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Types of Scholarships

Scholarships offered through the Foundation are classified as endowed and annual. Only the interest earned on endowed gifts may be used by the College. Annual scholarships must be funded each year. Applications for Foundation scholarships are available through the guidance counselors’ office of the four area high schools and the Financial Aid Office of the College. Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office no later than April 15.

How to Apply

Scholarship applicants must submit FAFSA paperwork through the College’s Financial Aid Office to determine their financial need and/or academic promise. Selection is determined by the College’s Scholarship Committee and is based on the applicant’s interest, ability to succeed at the College level and, if appropriate, need for financial support.

For more information about Foundation scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 704-669-4028 or

Scholarship applications are due by April 15 each year.

Available Scholarships

The 7 x 24 Exchange Carolinas Chapter Bob Cashner Memorial Scholarship Fund supports students pursuing careers in the field of mission critical operations.

The Anonymous Firefighters Scholarship supports a high school graduate enrolled full-time in any curriculum program and is a relative of a firefighter.

Established by Fields Young to honor her years of dedicated service in his company, the Ruth B. Anthony Memorial Scholarship supports Office Administration curriculum applicants.

The Hoyt and Anne Bailey Scholarship was established by Hoyt Q. Bailey, longtime Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, in memory of his wife, Anne Dover Bailey. The scholarship supports students who demonstrate academic achievement in an Allied Health curriculum program.

The Billy and Lucille Bankhead Scholarship provides tuition aid to students enrolled full-time in a program leading to an associate degree, diploma or certificate. Preference is given to students enrolled in vocational or early childhood education programs.

Established by the CCC Foundation Board of Directors to recognize John and Sally Barker’s many contributions to the community, the John and Sally Barker Scholarship supports students enrolled in any curriculum program.

The Gene Borders Memorial Scholarship was established by his family in his memory. It provides aid to full- or part-time students who maintain a 2.0 grade point average and are enrolled in the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Diploma Program. If no HVAC students apply, the scholarship is open to students who take at least six (6) hours of study in the Electrical Systems, Plumbing or Welding programs.

CCC instructor Dr. Pamela Bozeman created the Louis and Frances Bozeman Annual Scholarship for Veterans to honor her parents, Louis and Frances. Louis, a 40-year US Navy veteran, and Frances had a long history of serving veterans and their families. This scholarship provides support for CCC students in any degree program who have served in the US military.

Established by Time Warner Cable of Shelby, the Broadcast Production Technology Scholarship provides aid to students enrolled in CCC’s Broadcast Production Technology program.

The Severne Budd Academic Merit Scholarship was named by the Foundation’s Board of Directors to recognize Ms. Budd’s 20 years of service in the College’s Development Office. The award supports students demonstrating strong academic achievement.

Established by Richard Carroll in 2016, the CCC Firefighter Endowed Scholarship Fund supports full-time students who are taking at least one course in the Firefighter Academy and have a 3.0 grade point average.

Established by Kay Chitty’s daughter, friends, and colleagues to honor her memory and recognize her years of dedication to teaching at Cleveland Community College, the Kay Chitty Memorial Scholarship supports full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher pursuing an Associate Degree, with a preference given to first-semester students enrolled in developmental mathematics courses. 

Established in 2021, the Rod Clouse Endowed Scholarship honors the memory of Rod Clouse, who retired after a successful career in manufacturing and embarked on a remarkable journey of community service, serving as a CCC Foundation Board member and as a guardian ad litem to advocate for the interests of local children. The Clouse Scholarship provides support for students with proven records of community service.

Established by Cleveland County business and industry representatives, the Cleveland Community College Endowed Technical Education Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the tech prep program.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office Endowed Scholarship provides scholarship aid for children of Sheriff’s Office employees who enroll in any curriculum or continuing education program.

The Gene Cox Memorial Annual Scholarship was established by Gene Cox’s family and friends in his memory.  The scholarship is committed to providing need-based assistance to full-time or part-time students enrolled in CCC’s Workforce Development programs.

