Applications for Golden LEAF Scholarships are due March 1 | Local

The Golden LEAF Foundation has announced that applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are available on and are due March 1. dependent counties.

Awards are valued at $14,000 ($3,500 per year for up to four years) for North Carolina high school students attending a participating North Carolina college or university. Students transferring to a North Carolina community college can receive $3,500 per year for up to three years.

This year, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors increased the award amount from $12,000 to $14,000 over four years. Current scholarship recipients will receive the increased scholarship beginning in fall 2022.

“The Golden LEAF Scholarship Program is an important part of the Foundation’s workforce readiness strategy,” said Scott T. Hamilton, President and CEO of Golden LEAF. “Our goal is for Golden LEAF Scholars to gain the talent, knowledge, and skills to help rural North Carolina communities thrive as they return home to live, work, and raise families.”

To be eligible, students must have graduated from a North Carolina high school or be currently enrolled at a North Carolina community college, enrolling full-time in the fall at a public or private college or university in North Carolina participant. Recipients are selected based on several factors, including an intention to return to a rural North Carolina county upon graduation. Applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need as determined through the application process; have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5; and be a resident of an economically challenged and/or tobacco-dependent rural North Carolina county. Click here for the full list of eligible counties.

For more than 20 years, the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program has provided over 6,000 scholarships to help rural students attend colleges and universities across the state.

The Golden LEAF Scholarship Program is administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority and funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation. A full list of program requirements, participating campuses, and eligible counties can be viewed at Call 1-800-700-1775 ext. 4658 or email [email protected], for more information.

Students awarded the Golden LEAF Scholarship to attend North Carolina colleges and universities are also eligible to participate in additional leadership development and internship opportunities. These experiences allow scholars to participate in paid internships in their area of ​​professional interest, develop their professional networks, and learn key communication and leadership skills.

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding from the 1998 master settlement agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For more than 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation and management in as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The Foundation has had a lasting impact on tobacco-dependent, economically challenged, and rural areas of the state by helping to create 66,000 jobs, more than $700 million in new wages, and more than 90,000 workers trained or retrained for higher salaries.

For more information about Golden LEAF and our programs, please visit our website at

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