Scholarships are the most sought-after type of financial assistance by college students because the money does not have to be repaid. North Carolina, the Edgecombe Community College Foundation, and area businesses and organizations offer an array of scholarships for which students can apply.

Edgecombe Community College Foundation Scholarships

The college offers Foundation scholarships each year, totaling more than $60,000. Requirements for scholarships vary; however, the primary criteria include financial need, scholastic ability, specified program of study, residency status, and participation in community activities. Applications must be returned to a financial aid office by the established deadline. Students who submit incomplete applications are not considered. Most scholarships are awarded during the fall and spring semesters, and are disbursed in two even payments.

Over the years, families and individuals have chosen to honor their loved ones by endowing a scholarship through the Foundation. The minimum gift to endow a scholarship is $5,000. Funds are invested so that the principal remains untouched, and only the income earned from the investment is used to provide financial support to students.

Scholarship application deadline for 2024-2025 academic year:
July 12, 2024

ECC Foundation Scholarship Application

Below is a list of scholarships currently offered by the college. Follow links to each scholarship to find out more or give.

For more information on how to endow a scholarship, contact

Golden LEAF Scholarship

The Golden LEAF Foundation makes scholarships available to students from qualifying counties, who demonstrate financial need, to help them attend college at participating North Carolina community colleges. Golden LEAF’s goal is for scholarship recipients to gain the talent, knowledge, and skills needed to help their communities thrive.

The Golden LEAF Community College Scholarship provides scholarships of up to $2,250 annually to curriculum students and up to $1850 annually to workforce continuing education students. Scholarship funds can be used to cover the cost of attendance, which includes items such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, and childcare.

Golden LEAF Scholarship Application

SECU Foundation Scholarship

SECU Foundation established this two-year scholarship program to assist North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) students in achieving academic success.  The members of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) take an active role in assisting organizations and communities across North Carolina and truly believe in “People Helping People!”

There are 116 scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each. Each North Carolina Community College will receive two (2) scholarships each academic year. These scholarships are distributed semi-annually in two payments: fall semester, $1,250 per student; and spring semester, $1,250 per student for a maximum of four (4) consecutive semesters.

Eligibility Criteria

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Outside Scholarships

Many organizations offer scholarships based on place of residence, background, professional affiliations and/or field of study. Each has its own eligibility requirements and application deadline.

Students should search and apply for outside scholarships independently. Many free scholarship search sites are online, and books listing available scholarships can be found in bookstores and libraries.

Any student offered an outside scholarship should provide a copy of the offer notice to the Financial Aid Office to ensure that funds are available in a timely manner. Scholarship checks from outside donors should include your name and ECC ID number and be sent to:

Edgecombe Community College
ATTN: Business Office
2009 W. Wilson Street
Tarboro, NC 27886

North Carolina Community College System Scholarship Guide

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Office presents the 2023-2024 Scholarship Guide: Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines for Scholarship Administration. This guide covers the scope of scholarships from state, corporate and private sponsors for North Carolina Community college students. This guide is for informational purposes and may not contain a complete listing of all scholarships for students attending NC community colleges. All applications should be completed and submitted to the Edgecombe Community College (ECC) Financial Aid Office FAO. Once complete application is received, the FAO will send the applications to NCCCS.  View the guide