Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company Awards $1M Grant to Central Piedmont

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, through its charitable giving arm The Dowd Foundation, has awarded Central Piedmont Community College a $1-million grant to support plumbing and pipefitting scholarships and instruction at the college.

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, founded in 1901, has a deep and ongoing interest in strengthening Charlotte’s construction and infrastructure sectors. Charlotte Pipe, the nation’s leading manufacturer of cast iron and plastic pipe and fittings for plumbing applications, has been working for more than a century to ensure the plumbing and pipefitting trades remain viable career paths for future generations.

“Charlotte Pipe and Foundry and The Dowd Foundation are proud to support the plumbing and pipefitting trades,” said Hooper Hardison, president of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry. “We know how essential these career paths can be for young people, as well as for our nation’s infrastructure. We are delighted we have resources like Central Piedmont in our region to provide an education pipeline for the construction trades.”

Central Piedmont will allocate Charlotte Pipe’s gift in the following ways to recognize the company’s important role in the region’s plumbing and pipefitting sectors:

  • Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company Scholarship Fund ($500,000)—This is a permanently endowed scholarship fund that will provide support for financially needy students enrolled in Central Piedmont plumbing and pipefitting courses.
  • Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company Instructional Fund ($500,000)—This fund will support instruction in plumbing and pipefitting at Central Piedmont, providing the resources needed to purchase equipment and materials, invest in faculty development and address instructional capacity.

“We are so grateful to Charlotte Pipe and The Dowd Foundation for this generous and impactful grant,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont president. “The Charlotte region needs many more skilled tradespersons, such as plumbers and pipefitters. These are stable, sustainable, and well-paying careers. This grant will help the college recruit and educate more individuals, setting them on a path to career success and economic mobility.”

Learn more about Central Piedmont’s construction management technology program.


Free loaner laptops and technology available for summer classes

If you’re having trouble accessing technology, we want to do all we can to ensure you continue in your classes and achieve your academic goals this summer. A limited number of laptops and WiFi hotspots are available for loan — at no cost — to students in need. Students will be able to use these devices as long as they are enrolled in classes and until we are able to resume traditional, in-person classes. Please complete an application or email for more information.

Foundation For The Carolinas Offers More than 150 Scholarships for Students

With nearly 150 scholarship funds under its management, Foundation For The Carolinas helps deserving students pursue their educational goals. College tuition and fees continue to rise, making affordability a challenge for many families. Thanks to some pretty generous fundholders, there are scholarship opportunities available to provide support for students ranging from kindergarten to graduate school.

Early March is the deadline to submit most applications. Don’t wait — get started here!

Read the full article to learn how scholarships have changed the lives of other students.

Over 250 Scholarship Opportunities Available for Students

Making the transition to (or back to) college means students are facing the harsh reality that college is a serious financial undertaking. From helping alleviate the rising costs of college education to allowing students the ability to focus on studies and not expenses, scholarships play a huge role in a student’s ability to pursue and complete a degree program.

Central Piedmont Community College has over 250 scholarship opportunities available each year. Students can access a number of these opportunities by completing the General Scholarship Application on Academic Works for fall, spring and summer semesters.

The application cycle for the academic year 2020-2021 opens February 1, 2020 and closes November 30, 2020.

Here are some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • Summer 2020 application deadline – April 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 priority application deadline – May 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 regular application deadline – July 30, 2020
  • Spring 2020 only application deadline – November 30, 2020

*Students who complete the application will automatically be considered for all auto-match scholarship opportunities. Certain opportunities may require supplemental information (i.e. transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are awarded for a host of reasons – choice of major, community involvement, special interests, creative talents – and that’s just to name a few. Regardless of your economic situation, take every opportunity to lessen the financial burden of college.

Learn more about scholarships and eligibility requirements today!

Learn More about the Peer Mentoring Scholarship

Are you interested in being a peer mentor? We have new PEER MENTORING SCHOLARSHIP that will offer up to $2,000 a semester.

