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A New Program Honoring a Proud Legacy

Prospective students are invited to join North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in the 2018-19 school year as our first class of Cheatham-White Scholars. Who will they be? 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 and recognized as the country’s largest historically black university. We invite nomination of graduating seniors for consideration of this generous award.

What is the Cheatham-White Scholarship?

Henry Plummer CheathamNamed 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. 

Both men not only served as two of this state’s most high ranking elected officials at a time when such leadership was deeply challenging for any African American, they lived lives of exemplary service to the black community well beyond that in areas ranging from banking to administering what became a sizable and important orphanage. The State of North Carolina honors their legacies through this scholarship program.  

Scholarship Award

The Cheatham-White Scholarship will provide 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 Process

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

School Nomination of Candidates

All North Carolina high schools 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.


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 they are highly qualified for the Cheatham-White Scholarship based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
  • Student did not receive a school endorsement, but believes to be as competitive as school endorsed candidates.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

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

  • Be a competitive applicant for admission 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.
  • A minimum 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

Schools interested in nominating students for Cheatham-White Scholarship consideration should complete the School Nomination Form.

Students interested in nominating themselves may do so by completing the Self Nomination Form

Timeline of Events

September 1

Nomination Form Online

Nomination Forms become available online.

November 1

Deadline for Nominations

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

November 15

Notification to Nominees

Nominees are notified and provided instructions to submit supplemental documents.

December 1

Application Material Deadline

Deadline for nominees to submit supplemental documents.

December 15

Finalist Selection

Approximately 40 finalists will be selected. All nominees will be notified of their status and receive an invitation to Scholar’s day.

February 2 - 3


Finalist Interviews

Applicants are invited to participate in scholarship interviews.

Mid February

Notification of Status

Each finalist will receive notification of their status.