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How to apply for a Transformational Scholarship from NC State

College of Education banners at N.C. State. Courtesy of N.C. State

Students in eastern North Carolina who want to earn an undergraduate degree in education from North Carolina State University (N.C. State) and return to the region to teach are eligible for a $40,000 scholarship thanks to the Anonymous Trust. The first Transformational Scholarship cohort will include 20 students beginning fall 2022, but the application process opens Oct. 1.

Find out more about the scholarship and the steps to apply below. All information can be found on N.C. State’s College of Education Transformational Scholarship landing page.

Who is eligible?

According to the N.C. State Transformational Scholars website, those eligible for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • resident of an eastern North Carolina county
  • acceptance to N.C. State as a first-year student
  • demonstrated financial need
  • commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • commitment to the teaching profession
Eligible counties for the Transformational Scholarship program. Courtesy of N.C. State

When to start applying and other important dates

In order to be eligible for a Transformational Scholarship, according to N.C. State, the student must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application opens Oct. 1.

Applicants must then also apply to N.C. State no later than Nov. 1. In filling out this general application, applicants must be sure to select a licensure-track major within the College of Education as first choice.

If the student qualifies for a Transformational Scholarship, they will hear from N.C. State by mid-December. This comes by way of an invitation for the scholarship program via N.C. State’s Pack Assist. Students wanting to officially apply for the Transformational Scholarship program should do so no later than Jan. 10, 2022.

Those students who move forward in the selection process will be notified in Feb. 2022 and asked to interview with a review committee in March 2022.

Students selected in the first cohort will be notified shortly after the interview process and will need to accept the scholarship with the N.C. State College of Education no later than April 15, 2022. Those Transformational Scholars should also notify N.C. State of their enrollment by May 1, 2022.

Want to learn more about the program and its promises?

According to a press release, the Transformational Scholars program was created with a $7.25 million charitable grant from the Anonymous Trust. The goal is to prepare students to become educators and retain those teachers in eastern North Carolina once they graduate. Students who obtain the scholarship will receive $10,000 per year in support, for up to four years. Transformational Scholars may also receive additional funds for professional development.

Scholars will benefit from mentors in the College of Education or other education leaders in eastern North Carolina, and will participate in field experiences, student teaching, and summer work.

Are you an educator and want to nominate a student for a Transformational Scholarship? Click here for the form.

Learn more about the Transformational Scholarships program and find the information to apply here.


Editor’s note: The Anonymous Trust supports the work of EducationNC.

Caroline Parker

Caroline Parker is a multimedia storyteller for EducationNC. She covers the stories of rural North Carolina, the arts, and STEM education.