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 university in the nation.

Recent Award Finalists + Recipients

James Williams ‘16
Marshall Scholarship, 2015-16

James is a double major in economics and Asian studies who hopes to help shape U.S. foreign policy toward China. James, fluent in Mandarin, is from North Andover, Massachusetts and is UNC’s 17th Marshall Scholarship recipient.

Joseph Locklear ‘17
Udall Scholarship, 2014-15

Joseph, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, plans to pursue a career in native health care to address the problem of addictive behaviors among tribal populations. He is Carolina’s 15th Udall Scholar and the university’s first American Indian recipient.

Jake Bernstein ‘16
Blake Hauser
Destiny Planter
Shauna Rust
Truman Finalists, 2014-15

This group was Carolina’s largest group of Finalists for the Truman Scholarship in recent years. Their interests include social entrepreneurship (Jake), epidemiology and surgical initiatives (Blake), children’s rights advocacy (Destiny), and community health promotion (Shauna).

Larry Han ‘16
Anya Katsevich ‘17
Kaitlyn Tsai ’16
Goldwater Scholarship, 2014-15

This trio is focused on global public health issues (Larry), practical applications of mathematical theory (Anya) and research aimed at treating disease (Kaitlyn). Carolina has produced 44 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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