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New Hanover County Board of Education
Student Scholarships for Future Teachers

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The New Hanover County Board of Education believes that the future of quality education in New Hanover County lies in the hands of the future teachers of our students.

The Board of Education Student Scholarships for future teachers will award four scholarship loans of $7,000, specifically, $3,500 per semester, each year to an accredited North Carolina college or university of the recipient’s choice, for a total amount of $28,000 per scholarship.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a senior in a New Hanover County public (non-charter) high school;
  • Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of high school grades, class standing, ACT/SAT scores, writing samples, community service, extracurricular activities, and references from teachers and members of the community;
  • Applicants must submit at least three reference letters, including one from a teacher, one from a community member, and one that highlights applicant’s teaching abilities. Please do not include references from relatives;
  • Applicants must be accepted into, enrolled or enrolling as a full-time student in an accredited North Carolina college or university of their choice in a teacher education program;
  • Scholarship recipients must achieve a minimum 2.5 grade point average each year and remain a student in good standing according to requirements and standards imposed by the college or university;
  • Scholarship recipients must obtain a North Carolina teaching license within four years of initial scholarship; and
  • Recipients must teach full-time in New Hanover County Schools within 7 years of receiving teaching license and teach for at least four years.

Failure to comply with these conditions shall require repayment of all scholarship funds awarded, unless otherwise granted by the Board.

Application Process:
The Board of Education Student Scholarships for future teachers application process is comprised of five separate parts.

Applicants are required to read and understand Board Policy 1660 before applying.

Part 1: Application Release Form
The Application Release Form must be signed by the applicant and the applicant’s parent if the applicant is a minor. The signed form will need to be submitted along with the reference letters by Monday, February 6, 2017.

Part 2: Online Application
The online application must be completed in one session. Partial applications will not be considered.  The student must use their NHCS email address to access the application.

It is recommended that applicants type their essay response in a Word document and transfer their response to the online application.

Part 3: Reference Letters
Applicants must submit at least three reference letters, including one from a teacher, one from a community member, and one that highlights applicant’s teaching abilities. Please do not include references from relatives.

Part 4: Selection of Recipients
Recipients are selected through a rigorous selection process. Selection is made on the basis of grades, class standing, SAT scores, writing samples, community service, extracurricular activities and references from teachers and members of the community.

  • A rubric will be used to rank recipients.
  • The NHC Board of Education will use the findings of the ranking to select candidates to interview.
  • During the interview process, which will be held in March, the candidates will be required to write a second essay.

Part 5: Awarding of Scholarships
A formal letter will be sent inviting the recipients to a signing ceremony to accept the scholarship during the April Regular Meeting of the Board.

Submission Instructions:
Completed applications, including three reference letters and signed Application Release Form, must be received by the Board administrator no later than noon on Monday, February 6th, 2017.

Online applications will not be considered for the scholarships until all three parts have been received by the Board administrator.

Mail reference letters and signed Application Release Form to:

New Hanover County Board of Education
Attn: Tabitha Adams
New Hanover County Schools Administration Building
6410 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

OR

Scan and email to:
tabitha.adams@nhcs.net

OR

Fax to (910) 254-4350

Questions? Please call Tabitha Adams at (910) 254-4280.