ANNOUNCING THE GOLDEN LEAF SCHOLARSHIP FOR NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FOR THE 2005-06 ACADEMIC YEAR


The Golden LEAF application deadlines for the 2005-06 academic year have passed, and applications are no longer being accepted.

The University of North Carolina Office of the President plans to apply for another grant for the 2006-07 academic year, and we will post details at this site, www.ncseaa.edu no later than January 2006 if we receive funding. The information for the 2005-06 academic year is posted below for informational purposes.

Questions about the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program should be addressed to:

Robbie Schultz
Outreach Manager
North Carolina State Education Assistance
919 248-4686 / robbie@ncseaa.edu

Program Information

The Golden LEAF Scholarship, funded by a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation is available to students residing in one of 76 North Carolina counties who will enroll at one of the state's sixteen public universities - the University of North Carolina (UNC) system campuses - in the fall of 2005. Three categories of students will receive funding: high school students who will be first-time freshmen at UNC system campuses in fall 2005, transfer students from North Carolina community colleges who will enroll for the first time at UNC system campuses in fall 2005 and continuing students who received Golden LEAF Scholarships at UNC system campuses during the 2004-05 academic year. The Golden LEAF Scholarship is valued at $3,000 for the 2005-06 academic year ($1,500 for the Fall 2005 semester and $1,500 for the Spring 2006 semester). A total of 275 scholarships will be available in 2005-06: 100 scholarships will be awarded to current high school seniors who will enroll at public universities in Fall 2005, 50 will be awarded to current community college students who will transfer to public universities in Fall 2005 and 125 scholarships will be awarded to previous recipients of the Golden LEAF Scholarship at public universities.

Eligibility

To be considered for this scholarship, a student must:
  • Enroll full-time at one of the 16 UNC system campuses in fall of 2005 (see list below).
  • Be categorized within one of the following three groups:
    • an incoming first-time freshman, OR
    • an incoming transfer student from a North Carolina community college, OR
    • a 2004-05 recipient of the Golden LEAF Scholarship at a UNC system campus.
  • (New applicants only): Be a permanent resident of a rural county that is economically distressed (Tier I, II or III) and/or tobacco dependent. (See list of qualifying counties below). Note: This requirement does not apply to current recipients of the Golden LEAF Scholarship at public universities.
  • Have demonstrated financial need. Note: Recipients of other scholarships amounting to 75% or more of the total cost to attend a public university will be given low priority for a Golden LEAF Scholarship.
  • Present strong academic record from high school and community college, if applicable
  • (New applicants only) Present record of extra-curricular and leadership activities.
Priority will be given to students from families adversely affected by the decline of the tobacco industry.

Application, Deadlines and Program Information

1. Complete and submit the appropriate Golden LEAF Scholars Program application before the deadline. Click here for a Golden LEAF Scholarship application and additional program information.

** Note to potential applicants: Current versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required to complete the Golden LEAF scholarship application.

Application deadlines:
Students who will enroll for the first time at a public four-year campus in the fall of 2005: 

  • The application deadline for new applicants for the Golden LEAF scholarship four -year public university program was March 15, 2005. Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2005-06 academic year.

    Students who will enroll at North Carolina community colleges in Fall 2005 should contact their financial aid offices for details of the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for community college students.
Renewals (students who previously received Golden LEAF Scholarships at four-year public campuses):

  • The application deadline was May 31, 2005. Applications are no longer being accepted for renewal candidates.

Applications and transcripts must be mailed by the appropriate deadline to:

Robbie Schultz
NC State Education Assistance Authority
P. O. Box 13663
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3663


2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list the colleges and universities you may attend. It is suggested that students complete the FAFSA prior to April 1 in order for the results to be available to support this application. The FAFSA can be completed on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov or a paper application can be obtained from the high school counseling office or the college financial aid office. There is no fee to complete the FAFSA.

If you need help completing the FAFSA, sign up for one of the FAFSA Day programs. This is a free service that will be offered at 30 locations across the state on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 (early enough to meet the deadlines set by most colleges, but if the campus you are considering has an earlier deadline do not wait for FAFSA Day to complete your application). To register for FAFSA Day or to see a list of locations, visit www.CFNC.org and click the "CFNC Events" button, or call the toll-free phone number for College Foundation of North Carolina, 866-866-CFNC.

Value

The scholarship is valued at $3,000 for the academic year.  Funds will be offered for the 2005-06 academic year only and should not be considered renewable.

Additional Information

For additional information, contact Robbie Schultz 800-700-1775 at ext. 313 or (919) 248-4686, by e-mail at robbie@ncseaa.edu, by fax at (919) 248-4687, or visit the Golden LEAF Scholarship Web site at www.ncseaa.edu/gl.htm.

Other Information To Assist College-Bound Students

College Foundation of North Carolina offers information to help students plan, apply and pay for college. Visit the Web site, www.CFNC.org or call the toll-free number, 866-866-CFNC to speak with a college planning specialist. This is a free service provided by the State of North Carolina.

Constituent Institutions of the University of North Carolina:

Appalachian State University University of North Carolina at Asheville
East Carolina University University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Elizabeth City State University University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Fayetteville State University University of North Carolina at Greensboro
North Carolina A&T State University University of North Carolina at Pembroke
North Carolina Central University University of North Carolina at Wilmington
North Carolina School of the Arts Western Carolina University
North Carolina State University Winston-Salem State University

Only residents of the following counties are eligible for the Golden LEAF Scholars Program (this requirement does not apply to renewal students):

Alexander
Alleghany
Anson
Ashe
Avery
Beaufort
Bertie
Bladen
Burke
Caldwell
Camden
Carteret
Caswell
Cherokee
Chowan
Clay
Cleveland
Columbus
Craven
Currituck
Dare
Duplin
Edgecombe
Franklin
Gates
Graham
Granville
Greene
Halifax
Harnett
Haywood
Hertford
Hoke
Hyde
Jackson
Johnston
Jones
Lee
Lenoir
Macon
Madison
Martin
McDowell
Mitchell
Montgomery
Nash
Northampton
Onslow
Pamlico
Pasquotank
Pender
Perquimans
Person
Pitt
Polk
Richmond
Robeson
Rockingham
Rutherford
Sampson
Scotland
Stanley
Stokes
Surry
Swain
Transylvania
Tyrrell
Vance
Warren
Washington
Watauga
Wayne
Wilkes
Wilson
Yadkin
Yancey



This project received support from the Golden LEAF Foundation