Garinger High School, Charlotte North Carolina

2023 GEF Scholarships

2023 GEF Scholarship Programs

GEF offers multiple scholarships to Garinger graduates, most of which can be used at any 2-year or 4-year college/university or other accredited schools. These scholarships are renewed annually based on the recipient’s academic performance. GEF requires that recipients of these scholarships maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher and register for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Currently, GEF budgets over $110,000 in scholarship awards (including the CPCC+GEF Joint Scholarship Program) for Garinger graduates each year.

Scholarship Term Annual Award Total Award
Drew Hager Memorial (Son of Outstanding Garinger Alumni) 4 Years $4500 $18000
Lew Hooper Memorial (Outstanding Garinger Alumni 1963) 4 Years $4000 $16000
Bob Elmore Memorial (Outstanding Garinger Alumni 1964) 4 Years $4000 $16000
Wildcat 4 Years $4000 $16000
*Ed Sanders (Outstanding Garinger principal 1959-1971) 2 Years $2000 $4000
* Ed Sanders Scholarship is only awarded to students attending Central Piedmont Community College


How to Apply for a GEF Scholarship

To apply for a GEF Scholarship, open this link to the 2023 GEF Scholarship Application. If you have difficulty opening this link, use the

2023 GEF Scholarship Application V2 without Upload Feature; you will have to email your supporting documents per instructions if you use this application.

You can start your application any time. Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to update and revise your application until the April 1, 2023 deadline.

GEF notifies all candidates by email of their application status 3-4 weeks after the deadline.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) + GEF JOINT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (JSP)

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. If you are a ’22 GHS graduate planning to attend CPCC, you can qualify for the JSP your first semester after graduation by completing 6 CPCC credit hours through the CPCC Career & College Promise courses or the CPCC Summer bridge program. For details on the CPCC/GEF JSP, click here. No separate application is required to qualify for the JSP.

Reminders About College and Scholarship Applications

  • Visit the GHS College Information webpage.
  • Complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible after October 1, 2022 to be eligible for a wide variety of federal and state financial aid for college including federal grants like the Pell Grant (2021-2022 maximum is $6,345) and work-study programs as well as many other scholarships/grants and student loans.
  • Visit the webpage for Career and Technical Education (CTE) at GHS.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for help! The college and scholarship application processes are complex, so questions are to be expected.
  • Complete your college and scholarship applications as early as possible.

GEF Scholarships Terms and Conditions:

  • GEF scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, community/extracurricular involvement, leadership, awards/recognitions, work history, and personal attributes, and consideration of financial need.
  • GEF scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  • GEF does not require a FAFSA for the scholarship application process.
  • GEF scholarship funds are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university account.
  • GEF reserves the right not to award all or some of the identified scholarships and to revoke or reduce scholarships.
  • All GEF scholarships are contingent on availability of GEF funds.

Questions About GEF Scholarship Programs/Contacts