NCHSAA Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, the NCHSAA offers numerous scholarships to eligible student-athletes of NCHSAA member schools.

Contact:  karen@nchsaa.org (Education-Based Athletic Grants, Jerry McGee, Mark Dreibelbis, Commissioner Cup)

Contact:  evan@nchsaa.org (Buckle Up, Cheerleading, Charlie Adams, Willie Bradshaw, Toby Webb, Tony Cullen, Alford Family Golf)

Contact:  nolan@nchsaa.org (Willburn Clarly Medal, Pat Gainey, FloSports T&F)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid 
FAFSA opened October 1, 2021, for the 2022-23 academic year.

NOTICE: To facilitate the NCHSAA’s access to applicants’ educational information needed for the scholarship process, applicants and their parent(s) or legal custodian(s) will need to download and complete the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form. This form must be submitted to your School Counselor. Do not send the FERPA form to the NCHSAA office. 


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Applications open September 1, 2022

DEADLINE 11/15/22 -- Cheerleading Scholarship

The applicant must be a member of a cheerleading squad registered for and participating in the NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational event that year. This scholarship recognizes and rewards outstanding cheerleaders exemplifying sound character and academic standing, good sportsmanship, and school spirit by providing financial assistance in furthering their college/university education. Four (4) $500.00 scholarships will be awarded during the NCHSAA Cheerleading Invitational, with one given to a cheerleader per NCHSAA classification (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A).

DEADLINE 02/20/23 -- Charlie Adams Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to two senior male high school athletes participating on the varsity wrestling team and two senior female high school athletes participating on the varsity cross-country team at a North Carolina High School Athletic Association member high school. Recipients each receive a one-time award of $2,500 .
DEADLINE 03/24/23 --Pat Gainey Student Award (Endowed Scholarship)

To provide scholarship support for two student-athletes with a focus on need-based applicants. Applicants must be either a senior, male high school athlete participating on a varsity baseball team, or a senior, female student high school athlete participating on a varsity sports team at a North Carolina High School Athletic Association member high school within a county of limited financial resources. Each recipient receives a one-time $5,000.00 scholarship award.
DEADLINE 02/20/23 -- Wilburn Clary Medal Award (Endowed Scholarship)

Awarded to one male and one female graduating senior student-athlete participating on a sanctioned varsity sports team during his/her senior year at a North Carolina High School Athletic Association member school. The athlete must have participated in at least two sanctioned varsity sports during his/her high school career. Each recipient receives a one-time $3,000.00 scholarship award.
DEADLINE 03/24/23 -- Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship

To provide scholarship support to an outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native* and/or Asian Pacific Islander American**, or Hispanic American student-athlete participating on a sanctioned varsity team at a North Carolina High School Athletic Association member school. Award Process: One male and one female from each of the eight regions will be selected to receive a one-time $750 scholarship to further their education. In the event that applications are not submitted from all eight regions, other submitted applications may be considered to complete the pool of sixteen regional recipients. From the pool of sixteen (16) regional recipients, one male and female will be selected as overall state winners and receive an additional $1,000 each.

DEADLINE 03/17/23 -- The Mark Dreibelbis Scholarship

To provide scholarship support to outstanding student-athletes participating on a sanctioned varsity team at a North Carolina High School Athletic Association member school who has displayed exceptional leadership. Recipients each receive a one-time $2,500 scholarship.

DEADLINE 03/17/23 -- Jerry McGee Endowed Student Scholarship

Awarded to two senior year high school student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools each year. This award is unique because it honors both male and female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity and returned to excel beyond expectations in their scholastic athletic sport(s).

DEADLINE 04/14/23 -- Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship (Endowed Scholarship)

To provide scholarship support for two senior male and two senior female high school student-athletes participating on the varsity level lacrosse team at a North Carolina High School Athletic Association member high school, planning to attend a college or university in pursuit of higher education. Each recipient receives a one-time award of $1,000.

DEADLINE 4/14/23 -- FloSports Track & Field Scholarship

Through partnership with the NCHSAA, FloSports has designated funds to be used towards scholarship support of one male and one female track and field student-athlete at NCHSAA member schools. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

DEADLINE 4/14/23 -- Alford Family Golf Scholarship

Through partnership with the NCHSAA, The Alford Family has designated funds to be used towards scholarships to support of one male and one female golf student-athlete at NCHSAA member schools. Each recipient will receive a $500 scholarship.