A number of scholarships are made available to WPCC students through the state, individual donors, businesses, and civic organizations. Scholarships can be awarded based on merit, financial need, program of study, essays, and other qualifications.

The following list of scholarships is updated monthly so check back often to see what new scholarships are available. Scholarship applications and eligibility requirements can be accessed by clicking the “Scholarship Information” links listed in the table below. These documents are PDF files which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader.

Visit for various scholarships offered in North Carolina.

Additional information and hard copy applications can be found in the Financial Aid Rack in Student Services or by contacting the Financial Aid Office in Hildebrand Hall or at (828) 448-6046.


Scholarship NameAmountApplication Deadline
Lt. Kelly Kincaid Emergency Services Scholarship
Scholarship Information
$1,000Until Awarded
Mary H. Warlick - Workers Legacy Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship Information
$1,000Until Awarded
Burke County Branch of the NAACP - Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship
Scholarship Information
Up to $300December 14, 2020
Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Scholarship Information
Up to $40,000/yrJanuary 6, 2021
North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships
Scholarship Information
VariesJanuary 31, 2021
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships
Scholarship Information
VariesJanuary 31, 2021
The Sam Haskell Scholarship
Scholarship Information
$1,000March 1, 2021

*View a complete listing of all scholarships offered through the WPCC Foundation here.


Tips for Completing a Successful Application

  1. Complete the application in full. If a question doesn’t apply, note that on the application. Don’t just leave a blank.
  2. Follow directions. Provide all additional documents that are required, but don’t supply documents that aren’t requested.
  3. Neatness counts. Always type your application, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly.
  4. Write an essay that makes a strong impression. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: the who, what, where, and when of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you present honestly how you were affected.
  5. Watch all deadlines. To help keep yourself on track, impose your own deadline that is at least two weeks prior to the official deadline. Use the buffer time to make sure everything is ready on time.
  6. Make sure your application gets to where it needs to go. Put your name on all pages of the application. If you mail in your completed application, double check that the mailing address is correct.
  7. Give it a final “once-over.” Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proof read it as well.
  8. Complete the FAFSA each academic year by June 1st. The FAFSA can be completed at