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Toni Blount
Coordinator of College Advising and Scholarships
910-592-2067 ext 1819
fax: 910-299-5164

ACT College and Career Transition Award for North Carolina
NC AP Partnerships AP Honor Roll


NY Times Article  "Colleges Discover the Rural Student"

NY Times Article  "Voices from the Rural Student on Why (or why not) to Attend College"

College Scorecard:  Click here to find the college that's the best fit for you!

College and Military Open House Dates & CHS Visits
  • Click here for all NC College and University admissions and open house dates for 2016-2017
Check-out Scholar Snap:  a tool to consolidate scholarship applications: Tip: Seniors complete this profile and it loads to the Common App! 

Local Scholarships: Local Scholarship Bulletin Here   All 2017-18 dates are in the process of updating...stay tuned!

Simple Gifts Fund Scholarship - apply by December 2, 2017
South River EMC Scholarship: apply by 
NC Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship for students in top 10% of class:  Applications with Mrs. Blount in College Central apply by
DAR American Indian Scholarships: Apply by Feb. 15, 2018
Foundation for Rural Service: apply by    to Star Communications
Cape Fear Federal Credit Union Scholarship- 3 scholarships available for members and non-members:apply by  
North Carolina Blueberry Festival Scholarship-apply by   (Return to Mrs. Blount by March 28, 2017)
Flake Shaw Farm Bureau Community College Application: Apply by  
Dance Shoppe Scholarship of the Arts: Application online at   Deadline   to Wanda Coleman
Star Communication Scholarship: Apply by  
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority: apply by   (return to Mrs. Blount by  )
Sampson County Association of Educators Scholarship: submit to Mrs. Blount by April 13, 2018           
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship: Submit to Mrs. Blount by April 7, 2014  Media Release required
CHS PTSO Scholarship click here teacher recommendation form: Submit to Mrs. Blount by April 13, 2018
Clinton Lions Club Scholarship: apply by April 13, 2018  or see Mrs. Blount for an application                                                                                                                                      State Employees Credit Union- Submit  to Mrs. Blount by April 13, 2018 (Also complete the Clinton High School Scholarship form below)
Clinton Kiwanis Club Scholarship: apply by April 13, 2018 to Mrs. Blount (copies also available with Mrs. Blount)
Athletic Boosters Scholarship Application-submit to Mrs. Blount by April 13, 2018 (copies available with Mrs. Blount)
Edward Taylor Band Booster Scholarship for CHS Band students: submit to Mrs. Blount by April 13, 2018 (copies available with Mrs. Blount)
Clinton High School Scholarship form for the following: Apply by April 13, 2018 in this Google Doc. Bring downloaded SAT or ACT report to Mrs. Blount by                                   April 13, 2018. SECU People Helping People as an additional Google Form
      Description document for each of the following, click here
      Frank and Kate Turlington Scholarship
      Gray Felton Butler Scholarship 
      W. Arthur Chestnutt Scholarship 
      E. Martin Leder Scholarship 

Woodman of the World: apply by April 13, 2018
Delta Kappa Gamma Grant-In-Aid for female students majoring in education: apply by 
Clinton Garden Club Horticulture Scholarship apply by ...see Mrs. Blount Click for Criteria
Sampson Community College Foundation Scholarships: Apply by  (Return letters of rec and resume to Mrs. Blount)
Sampson County NAACP Scholarship: apply by  (Return to Mrs. Blount by April 10 for review)
Beaver Dam Missionary Baptist Church Bertha and Samuel Butler Scholarship: apply by  (Return to Mrs. Blount by April 24, 2017)
Brothers 4 Christ Scholarship apply by May 1... see Mrs. Blount  Due: by April 24, 2018 to Mrs. Blount
SHSAA (Sampson High School Alumni Association): MUST BE TYPED so use fillable application- apply by (Return by )
KTM STEM Scholarship: return to Mrs. Blount by 
KL Wall Scholarship: return to Mrs. Blount by 
Wall Stinson Scholarship:  return to Mrs. Blount 
Mattie Peterson Memorial Scholarship: apply by May 1, 2018 (return to Mrs. Blount by April 24, 2018)

NC Specific Scholarships:
NC High School Athletic Association:   deadlines vary from Feb. 9- April 2018
North Carolina Community Foundation Scholarships: deadlines vary from February-June, 2018
N.C. Motherless Daughter Scholarship: apply by 
SEANC Scholarship Program: apply by submit to Mrs. Blount by 
Bob McGuire NC Child Support Scholarship: apply by
Riddle and Brantley  $1,000 Scholarship (5): 2018 updates coming soon
College Specific Scholarships: 

Co-Op Scholarship at Clarkson, Drexel, Johnson and Wales, Merrimack, Johnson & Wales
    RIT, Oswego, Univ. of Toledo, Univ. of Cincinnati, UMass, and Wentworth- application deadlines vary
Elon University Teaching Fellows apply by January 10, 2017
East Carolina University: one application for all scholarships
Thomas Wolfe Writing Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill- apply by Nov. 15 for scholarship and admissions by Oct. 15
UNC Greensboro Teaching Fellows- apply by January 1, 2017

