Brave Scholars Program

Application for the 2023 Cohort is now closed.

The application for 2024 submissions will begin in the fall of 2023.

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In partnership with Columbus County Schools, Public Schools of Robeson County, Scotland County Schools, and Whiteville City Schools, the School of Education is excited to introduce the Brave Scholars program.

The Brave Scholars program is needs based scholarship that seeks to provide financial and professional support to future elementary and special education educators who make a commitment to serve in one of our partner districts following graduation.


  • Tuition and Fees
  • Health Insurance
  • Meal Plan
  • Professional Development (In-state, out of state, international opportunities)
  • Dedicated faculty support
  • Housing supplement
  • Living and Learning Community

Steering Committee

Cassie Cartrette Columbus County Schools
LaToya Green Columbus County Schools
Jadell Hawks Public Schools of Robeson County
Melissa Thompson Public Schools of Robeson County
Michael Riles Scotland County Schools
Billie Jo Harris 

Scotland County Schools 

Beverly Turner Whiteville City Schools 
Michael Hobbs Whiteville City Schools 


UNCP Project Team 

Loury Floyd Principal Investigator 
Gretchen Robinson Co-PI
Leslie Locklear Co-PI
Lisa Mitchell Co-PI
LaMorris Smith School of Education Recruitment Director 



For more information on the program and to stay up to date with our deadlines, please join our mailing list! 

Frequently Asked Questions


Application and Selection 

Financial Commitment 

Other Questions