oct 4

AES scholarship

NC State College of Textiles Centennial Scholarship

Deadline Nov. 1 2013

Centennial information

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Criteria: cumulative unweighted gpa of 3.5 or above; exemplary SAT or ACT scores; demonstration of unmet financial need
Deadline Nov 5, 2013

Wells Fargo Collegesteps


Davidson College John Montgomery Belk requires school nomination

deadline Nov 8

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Burger King

The application period for the 2014 school year begins on Nov. 15, 2013 and ends on Jan. 10, 2014

Universal Technical Institute Scholarship Testing on Nov 16

contact: John Boon 704 238 7494 jboon@uti.edu

North Carolina High School Athletic Association Endowed Fund

App. Deadline is Friday Feb 14 2014
Over 5 scholarships are offered.
NC High School Athletic Scholarships

Stacey Palasek Scholarship Fund

Nomination Criteria Includes the Following: (For a complete listing of selection criteria, please download the scholarship application.)
  • Applicant must be a female high school senior
  • Currently enrolled at a Mecklenburg or Union County, NC school
  • Applicant must plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States the fall following graduation
  • Plan to study in one of the following fields
    • Geoscience
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Engineering
Congratulations to Yeonsoo Sara Lee, winner of the 2013 Stacey Palasek Memorial Scholarship.
scholarship application
The deadline for applications is December 16, 2013.

January Deadlines

Ron Brown Scholarship

Deadline Jan 9, 2014

Gates Millenium

Deadline Jan 15 2014

Who’s Eligible?
Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
- Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
- Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
- Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited* college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall of 2014 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
- Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
- Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
- Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student's application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student's academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student's community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline

Ronald Reagan Scholarship Fund

$10,000 per year renewable for 4 years
Deadline Jan 9 2014

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Deadline Jan 15 2014
For students who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis or whose parent has been diagnosed.

Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship

Deadline 1/20/2014
The candidate is judged on several qualifications that include scholastic record, intellectual promise, and demonstration of ambition, leadership ability and the need for financial assistance.
Contact Info:
Kelly Cunningham
Scholarship Committee Chair
GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Charlotte

Beta Omicron Sigma Philo Scholarship

Deadline Jan. 31 2014

The Philo Affiliate of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter, established this fund to provide aid to high school students, both male and female of all races, in their pursuit of higher education. The recipient will be an individual with a scholastic GPA of 3.0 or better. To qualify for this scholarship ($400), please submit the attached application, completed and accompanied by the following items:

  1. Current official transcript of work completed in high school.
  2. Scholastic Aptitude Score (SAT) or ACT Score
  3. Letter of Acceptance from an accredited institution of higher learning
  4. A 250 – 300 word typed essay on the following topic:

Bullying has been a major topic in the media affecting school aged children. How would/could you eradicate bullying?


February Deadlines

Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship 2013-2014

Deadline: 2/5/14

The Mecklenburg Colonial Dames Committee will award a scholarship of $1,000 to our local County winner. The local winner will be entered in the State competition for an additional scholarship of $3000 ($1,000 to the State runner-up). Must attend a public or private school in NC. Essay contest.The recipients will be selected on the basis of character, need, and scholastic record, as well as the merit of an essay on the assigned topic. The essay of 500-700 words must be written on the subject outlined in the Requirements for Scholarship Application attached. If the essay is not of the defined length or subject matter, it will be eliminated. Please encourage students to double check their spelling, grammar, and punctuation. In a close decision, this can make the difference.Please post this information as soon as you receive it. All completed applications with essays must be returned to me at the following address no later than February 5th, 2014:

Susan zumBrunnen
119 Wingrave Drive
Charlotte, NC 28270


Deadline 2/15/2104

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional women’s Clubs, Inc. (NANBPWC) members are proud to offer four (4) scholarships this year totaling $4500.00. We will give one (1) scholarship in the amount of $1500.00, three (3) scholarships in the amount of $1000.00 each.

