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It’s important to recognize those students with excellent academic records and outstanding promise. At Carolina, we do this by offering a limited number of renewable merit scholarships. In most cases, there’s no separate scholarship application; all students are considered for these opportunities on the basis of their admissions applications and, in some cases, financial need. Our holistic review of scholarship candidates considers academic achievement, leadership qualities, commitment to service, and promise of engagement in the life of the University.
Our merit-based scholarship awards range from $2,500 to the full cost of attendance per year. Some of the opportunities include:
Pogue Scholarship: As long as you apply by the Early Action deadline, you’ll automatically be considered for the Pogue Scholarship. Finalists will be notified in mid-February and invited to an interview weekend.
Morehead-Cain Scholars Program: The Morehead-Cain has a separate application. If you’re a North Carolina resident attending a North Carolina high school, you may be nominated by your high school or self-nominate by October 1. If you’re a resident of another state or country, you may be nominated by an official Morehead-Cain nominating school or affiliate program. Or, if you apply by the Early Action deadline, you may be considered for the scholarship based on your admissions application.
Robertson Scholars Leadership Program: The Robertson Program has a separate application, which you must submit by mid-November. While students who apply to UNC-Chapel Hill may be considered for this scholarship, completing the Robertson Scholars online application is the only way to ensure that your materials will be reviewed by the Robertson selection committee.
Click here to learn more about merit-based scholarships. In addition to these scholarships, when you apply for admission you’ll also be considered for a variety of special opportunities available only to first-year students.
If you’re admitted and enroll, you may also be eligible to apply for your choice of current scholarship opportunities for Carolina students.
In addition to offering competitive tuition rates, we also offer need-based aid in the form of federal, state and University grants, loans and employment. Need-based scholarships, such as the Johnston Scholarship, can range from $1,000 to the full cost of attendance.
With the Carolina Covenant, eligible students whose family income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (about $44,700 for a family of four) can graduate from Carolina without having to borrow a penny – 100% of their demonstrated need is met through grants and federal work study.
The Federal Work Study Program allows qualified recipients to earn part of their financial aid through employment on campus or in community service agencies. Students may select from a wide variety of available jobs to meet their interests, skills and career plans.
The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid administers a number of student loan programs that provide low-interest, long-term loans to students. Loans require repayment after students graduate or leave school.
Carolina Computing Initiative
The Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI) ensures that students have access to high-quality and affordable technology. As a part of CCI, all students are required to own a laptop, and grants are available to help eligible students purchase their laptops.