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Janie B. Dye Memorial Scholarship

The Janie B. Dye Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late grandmother of North Carolina A&T State University alumna, Porlan Cunningham. 

Ms. Cunningham’s grandmother, Janie Bell Dye, had a tremendous impact on her life while attending North Carolina A&T as a first-generation college student. 

She instilled in her a sense of pride and accomplishment, and though her grandmother was not afforded the same educational opportunities while growing up in rural South Carolina, she was a loyal supporter of her granddaughter’s pursuit of higher education. In 2006, Janie passed away several months shy of being able to see her granddaughter become the first person in her immediate family to graduate with a four-year degree. 


To honor her grandmother’s go-getting spirit and legacy, and to help young women achieve their educational goals, Cunningham has created an annual scholarship fund, to be administered through I Am A Queen, a non-profit organization that her friend and fellow A&T alumna, Alana V. Allen has confidently led for more than a decade. It is through this scholarship award, that she seeks to be a catalyst to help young women become tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.

Amount: $1,000
(Two Scholarships will be Awarded)
MAY 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicant must be:

A young woman who is a high school senior attending a public or charter high school

Possess an overall grade point average of at least 2.3 (based on a 4.0 non-weighted scale)

Show admittance to a full-time program at an accredited college, university, or trade school during the 2024-2025 academic year.

Demonstrate proof of active community service


Be a resident of the Greensboro-High Point, N.C. area.

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Required Documents

Official High School Transcript

One letter of recommendation from a teacher or community member (e.g. church member, youth civic leader, volunteer coordinator, etc.)


A letter of community service hours on letterhead


Proof of admittance to a college/university and/or trade school


Video Essay (2 minutes): How will this scholarship help you reach your educational and career goals?

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