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The purpose of this Golden LEAF grant is to provide a fifth year of support for the Golden LEAF Scholars Program. This program will provide one-year scholarships of $3,000 each for 150 new, 250 returning and 100 community college transfer students, covering tuition and fees to any of North Carolinas public universities to which they are admitted. Eligible students will be those from a rural county in North Carolina that is tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed (Tier I, Tier II or Tier III) who demonstrate financial need.