Academic Scholarships at UNC
Carolina has a variety of academic
(or merit) scholarships for incoming, first-year students. Each year the University
offers special scholarships to a select group of entering freshmen. These
competitive awards recognize and encourage academic excellence. Criteria for
academic scholarships include academic achievement, leadership qualities,
commitment to service, and potential for success at the University. Financial
need is not a consideration. The University seeks to identify students who
have earned academic distinction in high school. Because UNC-Chapel Hill is
a selective university, competition for these awards is very strong. Approximately
120 new scholarships are awarded each year to an incoming class of over 3,500
students. The recipients of these awards demonstrate impressive academic and
There is no separate application for academic scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill, with the exception of the Pogue Scholarship. Selection is based on the information provided in the application for admission. For consideration for these awards students must apply to the University by January 15 (November 1 for Pogue applicants). Scholarship winners will be notified in early March, and they will receive strong consideration for the Universitys Honors Program. There is no separate application for the Honors Program.
In addition to the academic scholarships listed below, UNC-Chapel Hill is home to two exceptional scholarship programs that are not administered through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid: the Morehead Scholarships and the Robertson Scholars Program. Please proceed directly to their web sites for more information.
International students should contact the International Center to learn about any assistance available to them since we are unable to fund non-citizens or non-residents.
Students not receiving University-sponsored scholarships or financial assistance should research possible outside sources of funding.
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