Joseph Nystrom Working Student Scholarship

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation



In 2017, Joseph Nystrom was working his way through college when his life was cut short by a drunk driver. This scholarship is intended to honor his memory by assisting working students as they return to college or remain enrolled in post-secondary education until graduation. The family’s purpose in creating the scholarship is to provide funding for adult students who want to finish their college degrees. Honoring Joseph’s desire to pay for school on his own, this scholarship will help students who are trying to finish school but are working to pay the bills at the same time.


In order to be eligible, students must:

  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Be working at least part-time
  • Have been enrolled in a degree program for at least 2 semesters (including the semester of application) within the past 3 years
  • Have and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Be a resident of Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham or Alamance counties

Preference will be given to students who have overcome barriers to pursuing post-secondary education, including but not limited to medical barriers.

There are no restrictions on the location of the college or university; students attending for-profit institutions are not eligible.


Awards will be up to $16,000 (up to $4,000 per semester) over two years. Payments will be sent each semester and the student must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and submit a short report at the conclusion of each semester in order to receive renewal payments. Scholarship funds can be used for any item under cost of attendance as determined by the school.

Application Deadline

February 28, 2019

How To Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this scholarship.

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Sarah Battersby

Senior Scholarships & Education Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4015
Email [email protected]