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North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS)

The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) is for North Carolina residents who:

  • Are enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours or more) in an eligible program
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)* figure that falls within a range determined each academic year
  • Are making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Meet eligibility requirements as deemed by the State of North Carolina

Deadline: Until funding is exhausted

Award amount: Determined by the state of North Carolina

NCELS is only available for fall and spring semesters and is not funded for summer terms.

*As defined by the Department of Education, the EFC “is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year. Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.”

For questions regarding NCELS, contact the Financial Aid Office at 910.695.3743.

Sandhills Community College, located in Pinehurst, is a comprehensive community college chartered in 1963 and is a member of the North Carolina Community College System.

North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS)

Application Information



College Foundation of North Carolina

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Application requirements for the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS) are:

Award Amount: The award amounts range from $100 to $3,000 annually, renewable. Renewal eligibility is determined by the participating institution. The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,550.

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The sources for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.

This award is for North Carolina undergraduate students who are attending North Carolina colleges or universities. The student must demonstrate financial need by having a federally calculated Expected Family Contribution of $5,000 or less, as determined by the FAFSA. ]]>