North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will welcome 10 students to its Cheatham-White Merit Scholars Program in fall 2021 as part of the institution’s incoming class of 2025.

Hailing from North Carolina and Georgia, these academically gifted students boast an overall grade point average of 4.25.

“The continued success of North Carolina Central University’s Cheatham-White Merit Scholars is a testament to the purpose of the program, which is to allow this group of scholars to pursue academic excellence in the arts and sciences relieved of the typical financial burden,” said Sharon Oliver, Ed.D., interim associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. “We have had the fortunate opportunity to witness students’ growth and development academically, as well as through their community service, leadership experiences, enrichment activities and networking opportunities.”

Now in its fourth year, the four-year-scholarship program was created with $3.2 million authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly for incoming students at NCCU and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The award covers tuition, room and board, student fees, books, a laptop computer, supplies and personal expenses, including four summer experiences that could include international studies. The scholarships are named for Henry P. Cheatham and George Henry White, both African Americans from North Carolina who served in Congress in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

NCCU’s first Cheatham-White scholar graduated in May 2020 after just two years on campus. Joshualan Parrish, who arrived at NCCU in the fall of 2018, is now a law student at Wake Forest University.

Read the bios of each 2021-2022 NCCU Cheatham-White Merit Scholar.