Please find attached copy of our scholarship application. It would be greatly appreciated if you would post, duplicate, and distribute the application as needed. The completed application and (attached)a one hundred word essay, double space title, “How I plan to use my College Education” should be returned to:

Vannie Gregory, Scholarship Committee
P. O. Box 481587
Charlotte, NC 28269

Assistance League

Assistance League Application
Postmark Deadline Feb 28 2014

Each year theAssistance League of Charlotte Scholarship in Memory of Tere Berigan is awarded to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school graduate who exhibits outstanding community service. The scholarship, not to exceed $10,000, will provide funding toward tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the freshman year at one of the 16 campuses of The University of North Carolina. At the discretion of the organization, additional scholarships are awarded to students with financial need who have exhibited a commitment to community service.
Deborah Tankle, 2013 - 2014 Scholarship Chair

Michael A Demayo Scholarship

$2500 value
Deadline Feb 24 2014 visit website at

Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council Scholarship Opportunity

Deadline Feb 28
Valued at $1,000

Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

Deadline Feb. 25 2014
Specifically for African-American senior

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Deadline: 2/28/2014
Kellie Hedrick, P.E.
Environmental Process Solutions
7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Suite 105-272 Charlotte, NC 28227 or e-mail to CentralCarolinasAICHE@gmail.com
Minimum 3.0 gpa. must major in chemical engineering

Buick Achievers Scholarship - Deadline 2/28/2014

  • High school seniors and current undergraduates
  • Those who plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university in 2014-2015
  • Those who plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.
    Apply at Buick Achievers Com

March Deadlines

Project One Scholarship

West Meck can nominate two students for this scholarship. Email Mr Cathey at grady.cathey@cms.k12.nc.us by March 1 if you are interested in being considered. Valued at $25,000 over 4 years.
You must meet the following criteria
n Students raised by a single-parent
n Resident of Mecklenburg County
n Planning to attend a NC state-sponsored college/university
n High school GPA range of 2.5 or higher
n Demonstrates initiative – involved in student council, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and/or has work history
n Parent’s income at or below 200% of poverty rate (based on family size)
n Applied or will be applying for FAFSA
Nominated students have to submit their application by March 21, 2014


Postmark deadline March 1, 2014
The GCBS Fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors in Charlotte area who have have bowled as a youth sometime prior to submitting an application and have held a certified youth membership in USBC.
$1500 for one year; min 2.5 gpa
Contact Tamoria Adams 704-366-2489 or tamoriann@aol.com

American Military Retiree Association
Post-secondary scholarships for children and grandchildren of military retirees, among others. These scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $2,500 for one academic year (i.e., two semesters or four quarters). Criteria for evaluation and award of a scholarship are the student’s educational achievements, leadership abilities, character, citizenship, and community service. Parent or grandparent must be a member of AMRA.
Deadline March 3, 2014

NISEI Student Relocation Commemorative Fund

Deadline March 10

To be eligible for the scholarships, the applicant must meet these criteria:
· Southeast Asian ancestry (the applicant or at least one parent born in Vietnam, Laos, or
· Attend a high school in North Carolina
· Graduate high school in 2014 (includes completion of GED). There is no age limit.
· Attend a four-year college or university; community college; accredited vocational or
technical school beginning in the Fall 2014

USDA / 1890 National Scholars Program

Deadline extended to March 14

Student must major in college major of agriculture, food science, natural resource sciences or related discipline at 1 of 18 historically black land grant institutions.
Application at a

Bi Lo Urban League

Postmark deadline March 21, 2014
Selection criteria: academic excellence, extracurricular activities, demonstrated financial need

The Jerrie Albert Educational Scholarship

Deadline March 28 2014

The Delta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Epsilon Fraternity - This $500 scholarship is being offered with the following criteria. The applicant must:
minimum 2.5 gpa; write a two-page essay that is double spaced using 12 or 14 font size type; submit the winning essay and have an interview with members of the Delta Gamma, Charlotte Alumni Chapter Kappa Delta Epsilon Fraternity - The interview will be conducted at the applicant’s school.

Submit an official transcript of grades.
Submit a list of school extracurricular activities and community activities during high school years.
one-time scholarship. The applicant may not reapply for it next year.
The scholarship deadline is March 28, 2014. Please mail the application with essay, transcript, and activity sheet to the address listed below.
Betty Wilkins
937 Log Cabin Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213
704-619-2119 (c)
704-596-6960 (h)

Debbie Antshel Memorial Scholarship to Central Piedmont Community College
Full tuition and fees for freshman at CPCC majoring in Human Services or related field. Winner will have demonstrated commitment to community service.
Application Deadline: March 28 2014

Charlotte Mecklenburg Retired Schools Personnel Scholarship

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Retired School Personnel is pleased to offer a $750.00scholarship to graduating seniors planning to enter the teaching profession. Preference will be given to students whose parents or guardians are employed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and to those who have greatest financial need. Postmark Deadline March 28

Contact: Sandra Hussey, 704-919-0993


Charlotte Housing Scholarship

Deadline March 28
Charlotte Housing scholarship application

The Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund application deadline has been extended to March 28. The purpose of the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund (CHASF) is to provide scholarships for college, technical or vocational school to young residents of housing owned or managed by the Charlotte Housing Authority (including Housing Choice Voucher residences).

