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Scholarship Day

Scholarship Day is a special, invite-only event for accepted first-year students. You’ll have the opportunity to join other scholars and Carolina professors in small discussions groups. Your participation will help the Scholarship Selection Committee finalize the fall 2014 Class of Merit Scholars. While attendance at Scholarship Day does not guarantee a scholarship, all attendees will receive a special academic opportunity and an intimate perspective of what your future classmates, friends and potential roommates will be like.

Awards will range from $2,500 to the equivalent of tuition, fees, room, and board for four years. Recipients will be notified within two weeks of the event. For more information on the types of scholarships available, visit the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Date, Time and Details
Scholarship Day will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Scholarship Day will include lunch and end with a reception hosted by Honors Carolina. All Scholarship Day participants are encouraged to attend the reception for an opportunity to meet with current students and faculty, and hear a brief overview of what Honors Carolina has to offer from the Associate Dean, Jim Leloudis. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP for Scholarship Day and the Honors Carolina reception on MyCarolina. We look forward to welcoming you to Scholarship Day at Carolina.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could you tell me more about why I should attend this event? How important is it?

  • Scholarship Day is how we decide whether to offer a merit scholarship to a prospective student. We make quite an investment in your undergraduate career — both monetarily and the time of our faculty mentors — and so we treat this day very respectfully. We look forward to seeing you at Scholarship Day!

What’s the agenda for the day?

  • After a short welcome, you’ll meet with a UNC faculty member and 6-8 other students for a discussion session lasting about 75 minutes. You’ll receive a reading assignment a few days prior to the event and this reading will serve as a discussion starter. Sometimes groups spend their whole time discussing the article, other times they move quickly to other topics. After the discussion, you will have the opportunity to write a short essay (45 minutes) reflecting on the discussion.  The faculty know it won’t be a piece of great literature given the time constraints.  It is just another chance to share your thoughts.  The discussion and essays will help the Scholarship Committee finalize the Fall 2014 class of Merit Scholars. We’ll have lunch and a panel with current UNC students, and we’ll end the day with the Honors Carolina reception mentioned above.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

  • A few days before the event, you’ll receive your assigned reading in an email. You can bring it with you, but you won’t be able to take it in with you to the essay writing session. Other than that, just bring a good attitude and your inquisitive mind!

My family is very excited about this event – are they invited?

  • Due to space limitations for this event, we must limit each student to one guest. Of course you can bring as many people as you want to campus. Chapel Hill is a wonderful town that offers visitors a wide range of things to do while you’re participating in Scholarship Day. Also, we understand if you need or want to come by yourself.

What will my guests do while I’m in my discussion group?

  • Guests will hear from a campus department panel while you are in your discussion session. They will also have the option of going on a campus tour. These are great opportunities to learn more about the academic strengths of Carolina and about student life in general.

How do I get to the event, where do I park, and when do I need to get there?

  • Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.and the program begins at 9:30 a.m..  Please plan to arrive at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and no later than 9:15 a.m. We recommend parking in the Ram’s Head Deck located on Ridge Road. Parking will be a $5 flat rate for the entire day if you bring cash with you in the morning. You will receive a receipt showing you paid—please keep this receipt to prove you paid at your departure. If you will not have cash, you will be able to pay with a credit card at the end of the day but will be charged the full rate of $1.50 per hour. The maximum rate for a full day is $8 total.

What should I wear?

  • Don’t worry about dressing up – formal dress is not necessary for Scholarship Day. You’ll be meeting with faculty who are used to college students in jeans and t-shirts, so business casual is very appropriate for the day.

We are planning an overnight visit to see more of Chapel Hill before/after the program. Where should we stay?

  • There are many area hotels that offer a full range of accommodations. It’s a great idea to stay over – you can explore the area and see why Sports Illustrated and other publications have called Chapel Hill the “perfect college town.”

Ah! Inclement weather is headed to Chapel Hill! Will Scholarship Day still happen with this bad weather?

  • We will hold our programs as long as the University is open, which you can check by visiting unc.edu.

What if I can’t make it to Scholarship Day?

  • We strongly encourage you to do all that you can to participate in Scholarship Day. If your schedule prevents you from getting to campus, please contact Andrew Parrish at aparrish@admissions.unc.edu

I’d like to chat with someone about my additional questions. Who should I contact?

  • Please contact Andrew Parrish, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, at aparrish@admissions.unc.edu or 919-843-9798. You may also contact Dan Thornton, Associate Director of Scholarships and Student Aid, at dan_thornton@unc.edu or 919-962-4168.

What do students say about Scholarship Day?

“Scholarship Day has just been really, really nice. I feel close to the people I’m here with – we’re like a little micro-community and absolutely everybody is friendly and warm. It has not been an intimidating or uncomfortable experience at all.”

“I was glad to meet people who are much greater than me! I met students who are all on a totally different level. It’s exciting to not be top dog anymore.”

“I really enjoyed Chapel Hill; it made me want to come here! I love the overall collaborative vs competitive feel here – I really enjoyed the “let’s learn from each other” aspect of that….Our discussion went over time by accident, but I didn’t even want it to end.”

Old East building on UNC campus
Two female students laugh together in dorm room at UNC Chapel Hill