You must have the following requirements:

  • Completed 12 credit hours
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Provide (1) reference letter
  • Attend Peer Mentor Training and dedicate at least 2 hours a week
  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the spring 2019 semester

Apply here. 

For additional questions, please contact the following: First Year Experience at ext. 6100 (visit CH 110) or  Office of Mentoring and Bridge at ext. 6656 (visit CH 120)


Checking in with Anthony Foxx Scholarship Recipient Jamal Moss ‘12

Jamal Moss ’12 didn’t let his high school counselor at West Charlotte High School talk him out of applying to CPCC. “She wanted me to attend N.C. Central University or N.C. A&T,”

Jamal Moss holding up CPCC pennantexplains Jamal. “She was afraid I wouldn’t succeed at CPCC; that I would become another statistic.

Evidently, it was a trend the counselor had seen many times before – young African-American male plans to apply to a two-year college, attend and one day transfer to a four-year institution, only to fail.

Fortunately for Jamal, the counselor didn’t know him and his ability to defy the odds at all costs.

Jamal’s upbringing differed from his peers at West Charlotte. He was primarily raised by his grandmother and attended Myers Park High School his first three years of high school, an environment where the majority of students went on to successfully attend and graduate from college after high school. As a result, Jamal was exposed at an early age to a world outside of his West Charlotte High School bubble – a world that helped him understand that it was possible to explore, to break the cycle and to want more for his future.

However, Jamal quickly realized his future wasn’t going to create itself – he had to build it with his own hands. That’s when Jamal began researching colleges. He knew his options were limited – he came from a low-income, single parent home – and travel/moving expenses would stretch the family’s budget. So he began looking for colleges in Charlotte and learned about CPCC and its burgeoning Anthony Foxx Scholarship opportunity.

The Anthony Foxx Scholarship is a partnership between CPCC and West Charlotte High School that helps African-American males overcome financial obstacles and receive the assistance they need to earn a degree. Selected students receive a $2,000 scholarship; participate in the college’s Summer Bridge program to help them get a head start on their college career by taking classes over a six-week period; and join MAN UP, a mentoring group that promotes personal development, academic success and educational advancement among minority male students.

Thanks to the Anthony Foxx Scholarship, Jamal was able to attend CPCC – a place where he says he “found everyone.”

“There were days when I wasn’t even on my own side,” explains Jamal. “But thanks to CPCC’s staff members, I was able to overcome life’s obstacles, stay grounded and know that I was going to succeed. The CPCC team was not only my greatest source of support, but also my biggest cheerleader.”

With this support system on his side, Jamal was able to focus on his studies; enjoy the resources at his disposal, including MAN UP, which taught him how to better express himself, follow his heart and be loyal to others; and graduate from CPCC in 2012 with an associate degree.

Upon graduating from CPCC, he pursued his bachelor’s degree at N.C. State and was recently accepted into Duke University’s master’s program, which he’ll begin in August 2017.

While Jamal’s sights are clearly set on the road that lies ahead, he’s also quick to remember the many people and places that got him where he is today – mainly Anthony Foxx and CPCC. “CPCC’s Anthony Foxx Scholarship opened up so many doors for me,” says Jamal. “High school students thinking of attending CPCC should definitely consider applying for the scholarship. It gives you the financial breathing room you need to pay for college, providing you with an opportunity to chart your own path to success.”

To learn more about the Anthony Foxx Scholarship at CPCC, visit

Mitchell McPhail Received $10,000 Scholarship

Reginald Pincham, Director of Enrollment Student Services at the CPCC Levine Campus and member of the Matthews Branch State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Board Mitchell McPhailof Managers, presented a $10,000 scholarship to Levine Middle College student, Mitchell McPhail (middle) and his mother, Melissa McPhail, on May 24.

