Meeting Announcements

The NCPFP/TP3 Commission will meet on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:00 AM.

In light of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 141, which restricts the size of gatherings and includes social distancing standards, meetings will be conducted as remotely pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.24. Committee members and staff will participate in the meetings by simultaneous communication, including by conference telephone and video.

To receive meeting login information and/or submit questions for the Committee, please email Dr. Tony Stewart (


April 16, 2021:  NCPFP/TP3 RFP Questions and Answers are available for your review by clicking HERE.
April 12, 2021:  The NCPFP/TP3 provided technical assistance to grant applicants.  The recording of this session can be found HERE.
March 5, 2021:  On behalf of the NCPFP/TP3 Commission, we are excited to release our next grant Request for Proposal.  Please pay particular attention to the Key Dates and Review Process (Section C, p. 8) to ensure deadlines are met.
We have also provided scoring considerations to help guide you in the completion of your proposal.  Finally, several documents (e.g., budget tables,  example letters) located in Appendices D – G are available in a word document format so you do not have to recreate them and can enter information electronically.


The North Carolina Principal Fellows and Transforming Principal Preparation Program was recently highlighted in a RAND publication.  The report, commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, researched how state-level policy levers are being used in several states to improve principal preparation. Our program was featured for the use of incentives to recruit high quality candidates for principal preparation.

Producing Exemplary School Leaders for Over 27 Years

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.  You can also find more information on the Principal Preparation Program by visiting BEST NC.


NC schools with higher poverty and minority student populations lose principals at an alarming rate. We’re closing the gap!


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