Opportunity Scholars Program

The Opportunity Scholars Program is a 2-year, cohort experience that will support students in obtaining the education and skills needed to earn a career-focused, technical degree, and embark on a pathway to a successful career.

Program participants will be selected from applicants who are 2020 high school graduates in Mecklenburg County with many being graduates from the following Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools high schools—Garinger, Harding, Vance, West Charlotte, and West Mecklenburg.

Program details include:

  • Scholarships that will cover the complete cost of attendance—tuition, books and fees—for the two years required to earn a technical, career-focused degree
  • Students also will receive notebook computers to help meet their digital needs
  • Students will participate in CPCC’s Summer Bridge academic enrichment program prior to their first fall semester to help prepare them for college-level work
  • Students will receive the support of an academic counselor/career coach to help with course and career path selection, find internships and other workplace learning opportunities, and provide assistance with job placement.

Student selection for the Opportunity Scholars Program will be based upon a student’s demonstrated potential for success, including:

  • Student’s school performance
  • A minimum GPA of 2.6
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor

Eligible two-year, career-focused degree programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Biomedical Equipment Technology
  • Broadcasting and Production Technology
  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology
  • Construction Management Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Electrical Systems Technology
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Nondestructive Examination Technology
  • Paralegal Technology
  • Simulation and Game Development
  • Welding Technology

Supplemental Questions
  1. Do you identify as a racial minority or ethnic minority?
  2. Please list the name and email of who will submit your recommendation?
  3. Are you available to participate in the REQUIRED Summer Bridge Program in June & July?
  4. Opportunity Scholars meets bi-weekly, participates in service learning, academic check ins and leadership development. Are you willing to commit to all Opportunity Scholars activities?
  5. Please upload a copy of your high school transcript.
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