External Scholarship Opportunities

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

Offers at least $8,250 per year in forgivable loans to teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics or special education.

Scholarships are awarded to: Seniors in high school in North Carolina; Current NC State students transferring into the NC State College of Education or adding a double major in education; Students at other community colleges or colleges in North Carolina transferring into a teacher education program or Individuals in North Carolina already with a bachelor’s degree seeking a teacher license

Go to https://ced.ncsu.edu/teaching-fellows for further information.

David L. Boren Awards Scholarships and Fellowships for International Study

The Boren Awards provide funding opportunities for U.S. Students to become more proficient in the cultures and languages of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding up to $30,000 for graduate students and up to $20,000 for undergraduate students, for full academic year or semester programs. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors may also apply for summer programs of eight weeks or longer. More information can be found at: www.borenawards.org

Epsilon Sigma Alpha International – North Carolina State Council Scholarship Board

The Carolina council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha scholarship Board offers scholarship opportunities for students and teachers who are pursuing a degree or certification in Special Education.  The scholarship ranges from $500 to $2500 per year and is targeted to individuals training for work with exceptional children.  Current North Carolina teachers seeking additional training are also eligible.

Applications are available for downloading at: https://www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants

Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)

The “Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program” (FELS) was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011.  The loan provides financial assistance to qualified North Carolina students who are committed to working in North Carolina in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas.  The application and program information is available at CFNC.org/FELS.  Continuing students who have received loans from the following programs and meet eligibility requirements for renewal will continue to be funded under the terms of their existing promissory notes:


Goodnight Scholars Program

The Goodnight Scholars Program was created to assist middle-income families with the financial obligations of college.

The Goodnight Scholars Program selects students for application based on the following requirements:

  • Must be a North Carolina resident.
  • Major in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, or in Education to teach in one of the STEM fields.
  • Must apply for admission to NC State by October 15.
  • Must complete the FAFSA by February 15.  Priority is given to students from middle-income families.

For complete scholarship information and how to apply, please visit https://goodnight.ncsu.edu/apply/.

The Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Scholarship Trust Fund

North Carolina residents enrolled in a teacher education program and willing to teach in a public school of North Carolina for at least two years may apply for this scholarship. Recipients will receive $1,000 for use during their senior year. For additional information, please visit https://www.ncae.org/get-involved/awards/mary-morrowedna-richards-scholarship/ or call the NC Association of Educators at 1.800.662.7924 ext. 227 or you may also email Elic Senter at elic.senter@ncae.org.

State Farm Companies Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Awards

The Doctoral Dissertation Award is designed to stimulate research and development of new knowledge in the fields of insurance, business, and education, and to increase the number of qualified teachers of insurance, business, and education at U.S. colleges and universities. Each winner receives a $10,000 research grant.

For more information and to apply for this award, please call 1-847-866-5100 and ask for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Program Assistant, or visit


William Tasse Alexander Scholarship Fund

The William Tasse Alexander Scholarship Fund provides merit scholarships to undergraduate students from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina primarily in the field of education.


  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be majoring in the field of education or taking courses leading to a career in teaching*
  • Be legal residents of Mecklenburg County, NC*
    *Applicants who are descendants of Susan Henry & Thomas J. Watkins and Margery Cochran & William T. Alexander must meet merit requirements for scholarships but are not limited as to field of study or place of residence
  • Be at least rising juniors or seniors in college and must be full-time students. Exceptions may be made for lateral entry students at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee

For more information please visit:  https://www.fftc.org/scholarships 

El Pueblo, Inc. – Scholarships for North Carolina’s Latino Students

For more information about El Pueblo, Inc. please visit https://www.elpueblo.org

For a list of scholarships available and how to apply visit: Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

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Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team – Fifty Gold $1,500, fifty Silver $1,250, and fifty Bronze $1,000 scholarships. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between October 1 and December 2. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, https://www.ptk.org/scholarships.aspx

Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise – 180 scholarships of $1,000. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between February 27 and April 30. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, https://www.ptk.org/scholarships.aspx

Gates Millennium Scholars. For more information and to apply online, visit  http://www.gmsp.org/

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.  Fellowship applications due October 15.  For more information and to apply online, visit http://kstf.org/

Microsoft Scholarship Program. For more information and to apply online, visit https://careers.microsoft.com/students/scholarships

Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Balanced Man Scholarship.  Recognizing incoming freshmen male students who throughout high school have been able to balance the life of both scholar and athlete. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.sigep.org/resources/officer-positions/recruitment-old/balanced-man-scholarship.html

Woman’s Club of Raleigh

Other Loan-Forgiveness Programs Available to Support Teachers, Aid Recruitment