Put Your Best Foot Forward.

The Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) helps UNC students and alumni put their best foot forward when applying for nationally competitive and prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

Let us help you discover award opportunities that match your academic, personal, and professional interests; learn how to craft a compelling application; and conduct an effective interview.

UNC has produced more Luce Scholars than any other university in the nation.

Recent Award Finalists + Recipients

Min Yang, ’15
Schwarzman Scholar, 2018-2019

Min is Carolina’s fifth Schwarzman Scholar since the program started in 2016. He will earn a master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China next year while learning from global leaders.

Alexander Peeples, ’18
Shauna Rust, ’16
Mitchell Scholars, 2018-2019

Alexander and Shauna will both earn master’s degrees in Ireland next year – Alexander in international justice at Maynooth University, and Shauna in health policy at University College Dublin.

Christian Haig, ’17
Kathryn Hewitt, ’17
Scoville Fellow, 2017-2018

This year Christian is working with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC. Kathryn is working in the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative.

Scott Emmons ’19
Sarah Miller ‘18
Goldwater Scholars, 2016-17

This duo is focused on STEM research, specifically network theory (Scott) & epigenetics (Sarah). Both plan to pursue PhDs in their fields. Carolina has produced 46 Goldwater Scholars.

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A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Information Sessions, Workshops, and Prep-Shops

ODS regularly hosts information sessions, workshops, and prep-shops to help applicants better understand and prepare for the application process.

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Words of Wisdom:
Personal Statements

The personal statement is the key to the application. It’s your chance to stand out. Tell a story that makes the reader want to get to know you. Create a narrative that speaks to your goals and what you hope to achieve.

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