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Honors Carolina students have a knack for winning distinguished national and international scholarships. In fact, Carolina has produced more Rhodes Scholars in the past 10 years than any other public university in the nation and more Luce Scholars than any other college or university in the nation.

A Track Record of Distinction

Rhodes Scholarships: As the world’s oldest and most prestigious awards for graduate study, the Rhodes Scholarships send outstanding students from around the world to Oxford University. Carolina has produced 14 Rhodes Scholars since Fall 2000 and has ranked in the top 10 among all universities for the past 10 years.

Luce Scholars Program: Designed to enhance the understanding of Asia among future American leaders, the Luce Scholars Program provides a year of living and learning in Asia following graduation. With a cumulative total of 37 students in 2015, Carolina is home to more Luce Scholars than any college or university nationwide.

Truman Scholarship: For those who want to make a difference in public service, the Truman Scholarship provides juniors with up to $30,000 in support for graduate studies. Carolina has identified 30 Truman Scholars, including nine since Fall 2000.

Churchill Scholarship: A prestigious research-oriented scholarship worth nearly $50,000, the Churchill is awarded to students in the sciences, engineering or mathematics who wish to complete a master’s degree at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. Carolina has produced seven Churchill Scholars since Fall 2000.

Goldwater Scholarship: A distinguished award for sophomores and juniors, the Goldwater Scholarship is targeted to students pursuing careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Carolina has yielded 44 Goldwater Scholars, including 28 since Fall 2000.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship: The Gates Cambridge Scholarships, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are globally competitive awards that cover all of the costs for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Carolina is home to three Gates Cambridge recipients: Chris Carter, a 2011 Honors Carolina alum, Casey Rimland, a UNC medical student, and Sarah Cooley, class of 2015.

Learn more

Learn more about these and other nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships for current students and recent alumni — click here to access the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) home page. ODS provides a central location for information about distinguished awards and assists all Carolina students and alumni in putting their best foot forward when applying for these awards.