National Scholarships:   

Questbridge College Match and Scholarship:  apply by Sept. 27, 2017
Coca Cola Scholarship- apply by Oct. 31, 2017
Horatia Alger Scholarship - apply by Sept. 25 and Oct. 25 for two separate scholarships
VFW Voice of America Scholarship (Grades 9-12) - apply by October 31, 2017
Univision 40 Nuestra Juventud Scholarship- apply TBD
American Legion and Eagle Scout Scholarship- various application deadlines
HCS Home Warranty Scholarship- apply by Dec. 1, 2017
AXA Scholarship- apply TBD
Foot Locker Scholarship: apply by Dec. 30, 2017    
Ronald McDonald House Scholarship- apply by January 18, 2017
Gaming/Marketing Scholarship: apply by January 21, 2018
National FFA Scholarships:  apply by February 1, 2017
Cyber bullying Scholarship: apply by February 28, 2017
Buick Achievers Scholarship:apply by March 1, 2017
Life Lessons Scholarship Program: application open from Feb. 1-March 1, 2017
Form Swift Scholarship: Apply by August 15, 2016, Oct. 15, 2016, Dec. 15, 2016 and March 17, 2017
Health and Wellness Scholarship: apply by March 31, 2017
Vivant Smart Home Scholarship: apply by April 1, 2017
Catching the Dream for Native American Students- apply by April 30, 2017
Runabees Scholarship: apply by April 30, 201 
Women in Technology Scholarship- apply by May 5, 2017
Horatio Alger CTE 2 year community college scholarships: application opens in March 2017, students must create an account to apply
Work Ethic Scholarship Program: apply by May 19, 2017
Whitaker Fine Arts Scholarship: apply by May 31, 2017
Khan Law Firm Scholarship: apply by August 1, 2017
Trekking Pole Technology Scholarship: apply by August 31, 2017
Luxury Home Scholarship: apply by November 30, 2017
Shocpro American Football Scholarship: apply by December 7, 2017
Hispanic Scholarships search site: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute website
United Negro College Fund: scholarships and deadlines vary
Scholarship Search Sites

Scholarship Applications and Instructions

College Links and Facts

Parent Support Guide for the college process
March to Success: Provides materials to help prepare students for college and a series of videos to simplify processes.

Men of Color Organization at UNC Chapel Hill

Business Degree Guide with scholarship links

Discover Business Degree links and resources

The Best Colleges- online resources for college expenses and college rankings

Prudential Spirit of Community- students in grades 9th-12th can apply if they have made a significant contribution in community service since September 1, 2014.  Apply online by Nov. 8, 2016
Emperor Science Award for research-Apply by March 17, 2017
Young Entrepreneur Award: Apply by  Dec. 18, 2017                        


Test Prep

ACT Prep on Study Island:

SAT Test Prep course offered at Clinton High School: See the link above under College Central News and Hot Topics

SAT testing strategies on College Board

SAT Prep on College Board

CFNC test prep for ACT and SAT

Khan Academy test prep

March to Success US Army test prep

SAT/ACT/Compass Dates and Fees

Click here to read about the new SAT

The Junior Section

Iteach Day at ECU- Dec. 3, 2017

Martha Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State University deadline to apply is February 24, 2017

UNC School of Social Work SWING program:

The Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL):   See Mrs. Blount for an application

West Point Admissions is now taking applications from high school juniors. Click here for the application page.

Summer Ventures for Science and Math click here

Shelton Challenge at Shelton Leadership Center: for rising 9th-12th with a 3.0 GPA
fliers available in Mrs.Blount's office

The Clinton/Sampson Junior Leadership

NC Governor's School : Applications are due Nov. 1 to Mrs. Blount Explore the Governor's School website. See above under News for more information.

Rotary Youth Leadership Conference. See the full application below: apply by Nov. 14, 2016

Rural Electric Youth Tour by South River EMC

Questbridge Scholars College Prep Program: see Mrs. Blount for a nomination if you have a 3.5 GPA or higher taking the honors, AP, and/or CCP courses and your family income is less than $65,000/year.

