United Methodist Church Scholarships
High Point University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A number of scholarship and loan programs are available to students who are members of a United Methodist Church. Funding is not guaranteed, so early applications are strongly encouraged.
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students through their United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program (UMDFS). Scholarships are available to students who have received at least a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to aid in their attendance to a United Methodist college, university or seminary. Eligible applicants can apply for additional matching funds through the Triple Your Dollars or Quadruple Your Dollars components of the UMDFS. For more information and to access the scholarship application, please visit the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation website. You may also be eligible to receive a scholarship from the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry through the United Methodist Church. The application deadline is March 1st each year and includes an array of potential opportunities.
Golden LEAF Scholars Program
This program is dedicated to helping students from rural communities in North Carolina attend college. For complete information please visit the Golden LEAF Scholars Program website.
High school seniors or community college transfer students planning to attend any of the participating colleges or universities who reside in a qualifying county and demonstrate financial need. Recipients are selected based upon multiple factors including grade point average, financial need, length of residence in the county and the ability to communicate a commitment to returning to a rural county that is economically distressed.
- High school seniors are eligible for a four-year scholarship totaling $12,000 ($3,000 a year over four years)
- Community college transfer students are eligible for $3,000 a year for up to 3 years
- Years of scholarship support are subject to the number of credits transferred and the degree sought, among other eligibility factors
- Approximately 215 scholarships will be awarded each year
How to apply
Visit CFNC.org/goldenleaf to fill out the application form or call 866-866-CFNC for assistance. Your FAFSA, application, and transcripts are all processes through CFNC.org and must be submitted by March 1st each year.
Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program
Students awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships are also eligible to participate in the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program (subject to funding availability). The optional program provides:
- Leadership training at the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the nation’s leading leadership development organizations.
- Paid internship opportunities in rural N.C. communities.
- Stipends up to $8,830 (for all four years of participation) in addition to Golden LEAF Scholarship funding.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
There are a number of helpful scholarship search links for outside scholarships. However, you should not limit your scholarship search to these sites. Local clubs, foundations, and religious institutions (i.e. churches, synagogues, etc.) are excellent sources of scholarships, and you should pursue every opportunity for funding. Most of these organizations require either the student or parent to be a member of the organization before scholarships can be awarded, but not all of them have this requirement. Please make sure you pursue the opportunities available to you. However, please be sure these organizations do not charge you a fee for applying, as this is the hallmark of a scholarship scam! You must build a profile to search for scholarships on most scholarship search websites.
Recommended Scholarship Search Sites
- CareerOneStop Scholarship Search
If you receive a scholarship from any source outside the University, you are required to notify the Office of Student Financial Planning so that these funds can be incorporated into your financial aid package.
The scholarship check should be made payable to High Point University and should have the Recipient’s Name and HPU Student ID in the “For” section of the check. Outside donors should mail scholarship checks to this address:
Office of Student Accounts
High Point University
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268