Golden LEAF Colleges and Universities Scholarship Program

🏆 Available:
💰 $14,000
⏳ 03/01

Scholarship Description

Since its inception in 1999, The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded more than $55.2 million in scholarship funding to more than 25,000 students.

This Golden LEAF Scholarship is open to high school seniors and community college transfer students who reside in a qualifying rural, economically distressed, tobacco-dependent North Carolina county and are planning to enroll full-time in a participating public or private college or university located in North Carolina.


  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Reside in a qualifying rural North Carolina county
  • Be a graduating North Carolina high school senior or a currently enrolled North Carolina community college transfer student enrolling full-time in the fall
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Plan to enroll in a participating North Carolina public or private college/university
  • Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that does not exceed the maximum permitted by Golden LEAF
  • Be able to communicate a commitment to returning to a rural North Carolina county after graduation from college

High school seniors entering college as first year students are eligible for a four-year scholarship totaling up to $14,000 ($3,500 a year for up to four years). Community college transfer students are eligible for $3,500 a year for up to 3 years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 Minimum GPA
  • Must currently be in high school
  • For residents of the following states: North Carolina
  • Type of institution award is open to: four-year college

Application Requirements

  • Application form required
  • Transcript required
  • Financial need analysis required

How To Apply

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Donor: North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority

A North Carolina state agency that is responsible for the management of financial aid programs funded by federal, state, and private sources.