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Scholarships at Shaw University

Endowed Scholarships | UNCF Scholarships | The Presidential Scholarship | The Mack Scholarship | Awards at Shaw | Latin Honors | Honor Societies

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 under the direction of the Dean of the Honors College 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.  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 current 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 ($1,000)

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


Cola-Cola Scholarship ($1,000)

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


Mary W. Davis Endowed Scholarship ($1,000)

  • 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 ($3,440 (amount changes annually))

  • 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 ($1,000)

  • 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 ($1,000)

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


David C. Forbes, Sr. Scholarship Fund ($1,000)

  • 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 ($1,000)

  • 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 ($1,000)

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

  • Preference given to children of Ford Motor Company employees


Preston Grantham Scholarship ($1,000)

  • A science major entering their senior year

  • Demonstrated academic performance

  • Exemplifies the ideals of Mr. Grantham


Nelson H. Harris, Sr. Scholarship ($500)

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

  • Exhibits leadership ability


W.W. Hurdle Endowed Scholarship ($1,000)

  • 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 ($1,000)

  • 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 ($1,000)

  • 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 ($1,000)

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


Lumbar River Baptist Association Scholarship ($1,000)

  • 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


Pedro and Muriel McKoy Education Scholarship ($25,000 (one time award))

  • A deserving rising junior education major

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0+


National Alumni Association Scholarship ($1,000)

  • A student who has demonstrated community service and extracurricular involvement

  • A 3.5+ cumulative grade point average.


North Star Scholarship ($1,000)

  • One awarded to a deserving CAPE student at each CAPE site

  • Selected by the scholarship committee


Jeremiah and Annette O’Keefe Scholarship ($1,000)

  • A junior or senior majoring in Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science

  • Grade point average of  3.5+


Bettie Esther Parham Scholarship ($1,000)

  • A deserving student selected by the scholarship committee


William Pretty Scholarship ($2,000)

  • Business major

  • A North Carolina resident

  • Grade point average of 3.0+

  • A good citizen of the Shaw Community


Dr. Matthew Rouse, Jr. Scholarship ($1,000)

  • 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 ($1,000)

  • 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 ($500)

  • Grade point average of 3.0+

  • Selected by the scholarship committee


Ethel C.R. Smith and Jessie J. Smith Scholarship Fund ($2,000)

  • A junior majoring in education

  • Grade point average of  3.0+


Rev. Samuel L. Suitt Endowed Scholarship ($1,000)

  • A junior majoring in Religion and Philosophy

  • Grade point average of 3.0+


Brenda Lou Hill Teel Memorial Scholarship ($ 500)

  • A female student majoring in Sociology or Education

  • Grade point average of 3.0+


Burton and Kimberly Waddy Endowed Scholarship ($ 500)

  • A junior majoring in Mass Communications 

  • Grade point average of 3.25+


James E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

  • 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 received approximately $180,000 in UNCF scholarships during the 2009-2010 academic year.  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 http://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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The Presidential Scholarship

Shaw University’s most prestigious scholarship award is the Presidential Scholarship.  It is awarded to incoming freshmen who exhibit exceptional academic and leadership achievement and potential.  Only a very limited number of presidential scholarships are awarded each year who apply for the scholarship and who are selected by the scholarship committee.  The scholarships may be full or partial, depending upon a student’s need and financial aid eligibility. The scholarship is only good for four years.  Any extenuating circumstances must be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Eligible students should have meet the following criteria to apply

  • First time freshman applying to Shaw University’s day program directly from high school.  (At this time it is not for transfer or CAPE students.)

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5

  • Minimum SAT score of 1,200 (new SAT, both parts: Critical Reading and Math) or ACT score of 26+.

  • Students MUST be ready for pre-calculus or calculus and honors English.

  • Students should have a demonstrated record of extracurricular activities and community service.

