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Calling America’s Top Scholars

Prospective students are invited to join North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as Cheatham-White Scholars. To date, the program has already drawn 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. 

Click here to view the full press release about the 2018 Cheatham-White Scholars!

What is the Cheatham-White Scholarship?

Henry Plummer CheathamThis 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, 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, White in 1896. The State of North Carolina honors their legacies through this scholarship program.  

Details of the Award


The Cheatham-White Scholarship provides an outstanding educational experience for students who are exceptional scholars, 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. 

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)

All North Carolina high schools are eligible to nominate students to be considered as a candidate(s) for the Cheatham-White Scholarship. Graduating seniors in other states are eligible to be nominated, as well. 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. In the first year of the Cheatham-White program, 15 North Carolina seniors received scholarships for A&T, while five seniors from other states received scholarships, as well.

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)

Students are encouraged to complete a Self-Nomination Form if the student has completed an admissions application (with all materials received) to North Carolina A&T State University by November 1 and meet one of the following scenarios:

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

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

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

  • Be admitted as a freshman in the fall semester into 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.
  • 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.

How to Nominate

Click here to complete the Cheatham-White Scholarhip Nomination Form.



Important Dates

September 15

Nomination Form Online

Nomination Forms become available online. Please review Nomination Guidelines before completing the form

November 1

Undergraduate Admissions Application Submission

Applicants must have an admissions application (with official high school transcript and scholastic test scores) by this date.

November 15

Deadline for Nominations

Deadline to receive fully completed nomination forms from eligible high schools and self-nomination forms.

December 15

Cheatham-White Application Materials Deadline

Deadline for nominees to submit supplemental documents.

January 10

Semifinalist Selection

All applicants will be notified and semifinalist will receive an invitation to scholarship interviews. Applicants must be admitted to the university at the time of selection.

February 7 - 8


Semifinalist Interviews

Semifinalist complete scholarship interview.

Early March

Notification of Status

All finalist are notified and recipients are selected.