This deadline has been extended for all application materials, including the FAFSA Student Aid Report and transcripts. We hope that by communicating this extension, students will have appropriate time to gather all application materials required to submit a completed application. Applications may be found at www.fftc.org or you may contact Millard McCluney at 704.336.5782.

Please Note: Applicants starting college in the Spring 2015 should apply during this application cycle.

For questions, please feel free to contact Foundation For The Carolinas at 704.973.4500 or scholars@fftc.org or Millard McCluney at 704.336.5782 or mmccluney@cha-nc.org

Kind regards,
Millard McCluney
Scholarship Coordinator
Charlotte Housing Authority

Charlotte West Rotary Avery C Wallen Scholarship

Only for a West Mecklenburg senior
Valued at $5,000
Applications to Mr Cathey by March 31.

Herman Hoose Scholarship

Deadline March 31
Each May, Charlotte Metro awards ten Herman Hoose Scholarships valued at $2,000 each.
Applications are judged on academic achievement, financial need, declaration of career goals, participation in extracurricular activities in the community, and letters of reference from teachers, pastors, and community service leaders. In case of a tie, the Charlotte Metro scholarship committee will award based on financial need.

  • Applicants must be a member of Charlotte Metro Federal Credit Union (if you are not yet a member please click here for a member application).
  • Along with the application, a current transcript of the student's high school academic record must be included. For more information please call 704.375.0183

Herman Hoose application

North Carolina A and T State University Queen City Scholarship
Deadline March 31
4 $500 scholarships to incoming freshmen at NC A and T

Janice M Scott Scholarship

Deadline March 31..valued at $2500..based on need

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarship Application

April Deadlines

The State of North Carolina PDK Chapter #1398 Prospective Educator Scholarship

4 scholarships valued at $750 each. Deadline April 1 2014

Contact c.stpierre@cms.k12.nc.us

Forgivable Education Loans for Service

Deadline is April 1, 2014
3.00 minimum gpa from high school
As much as $3,000 is awarded
Application available at CFNC.org/FELS
Forgivable Education Loans

Zetas of Charlotte Benevolent Foundation Sarah Scott-Schofield Scholarship

Postmark Deadline April 1
demonstrated financial need; minimum 2.5 gpa; 3 letters of recommendation - click on link below for scholarship info.
Sarah Scott-Schofield Scholarship

State Employees Credit Union "People Helping People" Scholarship only for a West Meck Senior

- minimum 2.5 gpa
- must enroll at a NC state university
- demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement

In order to be eligible students must submit to Mr Cathey by April 4, 2014
- copy of acceptance to state university you will attend
- photograph (head shot)
- a short paragraph of less than one page on how you exemplify the SECU 's commitment to People Helping People.
- signed consent form - to be attached to scholarship site
Eligibility Criteria available at SECU foundation

These are 2 forms you should complete along with your essay.

Charlotte Knights Healthcare Scholarship

Deadline April 4
must have played at least one sport, have a minimum SAT of 1800 (on scale of 2400) or ACT composite score of 26, minimum 3.3 unweighted grade, and major in a health care field

Dora Mason Scholarship

Deadline April 5
$500 one time

Pi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi

CMS seniors may apply for 6 $2000 scholarships. Priority group is African-American males.
Deadline April 5, 2014

Scholarships will normally not be awarded to children, or immediate family members of Pi Phi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. or other fraternity members. Exceptions include when a fraternity member’s immediate family member demonstrates a true financial need. In these cases, the fraternity member will be considered in the same manner as other applicants.
If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 803-261-1225 or email garyjlewis1225@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance for help and support in this effort.

Gary J. Lewis, CTE Instructor
Harding-University High
2001 Alleghany Street
Charlotte, NC 28208
P: 980-343-6007
F: 980-343-1767
Twitter: @LewisHuhs
website: lewis.cmswiki.wikispaces.net

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math Scholarship

Four scholarships for two males and two females --- $5,000 each --- will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris. Deadline for submissions is April 7, 2014.

