Scholarships at FFTC
We manage more than 150 scholarship funds that help deserving students pursue their educational goals.
Established by generous fundholders, these scholarships provide support for students ranging from kindergarten to graduate school.
Apply for a Scholarship
Create Your Own Scholarship
Give Time or Treasure
Search and Apply
To search for scholarship programs and applications, visit our online portal. You can search for scholarships based on keyword or criteria, and can view all scholarship funds to browse the options. Each scholarship has its own selection criteria and requirements. Most FFTC Scholarship Funds use the online application but some funds have their own paper application or asks that you contact an external school or organization to apply. We strongly encourage you to review the “How to Apply” for each of the funds you are interested in applying.
If you are a student who has received a renewable scholarship, visit Community Force to submit the application.
Scholarship Application Calendar
Early December: Current scholarship recipients are notified to complete the online Scholarship Renewal Application. New applications are available on our online scholarships portal.
Early March: Deadline to submit most applications to FFTC. Be sure to check specific scholarship deadlines.
March-May: Scholarship committees meet to review applications.
March-June: Scholarship awards are announced to applicants.
Mid-June: Scholarship payments are mailed to recipients' schools.
FFTC Scholarship Funds can be established by individuals, families, businesses or nonprofits with a minimum gift of $50,000 for our Select service level ($100,000 for corporations), or $500,000 for our Comprehensive service level.
You choose a school or other institution to facilitate the scholarship selection process, and FFTC works with the selected organization to ensure adherence to your philanthropic wishes and all relevant tax laws.
FFTC Select Scholarship Funds
Our basic level of scholarships include:
- Flexibility to define program criteria, such as the schools or areas of study
- Scholarship description and application posted on the Foundation’s grant website
- Management of correspondence with students, parents and counselors
- Complete adherence to complex IRS regulations for scholarship funds and awards
- Philanthropic counsel throughout the gift process
FFTC Comprehensive Scholarship Funds
The Comprehensive service level offers a full-service approach for your scholarship program. Foundation For The Carolinas will fully manage your scholarship program, from promoting the opportunity to managing the scholar selection process, all while ensuring your philanthropic wishes are achieved.
Includes all Select level services, plus:
- A dedicated FFTC relationship manager
- Promotion of the scholarship opportunity to students
- Hosting and facilitation of selection committee meetings
- Maintenance of files for each scholarship recipient, and tracking individual academic performance
- Management of scholarship renewal process
Assets We Accept
We can help you leverage an exceptionally wide variety of assets to achieve your charitable goals, including:
- Marketable securities, including stocks, bonds and mutual funds
- Real property, including land, primary and vacation homes and commercial property
- Non-voting business interests that include closely held stock, limited partnership and LLC interests
- Life insurance
- Qualified retirement plan assets
- Trust, estate and deferred gifts
Volunteer on a Committee
To ensure fairness in the selection process, FFTC Scholarship Funds rely upon committees of community volunteers to review applications and select qualified recipients based upon the specific purpose and criteria of each fund a established by its donor.
If you are interested in joining a scholarship committee, complete the Selection Committee Volunteer Form.
Give to an Existing Scholarship
You can help existing scholarship funds support students as they pursue higher education and training.
- Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship Fund
- ANSWER Scholarship Endowment
- Asbury Scholarship Fund
- Charlotte Rotary 9-11 Scholarship Fund
- Grayson Lea Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Greater Steps Scholars
- Henry Huntley Melvin Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Rucker Education Scholarship Fund
- Sandy Ford Scholarship Fund
- The Suzanne Parris Lyon Memorial Scholarship Fund
FFTC administers more than 150 scholarship programs of various sizes. Learn more at philanthropyfocus.org.
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Scholarship Fund Creates Legacy of Learning
Beatrice and Charles Asbury both valued education, although financial circumstances prevented either from finishing high school.
Their children created an annual scholarship to honor their parents by helping Concord High School students achieve their own dreams.
Cabarrus Teacher Leaves a Lasting Gift
Earl Willie and his late wife, Margaret, were schoolteachers in Cabarrus County. In his estate plan, Earl left a planned gift to create a scholarship fund named in Margaret's honor and to permanently support the causes they cared about most.
Sisters Create Legacy Gift
Katherine and Jane McKay had no children of their own, so they chose to create planned gifts to support their community, their church, education, and animals.