UNC-Chapel Hill offers a number of scholarships based on financial need and/or academic merit.
- Most University scholarships are awarded by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. There is no need to submit anything other than your application for admission, FAFSA and CSS Profile to be considered for these scholarships.
- A few scholarships ask for additional information. If you indicate interest on your admissions application for these opportunities and are selected to apply, you will receive information in Slate about the additional steps required.
- Many of these awards are supported by our generous donors. If you would like to establish a University scholarship or contribute to an existing fund, please contact the Office of University Development.
- Because UNC is a selective University, competition for these awards is very strong. You must show impressive academic and extracurricular achievements and show promise of engagement in the life of the University. If you are a recipient, you will be notified once you have been admitted.
- Scholarships administered by private foundations — like the Morehead-Cain and Robertson scholarships require an additional application.
Examples of Scholarships
Most University scholarships, like those listed here, require only your admissions and financial aid applications. Once admitted, you will be notified if you have received a scholarship.
The Carolina Covenant is for students from families with an adjusted gross income (AGI) that is 200% below the federal poverty guideline. The Covenant is an aid program that provides an opportunity to attend and graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill debt-free. Eligibility is automatically assessed when a student completes the financial aid applications. You can learn more about the Carolina Covenant here.
The Johnston Scholarship is awarded based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Students who apply and complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by March 1 will be considered for this renewable award. Johnston Scholars are automatically invited to join the UNC Scholars Program.
The Wood Family Scholars Program supports the leadership potential of select high-achieving students and is awarded based on a combination of extraordinary strength in one or more areas and demonstrated financial need. In the past, we have seen these strengths take many shapes; including entrepreneurship, a keen business sense, or a willingness to lead. Currently 10 new first-year students each year receive the renewable scholarship.
The Blue Sky Scholarship is a new initiative aimed to help students from middle-income North Carolina families achieve a Carolina education. The Scholarship is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrate a strong sense of responsibility. Recipients receive a renewable $7,500 scholarship, a $2,500 work study award and a one-time $2,500 enrichment opportunity grant to use for study abroad, internships or research. Students who complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile will be considered for this award. Blue Sky Scholars are automatically invited to join the UNC Scholars Program.
The University offers merit-based scholarships to a select group of first-year, incoming students. Criteria include academic achievement, leadership qualities, commitment to service and potential for success at the University. Financial need is not a consideration. If you are a merit recipient, you will receive automatic consideration for the University’s Honors Program, for which there is no separate application.
The North Carolina Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve have programs that can pay costs associated with attending the University. Upon graduation, cadets may become officers either in the active Army or remain in the Army Reserve.
Based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas, Carolina Scholars show outstanding academic achievement in high school and strong potential for continued leadership and engagement at Carolina. To be considered for the Carolina Scholarship, simply apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline. For fullest consideration we recommend applying by the Early Action deadline. Carolina Scholars are automatically invited to join the UNC Scholars Program.
Chancellor’s Science Scholarships promote diversity and inclusion in science and technology fields by nurturing and supporting students of all backgrounds in their pursuit of STEM degrees and careers. To be considered for the Chancellor’s Science Scholarship, apply for admission by the Early Action deadline. Finalists will be selected based on admissions applications and will be notified in mid-February about interviews.
These scholarships provide renewable awards of $2,500 to high-achieving students from North Carolina. To be considered for this opportunity, apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.
Based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas, Colonel Robinson Scholars show outstanding academic achievement in high school and strong potential for continued leadership and engagement at Carolina. To be considered for the Colonel Robinson Scholarship, apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline. Colonel Robinson Scholars are automatically invited to join the UNC Scholars Program.
These scholarships are awarded to four incoming students each year. This generous scholarship offers the opportunity to combine musical studies with coursework (or a second major) and a four-year, full-tuition scholarship (including student fees, room, and board). Interested students must submit a scholarship audition request directly to the Department of Music to be considered for this opportunity.
These scholarships are based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas. These are renewable awards of at least $3,000 for students from North Carolina with an exemplary academic record. Additional criteria for these awards may include county of residence and high school attended. To be considered for these opportunities, apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.
The Pogue Scholarship is awarded based upon outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To be considered for the Pogue Scholarship apply for admission by the Early Action deadline. Finalists will be selected based on admissions applications and will be notified in mid-February about interviews. Pogue Scholars are automatically invited to join the UNC Scholars Program.
These scholarships pay full tuition and fees, a $600 per-semester book allowance, and a monthly stipend between $300 and $500, depending on the student’s year at the University. Upon graduation, cadets may become officers in the active Army or remain in the Army Reserve.
These scholarships are based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas. To be considered for these opportunities, apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
Our office 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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Established in 1955 with a trust endowed by the late Aubrey Lee Brooks, these scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate financial need and permanently reside and attend high school in one of the following counties: Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain, or Warren.
On March 23, 2018 the President authorized the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act for students eligible for Pell grant whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty as a public safety officer. For more specific eligibility criteria and information you can read the announcement here. If you feel you may be eligible please email us for next steps.
These scholarship awards are supported by the General Alumni Association and its members. These scholarships include the GAA/Dibbert Scholarship, Carolina Club Scholarship, J. Maryon “Spike” Saunders Scholarship and Light on the Hill Society Scholarship. There is no separate application, and you will be notified by our office if you receive one of these scholarship awards.
This scholarship provides support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students. Applicants may be high-school seniors or recent high-school graduates. Preference is given to high-school graduates from states that require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition.
The Cooke Foundation is a private organization that supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, and direct service. This scholarship recognizes success in incoming low-income students and supports them through graduation.