Scholarships

Scholarships

  • The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid administers most University scholarships. All students who are admitted to UNC are automatically considered for these scholarships. So, there is no need to submit anything other than your application for admission, FAFSA and CSS Profile.
  • UNC is a selective University, so competition for these awards is very strong. Recipients are selected on the basis of outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements and show promise of engagement in the life of the University. Scholarship recipients will be notified in their MyCarolina portal at the same time their admissions offer is available.
  • Students may combine Academic Scholarship offers with other financial aid if they qualify for additional need-based support and have room in their cost of attendance budget. If you’ve applied for financial aid, please review common questions about how to view aid offers here.
  • 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.
  • Scholarships administered by private foundations — like the Morehead-Cain and Robertson scholarships require an additional application.

Viewing Scholarship Offers

Students selected for Academic Scholarships will see the scholarship offer in their MyCarolina portal. Academic Scholarship offers will be extended at the same time as admission to Carolina, as will some University Scholarship offers. Students will receive the official name of their academic scholarship offer after May 1, 2020.

University Scholarships

These University Scholarships require only your admissions and financial aid applications for consideration. We encourage families to submit their FAFSA and CSS Profile as soon as possible.

The Carolina Covenant is for students from families with a total income 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.

One of Carolina’s oldest scholarships, the James M. 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 awarded to students from middle-income North Carolina families and is based on outstanding academic achievement and a demonstrated, strong sense of responsibility. In addition to their scholarship, recipients also receive a $2,500 Carolina Works work-study offer 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.

Academic Scholarships

The University offers academic scholarships to a select group of first-year, incoming students. Recipients are selected based on a detailed and holistic review of the student’s application for admission. 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 an academic scholarship recipient, you will receive automatic consideration for the University’s Honors Program, for which there is no separate application.

Carolina Scholarships are awarded to students who show outstanding academic achievement in high school and strong potential for continued leadership and engagement at Carolina. There is no minimum GPA or test score for consideration, nor is there any GPA or test score that guarantees a scholarship offer. 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. Carolina Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at Carolina.

College Fellows Scholarships are awarded to high-achieving students from North Carolina. Recipients demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in high school as well as supplementary extra-curricular achievements. To be considered for this opportunity, apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

College Fellows Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at Carolina.

Colonel Robinson Scholarships are awarded to high-achieving students from North Carolina. Recipients demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in high school and strong potential for continued scholarship and engagement at Carolina. To be considered for the Colonel Robinson 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.

Colonel Robinson Scholars are automatically invited to join the UNC Scholars Program. Colonel Robinson Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at Carolina.

Old Well and Founders Scholarships are awarded to students from North Carolina who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as well as extraordinary strengths in one or more areas. 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.

Old Well and Founders Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at Carolina.

The Pogue Scholarship is awarded to students who show outstanding academic achievement in high school as well as commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their communities. The Pogue Scholarship has a long and proud history at Carolina, and recipients are selected based on a holistic review of their admissions application. To be considered for the Pogue Scholarship apply for admission by the Early Action deadline.

Pogue Scholars are automatically invited to join the UNC Scholars Program. Pogue Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at Carolina.

Tar Heel Merit Scholarships are awarded to students who showed outstanding academic achievement in high school, as well as 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.

Tar Heel Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at Carolina.

Learn More About Terms and Conditions

Please click the button to review the terms and conditions of receiving an academic scholarship. This includes all academic scholarships listed above, as well as the Johnston, Wood Family, and Blue Sky Scholarship.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

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.

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.

Athletics Department
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
P.O. Box 2126
Chapel Hill, N.C.  27515-2126

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.

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.

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.

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 may be available through Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC.

Outside scholarships include any funding from sources other than UNC-Chapel Hill or the state or federal government. Awards from companies, foundations, civic and religious organizations and employer tuition benefits are common examples of outside scholarships. You can learn more about outside scholarships, and how to report them here.

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.

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