This page provides information on scholarships offered through A-B Tech, the A-B Tech Foundation, and outside organizations. Additional information is available through the Financial Aid Office.

Available for Spring 2014

Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina – North Carolina Community College SystemPartnership Scholarship

This scholarship is available for students enrolled in either the Associate of Arts in Business Administration or in any of the twelve Business Administration curricula within the Associate of Applied Sciences’ Business Technologies program.  The deadline to submit is December 9, 2013.


Click here for the application and more information.


Scholarship information is currently available for the following areas:

A-B Tech Foundation Scholarships 

Enrollment Scholarships 

General Scholarships

  • American Welding Society Fund
    • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
    • College Answer
    • College Net
    • Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
    • Fast Web
    • The Home Depot 2010 Trade Scholarship
    • McDowell Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship
    • National Community College Aerospace Scholars
    • NC Reach
    • NC Space Grant
    • North Carolina 4-H Development Fund Scholarships
    • North Carolina AmeriCorps
    • The North Carolina ETV Program
    • The Princeton Review
    • SEANC
    • St. Luke's Episcopal Church College Scholarship

Scholarships for Military Service

Midway Honors Scholars Program at East Tennessee State University

  Forgivable Education Loans for Service

The Forgivable Education Loan for Service was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 and the first loans available for the 2013-14 academic year. The loan provides financial assistance to qualified students who are committed to working in North Carolina in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas. Please visit the CFNC website for additional details. 


A recipient must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for FELS:

  • Be a legal North Carolina resident and NC resident for tuition purposes
  • At the time of application, present a minimum grade point average (GPA) of:
    • 3.00 for graduating high school students (weighted GPA)
    • 2.80 for undergraduate students pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree
    • 3.20 for students pursuing a graduate or professional degree
  • Register with the Selective Service System, if required;
  • Recipients must not be in default, or does not owe a refund, under any federal or State loan or grant program
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the enrolling policy of the institution.
  • Be willing to work in NC in a designated critical employment area.


Annual Loan Amounts are as follows:

  • Certificate or associate degree programs: $3,000

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the 2012-2013 academic year has passed. 

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Enrollment Scholarships

First-Year Student Awards (New incoming students who have completed less than half the credit hours needed for their declared program of study)

Alternative High School Success

  • Received GED with a score of 2,500 or above within the past 12 months

Dependent Student Support

  • Living on your own, not receiving parental financial support, but still considered a dependent for financial aid purposes
  • Must provide the following when submitting your application
    • Prior year tax return indicating income of $4,000 or more
    • Letter explaining your circumstances

Dislocated Worker

  • Recently terminated or laid off due to plant closure or significant workforce reduction
  • Must provide documentation of layoff or receipt of unemployment benefits when submitting application

Excellence in High School

  • High school transcript indicating class rank in the top 15%

Non-Traditional Careers

  • Enrolled in a curriculum program considered non-traditional for your gender

President's Discretion

  • Exceptional circumstances; application will be referred to President for review
  • Must provide a letter explaining your circumstances

Single Parent

  • Single parent with one or more dependent children in the household


  • Graduated 1st or 2nd in your high school graduating class
  • FAFSA is optional


  • Veterans with demonstrated additional need
  • Submit documentation of honorable discharge
  • Based on the recommendations of the Veterans' Coordinator

Under-Represented Population Scholars

  • Identify as African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, or Hispanic

Second-Year Student Awards (Students who have completed more than half the credit hours needed for their declared program of study)

Campus Involvement

  • Current member of a Student Government-sanctioned club
  • Provide letter from club advisor certifying active club participation

Merit Scholar

  • A-B Tech cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher indicated on transcripts

President's Discretion

  • Exceptional circumstances; application will be referred to President for review
  • Must provide a letter explaining your circumstances


  • Have completed 20+ credit hours at A-B Tech
  • Have not taken classes for at least one academic year
  • A-B Tech GPA is 2.5 or higher


