Cumberland Community Foundation Opens Community Scholarship Season

Cumberland Community Foundation Opens Community Scholarship Season


$166,000 in Education Awards Available

New Scholarships Available

Fayetteville, NC – Cumberland Community Foundation invites students to apply for scholarships to attend college during 2018/2019 through its Community Scholarship Program. The awards budget is $166,000 for the 2018/2019 college year. 
Applications and detailed instructions are now available on the foundation’s website (  The individual awards range in amount from $500.00 to $10,000.00 per year. Funding for the scholarships comes from scholarship endowment funds created by local individuals who value higher education and want to help others achieve their potential.  Each donor designed the eligibility, priorities, and application process for their scholarship endowment.
The deadline to apply for the awards is March 30, 2018.  Many awards are based on financial need and require applicants to submit their Student Aid Report or “SAR” which results from submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  “Some awards are not based on financial need, but most are,” said Susan Barnes, Scholarship Manager.  “If students have a valid email address, the Student Aid Report will be available online once the FAFSA has been completed.  Students should allow enough time to complete their FAFSA application online in order to upload the Student Aid Report into their application by the scholarship deadline.”

There are two (2) new scholarship awards available for 2018:

The William E. “Bill” Tew Scholarship – Cumberland County Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. is available for children or grandchildren of current members of Cumberland County Farm Bureau. This award was created in memory of Bill Tew by the members of Cumberland County Farm Bureau Federation, Inc. in appreciation for his leadership and service to farmers in Cumberland County, NC and the State of North Carolina and to make college education accessible to deserving students

The Durham and Lucy Riddle Scholarship is available for students who attend South View or Gray’s Creek High Schools and will attend Campbell University or Meredith College. Durham and Lucy Riddle were lifelong residents of the Gray’s Creek community in Cumberland County, NC. Among Durham’s many activities and community involvements was his service on the Cumberland County Farm Service Agency (ASCS) Committee. Lucy was a retired teacher with thirty-seven years of service, primarily at Gray’s Creek Elementary School.
Awards require an application through the community foundation’s online application system.  A complete listing of scholarship awards, application instructions, and eligibility information are available on the foundation’s website  For more information, contact Susan Barnes, Scholarship Manager (910) 483-4449 ext. 108 or

Additional information on financial aid is available at two websites:  College Foundation of NC  and Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Cumberland Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation that raises a permanent endowment for the benefit of the community.  The Foundation has $89 million in assets and has awarded more than $51 million in grants and scholarships since 1980.  The foundation manages more than 530 charitable funds according to the charitable intentions of the donors establishing the funds.
For more information about Cumberland Community Foundation, call 910-483-4449 or visit  

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