Money Matters - Scholarships
The Sallie Southall Cotten Scholarship (SSCS) is awarded to an outstanding high school senior (male or female). The student from an accredited school in North Carolina must be sponsored by a Federated club in good standing with GFWC-NC. This means that students interested in applying should contact a club in their area to find out about the process the club uses to select the student it will sponsor, including the deadline for applications. In addition, please note that GFWC-NC will only award this scholarship to a student choosing to attend a college or university in North Carolina. Local winners compete at the district contest which is typically held at the district Arts Festival, and the district winners then compete at the state level for the SSCS which is currently $6,000 per year for four years, for a total of $24,000. In addition, the state runner-up shall receive a one-time award of $3,000, the second runner-up shall receive a one-time award of $2,000, and the remaining contestants shall receive a one-time-award of $1,000. All monies are sent to the school of the student's choice, usually in August. For the scholarship winner GFWC-NC Headquarters will send checks twice a year after notification from the SSCS Chairman upon receipt of semester grades and updated student information.
The following is the judging criteria for the SSCS:
- Scholastic record
- Demonstration of ambition and leadership
- Potential to succeed
- Financial need
Investments of the GFWC-NC SSCS fund shall provide the scholarship monies and expenses incurred in awarding the scholarship. The tenure for the scholarship shall be four years in a North Carolina college or university, provided the academic record and conduct of the recipient justifies continuance of the scholarship. (In the event the recipient graduates in three years, the tenure shall be three years.) The recipient shall undertake a full number of academic hours as described by the current college catalog, and shall maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Attention clubs and districts-
Complete information about SSCS including the application form is available in the Administration Book. Contributions to the SSCS Fund may be made at any time. Please use the remittance form when sending contributions for the SSCS Fund to GFWC-NC Headquarter.