American Welding Society Foundation

  • A variety of scholarships available to students who are pursuing a degree in Welding.
  • For more information or to apply: contact the Financial Aid office or go to

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Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

  • Award amount: 400 scholarships, of $1000 and $2000, to students attending two-year higher-education institutions granting terminal degrees
  • Nominees must have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Must have some community service or be employed part- or full-time
  • Must be enrolled in at least two courses during the upcoming fall term at a two-year institution
  • Deadline: Deadlines vary. Please contact Veronica Dooly at 828.254.1921 x7663 for more information
  • For full eligibility requirements and further information, visit

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College Answer

College Net

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

  • Applicants must be dependent children or spouses of persons who were killed or are permanently disabled as a direct result of the terrorist attacks in the United States on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Specifically, the Fund will benefit children and spouses of the victims, including airplane crews and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon employees and visitors, and relief workers, including firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical personnel.
  • Applicants may be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the United States.
  • Scholarships will be offered to applicants who demonstrate financial need. School costs, family's ability to pay expenses, and other aid will be considered.
  • Scholarships may be used for undergraduate study.
  • Students may submit applications for assistance each year they will be enrolled in undergraduate study. Students may receive assistance a maximum of four years or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first.
  • Award amounts will be reviewed each year and will be determined based on financial need and number of applicants.
  • This scholarship is administered by Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America (CSFA), a national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization. For information regarding applying for this scholarship, visit

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Fast Web

The Home Depot

  • For students enrolled in Construction Management full-time or part-time
  • $1000 for the student ($500 for tuition and books, $500 Home Depot Gift Card)
  • Application Deadline: Expired
  • Go to for more information

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McDowell Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

  • For McDowell county residents that have been accepted in an accredited program in a medical field with an overall GPA of 3.0
    • Required attachments to the completed application form are:
    • 1.  Two letters of personal references- These may include a teacher, employer,  counselor, or community person who knows you well, but is not a relative.  Please provide each reference with a stamped envelope addressed to

McDowel Hospital

Volunteer Services

Auxiliary Scholarship

PO Box 730

Marion, NC 28752

2. The most certified transcript of your grades.

3. A copy of your letter of acceptance into an accredited program in the medical field.

4. Your completed application.

  • Application Deadline to be announced for 2013-14 school year.
  • You can pick up an application from the Financial Aid Office

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National Community College Aerospace Scholars

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age and a high school graduate
  • Registered at an accredited community college for the semesters during the project experience
  • Able to make a six month commitment to NCAs, including a three-day experience at a NASA center
  • Able to access the internet
  • More information available at
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 281.483.4112

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NC Reach

  • Must have aged out of North Carolina foster care at age 18, or have been adopted from North Carolina foster care on or after their 12th birthday.
  • Students may qualify through age 25.
  • Students who qualify can receive a grant to assist them with tuition and school related expenses as well as comprehensive support services to help them succeed academically.
  • For more information, including the online application, visit

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NC Space Grant

  • The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $1,000 for students enrolled full time (minimum of 12 credit hours) at one of North Carolina’s Community Colleges. Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA's mission including careers in the aerospace sector.

Eligibility Requirements
The Community College STEM Scholarship applicant must be:

  • A permanent United States citizen
  • Enrolled full time in a NC Community College and have completed at least one semester of coursework (minimum of 12 credit hours)
  • Pursuing an Associate degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline
  • In good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).
  • For more information please go to  

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North Carolina 4-H Development Fund Scholarships

  • Must be a resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes
  • Enroll as an undergraduate in a four-year accredited North Carolina college or university or a junior or community college in the state.
  • Have an outstanding record of 4-H Youth Development Program participation and achievement
  • Possess an excellent high school academic record
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for college work through SAT scores
  • Award amount: $500 and up
  • Applications are available in the fall through each county cooperative extension office (local 4-H officiants) in North Carolina or by calling the 4-H Youth Development Department at (919) 515-2801.

