The Golden LEAF Scholarship

The Golden LEAF Scholarship strives to increase economic opportunities for North Carolina’s rural, tobacco-dependent, and economically distressed areas by investing in students who commit to attend a North Carolina institution, graduate, and return to a rural community in the state.

Since its inception in 1999, The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in scholarship funding to more than 29,000 students.

Scholarship Goals

The Golden LEAF Scholarship is so much more than tuition and room and board. It provides leadership development opportunities, exposes scholars to career experiences, and promises a lifetime connection to an extraordinary community of Golden LEAF Scholars across the state.


Connection to Golden LEAF’s mission

Successful Workforce

Successful workforce outcomes and a return to rural North Carolina after graduating college

Leadership & Experience

Possession of leadership skills and collegiate work experience

College Achievement

Enrollment in and graduation from a college in North Carolina

“I would not have been able to go to college without the help I received from Golden LEAF. I will be the first in my family to graduate with a college degree. The experience has helped me grow as a person and grow in my service to my community. It has enriched my life and helped me see my life, the life of my community, and the lives of others in a new perspective.”

Alumni Golden LEAF Scholar

At A Glance


First scholarship


UNC System and NC Independent Colleges and Universities represented by current scholars and alumni


Current 4-year scholars


Scholarships provided to help North Carolinians attend participating NC colleges and universities


Scholarship funding over 23 years

301 N. Winstead Avenue

Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Phone: 252-442-7474

Toll-free: 888-684-8404

Fax: 252-442-7404

Email: [email protected]