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Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship

Golden LEAF Scholarships

Scholarships available for both curriculum (up to $750)  and Con Ed programs (up to $250) beginning September 2019 for 2019-2020 academic year.  

Download the application for Curriculum students!


  • Curriculum students
    • Will be selected based on their financial need as reported in their Free Application for Student Assistance (FAFSA).  
    • Degree seeking students must be enrolled as a full-time student in order to receive the maximum scholarship award. 
  • Occupational continuing education students (Contact Sherri Davis - 398-7701 - Madison Campus for Con Ed application information)
    • Must enroll in Nurse Aide I and II; Electronic Health Records; Ophthalmic Assisting; EMT-Intermediate;  or Basic Firefighter Indoctrination Training (BFIT) programs.
    • Must demonstrate a need under the federal TRIO formula and be enrolled in a career pathways program or a course that is scheduled for at least 96 hours and leads to a state and national credential.


  • Must be:
    • Resident of North Carolina
    • Reside in a qualifying county designated by Golden LEAF


  • At least one of the following:
    • Unemployed,
    • Underemployed (200% of Federal poverty levels),
    • Military veteran or military spouse,
    • Member of the NC National Guard, or
    • Member of an underserved population in specific workforce sectors, as identified by the college in collaboration with sector employers.
    • Working and earning wages at or below two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty guidelines.

Applicants will also be selected based on financial need and county of residence.  Other selection factors include:

  • The effect of the declining economy on his or her family.
    • Owned or employed in farming/agriculture business
    • Owned or employed in traditional industries (such as textile or furniture manufacturing)
    • Household member lost their job or gone from full-time to part-time employment
  • Academic Performance
  • Campus activities and community service

Golden LEAF's mission is to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grants making, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.