Current Scholars

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We recently launched the Golden LEAF Scholarship I Scholar Network private group on LinkedIn. Join this group to connect and network with current and alumni Golden LEAF Scholars, hear about professional events of interest, and share ideas for advancing our mission of increasing opportunities in rural communities!

Upcoming Events

SEPT         September Current Scholar Newsletter

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SEPT         N.C. State Scholars’ Luncheon

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OCT         October Current Scholar Newsletter

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OCT         2023 Rural Internship Initiative Application Opens

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OCT         Western Carolina University Scholars’ Luncheon

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OCT         Appalachian State University Scholars’ Dinner

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Scholarship Timeline

Curious on how we onboard new scholars and the scholarship award cycle? Check out the information below!

Scholars are notified of their selection status no later than the second week in May via an email from the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). NCSEAA manages the Golden LEAF Scholarship on behalf of the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Scholars are invited to sign up for a small group call with the President of the Golden LEAF Foundation. [Strongly Encouraged]

Scholars attend a virtual scholarship webinar to learn more about the Golden LEAF Scholarship and additional resources available as a Golden LEAF Scholar. [Strongly Encouraged]

The release of Golden LEAF Scholarship funding to colleges/universities begins shortly after the start of classes each semester. NCSEAA electronically transfers the scholarship funds to the college/university. Many institutions reflect the award on student accounts as anticipated (pending) financial aid until the funding is received by the school.  Generally, funding is released by the third week of August (fall semester) and January (spring semester) for scholars whose eligibility has been certified by their institution.

Students awarded the Golden LEAF Colleges and Universities Scholarship are also eligible to participate in additional leadership development and internship opportunities. Check out this page for more information!

Scholars must complete and submit the renewal profile made available each year via your NCSEAA Student Portal account to qualify for scholarship funding for the following academic year. [Required]

FAQs

I changed my college at the last minute, can I keep the scholarship?

Yes, as long as the college is one of the approved North Carolina colleges or universities. No out-of-state colleges are on the approved list. Additionally, scholars must notify NCSEAA of the change via email (information@ncseaa.edu).

I have decided to go to community college, can I use my scholarship there?

No. Golden LEAF does have a community college scholarship program, but you need to apply for that program separately, and it will not be the same amount as the college/university scholarship. More information about our Community Colleges Scholarship can be found here.

If I don’t use all of the scholarship during my undergraduate studies, can I use it for graduate school?

No. This scholarship program is specifically to help students attend undergraduate college.

How do I renew my scholarship each year?

To renew your Golden LEAF Scholarship each year, you must complete and submit the required Golden LEAF Renewal Profile that will be made available to you via your NCSEAA Student Portal account.  The renewal process typically begins each year in mid-March. NCSEAA will send an email once the renewal form is available. Be sure to have your most current email (the one you check regularly) listed in your NCSEAA Student Portal account to make sure you do not miss the email.

In addition to completing and submitting the required Golden LEAF Scholarship Renewal Profile, you will need to meet the following scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • Have a fully processed FAFSA record on file with the US Dept. of Education for the upcoming school year, 
  • Enroll full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) for financial aid purposes each semester at a participating college/university, and
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Program (SAP) policy of your college/university.

How do my scholarship funds get to my college?

The release of Golden LEAF Scholarship funding to colleges/universities begins shortly after the start of classes each semester. NCSEAA electronically transfers the scholarship funds to the college/university. Many institutions reflect the award on student accounts as anticipated (pending) financial aid until the funding is received by the school.  Generally, funding is released by the third week of August (fall semester) and January (spring semester) for scholars whose eligibility has been certified by their institution.

Contact Guide

Have questions? We’d love to help! Please refer to our contact guide below.

Arlena Ratliff

Topics: Updating your contact information, upcoming scholarship events outside of internship and leadership programming

scholars@goldenleaf.org  

Topics: Scholarship award distribution, renewal profile, continued eligibility

information@ncseaa.edu

Olaunda Green

Topics: The Rural Internship Initiative

ogreen@ncruralcenter.org

Julie Griffin

Topics: Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership (GLSLP) Programming

griffinj@ccl.org

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