The SECU is a non-profit cooperative which provides financial services to state employees and their families.  In order to exemplify the “People helping People” philosophy, the SECU Foundation was created and funded by the contributions of our members.

This year, the SECU Foundation is awarding 349, $10,000 scholarships to be used at any one of the 16 campuses of the UNC system. This equates to one scholarship for each public high school.

The scholarships are given based on the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills and character, as well as scholastic achievement.

2017-2018 WINGS (Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth Through Scholarships)

CPCC is proud to announce the offering of the WINGS Scholarship (Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth Through Scholarships) program to eligible female students. The WINGS Scholarship is a scholarship program for women at Charlotte-area colleges and universities and women who are 25 or older who need help overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving their goals. A woman who receives a WINGS Scholarship has a clear educational and career plan and has proven her ability to accomplish not only academic work, but also her ability to do well in other facets of life.

The WINGS Scholarship not only provides financial support, but also offers something potentially even more valuable: mentors. Two or more seasoned, active, executive or professional women, chosen for the specific expertise they can bring to the recipient’s goals, are assigned as mentors to every WINGS recipient. These mentors provide recipients with their own experience, perspectives, counsel, networks and personal support. Throughout the year, recipients meet with their mentors. Attendance is required at the WINGS Scholarship Luncheon which honors all recipients and graduates.

Eligible applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for a scholarship:

* Have a clear sense for what they want to achieve through education and a plan for doing it.

* Have successfully completed some post-high school studies with a grade-point average of 2.5 whether they are currently enrolled or not.

* Have shown through their studies, and in other ways, that they are serious about their personal and career goals.

* Are U.S. citizens

* Are at least 25 years old

* Meet eligibility criteria to receive financial aid

* Are the major source of financial support for themselves and/or their children, or need retraining in order to achieve higher earnings or greater financial security.

If you are interested in applying for this wonderful scholarship opportunity for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, please download the WINGS application, complete and submit the WINGS application (Click hyperlink), two letters of recommendation and unofficial CPCC transcripts to the Program Coordinator of Awarding and Outreach in the office of Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs no later than April 3, 2017 (application deadline) for further WINGS Scholarship consideration.

CPCC student Jimmy Cabrera Selected to Participate in the Prestigious CBYX Program

CPCC student Jimmy Josh Cabrera of Charlotte, N.C., has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in

Jimmy Cabrera

Jimmy Cabrera

Germany. Cabrera is one of 75 American participants, from a pool of more than 600 applicants, to be chosen for the program.

“It is amazing that I’ve been chosen for this opportunity to expand my horizons both personally and professionally,” said Cabrera, who is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree and has studied the German language for two semesters at CPCC. “I have lived in Charlotte my entire life, so I am excited to visit Germany and learn from the German people. CBYX was designed to maintain good relations between our nations through ambassadorship; therefore, it is my honor to represent my home state of North Carolina, CPCC and the United States of America.”

While studying abroad in Germany during the 2016-2017 academic year, Cabrera will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months and complete a five-month internship with a German company in his career field. These combined experiences will provide Cabrera with an opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.

Before being selected for the CBYX program, Cabrera was a graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Cato Middle College High School at CPCC’s Cato Campus, a dual-enrollment program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn free college credit at CPCC; served as president of the college’s German Club; and participated in CPCC’s Go Global Club, an organization that encourages students to not only learn more about different cultures, but also participate in multi-cultural events.

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the CBYX program, financially supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act.

To qualify as a CBYX applicant, individuals must be a young adult in the business, technical, engineering, vocational or agricultural fields; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident between 18 and 24 years of age; and have clear career goals and experience in their professional field. To learn more about the CBYX program visit

To learn more about CPCC’s German courses, click here. For information on the college’s study abroad program, visit

Could You Use $500 for College?

The CPCC Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for currently enrolled students pursuing a two-year degree at CPCC. The scholarship is restricted to books and/or tuition assistance. This scholarship award is made possible through library fundraising projects.

