Honors Scholarships

We are able to award scholarships on the basis of merit to about half of our incoming honors students. We are fortunate that donors have made specific requests to have their scholarship dollars spent towards supporting our students. When you are accepted to both UNCW and the Honors College, you are automatically considered for competitive Honors College Merit Scholarships- no additional application is required for these scholarships. It is included in the Honors College application. About half of our incoming Honors Scholars are recognized with Honors merit scholarship awards—we wish it could be 100% but these are quite competitive. The awards may range from $500 a year to the equivalent of North Carolina tuition and fees. Most Honors Merit Scholarship awards are for about $1000, renewable for three additional years as long as students are in good standing in the Honors College. In addition, we recommend that prospective students also apply for other UNCW scholarships offered by Admissions.

Even if Honors Scholars are not offered a scholarship the first year, they may be awarded a scholarship in later semesters based on Honors good standing and progress, plus GPA at UNCW. Students in Honors do not have to reapply for consideration for Honors Merit Scholarships.

For first time Honors applicants, note that there are two separate letters sent from the Honors College for students who are accepted to the Honors College. These are sent by first class mail. First is a letter of acceptance. Second, IF we have a merit scholarship to offer, there will be a second letter with the offer. These offers do not begin until late January and are offered on a rolling basis as funding allows.

There are other UNCW opportunities to apply for merit and need based scholarships via the Financial Aid site at http://uncw.edu/finaid/ Click on “scholarships” or read about loans, etc. These require a separate application to the Financial Aid office. Note- these are annual applications. Once students have declared a major, they may also be eligible to apply for scholarships in their major departments. Each department has a different procedure for application, so students are advised to discuss this in the departments once they are majors. Prospective students should also contact their high school guidance counselors for other financial aid and merit scholarship opportunities.

Students who maintain excellence in their courses, remain in good standing with honors requirements, and are active and engaged in the Honors College are reviewed each semester for scholarship monies that become available.

Scholarships Designated for Honors Scholars

Scholarships designated "Honors" are for students accepted into the UNCW Honors College. These scholarships are awarded on a merit basis to students in the Honors College.


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