Garinger High School, Charlotte North Carolina



In partnership with the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), GEF offers a joint scholarship program for GHS graduates. Any student who graduates from GHS and attends CPCC is eligible to receive this scholarship if you meet the requirements. This scholarship is based on your academic performance at CPCC not GHS.

To receive this GEF/CPCC scholarship, you must:
Step 1: Be a GHS graduate and be admitted to CPCC (CPCC Admissions Application)
Step 2: Make sure that CPCC receives your final transcript that confirms you graduated from GHS
Step 3: Register for a minimum of 6 hours at CPCC
Step 4: Complete a minimum of 6 hours at CPCC (CPCC Summer Bridge and Career and College Promise courses may fulfill the 6-hour requirement) with a 2.0 GPA or higher, and register for a minimum of 6 hours for the next semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Scholarship Awards:

  • If you have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA, you receive $250/semester.
  • If you earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, you receive an additional $250/semester for a total award of $500/semester ($1000/year).
  • Funds are deposited directly into your CPCC student account.


You do not have to submit a GEF scholarship application to be eligible for this program. However, if you are considering transferring to a 4-year college or are interested in the additional funding offered by the 4-year scholarships, GEF highly recommends that you complete the GEF 2021 4-year scholarship application.

Program Terms and Conditions: GHS students who are awarded a CPCC Opportunity Scholarship may not be eligible for the GEF/CPCC Joint Scholarship Program. Once you have earned your AA degree at CPCC or completed over 90 hours at CPCC, you are no longer eligible for this program. In any given year, only GHS graduates from the previous 10 years are eligible to participate in this program if they meet the criteria defined above.

Questions about the GEF/CPCC JS Program Contact:
GEF at

Questions about applying to CPCC Contact:
Ms. Rivas, GHS College Adviser,, Google Voice: 704-593-6634
Ms. Bell, GHS CTE Coordinator,, Google Voice: 980-202-1533

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