Several scholarships are available for students interested in workforce continuing education.  These scholarships may pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies and in some cases transportation and childcare.

HCC Continuing Education Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the HCC Foundation and may be used to cover tuition and fees for any Continuing Education/Workforce Development course.

The North Carolina Golden LEAF Scholarship

The North Carolina Golden LEAF scholarship program offers up to $250 to those students in classes which lead to a North Carolina Official Certification or licensure.   Those classes that meet this criteria include the following:

The student must reside in an eligible county to be considered for this scholarship.

Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Scholarship Program

The Governor of N.C. established the GEER Scholarships for N.C. Community College Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) students. The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds Scholarship provides scholarships for eligible community college workforce continuing education students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs within ten workforce pathways leading to a State or industry-recognized credential. Colleges have local flexibility to add additional Pathways if necessary, to meet local workforce needs.

Eligibility Criteria

Scholarship awards are determined locally based on student need, local industry needs, number of eligible students, and cost of course, up to a maximum of either $750 per course or the cost of the course fee(s) if the fee(s) exceed $750. 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 students enrolled in the following ten workforce continuing education programs of study:

  • Automotive
  • Aircraft Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial/Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation
  • Fire and Rescue Services

SECU Bridge to Career Program Scholarship

In 2018, the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation established the SECU Bridge to Career Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials through the workforce/continuing education division for their local Community Colleges that lead to sustainable wage careers within their local communities.  Amount is $500. 

To apply for any of these opportunities, please click here to complete the Continuing Education Scholarship Application.

Completed applications should be returned to your instructor or program coordinator.

If you have any questions during the application process, please call (828) 627-4509 or send an email to