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In appreciation for the service and sacrifices of North Carolina’s war veterans, a four year scholarship program at North Carolina-approved schools has been established by the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA). This scholarship is for qualifying children of certain class categories of deceased, disabled, combat, or POW/MIA veterans.

Basic rules for eligibility include:

• The applicant must be under the age of 25 and domiciled in North Carolina.

• Veteran parent was a legal resident of North Carolina at the time of entry in the armed forces

OR: The applicant is a natural child, or adopted child prior to age 15, who was born in North Carolina and has been a resident of NC since birth.

• The veteran’s qualifying criteria must have occurred during a period of war.

There are five classes of scholarships. Scholarships for four of the five classes include free tuition, a room allowance, a board allowance, and exemption from certain mandatory fees as set forth in the law for all public, community and technical colleges. For private and junior colleges, the scholarship provides $4500 per nine month academic year.

The deadline for submission of scholarship applications is March 1. Ideally, NCDVA requests these applications much sooner in order to get interviews completed with the applicant.

For more information on this scholarship program, you may contact the Catawba County Veterans Service Office at 828-465-8255 or