College Scholarship Instructions

Instructions for Applying

New Bern Rotary College Scholarship Application is Now Open!


(Note: if your school did not require SAT or ACT scores, Rotary does not either. Please note on your application that your school did not require these scores.)

Click here for the New Bern Rotary Scholarship Foundation Application

This year our club will award one $16,000 scholarship to an outstanding local student wishing to pursue a college education. Instructions and the application form may be found below.  This award is payable at $4,000 annually for four years if the recipient continues to meet the guidelines of the foundation and maintains a “B” average.  Click here for the instruction letter for more information. 

  • Be sure to save your application (“save as”) on to your computer when you first open the document.  This will create a unique document for your grant.  That way, you will be able to save your work at any stage, review it, and finally (when you are ready to submit), you can print the form out.

Once completed, the application should then be printed.  Print at least two copies of the completed application, one for your records and one to submit to:

The Rotary Club of New Bern, Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 818 New Bern, NC  28563-0818

The deadline is April 15, 2023.

Note:  The  Student Aid  Report  [SAR]  generated  through  a Federal Student Aid [FAFSA] application, including the EFC [Effective Family Contribution] and other pages that reflect the family’s financial information on which the EFC was based) are required.

It is important to encourage your parents to prepare their income tax return for the previous year as soon as possible as this information is needed to complete this application. You need to submit your FAFSA application (by mail or on the internet) in order to have your SAR back in time for this scholarship application process.



New Bern 2022 Rotary Scholarship Winner


The winner of the 2022 Scholarship award was Tyrese Gardner, a graduating senior at West Craven High School.


Tyrese was in the upper 8% of his class and served as the student council president and the National Honor Society. Active in the marching band, Tyrese was the leader of the percussion section and helped organize the annual band competition that brought numerous high school groups to the campus.


In community service, he read to younger children at Vanceboro’s Library Book Walk, assisted in community clean-up, and worked with his local church in food distribution. He will be attending North Carolina A&T State University this fall, assisted by the $16,000 New Bern Rotary Scholarship.