Beinecke: UNC Endorsement Application


Three separate forms must be submitted prior to the endorsement deadline in order to complete your application. These include:

  • Personal Information form
  • Upload Application form
  • Submit Recommenders form

We have separated the forms so that you may complete the steps at different times. These forms cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

Personal Information Form

This form allows you to provide information about you, your education, and your future plans to ODS and the Beinecke Selection Committee. You may complete this form prior to submitting your other application materials.

Personal Information Form

Beinecke Application Form

This is a one-page form that asks basic information, your graduate programs of interest, and the names of your three recommenders. Click here to download the form.

Current Resume

Provide a resume (2 pages or less) listing collegiate awards and honors, extracurricular activities, community service, and employment experience. Email ODS if you would like to receive feedback. Samples are available to view in the ODS office.

Personal Statement

Your Beinecke personal statement cannot exceed 1,000 words. Describe your background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations. Contact ODS to receive feedback, or to view sample personal statements in the ODS office.

Financial Aid Form

Complete the financial aid sheet. Data can be found on your Student Aid Report, the most current financial aid award notification from your institution, and in consultation with your financial aid office. The form can be typed or legibly handwritten. Do not send this form to the Beinecke Scholarship.

University Transcripts

Provide a copy of your current unofficial UNC transcript, including your latest semester’s grades. Click here for information on how to obtain your transcript online. If you have taken higher education courses that are not reflected on your transcript, provide those transcripts as well. If you are chosen for endorsement, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Marshall Scholarships.


Provide a high-resolution head shot photograph (.jpg or .jpeg file) for promotional purposes. It does not need to be professionally taken.


  • Application form, resume, statement, fin. aid sheet, transcripts, photograph
UPLOAD APPLICATION FORM: Save all documents as PDFs and submit them here

Letters of Recommendation

Request 3 letters of recommendation directly from faculty using the form linked below. We encourage you contact your recommenders at least one month prior to the endorsement deadline and to share your personal statement, resume, and future goals with all recommenders.

When choosing recommenders, consider the following:

  • Recommendations should be from faculty members that can assess you intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study (It is preferable to choose a professor instead of a teaching assistant)
  • You may choose faculty members who have overseen your research, or other intellectual extensions beyond classes

When you complete the following form, your recommenders will receive an email with instructions to upload their letters as PDFs. You should ask potential recommenders personally before completing this form.

Recommendations should be signed, on letterhead, and addressed to The Beinecke Scholarship Selection Committee. Please read this letter of guidance and share it with individuals you ask to write a letter of recommendation. Contact ODS if you need advice on choosing and contacting a recommender.

Recommenders who have questions should contact ODS directly.

Submit Recommenders Form


After You Apply

After reviewing the applications for endorsement, the UNC Beinecke Scholarship Selection Committee will select one competitive applicant for endorsement. The endorsed candidate will be able to work with ODS to polish their applications prior to the Beinecke Scholarship deadline. All application materials except the financial aid sheet must be submitted to ODS by the deadline so that we can formally submit your application. Applicants are responsible for emailing their financial aid sheets to the Beinecke Scholarship. Applicants will be notified in April if they have been selected as a Beinecke Scholar.