Opportunity Scholars Program

The Opportunity Scholars Program is a two-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 recent Mecklenburg County high school graduates with many being graduates from the following Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools high schools—Garinger, Harding, Vance, West Charlotte, and West Mecklenburg.

Program details include:

  • Scholarships will cover the complete cost of attendance—tuition, books, and fees—for the two years required to earn a technical, career-focused degree
  • Students will receive notebook computers to help meet their digital needs
  • Students will participate in Central Piedmont’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, identify 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:

  • 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. Are you the first in your family to attend college?
  3. Are you available to participate in the REQUIRED Summer Bridge Program in June & July?
  4. The Opportunity Scholarship requires monthly participation in service learning projects, attendance at bi-weekly seminars and check-ins with your academic coaches throughout the semester. Describe how you plan to effectively manage your time and balance your commitments at Central Piedmont successfully?
  5. Please describe your motivation for attending college.
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