The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program - deadline April 14

HotelsCheap scholarship application

INDEPENDENCE GOOD FELLOWS (IGF) Scholarship deadline April 15
IGF will begin taking applications on January 15, 2014 and the deadline is April 15, 2014. Since this is only our third year we will distribute the application in as many ways as possible to reach as many students as possible – school guidance counselors, Boy Scout leaders, Youth Ministers, etc. You may also request an application be sent to you by contacting IGF at theigfscholarship@gmail.com. Email completed applications to theigfscholarship@gmail.com by April 15, 2014.
IGF will award a minimum $2,500 scholarship to a graduating High School senior by May 15, 2014.

SEANC Scholarships Postmark Deadline April 15

only SEANC members or their dependents are eligible.
Direct questions to Beth Dew 919-833-6436 or 800-222-2758
30 awards are given
Apply at
seanc scholarship

North Carolina Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation

students must major in accounting at school in NC
See Mr Cathey for a scholarship application
Deadline April 15, 2014


At least one parent must be a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council or a client of the Child Support Program (through either Child Support services or Clerk of Court services)

Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship in honor of Gary and Margaret Lincoln. This scholarship is for graduating seniors who will be attending CPCC in the fall.
Deadline April 18

Emma Dunlapp Scholarship

Deadline April 25, 2014
2.5 minimum GPA
evidence of financial need, demonstrated leadership, community activities

Gretta Waggoner Kistler - NC Zeta Scholarship

Deadline April 25, 2014
Must rank in top 10 % of class
Minimum SAT score of 900 or ACT composite of 20
good character
participation in extra curricular activities
financial need

MALCOLM ROBINSON MEMORIAL COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD 2014 $500 award to one graduating senior in Charlotte area

community service, good citizenship, high ethical principles

minimum 2.0 gpa

2 page essay required

Deadline April 25

The scholarship was named in honor of the late Malcolm Robinson, a former mentee in the 100s Movement of Youth program. Malcolm was a cancer survivor who also faced academic challenges and adverse peer pressure. He worked hard to turn his life around, but died in an automobile accident prior to the beginning studies at Barber Scotia College.

Contact Info 704-375-7300 or email charlotte100@100blackmenofcharlotte.org

NCHSAA Essay Contest
Deadline April 25

Asia Miller Scholarship

Deadline April 30
minimum 2.75 gpa
Asia Miller scholarships

May Deadlines

West Meck Booster Club

Deadline May 1

Crown Jewels Links

Deadline May 2
African American, min 2.75 gpa, demonstrated financial aid, $1000

West Meck Optimist Scholarship

Deadline May 5th
priority given to students who have participated in activities through West Meck Optimist

B.Davis Scholarship - May deadlineThe deadline is approaching for the 2014 B.Davis Scholarship.
Baron Davis

Please visit our website at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about us and to provide your students with an opportunity to apply for our scholarship.

Applications must be received by May 26, 2014

Amount of Scholarship: $1,000

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at awards@studentawardsearch.com

Jason RumeacherDirector

NO Deadline Given

Lenoir Rhyne Teaching Fellows starting in 2014.

Various scholarships are at Foundations for the CarolinasFoundations for the Carolinas

NC Division of Veteran Affairs available to students whose parents are disabled, deceased, combat or POW veterans.

Latin American Womens Association

Immigrant 1st or 2nd generation Latino student; minimum 3.0 unweighted gpa; recommendations and personal statement required; value $1500 to $3,000

Opportunities for Juniors

2014 Congressional Seminar in Washington DC sponsored by National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
June 21 - June 27 Spend the week in our nation's capital.
Visit 2014 Congressional Seminar
Representative in NC is Barbara Lawther blawther@bellsouth.net
To enter competition students must write essay on
To What Degree Can it Be Said That the Decisions of John Marshall's Supreme Court Laid the Essential Groundwork for Establishing A Strong Federal Government?
Essay Deadline Nov 27 2013

2014 Summer Ventures
Deadline Jan 31, 2014
Summer Ventures is a cost-free statewide program of the UNC system encouraging students to reach beyond the traditional boundaries of high school science and mathematics. This is a 4 week program which focuses on experimental design, laboratory skills, instrumentation, mathematical modeling, strategies in mathematical problem solving and more.
Programs are offered at
Appalachian State University
East Carolina University
North Carolina Central University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

This is a great opportunity for a student to learn about higher math and science and be exposed to a state university. One of our very own, Douglas Lee, attended Summer Ventures at NC Central last year.

Deadline for applications is January 31st. in addition to a student application, students must submit a confidential teacher evaluation, a confidential counselor evaluation and evidence of academic performance. Encourage your students to begin the process now.

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