Sponsors for Academic Talent, Inc.
In 1984, a group of concerned educators and business people met to discuss the educational arena of Onslow County. It was from this group of people that Sponsors for Academic Talent, Inc. was formed. They wanted to encourage and promote academic excellence by offering scholarships to worthy students. These scholarships have nothing to do with a student's financial need, or their parent's occupation. It does not matter if the student is male or female, or what is their race or religious affiliation. All that matters is what the STUDENT does.
Sponsors for Academic Talent, Inc. places a great deal of faith in our students. Every student who meets the requirements outlined in the organization's guidelines is guaranteed a $500 or $1000 scholarship. That means if every student in a graduating class meets the requirements, each of them will receive a scholarship. Sponsors for Academic Talent, Inc. raises tens of thousands of dollars each year to make these scholarships possible. There is no competition and no waiting to see if students "win" or not. They will know far in advance if they have completed the requirements. The school-based SAT coordinator is there to guide students and answer questions, BUT it is each student's responsibility to keep in touch with the Sponsors for Academic Talent, Inc. Coordinator at their school.
The people of Onslow County comprise Sponsors for Academic Talent, Inc. They are responsible for its existence, its organization and its continuation. Thousands of dollars are donated to this program each and every year by individuals, businesses, and civic groups of Onslow County. Sponsors for Academic Talent, Inc. is a private foundation which raises the scholarship money and determines the policies for scholarship attainment. We are unique. We believe in our students. We believe investing in their future is an investment in the future of Onslow County.