Workforce Development Scholarships

There are several scholarships for Workforce Development classes that are greater than 96 hours in length.  Please review the guidelines for applying and follow the instructions for completing the application process.

State Employees Credit Union Bridge to Career Program


In 2018, SECU Foundation has 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 of their local Community College that lead to sustainable wage careers within their local communities. 

For 2019-2020, the SECU Foundation will provide a total of 30 $500 scholarships to GTCC Workforce Development students. Individual applicants will be able to receive up to three (3) $500 scholarships if enrolled in one of the following pathways leading to improved employment opportunities.

  • Aviation: AVI-3009 Introduction to Structures, Manufacturing Core Skills, and Structure Assembly
  • Occuplational Training: AHR-3123 HVAC/Refrigeration Tech, MNT-3066 Apartment Maintenance Tech
  • Health Careers: NUR-3240 NA I Training, MLA-3022 Phlebotomy, ICV-3111 EKG Tech or Cardiac Monitor Tech Training

Student Eligibility

To be considered for this scholarship program, an individual must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident.
  • Be in one of the following target groups: unemployed and underemployed adults, members of the N.C. National Guard, military veterans and spouses, or underserved populations in a specific workforce sector or area.
  • Be enrolled in a short-term training program 96-hours or more that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential and is offered through Continuing Education.
  • Not be a director, employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.
  • Preference is given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
  • Students are eligible for up to three (3) SECU Bridge to Career Program scholarships within a funding year. (July 1, 2019 – Aug. 30, 2020)
  • Participating students must complete their enrolled course within the program year, which ends Aug. 30, 2020.

Application Procedure

This scholarship program is administered through the college’s Continuing Education department in collaboration with their Financial Aid office.  All applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee.  Scholarship recipients should receive an award letter from the college with instructions for accepting the scholarship award.

Email the completed application to or deliver in person to the GTCC Financial Aid Office (first floor, Sears Applied Technologies Building at GTCC’s Jamestown Campus). Applications will NOT be accepted after May 18, 2020. All applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee and recipients will be notified of their status by email with instructions on how to accept their scholarship monies.  An application can be downloaded using the link below and must be submitted to:

Brittani Cox
Financial Aid, Advisor II
336-334-4822  Ext. 50305
Sears Applied Technologies Building, Room 140

Download SECU Application

Golden Leaf Scholarship

The Golden LEAF Foundation has provided scholarships to provide economic assistance to rural low economic areas across the state. Golden LEAF Foundation wants to assist in increasing the number of underserved populations, pursuing and easily accessing education or training through North Carolina community colleges. The scholarships may be used to reduce access barrier for all prospective students by providing financial assistance and services to better assist students with educational costs, particularly costs beyond tuition and fees (e.g., books, transportation, child care, etc.).

Download the application here and return to:

Brittani Cox
Financial Aid, Advisor II
336-334-4822  Ext. 50305
Sears Applied Technologies Building, Room 140

Download Golden Leaf Application

Gold LEAF Scholars Program (Two-Year Colleges)
2018-2019 Eligible Counties
Alamance Franklin Pender
Alexander Gates Perquimans
Alleghany Graham Person
Anson Granville Pitt
Ashe Greene Randolph
Avery Halifax Richmond
Beaufort Harnett Robeson
Bertie Haywood Rockingham
Bladen Hertford Rowan
Brunswick Hoke Rutherford
Burke Hyde Sampson
Caldwell Jackson Scotland
Camden Johnston Stanly
Carteret Jones Stokes
Caswell Lee Surry
Catawba Lenoir Swain
Cherokee Macon Tyrrell
Chowan Madison Vance
Clay Martin Warren
Cleveland McDowell Washington
Columbus Mitchell Wayne
Craven Montgomery Wilkes
Dare Nash Wilson
Davidson Northampton Yadkin
Davie Onslow Yancey
Duplin Pamlico
Edgecombe Pasquotank