Extension & Community Association Adult and Youth Scholarship

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Every cent counts when you are trying to further your goals and enroll in a university or a community college!

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

That is why the North Carolina Extension and Community Association, better known as NCECA, offers an Annual Scholarship for youth and adults at the state and county levels. The NCECA State Scholarship is worth $800 and the Orange County ECA Scholarship is worth $200, for a potential total of $1,000.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students youth and adults in obtaining a degree at any North Carolina university or college, in any field of study, with priority given to Family and Consumer Sciences. These could include but are not limited to:

Youth Development Nutrition/Culinary Arts Food Sciences
Family Life Education & Coaching Child Development / Family Relations Family and Consumer Sciences

ECA is a non-profit volunteer organization affiliated with Cooperative Extension that has been active for more than 100 years. Formerly known as the Extension Homemakers or Home Demonstration Clubs, ECA is committed to empowering families and individuals to improve their quality of life. To learn more about ECA visit the Orange County ECA page.

Every county Extension office that works with ECA submits its scholarship candidate(s) to the state NCECA Scholarship Committee which in turn will select a district winner. Even if our county candidate doesn’t win the district scholarship, the Orange County ECA will award the $200 local scholarship to our selectee.


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  • You are currently a high school senior or in college with no break in your formal education OR you are an adult who completed high school, had a break in your education, and want to further it now.
  • All applicants must live in North Carolina and plan to attend a North Carolina accredited college, community college, or technical institute.
  • You could be a part-time student and must carry no less than six (6) hours per semester, or a full-time student and must carry no less than twelve (12) hours per semester.
  • Previous applicants and/or recipients may reapply each year that they remain in school.
  • Due date: Application and accompanying documents should be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 1st, 2021.

Application and Documents to Submit

You have two options to submit your application:
Download, print, and complete the application from the following link and submit along with the required documents: NCECA-Scholarship-Form

OPTION 2 – Fill out the application online through the following link: Online Application. Then submit other required documents by email, mail, or drop at our office.

  • Documents to be submitted with the application:
    1. High School or college transcript (if you are or have been in college, only submit your college transcript): High school transcripts— Ask for an official transcript from school in a sealed envelope and submit along the rest of the documents. College transcripts— request an official transcript to be mailed to Ivelisse Colón 4112 Salem Church Rd. Haw River, NC  27258
    2. Impact Statement: In a paragraph briefly explaining the value or impact the Extension & Community Association (ECA), 4-H and/or FCS programs, and/or Cooperative Extension has had on your life or your family’s life.
    3. Three (3) letters of reference signed by the individuals.

You can mail all documents to Ivelisse Colón at the address above or bring them to our office. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our office is closed to the general public but we will have a dropbox for scholarship applications in our building’s lobby (it will be identified).

What is Your Connection to North Carolina Cooperative Extension?

This is one of the questions in your application. If you or a family member have participated in any of these, you are connected to us in one way or the other:

4-H or FFA member Participated in Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show Child of local farmer/agribusiness people served by Cooperative Extension
Senior or Adult who was part of 4-H  program Child of or Adult local farmer/agribusiness served by Cooperative Extension Family of Extension’s ECA member
Participated in 4-H Camp in Orange County Participating in Juntos Program Child of participant or Adult that participated in Extension’s FCS or EFNEP program
Participated in NC Youth Dairy programs Shown livestock in local circuits Participated in Youth Market Turkey Show at NC State Fair

Make sure you submitted everything you need for this scholarship. Take a look at this guide: ECA Scholarship Checklist

If you are the awardee for any of the scholarships, you will be notified before the Fall semester begins (Verification of enrollment at a North Carolina institution must be received by the NCECA appointed treasurer before a check can be mailed).

For questions, please contact Ivelisse Colón, Family and Consumer Science Agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Orange County Center via email at ivelisse_colon@ncsu.edu, by phone at 919-245-2055, or by text at 336-525-1722.