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Scholarship Information

External Scholarships

To qualify, applicants must be working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in: occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreation therapy, psychology, pre-medical, special education, nursing, speech-language pathology, or social work and intend to serve persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities after graduation.

The scholarship will be available to qualified applicants residing in one of the following 38 counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne or Wilson.

To learn more about eligibility requirements or to receive an application, visit the Caswell Center website.

Established in 1999, the Caswell Center Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in eastern North Carolina.

FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.

Access to FinAid is free for all users and there is no charge to link to the site.

You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA. You must submit the FAFSA every year that you want aid. The FAFSA is available in several formats, including online, PDF and paper versions.

The best option is to complete the web-based version of the FAFSA, known as FAFSA on the Web. It includes step-by-step instructions for completing the online FAFSA as well as preapplication worksheets. If you have technical questions about using FAFSA on the Web, call (800) 433-3243 (4-FED-AID).

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a merit-based Federal Title IV program designed to encourage highly qualified teachers to serve in low-income schools in high-need fields.

More TEACH information

The Watson College of Education offers the following Graduate Scholarships

  • New Scholar Award
  • Graduate Tuition Remission
  • Graduate Tuition Scholarships

For additional information email Shawn Sproatt at 

To apply to the scholarship programs please go to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. For more information, call (800) 644-4223.

A statewide program designed to provide sequenced educational scholarship opportunities for child care center teachers, directors, and family child care home providers who work in regular settings.

For more information, please go to Child Care Services Association.

The Yolanda Norwood Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Yolanda Norwood, Vice-President of the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women and a member of the Board of the Coastal Carolina United Nations Association.

This scholarship is to be granted annually in the amount of $300 to support one UNCW student on the basis of merit. The student should be devoted to improving the lives of women and/or children as demonstrated through academic study and/or activities outside of school.

Interested students are invited to submit, by March 15, an application, essay, and official transcript to: Mrs. Stephanna Tewey, President, Coastal Carolina United Nations Association, 946 Birch Creek Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation programs are designed to attract and retain teachers in low-income schools to help all children receive the best education possible, regardless of their economic status.

Visit the DPI Teacher Loan Forgiveness website

The Opportunity Scholarship is an income-based program that helps families pay tuition and fees.