  • Two $500 scholarships will be awarded in the fall and spring semester.
  • Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by April 1, 2016.
  • Incomplete and late packets will NOT be considered.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program

In the spring of 2016, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award approximately 80 scholarships to help students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need earn a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college. The amount and duration of awards vary by student based on the cost of attendance and the length of the program as well as other scholarships or grants received. The maximum available per student is $40,000 per year. This is the largest scholarship offered in the United States to community college university transfer students.

Students who fulfill the following criteria may apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship:

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2015, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2016.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Have not previously enrolled at or attended a four-year institution.

Please note: Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship. (If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact the JKC Foundation to verify your eligibility). Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2016 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship).

Selection Criteria and Process

The CPCC JKC Foundation Selection Committee will review online applications and submitted documents for further consideration using the minimum eligibility requirements and additional criteria to include:

  • Achievement and academic ability
  • Financial need
  • Persistence
  • Leadership
  • Service to others

Application Procedures

To begin the application process, all applicants, are required to go the following link and create an account in their name. You must use a unique e-mail address to create your Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Application account. To access the JKC Foundation Scholarship Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Application click here.

The CPCC JKC Foundation Selection Committee will review all online applications and requested documents submitted by the JKC Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship deadline of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, for further consideration.

Apply Now for the Library Scholarship!

The Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for currently enrolled students pursuing a two-year degree at the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).   It is made possible through library fundraising projects.  The deadline for submitting an application for the scholarship is November 6, 2015.

To be eligible for the CPCC Library Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student, currently enrolled in 12 credit hours or more in an approved program leading to a two-year degree.
  • Must have completed at least one full-time semester (a minimum of 12 credit hours) at CPCC within the past two semesters, excluding the current semester, at the time of application and have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher from CPCC. A copy of your complete CPCC transcript (unofficial) must be submitted with the application.
  • Submit a completed application with supporting documents.
  • Write an original 550 to 750 word essay on how the CPCC libraries have helped you achieve your educational goals thus far.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a CPCC faculty or staff member that you have known within the last two years.
  • Library employees, including work study students, are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Scholarships are awarded for one academic semester only; previous Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship winners may not reapply.

For more information about the scholarship program, visit


2015-2016 Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two Year Colleges Scholarship Program

Central Piedmont Community College is proud to participate in Golden LEAF Scholars – Two Year Colleges Scholarship Program. Since establishing the scholarship program, Golden LEAF has provided more than 9,600 scholarships to help North Carolinians attend participating community colleges.

Award Amount:

The Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two Year Colleges Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to $750 per term (based on the availability of scholarship funding) for curriculum degree seeking students and up to $250 for qualified occupational/continuing education students.  The scholarship funds are limited to tuition, books, fees, supplies, credential testing fees for mid-skills training courses, and childcare services and transportation necessary to fulfill student educational requirements.


Eligible students are those students residing in a qualifying county and demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA data elements for curriculum students. Occupational education or continuing education students are required to confirm financial need based on the Federal TRIO formula. Please go the following link for a list of eligible or qualifying counties: qualifying county.

Application process:

Student meeting the eligibility criteria outlined for this scholarship award are required to complete the Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two Year Colleges Scholarship application and return to the Financial Aid Office by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, for further review and consideration.

CPCC German Students Honored at Fundraiser Event

On Friday, Sept. 19, CPCC’s German students were honored at the German Language and Culture Foundation’s fundraiser event “Rock the Foundation” at the Old Mecklenburg Brewery. The event celebrated students from the greater Charlotte area who attended a month-long study abroad trip to

German Scholarships

(l. to r.) Daniela Weinert, Cheyenne Jarrell, Fredric Hoeffler, Madison Kaiser, Nadine Russell

Heidelberg, Germany, this June. The foundation is giving away yearly $ 100,000 in scholarships for students to study in a German speaking country.