Aid for North Carolina Students

Approximately one-fifth of Wake Forest undergraduates are from North Carolina. The State of North Carolina provides significant need-based financial support to its residents who attend in-state colleges and universities. In addition, many donors have demonstrated a strong commitment to helping North Carolinians attend Wake Forest.

In addition to the scholarships listed below, the College Foundation of North Carolina provides information about financial aid programs for North Carolina residents.

Scholarships for North Carolina Students

  • Elton W. Manning Scholarships

    Eastern North Carolinians with need and merit are considered for the Manning Scholarships, which were made possible by a gift from Elton W. Manning of Raleigh. Located in eastern North Carolina for its first 122 years, Wake Forest continues to attract many of that region’s finest students.

    Applicants should file a CSS Profile® by February 1.

  • George Foster Hankins Scholarships


    Since 1956, Wake Forest has awarded Hankins Scholarships to North Carolinians and children of alumni/alumnae (preference is given to residents of Davidson County, North Carolina).

    The George Foster Hankins Scholarship is a competitive need-based scholarship. Applicants should complete both the CSS Profile® and the FAFSA™ by January 1, so that need may be determined before the selection process is complete.

  • Junius C. and Eliza P. Brown Scholarships

    Since 1961, Wake Forest has awarded the Junius and Eliza P. Brown Scholarships to North Carolinians, with preference to residents of the town of Madison and Rockingham County.

    The Junius C. and Eliza P. Brown Scholarship is a competitive need-based scholarship. Applicants should complete both the CSS Profile® and the FAFSA™ by January 1 so that need may be determined before the selection process is complete.

  • K. Wayne Smith Scholarships

    Since 2000, Wake Forest has awarded the K. Wayne Smith Scholarship to North Carolina residents, with preference to applicants from the counties of Catawba, Burke, Caldwell, and Alexander, and to children of full-time employees of OCLC, Inc. in Dublin Ohio.

    The K. Wayne Smith Scholarship is a competitive need-based scholarship. Applicants should complete both the CSS Profile® and the FAFSA™ by January 1, so that need may be determined before the selection process is complete.

  • Leroy and Teresa Robinson Scholarships

    The Leroy and Teresa Robinson Scholarship Fund at Wake Forest provides scholarships to students from the high schools in Montgomery County, North Carolina. Preference is given to graduates of East Montgomery High School, but applications are encouraged from graduates of all schools in the county. The awards are based on the applicant’s academic achievement, diligence, integrity, character and leadership and range from $2,000 up to full tuition. Demonstrated financial need is taken into account but is not required to win a Robinson Scholarship. However, the special aim of the program is to encourage needy students to apply, since the generous funding of this program is geared especially to students who otherwise could not afford a Wake Forest education.

    The program seeks especially to identify the most capable and needy students in Montgomery County, and provide them the opportunity to choose Wake Forest.

    Interested students should complete the CSS Profile® by January 1.

  • North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship Program

    The North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship is awarded by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority to eligible students with substantial financial need. Individual scholarship amounts vary according to the federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Awards are estimated until eligibility and enrollment level are confirmed and funds are received.

    To be considered for this state program, a student must:

    • complete a FAFSA™;
    • receive an official residency classification (and accompanying Residency Certification Number or RCN) from the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS)
    • Wake Forest will receive RCN classification through the state grant website and determine NC Need Based award eligibility to include in financial aid package.
  • William Louis Poteat Scholarships

    Begun in 1982, the William Louis Poteat Scholarship program honors one of the university’s most prominent historical figures. William Louis Poteat, a devout Baptist, was a professor of biology, president of the college from 1905-1927, and a widely recognized champion of the freedom of inquiry. These scholarships strengthen Wake Forest’s traditional relationship with its Baptist heritage and the state of North Carolina.

    The William Louis Poteat Scholarship is awarded to up to twenty entering needy and worthy first-year students who are active members of a North Carolina Baptist church. The award is based upon excellent academic achievement, promise of leadership, and involvement in one’s church, and recipients must show promise of making a significant contribution to church and society.

    The Poteat Scholarship is a competitive need-based scholarship. Applicants should complete both the CSS Profile® and the FAFSA™ by January 1, so that need may be determined before the selection process is complete.

    Applicants for the Poteat Scholarship must submit a letter of recommendation form completed by a church member by January 1 to:

    William Louis Poteat Scholarship Officer
    Wake Forest University
    P.O. Box 7309
    Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7309

    Finalists are notified by the end of March.

  • W. Keith Stamey Scholarships

    For Wake Forest fans who have attended ACC Tournament games in the Greensboro Coliseum, or those who made the drive there for “home” basketball games in the 1980s, the trip wasn’t complete without a stop at Stamey’s Barbecue restaurant across the street. While alumni associate the Stamey name with barbecue and basketball, current and future students will remember the late W. Keith Stamey (’59) for creating a major scholarship program through the largest single gift ever made as of that time to the University by an individual.

    Stamey left his entire estate, valued at about $7 million, to endow a need-based scholarship for undergraduates from the University’s “traditional constituency.”

    Applicants should complete a CSS Profile® by February 1.

  • Zachary T. Smith Scholarships

    Established in 1996 by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Zachary T. Smith Leadership Scholarships support North Carolinians based on need, leadership experience, and academic standing.

    The Zachary T. Smith Scholarship is a competitive need-based scholarship. Applicants should complete both the CSS Profile® and the FAFSA™ by January 1, so that need may be determined before the selection process is complete.

University Scholarship Programs

Generous individuals and organizations have invested in the education of Wake Forest students.

University Scholarships and Loans

An ever-expanding catalog of programs assist students with their education goals.