Yearly Check List for College

9th Grade - Set Your Sights On College
  • Take courses that challenge you
  • Work hard to make the best grades possible
  • Meet with your school counselor and college advisor
  • Create or update your CFNC account and record your courses, activities, and more
  • Explore career interests by job shadowing, volunteer work in the community, and CFNC
  • Think about school involvement: join a sports team, club, and/or band
  • Build relationships with peers and teachers
  • Create an account on and and begin reviewing test prep questions on those websites
  • Read books of all genres- find authors and subjects that interest you
10th Grade - Keep Your Focus
  • Pursue extracurricular activities, interests, such as dance, sports, clubs and community service
  • Review your goals for the future with your counselor and college advisor
  • Update your CFNC planner Continue to use the free ACT and SAT prep at,, and
  • Take the PSAT for practice
  • Talk to friends, family, community members, and teachers about their college experience
  • Tour college campuses "online"
  • Look for summer enrichment programs such as band camp, college campus recruiting events, and a volunteer program (such as the hospital or other non-profits), work, local camps
  • Register for the most challenging courses that you can manage (honors or advanced placement)
11th Grade - The Critical Year for Success
  • Review your academic plan with your counselor
  • Review your college plan with your college advisor
  • Evaluate you high school transcript
  • Take the PSAT in October at school (this determines merit scholarships)
  • Check the entrance requirements for the colleges you are seeking
  • Take an on campus tour of each university or college you are seeking
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops
  • Keep your CFNC planner updated and draft a resume with this information
  • Research scholarships on the web sites suggested
  • Talk to coaches about college sports and eligibility
  • Take the ACT in March seriously- it counts
  • Narrow down your college list
  • Find a summer job or internship in your field of interest or continue exploring many careers by volunteer work
  • Attend leadership seminars offered on college campuses
  • Register for an SAT before the end of the junior year and perhaps another in the summer between the junior and senior year
  • Continue to build relationships with teachers, principals and counseling staff (you will need these recommendation letter soon)
  • Take a leadership role on your high school campus- club president or treasure, team captain, student government, drum major or section leader, etc...
12th Grade Fall Semester - Don't Let Up
  • Make an appointment for the senior counselor meeting verify graduation requirements
  • Make sure all school debts are cleared (library, locker, sports uniforms, etc...)
  • Visit the cap and gown representative and complete order forms by the deadlines
  • Use CFNC: verify the NC wise number and Social Security Numbers are correct under My Profile"; plan and apply for colleges Select 3-5 colleges, one dream school, one safety school, and others in between
  • Send transcripts through transcript manager on CFNC- track the progress
  • Take an additional SAT or ACT to improve your score
  • Attend the college fair offered to juniors and seniors
  • Visit college campuses and take an official tour with the admissions office
  • Complete "out-of-state" applications on college websites or use the Common Ap Check with College Financial Aid officials about early scholarship deadlines
  • Work with the College Advisor regularly
  • Student athletes: verify the NCAA eligibility site for updates and send transcripts
  • Remind parents to plan to prepare tax information soon after January 1 for your financial aid applications.
12th Grade Spring - Finish Strong
  • Apply at get an ID number to sign the FAFSA (parents must have a separate number as well)
  • Complete and submit FAFSA at www.fafsa,gov as soon as possible after Jan. 1
  • Sign-up for FAFSA day at Sampson Community College to receive help
  • Compare admissions letters and financial aid packages
  • Submit your enrollment deposit to hold your spot at the college of your choice
  • See your college advisor for application and financial aid concerns
  • Celebrate your success by bringing in your letters of acceptance
  • If you took a community college course- ask the college to send transcripts to your college
  • Take exams for AP courses
  • Take the Accuplacer if you will be attending a community college in North Carolina Check your email regularly for updates from your college May 1- College Decision Day (wear your college shirt)

Scholars/Enrichment/Summer Programs for 9-12th Grade Students

ASCEND mentoring youth program offered through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rho Omega Omega Chapter Apply Now and see your guidance counselor or college advisor for your transcript.

The White House Film Festival Student Film Contest, click here to learn more!

Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs: offered through NCSU click here for more information or 800-964-9974

Appalachian State University Forensic Anthropology Camp
Forensic Anthropology 1 Registration Link:
Forensic Anthropology 2 Registration Link:

Clemson Summer Studies:

Clemson Life Science Camp for 5th-12th graders click here

Gettysburg Summer Camps for Enrichment: Civil War, Psychology, Writing Camp, 3D Printing camp

Grammy Camp: Go to Summer Camp with the Grammy pros!

Martha Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State University:

NC Governor's School Information is available in Mrs. Blount's office.  Visit to explore the Governor's School websit.  Applications are now closed. 

NCSU Engineering Summer Programs for elementary, middle and high school:

Rotary Youth Leadership Speech Contest: see Mrs. Blount or theater teacher, Mrs. Burton

Stanford pre-college studies

Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, DC by South River EMC (application is above in the Junior Section). Sophomores and Juniors can apply.

UNCW Summer camps:  Engineering and MarineQuest

Middle School Opportunities for Enrichment

The White House Student Film Contest, click here to find out more!

Clemson University summer science camps, click here for the website

College Foundation of NC

Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs: offered through NCSU click here for more information or 800-964-9974

NEWS and Fun Facts

Presentations and Power Points
College Gear Up 4 Presentations:  August 26, 2016  Please complete the evaluation form if you attended

       Matchmaker: Best Match College by Toni Blount, click here

        Sampson Community College Gateway by Susan Baxter, click here

        Financial Aid by Emily Hadley, click here

        College Admissions Essay by Jessica Alvarez, click here

        CFNC by April Query, click here

Senior Parent Night Presentation

Financial aid and scholarship Presentation