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Undergraduate Scholarships

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  1. What types of scholarships do you offer, and to what student populations?
  2. How do I get considered for scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill?
  3. If I don’t receive a merit scholarship as a first-year, incoming undergraduate, can I be considered as a transfer or returning student?
  4. I’ve heard of the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson Scholars’ merit programs. Can you tell me more?
  5. Who can apply for the merit Pogue Scholarship?
  6. I’ve heard there is a special scholarship for Episcopalians, is that true?
  7. I want to play sports at Carolina. Can you tell me about athletic scholarships?
  8. How many merit scholarships are available?
  9. What is the typical academic profile of a merit scholarship recipient at UNC-Chapel Hill?
  10. Will my chances of getting a scholarship improve if I send additional supporting materials to your office?
  11. Will I receive special consideration for a merit scholarship if I am a National Merit finalist?
  12. When do I need to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill to ensure full consideration for merit scholarships?
  13. When will I be notified if I will be receiving a merit scholarship from UNC-Chapel Hill?
  14. Do I receive a scholarship check from UNC-Chapel Hill for my merit scholarship?
  15. What is the minimum grade point average required to keep my merit scholarship? Do I need to be enrolled full-time?
  16. How do I find other possible scholarship resources?

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1. What types of scholarships do you offer, and to what student populations?
The University offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships.

  • Need-based aid is based on a student’s financial situation. Students with financial need are also, of course, considered for merit-based scholarships.
  • Merit-based awards are based on academic excellence, extracurriculars, and other factors outside of financial need.

First-year, incoming undergraduates: Most University merit scholarships are available only to first-year, incoming undergraduate students.

Carolina is also home to two exceptional scholarship programs that are run by independent foundations: The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program and The Robertson Scholars Program. Visit their websites for application information.

International students who are first-year incoming undergraduates are given equal consideration for merit scholarships, but are not eligible for need-based sources of funding.

Students not receiving University-sponsored scholarships or financial assistance should research outside sources of funding.

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2. How do I get considered for scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill?
All UNC applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships, based on your general UNC admissions application. There is no separate application process (except for the Morehead-Cain and Robertson scholarships, which are run by independent foundations).

Candidates flagged for merit review may be asked for extra information, so keep an eye on your UNC email account. The Scholarships Committee looks at a variety of factors — consistency of grades, strength of high school curriculum, test scores, examples of leadership, proof of intellectual curiosity, and the quality of essay responses. We look at the whole application, not just test scores and rankings.

For need-based scholarships, both a FAFSA and a CSS/PROFILE are required. March 1 is the priority deadline for filing these aid applications and for getting any requested additional documentation submitted to our office.

Find more information merit scholarships on the Scholars Program website.

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3. If I don’t receive a merit scholarship as an incoming student, can I be considered as a transfer or returning student?
Academic awards, generally, are awarded only to incoming first-year students. These scholarships are rare, very competitive, and depleted after first-year awards. Those not receiving academic scholarships in their first year might research possible outside sources of funding on our site. Or, visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Distinguished Scholarships and Honors Carolina, both located in the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, to research potential scholarship awards.

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4. I’ve heard of The Morehead-Cain Scholars and The Robertson Scholars merit programs. Can you tell me more?
The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program and The Robertson Scholars Program are two of the most prestigious and dynamic undergraduate scholarship programs in the United States, and UNC is privileged to have their presence here. For more information, please go directly to their websites.

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5. Who can apply for the merit Pogue Scholarship?
Outstanding applicants to UNC-Chapel Hill who have demonstrated high academic achievement, commitment to diversity issues, and engagement in matters of inclusion are flagged by the Admissions Office and may apply for the Pogue Scholarship, by invitation.

You may find more about the Pogue Scholarship at our Scholars Program site.

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6. I’ve heard there is a special scholarship for Episcopalians, is that true?
Yes. The Blanchard Scholarship is administered through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Students documenting an affiliation with an Episcopal Church (baptism/confirmation certificates and a letter from a church official suffice) are eligible for consideration. Priority is given to applicants with financial need. Visit our Types of Aid -> Internal Scholarships page for additional information about the Blanchard Scholarship.

