Main header image

The application program will be available again in February. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the upcoming academic year! If you are an applicant who would like to discover more scholarship opportunities you might qualify for, please continue to the Scholarship America Hub and sign up!

James H. Waters Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. (BNE) has established a scholarship program to assist employees and employees’ dependents that plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the James H. Waters must:

  • Be qualified Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. employees, or their spouses, or their children or grandchildren.
    • Children and grandchildren must be age 24 or under.
    • Surviving spouses or children age 24 or under of deceased eligible employees are also eligible.
  • Have completed six (6) months of continuous service with BNE as of the application deadline date, work and maintain a minimum of fifteen (15) hours per week, and maintain a fully satisfactory performance rating.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time study at an accredited two (2) or four (4) year college or university, vocational/technical school, community college, or GED program for the entire academic year.

Officers of Boddie-Noell and their family members are ineligible for this program.

The employee must be working a minimum of 15 hours at the time the award is issued and remain employed for the entire academic year.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Financial need will be considered in determining the amount of the award.  Students showing no financial need will be eligible for honorariums at the minimum amount.

One award will be granted to a nursing student in memory of Betty Jean Oxendine.

Awards are not renewable, however, students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate  or GED study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of career and educational goals and aspirations
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation.

Applications from college-bound students and vocational-technical school students are evaluated in two separate groups. Once scholarship recipients are selected, financial data is reviewed to determine the amount of each award, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Recipients who choose not to supply the requested financial information will be eligible to receive a minimum award only. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in June.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. Payments are made in August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE:  If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than May 17, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc. has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!

Please make sure to add as well as the program email address provided below in the footer as safe senders in your email contact list.