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High Point University (HPU) is pleased to partner with shift_ed to support up to five students in the Guilford County Schools with full tuition, fee, and book scholarships.  At least two of these scholarships are reserved for First Generation students living in High Point, North Carolina. This scholarship opportunity is expected to be highly competitive and will include full tuition, fees and books during the academic year. Students are highly encouraged to live on campus and state and federal need based assistance will be explored, after filing a FAFSA to help cover these costs. Scholarships will be adjusted to not exceed full tuition, fees and books for those living off campus. The awards will be renewable for an additional three years provided that all academic renewal requirements are met and a clear social record is maintained. Household family income must be $75,000 or less to qualify for the full tuition award.

High Point University will also award up to five Choice Scholarships through shift_ed that are valued at up to $3,500 per year for 4 years to qualifying students. The awards will be renewable provided that all academic renewable provided that all academic renewal requirements are met and a clear social record is maintained.

General Criteria for shift_ed Scholarship

As a part of the application process, on or before February 15th applicants will be required complete the online application for admission to High Point University and complete the Diversity Opportunity and Bonner Leader application below. In addition, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by FAFSA (Free Applications For Federal Student Aid and file your FAFSA beginning October 1st and no later than February 15th;
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 from their high school courses;
  • Must have attended a high school in the Guilford County School system since 9th grade;
  • Be a United States Citizen;
  • Must have documented annual family income of $75,000 or less;
  • Meet all of the admissions criteria established by High Point University
  • Possess a record of community service and a willingness to join the Bonner Leader Program at HPU; and
  • Demonstrate self-motivation along with academic and leadership potential.


Specific Criteria for First Generation Scholarship

In addition to meeting all of the above criteria, First Generation Scholarship applicants must also be:

  • The first generation in their family to complete a college degree;
  • Must be a high school graduate from one of the High Point’s Guilford County Schools;
  • Live within the city limits of High Point;
  • Must complete the Bonner Leader Program application.
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Getting Involved

  • All recipients of the shift_ed scholarships automatically become members of the HPU Bonner Leaders Program. The Bonner Program is a four-year cohort-model program that brings in about 15 freshman each year who are dedicated to achieving an education that will prepare them to make a difference in our world. Bonner leaders meet regularly, attend leadership workshops, go on trips together, and they receive additional Work Study allowance to work 7-9 hours a week with one of HPU’s non-profit partners.
  • For more on the Bonner Leader Program, please visit their website at:

Application for Admission Process

Students must submit the following documentation and be admitted to the University to be eligible for scholarship consideration:

  • A complete online application for admission to High Point University
  • The Diversity Opportunity and Bonner Leader Application
  • A complete application through shift_ed (Available 12/1 – 7/1)

It is recommended that students applying for this shift_ed Scholarship apply for admission under the Early Action program with a deadline for submitting the above admission documents of November 15th. However students may apply under Regular Decision until February 15th.

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