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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 ranks 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 41 Goldwater Scholars, including 27 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 about these and other nationally-competitive scholarships 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 scholarships and assists all Carolina students in putting their best foot forward when applying for scholarships.

Sarah Bufkin, 2014 Rhodes Scholar-elect

Sarah Bufkin_2013 Mitchell ScholarHonors Carolina gives students room to explore and achieve.

Sarah Bufkin, a December 2013 alumna who is Carolina’s third Mitchell Scholar and 49th Rhodes Scholar, was able to pursue her love of writing and her coursework as a cultural studies and history major as an Honors Carolina student. Sarah received a competitive William W. and Ida W. Taylor Research Fellowship of $4,000 to study the intersection of public engagement, political unrest, and poetry in Northern Ireland during the 1970s. After taking an Honors Carolina course with Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch ‘68, she conducted comparative research on the death penalty in the UK and North Carolina. Sarah earned the opportunity to choose between finalist interviews for both the Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarships in fall 2013. Before she began her master’s degree in moral, legal, and political philosophy in fall 2014 at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland on her prestigious Mitchell Scholarship, she served as communications coordinator for the North Carolina NAACP. Sarah will begin her  D.Phil. in politics at the University of Oxford in fall 2015 as a Rhodes Scholar and plans to ultimately practice civil rights law.

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