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North Carolina AmeriCorps

  • The AmeriCorps Program offers full and part time opportunities for participants to provide service to their community. Monthly stipends and educational vouchers are available for full and part-time members who participate in the one year program.
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
  • Must be 17 years of age or older (special exemptions for 16 year-old persons in a full-time, year-round youth corps program; contact program officer for further information)
  • Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D., or obtain one while serving
  • Upon completing 1700 hours of service in one year, members receive educational vouchers worth $4,725 for full-time service and $2,362 for 900 hours of less than full-time service. The vouchers can be used to help pay off student loans, or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training. In addition, the living stipend for members during the year they provide service is $9,800 to $19,600 for full-time participants, and up to $9,800 for less than full-time participants.
  • For more information about the AmeriCorps Program, contact Alicia Hartsfield, AmeriCorps Senior Program Officer, Mail Service 0312, Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0312, email, or call or visit on the web the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service at, (919) 715-3470 or (800) 820-4483.

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The North Carolina ETV Program

  • Must be eligible for the North Carolina LINKS program.
  • Must have been in foster care as a teenager.
  • Must be a citizen or qualified noncitizen.
  • Can not have personal assets over $10,000.
  • Must have aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with finalization after your 16th birthday.
  • Must be 18, 19, or 20 years of age to enter the ETV program.
  • Must have been accepted into or are enrolled in a degree, certificate, or other accredited college, university, technical, or vocational school and show progress towards that degree or certificate.
  • Award amount: up to $5,000.
  • To apply, go to, click on the State of North Carolina map, and follow the link to the application.

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The Princeton Review


  • Eligibility: The applicant and/ or parent or guardian must be a SEANC member. Students whose parents are state employees but not SEANC members are not eligible for the scholarship.  Parents can join SEANC so their child can be eligible.
  • Further Eligibility Requirements: Student must be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Financial need applicants must include a copy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report.
  • Award amount: Twenty-Eight awards are annual scholarships (14 merit-based, 14 financial need) for four-year college or university students.  Six awards are annual scholarships (3 merit-based, 3 financial need) for those students in a junior college, community college or technical school.
  • For additional information or to apply online, go to Copy of applications can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church College Scholarship

  • Recipients will be selected on an objective basis using academic performance, financial need and motivation as determining criteria.
  • $1000 scholarship that is renewable for up to four years.
  • To Apply go to
  • Deadline has already passed for 2012-13.
  • Contact Sarah Cain @ 828.254.2133 for additional information.  

Scholarship America's Fund for Veterans Education

  • Available to veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001 who are now enrolled in a college or vocational-technical school
  • For more information, please click here.

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Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program

  • Scholarship provided by Army Emergency Relief (AER).
  • Eligibility: applicants must be residing in the United States and be the spouse of an Soldier on active duty, widow(er) of an Soldier who died while on active duty, spouse of retired Soldier or widow(er) of Soldier who died while in a retired status. Spouses/widow(ers) must reside at a stateside residence, and be enrolled, accepted, or pending acceptance as full time students in post-secondary or vocational institutions and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Award amount: Stateside financial assistance is awarded based on financial need, as evidenced by income, assets, family size, special financial obligations and circumstances with a $2900 maximum per academic year.
  • For more information or to apply, go to

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Veterans Services

  • Additional information regarding Veterans Services may be obtained by contacting the Veterans Coordinator at 254-1921 ext. 206, or by clicking here.

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Midway Honors Scholars Program at East Tennessee State University

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5, an Associate degree, or at least 30 earned credit hours beyond high school graduation, evidence of community leadership activities and commitment to complete a baccalaureate degree.
  • Scholarships - Midway Honors Scholars receive full tuition and fees for four semesters, an honors allowance of $500 each semester and the opportunity to apply for a one-time $2500 award to study abroad, research or extra study at ETSU (summer tuition or a fifth semester).
  • Program Information:
  • To Apply:
  • Application Deadline: Has Already Passed for 2012. 
  • Phone: (423) 439-6456
  • Email:
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