Cheatham-White Scholars

Prospective students are invited to join North Carolina A&T as Cheatham-White Scholars. The program draws some of America’s most high-achieving seniors ready to spread their wings on a campus widely known for its national leadership in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines, as well as liberal arts and business studies, and recognized as the country’s largest historically black university.

What is the Cheatham-White Scholarship?

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This award is named in honor of Henry P. Cheatham and George H. White, two African Americans who represented North Carolina in the United States Congress around the turn of the 20th century. From difficult beginnings – Cheatham was born a slave and White was the son of an unnamed mother whom historians say was perhaps also a slave – each worked hard to earn a university education before launching careers in teaching, law and ultimately public service. Cheatham was elected to Congress first, in 1888, and White in 1896. The State of North Carolina honors their legacies through this scholarship program.



Details of the Award

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The Cheatham-White Scholarship provides an outstanding educational experience for students who are exceptional scholars, as well as versatile and well-rounded individuals. Cheatham-White Scholarships will be awarded to students with a broad range of interests, proficient in areas of both the arts and sciences, who demonstrate leadership potential and a strong commitment to service.

Each recipient will be awarded a fully-funded four-year scholarship that covers the costs of all of the following: tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop computer, supplies, travel and personal expenses. Each scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study. It is truly a complete award, meant to recognize academic achievement and potential at the highest levels.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for selection as a Cheatham-White Scholar, an applicant must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Apply for admissions as a first year freshman for the fall semester in pursuit of a baccalaureate program at North Carolina A&T.
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be on course to graduate from high school in the spring semester prior to college admission.
  • Minimum 4.0 or higher weighted cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum scholastic test score of 1280 SAT or 28 ACT (test optional for Fall 2021 applicants).
  • Show exceptional qualities of character and leadership.
  • Be significantly involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to service.

Candidates for Cheatham-White Scholarships shall be selected on the basis of merit, with all of the above criteria taken into account. Financial need shall not be a consideration.

Expectation of Recipients

Scholarships will be renewable contingent upon the following:

  • Maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA annually.
  • Enrolling full time each semester and earning a minimum 30 credit hours each academic year.
  • Maintaining membership and active participation in the University Honors Program.

Nomination Guidelines

In order to be considered, you must first be nominated by a high school official or by completing a self-nomination form.

School Nomination of Candidates (NC Residents Only)

North Carolina high school counselors are eligible to nominate students to be considered as a candidate(s) for the Cheatham-White Scholarship. For purposes of this section, a high school includes a public school under the direction of a local board of education, a charter school, a regional school, a high school operated as part of The University of North Carolina, a school operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, a school operated by the State Board of Education, or a nonpublic school regulated under Article 39 of Chapter 115C of the General Statutes. 

The number of nominees from each school is determined by the size of the senior class as follows:

Up to 199 seniors ................................................................. 2 nominees.
200-399 seniors .................................................................... 3 nominees.
400-499 seniors .................................................................... 4 nominees.
500 or more seniors ............................................................. 5 nominees.

Self-Nomination (NC Residents and Non-Residents)

Applicants are encouraged to self-nominate if the student meet one of the following scenarios:

  • The student is home-schooled or does not attend an endorsing high school, but believes she or he is highly qualified for the Cheatham-White Scholarship based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
  • The student did not receive a school endorsement, but believes himself or herself to be as competitive as school-endorsed candidates.
  • The student is out-of-state and meets the minimum qualifications and shows characteristics of scholarly excellence in leadership and service.

Nomination Submission

For consideration of the Cheatham-White Scholarship, a student must be nominated by a high school official or self-nominate. A nomination form must be submit for each individual application. 

Important Dates

Important Date for Cheatham White Applicants

September 15 – November 1, 2020

Nomination form available online for school endorsed and self-nominations.

October 15, 2020

Early action date to apply for admissions to North Carolina A&T State University.

December 1, 2020

Deadline to submit scholarship application form with all supplemental materials including letters of recommendation. Must have a nomination form submit to receive access to the scholarship application.

December 22, 2020

Semi-finalists are selected and all other applicants are notified of their status.

January 22, 2021

Finalists are selected and all other candidates are notified of their status.

February 19-20, 2021

Finalists Interview Weekend

Early March 2021

Recipients are selected and all other candidates are notified of their status.

April 15, 2021

Deadline for recipients to accept scholarship award offer.

Timeline Update: 12/10/2020

Note: Applicants submitting nomination and scholarship applications for the Cheatham-White Scholarship will automatically be considered for the University Honors Program. A separate application will not be required.