While Shaw University’s costs are modest in comparison to many other colleges and universities, both private and public, college costs are still a significant expense to most.  Thus, the Presidential Scholarship will cover most of a student’s anticipated expenses for four years of college.  The scholarship offsets whatever financial aid the students might receive in terms of other scholarships, grants, etc.  It covers:

  • Tuition

  • Room and board

Students who receive the Presidential Scholarship are evaluated each year to be considered for renewal.  Students are expected to:

  • Maintain full-time status (12+ credits) and a minimum GPA of 3.3 each semester.

  • Adhere to and participate in Honors College policies and activities, including honors courses and community service; and

  • Must abide by the rules and regulations stated in the Shaw University Student Handbook.

Presidential Scholars Application for 2011-2012

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The Mack Scholarship

The Mack Scholarship is for students majoring in the sciences – biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science.  Students considered for the scholarship must be science majors with at least a 3.3 GPA.  Students’ loan amounts, family income and support will be considered n these tuition awards. 

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Awards at Shaw University

Each April, Shaw University recognizes students’ academic success with a university-wide Awards Day program. In addition to recognition of academic achievement, select students are presented endowed scholarships by the university based on the donor’s criteria. 


Shaw University students are eligible for academic awards if they are enrolled full-time in the fall semester (at least 12 hours), and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the fall semester.  Cumulative GPAs which qualify students for awards and the students’ names as listed in this program and on certificates or awards are officially verified by the Registrar’s office.


  • Gold pins are awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.75 to 4.00.

  • Silver pins are awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 to 3.74.

  • Bronze pins are awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.25 to 3.49.

  • Honor pins are awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.00 to 3.24.

  • Deans’ List distinction is awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.00+

  • President’s List distinction is awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 4.0


Academic Achievement Certificates are also awarded to students.

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Latin Honors

Bachelor’s degrees with Latin honors are awarded to undergraduate students only who have earned 50 or more semester hours in residence at Shaw University.  The eligibility is strictly determined by the Registrar’s office, based on the candidate’s final grades.  The following scale is used:

3.75-4.00, summa cum laude;  (with highest distinction, burgundy cord)

3.50-3.74, magna cum laude; and (with great distinction, red cord)

3.25-3.49, cum laude.  (with distinction, gold cord)

Graduates are presented with honor cords at the graduation rehearsal each May.

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Honors Societies at Shaw University

Membership in academic honors societies at Shaw University recognizes students’ academic achievement and exemplification of qualities of scholarship, leadership and character.  Students are invited for membership within these organizations based on express qualifications; membership is not automatic.  Any inquiries pertaining to these organizations should be directed to the faculty advisors listed below.


The Alpha Chi Honor Society is a coeducational academic honor society.  Since 1922 its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.  It is for students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.25 and above who have earned at least 60 credit hours.  Shaw University is the NC Eta Chapter.

Website: http://www.harding.edu/alphachi/


Contact:  Dr.  Lillian Cummings, Faculty Advisor, lillianc@shawu.edu, 919/546-8396

Dr. Patricia Nwosu, Faculty Advisor, pnwosu@shawu.edu, 919/546-8541


The purpose of the Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society is to encourage the advancement of scientific education through original investigations; the dissemination of scientific knowledge; and the stimulation of high scholarship in the pure and applied sciences.  It is for outstanding students in the natural sciences.  A chapter functions under the guidance of the area of mathematics and sciences.  Undergraduate students are eligible for membership if they rank in the upper fifth of their class; have completed at least 64 semester hours of course work (with at least seventeen (17) semester hours in one of the sciences recognized by BKX ); a GPA of at least B in the science area; and, a general college average of at least "B".  Membership is based upon scholastic achievement in the sciences.  Website: http://www.betakappachi.org/


Contact: Dr.  Lillian Cummings, Faculty Advisor, lillianc@shawu.edu, 919/546-8396

Contact:  Dr. James Nelson, Faculty Advisor, jamesn@shawu.edu, 919/546-8389


The Purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals.  Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.  Shaw University is the Pi Upsilon Chapter.  Website: http://www.phialpha.org/


Contact:  Dr.  Pamela Denning, Faculty Advisor, pdenning@shawu.edu, 919/546-8599


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