Full ride scholarships pay for all expenses related to a college education, including tuition, books and housing expenses. These awards give students an opportunity to attend college free of all financial obligations, and are among the most coveted and the most competitive of all scholarships. In order to qualify for one of these top prizes, students must have an outstanding academic record.

Furman University's Herman Warden Lay Scholarship Program

The Herman Warden Lay Scholarship awards full tuition, fees and weighted average room and board costs to outstanding high school seniors accepted to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. The scholarship honors Furman alumnus Herman Warden Lay, Chairman of the Board of Frito-Lay and the developer of Lay's brand potato chips. Four of these full-ride scholarships are given each year, and recipients are selected based on their academic record, personal achievement and extracurricular involvement. This highly competitive scholarship is valued at approximately $180,000 over the course of four years. The Lays Scholarship Committee selects a number of finalists from the pool of applicants, and these finalists are then invited to a scholarship interview. Finalists' test scores on standardized tests are generally above 1400 on the SAT I and above 32 on the ACT.

Furman University 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613 864-294-2000 furman.edu

The Moorehead-Cain Scholars Program

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship offers a four-year, full-ride scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The scholarship includes a stipend that covers full tuition and all other expenses such as housing, books, meals and travel expenses, as well as a laptop computer for freshmen and additional educational grants of up to $8,000 over four years. Students also receive full funding to attend the Moorehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Program. In order to apply, students must be graduating seniors in high school who are not married and have no children. While there are no specific academic requirements to qualify, most scholarship recipients are in the top 15 percent of their graduating class.

The Morehead-Cain Foundation P.O. Box 690 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-962-1201 moreheadcain.org

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 220 E. Cameron Avenue Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-962-2211 unc.edu

Colorado State University's Monfort Scholars Program

Colorado State University's Monfort Scholars program awards a handful of full-ride scholarships that cover tuition, fees, books and room and board for four years, as long as certain academic standards are maintained. These awards are given to incoming freshmen who are in the top 5 percent of their graduating high-school class. Students must also have ACT scores of at least 30 and SAT scores of at least 1300 in order to qualify. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievements, community and school service, leadership qualities and outstanding character.

CSU Student Financial Services 1065 Campus Delivery Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523 970-491-6321 colostate.edu

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