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North Carolina Principal Fellows Program (PFP)

Created by the 1993 General Assembly, this program was established to train qualified individuals to enter school-based administrative positions in the public schools of North Carolina. The program provides a full year of academic study at the master's level, followed by a one-year internship in a school system. A 12-member Principal Fellows Commission selects the scholarship/loan recipients of the program.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Be a domiciliary (legal resident) of North Carolina by the time studies begin
  • Have at least a 3.2 GPA in the most recent 60 semester hours of college study
  • Be admitted to a master's program in school administration at a participating UNC institution
  • Have completed no more than 2 courses (6 hours) that apply toward the masters in school administration
  • Have at least 4 years of teaching experience
  • Sign a promissory note and scholarship agreement with the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, promising to seek and obtain employment as an assistant principal or principal in a public school or a United States government school in North Carolina for four years.

Up to 180 Awards at a value of $30,000 per year for first year of the program and 60% of an assistant principal's salary plus $4,100 for tuition and fees for the second year of the program.

Application Procedure
Contact the director of the Principal Fellows Program

140 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

For more information visit or contact one of the following participating institutions:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • NC A&T State University
  • NC Central University
  • NC State University
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • UNC-Charlotte
  • UNC-Greensboro
  • UNC-Wilmington
  • Western Carolina University

Other Information
Recipients who graduate with a master's degree in school administration may cancel their loans through 4 years of service in North Carolina. Should the individual not complete the program or not serve in an eligible school administration position, the debt must be repaid in cash at an interest rate of 10 percent within a period of 12 years or less.

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