Scholarships for Under Represented Groups

The National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition designed to encourage Black American youth to continue their education.  The National Achievement Scholarship Program is conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  To be considered, students must take the PSAT/NMSQT and request to be considered on their answer sheet. 
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students. 
Contact: Japanese American Living Legacy, 657-278-4483, Eligibility: High school seniors descendents of a Japanese American WWII Veteran, U.S. citizen, accepted to U.S. community college, university, or trade school. Award: $2,000 Deadline: January, contact for exact deadline.

NC Reach
NC Reach provides state-funded grants for former foster youth to attend public colleges and universities in NC.  Funding may be used to pay tuition, fees, books and room and board.  To be eligible, you must be a legal resident of NC, an NC-DSS foster youth who "aged-out" at 18 or was adopted after age 12, and enrolled (or planning) in a public community college or university in NC.
Veteran's Children
For children of disabled, decease, combat or POW/MIA war veterans.  If the veteran was a resident of NC at the time he/she served, and/or the veteran's child is a lifelong resident of NC, the child may be eligible for a scholarship from the state of NC.  For more information contact:  Iredell County Veteran's Office  PO Box 788  Statesville, NC  28687 or call 704-878-3135 or email:

Exceptional Children/Learning Disabilities

Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Award:  Students may be nominated for this award who are completing their last year of high school.  The $1000 scholarship is to be used for any post high school learning experience/training or for the equipment/training needed for employment. 


The Anne Ford Scholarship/Learning Disabilities:  The ideal candidate is a high school senior who has faced the challenges of having a learning disability; is committed to completing a college degree and setting career goals; has demonstrated perseverance; embraces new opportunities; has a well rounded perspective shaped by experiences in school, in the community, and with family and friends; understands how LD affects his/her life and recognizes the importance of self-advocacy; believes in contributing to society in ways that increase the opportunities and potential of ALL people with learning disabilities; and will feel comfortable serving as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with learning disabilities.

The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.
Students who apply for these scholarship need to be a member of the NAACP Youth Program for at least 6 months in order to qualify for the college scholarships. There is a support program where students who can't afford or pay for the NAACP Youth membership can get coverage and still qualify. They would need to attend the NAACP Youth Program monthly meetings the second Tuesday each month at Iredell County Public Library, 6:00-7:00 pm.
In an effort to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers, the project provides tuition for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study at participating colleges.  The program is a collaboration between Clemson University and Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University.

THE NORTH CAROLINA HISPANIC COLLEGE FUND (NCHCF)Awards for between $500-$2,500 to Hispanic/Latino students who have graduated from a North Carolina high school. It can be used at any Community College or four year college in North Carolina. Applicants must be of Hispanic/Latino background, have a 2.5 GPA, and be enrolled in a Community College or four year college. Preference will be given to foreign-born applicants or native-born children of foreign-born parents. Applications can be downloaded from

 THE LATINO DIAMANTE SCHOLARSHIP FUND provides two $750 scholarships each year for qualified Hispanic students planning to attend college in the fall. You must have a 2.5 GPA and submit an essay. More details are available at

 The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans has an exciting bilingual web site that provides parents with a one-stop center for information to increase college knowledge. The web sites are or The sites offer parents and students resources on how they can make college education a reality.



Last Modified on January 13, 2014