Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

Student Scholarships

The Public School Foundation is the fiscal agency that holds and manages several donor-advised college scholarship funds for students graduating in good standing from CHCCS. Student scholarships are provided by community members to assist with tuition and fees and are awarded to students after careful review and interviews by a selection committee. Interested students must contact their high school counseling offices and/or CIC for applications and deadlines.  Applications are not posted on the PSF website. Questions regarding scholarship applications for Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate members should be directed to the BRMA program coordinator.

Anne Barnes Scholarship

This fund was created to honor Anne Craig Barnes when she retired from serving in the State House of Representatives. It began as a Student Enrichment Grant (SEG) in the cultural arts and was awarded twice in that capacity. The fund now supports a student scholarship for a graduating senior who is interested in the cultural arts. The Anne Craig Barnes Scholarship in the Arts is awarded to one graduating senior who has demonstrated ability, skill, and long-term interest in the arts, including, but not limited to music, dance, creative writing, film making, drama and other theater arts, painting, drawing, sculpting, photography and other visual arts -- and who plans to pursue that interest after graduation. The one-time, $1,000 scholarship is payable to the post-secondary institution the student attends.  Scholarship applications are available in the counseling office at each high school and should be returned electronically to psf@chccs.k12.nc.us by April 10.

AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID targets students who show promise but may not have viewed themselves as enrolling in higher level course work in high school or as college students. This scholarship is for AVID participants and one scholarship recipient at each high school (CHS, CHHS and ECHHS) will be selected by that school's AVID coordinator and/or AVID teachers. The one-time, $500 scholarship is payable to the post-secondary institution the student attends. Interested students should contact their AVID teachers.

The Empowerment Scholarship

The Empowerment Scholarship is a four-year scholarship that will be awarded to one graduating female senior from either Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School or East Chapel Hill High School who is a member of and in good standing with either Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), or Youth Leadership Institute (YLI). The scholarship application is available at high school counseling offices and must be received by April 10. Please send completed applications via email to: The Public School Foundation at psf@chccs.k12.nc.us.

Eligibility for the Empowerment Scholarship is based upon the following criteria:

(1)  Successful completion of the requirements of graduation and a diploma from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System.  A student who is unable to graduate with her class, or who chooses to postpone post-secondary study, remains eligible for the scholarship funds;  (2)  Acceptance by and enrollment in an accredited four-year, post-secondary academic (not vocational) university, college or similar institution; (3)  Good standing in the BRMA, AVID, or YLI Program at the time of graduation from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System; (4)  A weighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75; and (5) Proven financial need.

New American Scholarship

The New American Scholarship is awarded to one graduating student from the CHCCS district who is a recent immigrant to the United States and for whom financial assistance is necessary in order to fulfill their vision of a college education. Initiated in 2010 through the contributions of anonymous donors, this scholarship currently provides $4,000 for freshman year tuition and fees, and $4,000 for the subsequent years for a total of $8,000 for the selected student. The scholarship is payable to the post-secondary institution the student attends.  Scholarship applications are available in the counseling office at each high school and should be returned via email to psf@chccs.k12.nc.us by April 10.

R.D. Smith Fund

The fund was created by the Chapel Hill Firefighters Association to honor Mr. Smith and his lifetime of service to students as a teacher and school administrator and Chapel Hill Town Council member. Applications are sought and are awarded at senior awards days at the high schools. R.D. Smith Fund seeks to award $500 scholarships at each four high schools in CHCCS (Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School, East Chapel Hill High School and Phoenix Academy High School). Each candidate must complete the application, have taken one or more CTE courses and have been accepted into a technical school or college (the scholarship will go directly to the college). The criteria are: financial need, academic standing, and student’s promise for the future. The deadline is April 10.  Scholarship applications are available in the counseling office at each high school and should be returned via email to psf@chccs.k12.nc.us by April 10. 

Schmoock Scholars -- Carrboro H.S.

The “Schmoock Scholars” College Scholarship is a one-time, $4,000 scholarship awarded to a maximum of four qualified applicants who are graduating seniors from Carrboro High School. Applications are available at Carrboro High School. Deadline: April 10. Eligibility for the Schmoock Scholars Award is based upon the following criteria:(1)  Successful completion of the requirements of graduation and a diploma from Carrboro High School and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System. A student who chooses to postpone post-secondary study (gap year), remains eligible for the scholarship funds; (2)  Acceptance by and enrollment in an accredited four-year, post-secondary academic university, college or similar institution; (3)  Good standing in a combination of some or all of the following at the time of graduation: Extracurricular Clubs, Student Government; Cultural Arts; Sports Teams; Mentor Programs; Leadership positions (i.e. Team Captain or Club President) or demonstrated excellence (i.e. All Conference) will be given additional consideration. (4)  Demonstration of volunteering and service to community; (5)  Proven financial need (important, but not required).  Please send completed applications via email to: The Public School Foundation at psf@chccs.k12.nc.us.

Tina Schmoock Opportunity Scholarship -- Carrboro H.S.

Tina Schmoock Opportunity Scholarship is awarded to graduates of Carrboro High School in recognition of prior academic excellence, demonstrated leadership qualities, and outstanding intellectual promise. These scholarships are $2,000 each and proven financial need is required. Applications are available at Carrboro High School. Deadline: April 10. Please send completed applications via email to: The Public School Foundation at psf@chccs.k12.nc.us.

Elizabeth Raney Vincent Fund -- Chapel Hill H.S.

The fund was created by Mr. Raney to honor his sister, Elizabeth Raney Vincent, who taught foreign language at the high school level in the district for many years. The award is presented to a Chapel Hill High School senior who has a high level of interest and competency in a second language. The award can be used for travel or additional education. The recipient will be selected by the foreign language teachers at Chapel Hill H.S.

Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Scholarship Opportunities

Students generally enroll into the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program as fourth graders and are served until they graduate. Students who show promise and could benefit from an adult advocate/mentor are served. Students are nominated by teachers, staff or parents. It is the premier mentoring program of the district. College scholarships are provided for students in good standing with BRMA. PSF maintains the funds as a service to BRMA.  Interested students who are members of BRMA should contact the BRMA Program Coordinator to inquire about scholarship opportunities from the funds below.

BRMA -- Haidt Foundation

This fund was created by former patent attorney Harold Haidt, his wife Elaine, and their children to provide college scholarships to students who enroll in the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate (BRMA) Program and progress onto four-year colleges or universities.

BRMA -- Sponsor-a-Scholar

This fund supports students selected for the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program who need additional academic support or enrichment or who enroll in community colleges or technical schools.

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