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  • The J. Howard Chandler Scholarship, the highest monetary scholarship offered at NACC, is funded by Mr. Chandler’s widow, Mrs. Linda Chandler. The scholarship offers up to $2,814.00 each semester for four semesters to pay for all tuition, books and supplies. High school seniors and first-year NACC students may apply if they have a 3.5 GPA and plan to major in a science, math, or engineering. Download the application form here as a pdf document: Chandler Scholarship. For more information: phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • The Ray E. Ashley Flying Fortress Scholarship will award $2,000 per semester for tuition and books to a GED graduate with a sincere interest in the fields of technology or pre-engineering. Download the application form here as a pdf document: Flying Fortress Scholarship. For more information: phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • The Tom and Myra Kilgore Academic Scholarship of $1,000 will be given to two students obtaining sophomore status at NACC – a DeKalb County resident and a Jackson County resident. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5. The scholarship application form is available from Heather Rice, Development Director, in PA 116. The application deadline is April 13, 2015.

  • The NACC One-Semester Current Student Scholarship is for current students with a GPA of 4.0. This scholarship covers tuition only. For more information please contact phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • From the Mesothelioma Cancer Center: Tis' the season of giving and is offering $5,000 in scholarships to two students that would like to help us spread awareness about the deadly disease, mesothelioma. The deadline for the spring semester entry is January 20. You can find more detailed information about our scholarship program at

  • Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance awards a $4,000 scholarship to students who have battled cancer at any point in their lives or those who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Students can obtain more information about the scholarship at

  • Individuals affected by cancer may be eligible for scholarships from several national organizations. Please click on the following pdf for more information: Scholarships for Those Affected by Cancer. These organizations may provide: 1) scholarships for childhood cancer patients/survivors and/or 2) scholarships for family members of cancer patients/survivors.

  • The Progressive Women Scholarship is awarded to female students with demonstrated need and a sincere concern for issues that affect women and families. The scholarship recipient must reside in DeKalb, Jackson or Marshall County. For more information: Dean Sherie Grace at phone ext 2325, office SC115.

  • The Excel Builders Scholarship:

  • The website lists various scholarships available across the nation. Here is a printout of recent examples: New Scholarships (pdf).

  • Over one hundred community-based scholarships are provided each year by local organizations, businesses, and individuals. Students can find out about these in their communities, schools, or workplaces.

  • The Alabama Broadcasters Association will be awarding $30,000 (10 $3,000 scholarships). The application will be due in April and awarded this May for Fall 2015. Application forms are available at For more information, please call Niki Thomas at 1-800-211-5189.

  • MassMutual offers $5,000 scholarships to high-achieving African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry. Students can apply beginning in their sophomore year, online at Contact phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • Leadership in Child Care (LICC) Scholarships are available for those interested in the Child Care field. Students can obtain an application and learn more information at

  • Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative Scholarship Program will award one scholarship to a high school student and one to student already enrolled in college. Students can obtain more information about the scholarship at

  • The Coca-Cola Two-Year Scholarship Program is described at  For more information, contact phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • The Alabama Kidney Foundation offers a scholarship to individuals who are dialysis or kidney transplant patients or who are children of such patients. For a description of the scholarship and application, download: Alabama Kidney Foundation (pdf). Contact phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • The Spina Bifida Association of Alabama established its Higher Education Scholarship Program to create and enhance the opportunities for persons with Spina Bifida to achieve their full potential through higher education. Persons with Spina Bifida who want more information about this scholarship should contact phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • MENSA Education Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest awards range from $300 to $1,000. For more information please contact phone ext 2325, office in room SC115.

  • Latino students should also see the Hispanic Scholarship Fund at 

  • More information for Hispanic students: Affordable Colleges Online: Hispanic Student's Guide for Higher Ed

  • Alabama Inter-Tribal Council Program is for low income American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Hawaiian Natives. Please call 800-400-3533 or view their website

  • Alabama Indian Affairs Commission: Students must complete basic criteria to apply for AIAC scholarship. Please call 334-242-2831.

  • Matthews-Harris Book Scholarship is a $400 book scholarship. For more information please contact phone ext 2325, office in room SC115..

  • The Senior Adult Scholarship Program automatically waives tuition (though not other fees) for college-credit courses for any student 60 years of age or older who is admitted to the college and to a program of study, when space is available.

  • Healthcare Scholarship - The scholarship is for students pursuing a career in the healthcare field. The application process is free. Two scholarships are offered annually. The deadlines for applications are June 30 and December 31. Applicants are asked to submit a 750-1000 word essay on why they wish to pursue a career in the healthcare field. One lucky applicant will be awarded $500 which they are free to spend as they wish. For full details about the scholarship, please visit

  • The Rainsville Career Center (sometimes called the Employment Office) can assist you in finding a job and can give special assistance if you qualify for WIA (Workforce Investment Act) and TRA/TAA (Trade Act). Click here:

More opportunities become available all the time. Students already enrolled should check campus bulletin boards and listen to announcements.

Other sources of aid can be found on the Internet, but you should be wary of advertisements and should NEVER PAY for information. All you need to know about applying for financial aid can be learned FREE. The best sources of information are high school guidance counselors, NAFSA, college financial aid offices, and college websites.