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Financial Assistance

Don’t let cost hold you back from earning your industry-approved credentials.

CFCC’s Economic & Workforce Development offers financial assistance to help you get the training you need.

New Hanover Community Endowment Grant

The New Hanover Community Endowment will help Cape Fear Community College to support our underserved student population and better serve our community. The scholarships from this endowment will help these students pursue education/training, leading to high-demand, family-sustaining wages/careers. These underserved populations include women, minorities, low-income, veterans, and justice-involved individuals (Pathway Home 2 Grant participants).

Students attending Cape Fear Community College often face financial obstacles that may prohibit them from continuing to learn and better their career opportunities. Students often have to choose between paying bills and continuing their education. With this scholarship, Cape Fear’s goal is to increase our underserved students’ retention and success rate.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  1. At a minimum, eligible students applying for this grant must be:
  2. A resident of New Hanover County.
  3. Part of an underserved population which includes: women, minorities, low-income, veterans, and justice-involved individuals.
  4. Enrolled, in good academic standing, in one of the following programs: Welding, Diesel and Heavy Equipment, HVAC, Construction Management, Electrical Apprenticeship or Electrical Lineworker, Plumbing, Truck Driver Training, Nurse Aide, Mechatronics, Machining, Manufacturing, Logistics/Supply Chain, IT, Cable Installer (Fiber), Medical Billing and Coding, Phlebotomy, Culinary and Hospitality, Marine Technology, Small Engines, Business, Cosmetology/Nail Tech, Barbering, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Real Estate, Insurance, Maintenance, and Historic Trades.

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IIANC – NCCCS Partnership Scholarship Block Grant for 2021 – 2022 Academic Year

The North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation is pleased to announce the application process for the 2021-2022 Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina – North Carolina Community College System Partnership Scholarship Block Grants. The initial scholarship funds were contributed by the North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents (NCAIA) in honor of the 50th Anniversary of NCCCS. NCAIA has provided additional scholarship funds each year since 2013. The 2021-2022 academic year scholarship block grant has been awarded to Cape Fear Community College. Eligible students will be awarded individual scholarships.

Eligible Programs
  • Accident/Sickness/Health
  • Accident/Sickness/Health ONLINE
  • Life/Accident/Sickness/Health
  • Life/Accident/Sickness/Health ONLINE
  • Pre-Licensing Life
  • Pre-Licensing Life ONLINE
  • Property and Casualty
  • Property and Casualty ONLINE
Eligibility Requirements

Students awarded a scholarship from the block grant funds must:

  • Be in good academic standing for the semester in which the course was taken
  • Be enrolled in or have completed one of the eligible courses.
  • Have completed the course.

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Golden Leaf Two-Year Scholars Program

The Golden LEAF scholars program will provide grants of up to $1,850 annually for workforce continuing education students. The scholarships help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other components of the total cost of attendance for each of the fall, spring and summer semesters. These programs are 96 hour or more and lead to a credential and/or employment.

Eligible Programs
Healthcare Careers
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling (Must have completed CADC 1 for eligibility.)
  • Certified Healthcare Access Associate (CHAA)
  • Certified Professional Coder
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Nurse Aide I and II
  • Phlebotomy
Construction Careers
  • HVAC
  • Electrical Apprenticeship, all levels
  • Electrical Lineworker
  • Fire Alarms Systems Training
  • Historic Preservation Construction
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship
  • Welding
  • Barbering Schoo
  • Nail Technician
  • Apartment Maintenance Technician
  • Fleet Maintenance Technician
  • Outboard Systems
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Truck Driver Training
  • Advanced EMT
  • AEMT to Paramedic Bridge
  • EMR to EMT Bridge
  • EMT Initia
  • Firefighter Series
  • Firefighter Block 1
  • Firefighter Block 2
  • Firefighter Block 3
  • Fire Officer III

If there is a program you are interested in that is not listed contact Vanessa Czerw to find out if it is an eligible program.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Resident of North Carolina
  • Students enrolled in Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) pathways/courses offered for 96 hours or more and leading to a State or industry-recognized credential. These pathways may consist of a single WCE course or a series of courses.
  • You must also be: (1) currently unemployed, (2) have received notification of a pending layoff, (3) working and eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (FEITC), or (4) working and earning wages at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Reside in a rural county that is tobacco dependent, or economically distressed, as determined by the Golden LEAF Foundation. ( Check the Golden LEAF Scholarship page for the list of qualifying counties ).

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CFCC Foundation Scholarships

The Continuing Education Scholarship application is available for scholarship opportunities in the following programs: Electrical Lineworker, Electrical Apprenticeship, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Alarm Safety, Law Enforcement, and Nurse Aide.

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Robert C. Massengill Scholarship Application

The Cape Fear Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. established the Robert C. Massengill Scholarship Fund at CFCC in 2020 to honor the memory of Robert C. Massengill, an electrical contractor with a long history in the Wilmington area. Selected students in the Electrical Apprenticeship Level 1 course will receive a $600 scholarship to help finance the cost of tools essential to the electrical trade.

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WIOA Scholarships


Call or visit your local NCWorks Career Center today to learn if you qualify for WIOA sponsorship! Eligibility factors apply. Ask to speak to a WIOA Title I Specialist.


NCWorks Career Center – New Hanover
1994 S. 17th Street,
Wilmington, NC 28401

NCWorks Career Center – Pender
904 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425

NCWorks Career Center – Brunswick
5300-7 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470

GED Scholarships

Is the cost of the official GED exam ($20/test x 4 subject tests = $80) holding you back from taking it? If so, contact your GED-prep instructor for an application and information on qualifying for either a full (all 4 subjects) or partial (one or more subjects) GED exam scholarship.

Questions and concerns regarding this should be sent to ewdscholarships@cfcc.edu .

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