CCED Education Scholarships

Carteret Community College
Corporate and Community Education Division
Financial Assistance Opportunities

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students seeking funds for continuing education classes at Carteret Community College, including:

  1. State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation Fund
  2. Golden Leaf Fund

These scholarships are need-based, but do not require FAFSA documentation.

These scholarship programs will be administered through the College’s Corporate and Community Division in collaboration with their Financial Aid office.

In 2012, the SECU Foundation established a Continuing Education Scholarship Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills. Annually, the program provides a total of 6 scholarships at $500 each to all 58 community colleges.

Qualifying applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident
  • Unemployed or under-employed, or
  • A member of the N.C. National Guard, a military veteran, or the spouse of a military veteran, and
  • Enrolled in a short-term training program that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential offered through the Corporate and Community Division and
  • Not be a director, employee, or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.

Recipients are selected by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Interested applicants should complete the following and submit to SECU Scholarship Program Coordinator, Ms. Debbie Gray, at Carteret Community College, Corporate and Community Education Division.

Ms. Gray can be contacted for questions or additional information at (252) 222-6117 or

NCSECU Scholarship Application


Golden LEAF Scholarship
The Golden LEAF Board recognized the challenge North Carolinian’s face in these tough economic times to attend college to retool and prepare for emerging job opportunities. The additional $250,000 will ensure more scholarship funds are available for citizens seeking to enhance their employability skills.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes during the academic year. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed.  Scholarships are available for both occupational and curriculum students and are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Qualifying occupational education courses must be at least a 96 hour career pathways program leading to a credential. The scholarship amount can be up to $250 per student per semester.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 4,900 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinian’s attend our state’s community colleges,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, especially in the rural areas of our state.”

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state.

The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,094 grants totaling more than $484 million since its inception.

Interested applicants should complete the application below and submit to the appropriate program coordinator or send to Ms. Debbie Gray at
Golden Leaf Scholars Program Scholarship:


For other financial assistance opportunities offered through Corporate and Community Education, please call (252)222-6200.