The last semester of senior year of high school is wrapping up, and many students might already know what their next steps will be after graduation.

In other words, an epidemic of ‘senioritis’ might be sweeping the graduating class of 2019. But for many local students going off to college, the worry now is, ‘how am I going to pay for higher education?’

The local NAACP has several scholarships that might help, but the April 12 deadline is fast approaching.

“We are really encouraging students to apply,” Anna Richards, head of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, said. “Last year, we actually had one of the scholarships go untaken because we just didn’t have enough applicants.”

The scholarship is worth $1000 and can be renewed by the receiving student for $500 every scholarly year after. The renewal is a new initiative this year, Richards said.

That might not sound like a lot compared to the increasing costs of tuition these days, but Richard said every bit can help students.

Applicants must be from an underrepresented racial minority in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools who has been accepted to a two- or four-year institution.

Last year’s recipients of the award include Niya Fearrington, an alumna of Carrboro High School attending Howard University, and Elizabeth Eberst, a graduate of Chapel Hill High School attending North Carolina State University.

Applications can be found on the NAACP of Chapel-Hill Carrboro’s website. A letter of recommendation is needed, and there is an essay question.

Applications must be received or postmarked by April 12, around two weeks away.