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Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships

At the annual Awards Day program in April, selected students are awarded endowed scholarships – those scholarships established and funded by donors, alumni, and friends of the university – according to the criteria of the donor.  A scholarship selection committee vets candidates based on grade point average, major, financial need and any other criteria mandated.  These scholarships are not cash awards; they are credited to students’ accounts for the coming academic year.  Scholarships generally range from $500 to $1,000.

Anyone interested in establishing an endowed scholarship in honor or memory of someone should contact the university’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 919.546.8263 for more information.

The following is a list of endowed scholarships awarded and the criteria for each.  All of the scholarships are need based.  They may be discontinued at any time by the discretion of the donor or the university.


James F. Clayton Mathematics Scholarship

  • Student who has demonstrated an aptitude and professed interest to major in mathematics 

Cola-Cola Scholarship

  • A deserving student with a grade point average of 3.0+ 

Mary W. Davis Endowed Scholarship

  • Student(s) from Pollocksville, NC (Jones County)
  • Student must demonstrate strong leadership abilities and high standards of moral conduct,
  • The scholarship will be renewable depending on satisfactory academic progress and progress towards a degree;
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 GPA

Carolyn Grantham Ennis Scholarship

  • A student with a high regard for obtaining an education
  • Must exhibiting leadership, fellowship, friendship, campus involvement, work ethics and academics 
  • Recipient preferred to be a resident of Johnston County, North Carolina

Fayetteville-Cumberland County Shaw University Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship   

  • A junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0+, 
  • Involved in church, community and University activities
  • Demonstrated financial need, and 
  • From Fayetteville-Cumberland County

John and Hortense Fleming Scholarship   

  • A deserving junior or senior with a grade point average of 3.5+

David C. Forbes, Sr. Scholarship Fund   

  • A student with a grade point average of 3.0+
  • Successful completion of 30 credit hours
  • Good standing with the University
  • A resident of Wake County

Bishop James A. Forbes, Sr. Memorial Scholarship   

  • A religion and philosophy major 
  • Must have completed 24 hours
  • Grade point average of 3.0+ 
  • In good standing with the university.

Ford Motor Company   

  • A deserving student with a grade point average of 3.0+
  • Preference given to children of Ford Motor Company employees

Preston Grantham Scholarship   

  • A science major entering their senior year 
  • Demonstrated academic performance 
  • Exemplifies the ideals of Mr. Grantham

Nelson H. Harris, Sr. Scholarship

  • A student reflecting the intention to teach with a grade point average of 3.0+ 
  • Exhibits leadership ability

W.W. Hurdle Endowed Scholarship   

  • Recipients must be a member of the Delta Psi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 
  • A grade point average of 3.0 + 
  • Exhibits leadership ability
  • Selected by the fraternity

Rudolph and Mildred Jones Memorial Scholarship   

  • A full-time student determined to be of good character by the selection committee 
  • Grade point average of 3.0 +

Thomas and Elnora Kee Endowed Scholarship   

  • A student-athlete who has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence 
  • Student who, by precept and example, has exemplified outstanding traits of character and
  • Student displays a spirit of loyalty and devotion to the university as a Christian institution of higher education

John H. Lucas Endowed Scholarship   

  • A student with highest GPA actively involved in the organized athletic and physical education departments recognized by CIAA

Lumbar River Baptist Association Scholarship   

  • A junior or senior with a grade point average of 3.0 +, 
  • Involved in church, community and University activities, 
  • Preferably from Robeson, Bladen or Columbus counties, NC

 National Alumni Association Scholarship

  • A student who has demonstrated community service and extracurricular involvement 
  • A 3.5+ cumulative grade point average.

North Star Scholarship   

  • One awarded to a deserving CAPE student at each CAPE site
  • Selected by the scholarship committee

Jeremiah and Annette O’Keefe Scholarship   

  • A junior or senior majoring in Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science 
  • Grade point average of  3.5+

Bettie Esther Parham Scholarship   

  • A deserving student selected by the scholarship committee

William Pretty Scholarship

  • Business major
  • A North Carolina resident 
  • Grade point average of 3.0+
  • A good citizen of the Shaw Community

Dr. Matthew Rouse, Jr. Scholarship   

  • A student from the Union Baptist Association in honor of Dr. Rouse 
  • Student should embody the ideas of Shaw’s Founder, Dr. Henry Martin Tupper. 

The Edna W. Shack Endowed Scholarship   

  • Student(s) from Pollocksville, NC (Jones County)
  • Must demonstrate strong leadership abilities and high standards of moral conduct
  • Renewable depending on satisfactory academic progress and progress towards a degree
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 GPA

Douglas J. Shell Scholarship   

  • Grade point average of 3.0+ 
  • Selected by the scholarship committee

Ethel C.R. Smith and Jessie J. Smith Scholarship Fund

  • A junior majoring in education
  • Grade point average of  3.0+

Rev. Samuel L. Suitt Endowed Scholarship   

  • A junior majoring in religion and philosophy 
  • Grade point average of 3.0+

 Brenda Lou Hill Teel Memorial Scholarship

  • A female student majoring in Sociology or Education 
  • Grade point average of 3.0+

Burton and Kimberly Waddy Endowed Scholarship

  • A junior majoring in Mass Communications  
  • Grade point average of 3.25+

James E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship   

  • A deserving student, majoring in History or English 

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United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships

Shaw University is an active member of the United Negro College Fund. UNCF provides operating funds for its 39 member colleges, making it possible for them to offer their students 21st century academic programs while keeping their tuitions to less than half the average of other private colleges and administering 300 scholarship and internship programs for deserving students.

Shaw University students receive in excess of $150,000 in UNCF scholarships annually.  In order to be considered for an UNCF scholarship, students must be a citizen of the United States, have at least a 2.5 GPA or better, and must have completed a FASFA form for the current academic year.  To learn more about UNCF and its different programs you may log on to www.uncf.org

For additional information on the application process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-800-475-6190 or locally at 919-546-8240 and ask to speak with the office’s Scholarship Coordinator. 

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