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7. I want to play sports at Carolina. Can you tell me about athletic scholarships?
The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid does not award athletic scholarships, but rather only administers athletic scholarships awarded by the Athletic Department. For more information about athletic scholarships, please call the Administrative Office of the Athletics Department at (919) 962-6000, or write to the head coach of the sport of your interest.

Athletic Department

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PO Box 2126

Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2126

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8. How many merit scholarships are available?
Approximately 140 merit-based scholarships are awarded annually to qualified first-year, incoming students by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

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9. What is the typical academic profile of a merit scholarship recipient at UNC-Chapel Hill?
Since scholarship criteria for merit scholarships vary depending on the scholarship, awards are not subject to a minimum SAT score or class rank. However, due to the limited number of merit scholarship awards, and given the selectivity of the University, competition for merit scholarships is very stiff. Recipients tend to be at the top of their high school classes and have strong test scores, though these two elements alone do not guarantee a merit scholarship.

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10. Will my chances of getting a scholarship improve if I send additional supporting materials to your office?
No. Please do not send additional materials to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid unless you are specifically requested to do so.

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11. Will I receive special consideration for a merit scholarship if I am a National Merit finalist?
UNC no longer participates in offering college-sponsored scholarships to National Merit finalists.

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12. When do I need to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill to ensure full consideration for merit scholarships?
Admissions application deadlines are set by the Admissions office. You will want to apply by the earliest deadline stated there.Visit admissions.unc.edu -> Apply -> First-Year Students -> Deadlines.

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13. When will I be notified if I will be receiving a merit scholarship from UNC-Chapel Hill?
The University has two admissions deadline. Visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Admissions -> Apply section, click your appropriate student level, and then click the “Deadline” link displayed under that level. The first is a non-binding “early action” deadline. The second deadline is the final deadline to apply for admission. If you apply by the “early action” deadline, you should hear by early January if you are being considered for a merit scholarship. (This does not include The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program and The Robertson Scholars Program. Please see their respective websites directly for detailed information about these scholarship programs.) If you did not apply by the “early action” deadline, but did apply by the final deadline, you will be notified by early March if you are being considered for a merit scholarship.

Students from each deadline who are considered for merit scholarships will be invited to campus for a “Scholar Day”. The first Scholar Day is held in February and the second is held in late March. Students are then notified within two weeks following the scholar day of their merit scholarship offer. Provisions can be made for students with special circumstances that otherwise would prevent them from attending Scholar Day.

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14. What is the minimum grade point average required to keep my merit scholarship? Do I need to be enrolled full-time?
Usually, 3.0 is the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) to keep most merit-based scholarships at UNC; your scholarship award notification will tell you the exact details. If your grades fall below the minimum required GPA, you will be given one semester without penalty to bring your grades up to the minimum. Please notify the Associate Director for Scholarships in the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid if you think your GPA is in danger.

Yes, you must be enrolled full-time to receive scholarship awards. However, seniors who are on schedule to graduate on time may take an underload of no fewer than six hours. Please contact the Associate Director for Scholarships in the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid should you wish to take an underload. Keep in mind, however, that underloading may have unwanted implications for any outside scholarships and may impact your status with student insurance companies which insist on full-time enrollment. Please research with the appropriate entities the possible implications of underloading before doing so.

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15. Do I receive a scholarship check from UNC-Chapel Hill for my merit scholarship?
No. With the exception of National Merit awards and “outside scholarships” (scholarships from sources outside of the University), funds are electronically transferred to the Cashier’s Office at the beginning of each semester. If you are receiving a non-University outside scholarship, checks usually arrive at the Cashier’s Office within the first few weeks of each semester. If you do not receive your National Merit award or outside scholarship in a timely manner, please contact the Outside Scholarships and Grants Manager in the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

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16. How do I find other possible scholarship resources?
Periodically, organizations outside the University will ask us to publicize scholarships they sponsor. The criteria for these awards vary greatly. We encourage you to visit our Search for Outside Scholarships page for information on a variety of funding sources.

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