Cheatham-White Merit Scholarship


The Cheatham-White Scholarship will be established for the Fall 2018 as a merit scholarship program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina Central University to provide an outstanding educational experience for students who are exceptional scholars, versatile and well-rounded individuals. Cheatham-White Scholars will represent students with a broad range of interests, proficient in areas of both the arts and sciences, demonstrate leadership potential and a strong commitment to service.

Each recipient is awarded a fully funded four-year scholarship that covers the cost of all of the following: full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop, supplies, travel, and personal expenses. Each scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study.



To be eligible for nomination as a potential Cheatham-White Scholarship candidate, a candidate must:

  • Be a competitive applicant for admission as a freshman in the fall semester into a baccalaureate program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University or North Carolina Central University (in-state and out of state students are both eligible)
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be on course to graduate from high school in the spring semester prior to college admission
  • Minimum 4.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 1280 (new)/ 1200 (old) SAT or 28 ACT
  • Show exceptional qualities of character and leadership
  • Be significantly involved in extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to service

Candidates for Cheatham-White Scholarships shall be selected on the basis of academic merit, honorable character, outstanding leadership potential, and a demonstrable commitment to service. Financial need shall not be a consideration.

Yearly renewal of the scholarship requires:

  • Maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA annually
  • Full time enrollment each semester
  • Earning a minimum 30 credit hours each academic year
  • Maintain membership and active participation in the University Honors Program


School Nomination of Candidates

All North Carolina high schools are eligible to nominate students to be considered as a candidate(s) for the Cheatham-White Scholarship. For purposes of this section, a high school includes a public school under the direction of a local board of education, a charter school, a regional school, a high school operated as part of The University of North Carolina, a school operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, a school operated by the State Board of Education, or a nonpublic school regulated under Article 39 of Chapter 115C of the General Statute.


To learn more

On the NC A&T website, visit The Cheatham-White Scholarship at North Carolina A&T.

On the North Carolina Central University website, visit The Cheatham-White Scholarship Press release at North Carolina Central.


Who is it named for?

The General Assembly named the scholarship for Henry P. Cheatham and George Henry White, African-Americans who served two terms each in Congress in the 1890s. Cheatham, an educator who founded an orphanage for black children, won election in 1890 and 1892. White, an attorney who studied at Howard University, won the same 2nd District seat in 1896 and 1898. Cheatham and White also were brothers-in-law who didn’t much like each other. In fact, they ran against each other for Congress twice in the 1890s.


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