Jay Spence Memorial Scholarship



Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation


The Jay Spence Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to honor the memory of James “Jay” Edmund Spence, IV who lived from January 21, 1968 until August 13, 1985. He attended the public schools of Chatham County and was a student at Jordan-Matthews High School. It is the wish of the family that students will be assisted in their educational pursuits, individual lives will be touched and enriched, and recipients will be inspired to make a difference in the lives of others because Jay lived.

Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors and alumni from Jordan-Matthews High School and Chatham Charter High School in Siler City, North Carolina, and plan to continue an undergraduate or graduate education at an accredited public, private, or community college. Students should identify as Christian, exhibit strong character through a positive attitude, and have a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Recipients will be selected based on their character, potential for success, and level of passion.

Amount & Use of Funds


The scholarship may be used towards any need listed under the school’s total cost of attendance. The student is responsible for all other charges. Payments are made annually for up to four years ($2,000 per year), and the student must maintain good academic standing and submit semester reports in order to continue receiving funding.


In order to be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Residency Requirements: Residents of Siler City, NC
  • School Restriction: This scholarship is restricted to seniors and alumni from Jordan-Matthews High School and Chatham Charter High School.

There are no restrictions on area of study or geographic location of the college or university the student plans to attend.  The scholarship may not be used at proprietary educational institutions. This scholarship IS available to students planning to attend community college prior to transferring to a four-year institution.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

How To Apply

This scholarship is part of our universal online application. When you log on to the online system, you will be prompted to enter some basic information through an eligibility quiz, and the system will present you with all the scholarships you are eligible for and their application questions. You must submit both the universal application AND the individual scholarship questions to be considered. Please reach out to us if you have questions PRIOR to the deadline!


Contact our Scholarships Staff!
Email: scholarships@trianglecf.org
Phone: 919.474.8370

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