North Carolina Principal Fellows Program

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Application Deadline

February 1, 2022

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North Carolina Principal Fellows Program

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified applicants. In previous years, approximately 70 awards were given.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of study, including any graduate work.
  3. Must plan to earn a master's degree in school administration in preparation for a career in educational administration (assistant principal or principal).
  4. Must have four years or more of successful full-time teaching experience or other relevant experience. Please note: This does not include part-time, substitute teaching, or teacher assistant experience.
  5. Must attend a participating North Carolina institution. Please visit the provider's website for a list of participating institutions.
  6. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident immigrant alien or a non-immigrant alien with the capacity to remain indefinitely in North Carolina.
  7. Must be a legal resident of North Carolina.
  8. Must be a full-time student.
  9. Must be unconditionally admitted by the spring of 2018 in the first year of a two-year master's degree program of school administration. The applicant must also have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a state, regional, or national accrediting agency at the time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This forgivable scholarship loan program is available for North Carolina residents who have four or more years of full-time teaching experience and plan to obtain a master's degree in school administration. Students must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher and plan to attend one of the eligible North Carolina institutions.

Application requirements for the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Resume
  • References
  • GRE/MAT scores
  • Notification
Additional Information: An eligible student must have a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a state, regional, or national accrediting agency. The student must also have completed no more than two courses (six hours) that apply toward the master's degree in school administration. A recipient must sign a promissory note establishing a scholarship loan agreement. The stipulations of the agreement are as follows: the recipient must be willing to practice at an approved site in North Carolina as a full-time administrator for four years within six years following completion of the master's degree, or repay in cash the amount received through the Principal Fellows Program plus interest at an annual rate of 10 percent. Once selected, Principal Fellows must be enrolled full time and remain in good standing in a master's degree program in school administration at a university participating as an approved Principal Fellows Program site, complete a full-time internship in a public school during the second year of the program, and participate in enrichment activities provided by the PFP. The requirements of the internship are determined jointly by the university and the participating school. While serving as an intern, Principal Fellows receive a stipend from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, in addition to the scholarship loan. Enrichment activities supplement the master's degree program in school administration and focus on leadership development. These activities are offered at the state level through the PFP office to all Principal Fellows and are also offered by the individual university programs to students in the program. Please note: The student must not be employed on a full-time basis during the time he/she is receiving the scholarship. All selected will be notified of the awards by the NC Principal Fellows Commission during the first week in May.

Award Amount: Each scholarship loan will provide funding in the amount of $30,000 in year one of the degree program and, in year two, a scholarship loan equal to 60 percent of a first-year assistant principal ten-month salary plus $4,100. In addition to, and separate from the scholarship loan amount, second-year fellows will receive a stipend through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction equal to 40 percent of a first-year assistant principal ten-month salary as paid on the state salary schedule.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $34,100.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Applications are available online on the N.C. Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP) website. The student must fill out a short form online to obtain the PDF application. The student must provide the following along with his/her completed application: a current resume; a 'Written Goals Statement' with signed certification; a 'School District Notification Form'; three references, one of which must be from his/her current principal or supervisor (see application for details on reference letters); official transcripts for all college-level course work that includes the final 60 hours of course credit (the student may have his/her institution submit transcripts directly to the NCPFP); a copy of his/her GRE or MAT scores; and a $45 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable, non-deductible and non-applicable to tuition or any fees, and should be made payable to UNC-GA. Please note: Test scores are required to be submitted to apply for the NCPFP, even if these scores are not required by the student's graduate school. The student must also submit an application for admission to one of the eligible institutions. Application to a Master of School Administration degree program must be made prior to the deadline for the NC Principal Fellows Program application. Students must be unconditionally admitted to one of the participating institutions by the spring. Completed applications, including all supplementary materials must be submitted online by the deadline date.
Contact: Diane Payne
Address: Center for School Leadership Development 140 Friday Center Drive Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517-9495

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