The Jeremy Cox Memorial Scholarship supports full- or part-time students who are enrolled in any curriculum and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. First preference is given to Cleveland County students on the CCC Yeti Baseball team who are in good academic standing.

The Gabe DiBruno Memorial Welding Scholarship was established by his parents to benefit students in CCC’s welding program. 

The Josh Ferree Memorial Scholarship was established by his family and friends in his memory to support students enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and/or the Criminal Justice Certificate.

The Fraley Family Academic Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to two recent high school graduates from any of the four area high schools who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Established by the Fraley Family of Cherryville, the John L. and Margaret S. Fraley Scholarship supports students enrolled in a business curriculum or tech prep program.

The Margaret P. Goodman Scholarship was established by local businesswoman Margaret Goodman to support students enrolled in any Vocational Diploma Program.

The Habitat for Humanity Cleveland County Annual Scholarship supports students enrolled part-time or full-time in any vocational or trade degree (with a preference for students in carpentry).

Created by Larry Hamrick, Sr., in 2023, the Larry Hamrick Family Endowed Scholarship honors his son, Larry Hamrick, Jr., and his family’s commitment to public education. The scholarship provides assistance to part- or full-time students who pursue a Teacher Preparation degree or licensure for education or teaching.

Kings Mountain Rescue Squad Endowed Scholarship was established to honor the more than 60 years of distinguished service by the Kings Mountain Rescue Squad which provides support for EMS students and provides program-related resources.

The LeGrand Family Scholarship was established by local businessman Stuart LeGrand to provide aid for students enrolled in any curriculum program.

The Love in Every Language Annual Scholarship provides support for full- or part-time students whose countries of origin are outside the U.S. First preference is given to qualifying DACA students, and second preference is given to international students.

The Michael David Scott Parsons Scholarship was created by his family and friends in his memory and provides support for students enrolled in the Welding program.

Established in 2022, the Barry “Bass” Murray Endowed Scholarship provides need-based support for full- or part-time students with demonstrated records of community service who are enrolled in any Curriculum or Continuing Education program.

Established by students, family and friends to honor the College’s first President (1965-1990), the James B. Petty Scholarship provides an award for students enrolled in any curriculum program.

The Resilience Annual Scholarship was established through a generous gift from CCC English & Communications Instructor Tajsha Eaves. The scholarship provides financial assistance to honor the resilient spirit of students who encounter obstacles in their educational pursuits. 

The John Schenck Scholarship was established in honor of the longtime Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees and provides aid for students enrolled in any curriculum program.

The Shelby Rescue Squad Endowed Scholarship was initiated by the Shelby Rescue Squad, Inc. Board of Directors which honors the SRS by providing need-based support for EMS students in the EMS Continuing Education Program, including students enrolled in the Basic-Emergency Medical Technician Course and the Paramedic Course of study.

Established by Mrs. Barbara Simpson of Shelby to honor her late husband, the Dr. William D. Simpson Memorial Scholarship supports students enrolled in Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing programs.

Established by Rebecca Sitzes, the Brian Sitzes Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund supports students enrolled in the Criminal Justice or Basic Law Enforcement Training programs.

The Thornburg/DeChant Endowed Scholarship was established by former College President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg and his wife Margaret (Peg) in honor of their parents. The scholarship supports students enrolled full-time in Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Machining Technology, Welding Technology, Accounting or Business Administration programs.

Established by former College President Dr. L. Steve Thornburg and his wife Margaret (Peg), the Thornburg Endowed Scholarship supports full-time students in a transfer program, Accounting, Associate Degree Nursing, Business Administration, Machining, Practical Nursing or Welding. Applicants must submit an essay explaining their career goals to be eligible.

The Joe Whisnant Memorial Scholarship, established by his wife, Lou Alice Whisnant of Shelby, supports students enrolled in any curriculum program.

The Yeti Baseball Scholarship is awarded to students who are players on the Yeti baseball team. Recipients must be enrolled full-time and be in good academic standing.

The Margaret B. and H. Fields Young III Scholarship was established by Margaret and Fields Young of Shelby to support students enrolled in their second year of study at the College.

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