UPDATE:  Due to gathering restrictions with COVID-19, this meeting will be virtual.  More information coming soon.

The next North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission Meeting is scheduled for April 14 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) & 15 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm), 2020 at Research Triangle Institute.

The NC Principal Fellows Program & Transforming Principal Preparation Program

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP) and Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) have recently merged funding.   As such, students will no longer apply for the scholarship stipend from the NCPFP.  Instead, students will apply to a university that is participating in the newly funded grant program for principal preparation. Currently, the following universities are participating in this fully-funded principal preparation model:

  • East Carolina University
  • High Point University
  • North Carolina Central University (through Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance)
  • North Carolina State University
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Western Carolina University

If you are interested in any of these institutions, please click here for contact information. Additionally, if you would like to know if other university programs are planning to apply for the next grant-funded opportunity, reach out to Dr. Tony Stewart at alstewart@northcarolina.edu.

Please note the following:

  1. Applying and being accepted to this new model will also require your District Superintendent’s approval.  When strong district partnerships exist, the likelihood of securing an assistant principal position is much greater. 
  2. If accepted into one of the participating university programs, you will not be on a leave of absence both years. Instead, will take courses while remaining in the classroom during your first year. You will be on a leave of absence the second year and receive a salary equivalent to your current teaching salary if more than that of a first-year assistant principal ($41,650).

The NCPFP and TPPP Merger

The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program, launched in 1993, is a scholarship program that provides funding to exemplary educators who aspire to begin a career in school administration.  For twenty six years, scholarship funds (in the amount of ~$3.2 million) have been awarded.  The Transforming Principal Preparation Program is a competitive state grant ($4 million) which requires NC university programs to apply through a Request for Proposal process in order to receive funding.  Again, this is a grant awarded to university programs and not a scholarship awarded directly to students. 

To read more about about the TP3 and Principal Fellows Program consolidation, click here.


North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission: Meeting April 14-15 at Research Triangle Institute.

Public Comment requests should be made through the website contact form below prior to April 13, 2020.

The Principal Fellows Program has been producing exemplary school leaders since its inception in 1993. Below are testimonials about the quality of the Principal Fellows Program, and how it is impacting schools across the state.