North Carolina Central University announced it will award up to 20 full-ride scholarships to incoming freshmen beginning in fall 2018 through the recently created Cheatham-White Scholarship program.

The merit scholarships are being funded with $3.2 million authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly to create four-year scholarships at NCCU and N.C. A&T State University. The awards will cover tuition, room and board, student fees, books, a laptop computer, supplies and personal expenses, including four summer experiences that could include international studies. The cash value of each scholarship is estimated at $75,000. NCCU will match the state funding for each scholarship dollar for dollar.

“The Cheatham-White Scholarship program recognizes future leaders with a strong commitment to public service by providing an opportunity to receive a top-notch education,” said UNC system president Margaret Spellings. “These scholarships also honor the legacy of great public servants like Henry Cheatham and George Henry White.

NCCU may award up to 20 Cheatham-White Scholarships annually beginning in fall 2018.

NCCU will create a special giving campaign in support of the Cheatham-White scholars. To be considered for the scholarship, students must have a high-school weighted grade point average of 4.0, along with an SAT score of at least 1280 or an ACT score of 28 or higher.

High schools will nominate students for scholarship consideration based on a variety of additional factors, including leadership, character and community service. Students do not have to live in North Carolina to apply.

“The Cheatham-White Scholarship program is a wise investment in the future of our state,” said Chancellor Dr. Johnson Akinleye. “Not only will it reward the very top-tier of students each academic year, but also allow our campus to become an increasingly visible and competitive for high-achieving students from across the country, raising our university’s profile overall.”

Criteria and the online application and recommendation forms are available here.

The scholarships are named for Henry P. Cheatham and George Henry White, both African-Americans from North Carolina who served in Congress in the late 1800s and early 1900s.