Thanks to the generosity of University donors, UNC offers a number of scholarships based on both a student’s financial need and merit. If you would like to establish a University scholarship or support an existing fund, please contact the Office of University Development.
Most of the scholarships below are awarded by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, and there is no need to submit anything other than your UNC Admissions application, FAFSA, and CSS/PROFILE.
Those administered by private foundations — like the Morehead-Cain and Robertson scholarships — will require an additional application. Links are provided below.
Need-based scholarships are awarded through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid on the basis of financial need and academic performance. Some also have additional criteria, ranging from county of residence to field of study. Many are renewable, providing the recipient continues to demonstrate need and maintain the minimum grade point average stipulated with the award. Unless specifically requested, no other applications or information other than your UNC-Chapel Hill Admissions application, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid), and the CSS/PROFILE application are needed to be considered for a need-based scholarship. Please do not send additional information unless requested to do so.
The Johnston Scholarship is part of The Scholars Program at Carolina. To learn more about The Scholars Program, including other awards, please visit scholarsprogram.unc.edu.
The University offers merit-based scholarships to a select group of entering first-year, incoming students. These competitive awards recognize and encourage academic excellence. Criteria for merit-based 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, but selection goes beyond metrics of test scores and grade point averages, focusing on a review of the entire application. Because UNC is a selective university, competition for these awards is very strong. The recipients of these awards demonstrate impressive academic and extracurricular achievements, and show promise of engagement in the life of the University.
There is no separate application for merit-based scholarships at UNC. Selection is based on the information provided in the application for admission. For fullest consideration for these awards, students must apply to the University by the Admissions Office application deadline. Scholarship candidates who are selected to move forward in the merit scholarship process will be notified shortly after they have been admitted to the University. The notification will inform candidates of Scholar Day and the selection process. All merit scholarship recipients will receive automatic consideration for the University’s Honors Program, so there is also no separate application for the Honors Program.
The Scholars Program at Carolina is made up of the Carolina Scholars, Colonel Robinson Scholars, Johnston Scholars, and Pogue Scholars. To read more about The Scholars Program at Carolina, please visit scholarsprogram.unc.edu.
Other merit-based scholarships awarded through the Office of Scholarships and Student aid include:
UNC is home to two exceptional, privately-run scholarship programs that are not administered through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid: The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program and The Robertson Scholars Program. Please proceed directly to their web sites for more information.
You can also explore the scholarships listed by the UNC Office of Distinguished Scholarships.
Other scholarships with various stipulations that are awarded through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid include:
Other scholarships that are not awarded through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid include:
Athletic scholarships are not awarded by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Our office 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.
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