Luce: 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 Luce Selection Committee. You may complete this form prior to submitting your other application materials.

Personal Information Form

Luce Scholars Application Form

Click here to download the Luce application. This completed form should be the first portion of your endorsement application. Be sure that all answers are fully visible.

Personal Statement (1,500 word limit)

The personal statement is your opportunity to share your personality, interests, experiences, and goals with the selection committee. It should briefly explain your long-range career interests, understanding of leadership, and reasons for applying to the Luce Scholars Program.

Your personal statement should be written on the final two pages of your Luce Application Form. Ensure that the entire personal statement is visible. Email ODS if you would like to receive feedback. Sample personal statements are available to view in the ODS office.

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 Luce Scholars Program.


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


  • Application form, personal statement, transcripts, photograph
UPLOAD APPLICATION FORM: Save all documents as PDFs and submit them here

Letters of Recommendation

Request 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, résumé, and future goals with all recommenders.

When choosing recommenders, consider the following:

  • Letters should come from individuals who can speak in detail about your specific interests, background, qualifications, experience, and, if relevant, your scholarly work and potential. It is especially helpful if these recommenders can speak to your progress within your field
  • Recommendation letters may come from supervisors, mentors, and professors (It is preferable to choose a professor instead of a teaching assistant)
  • If you are a current UNC student, two recommendation letters from UNC faculty or staff are ideal
  • If you have already earned your UNC degree, one letter from a UNC faculty or staff member is sufficient

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 Luce Scholarship Selection Committee. Letters may not exceed 1,000 words. 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

Interviews with UNC Selection Committee

After reviewing the applications for endorsement, the UNC Luce Scholarship Selection Committee will invite competitive applicants to participate in an on-campus interview. Applicants who are unavailable for on-campus interviews should contact ODS prior to the endorsement application deadline to discuss other interview options. Endorsed candidates will be notified soon after the interviews.

Next Steps for Endorsed Candidates

Endorsed candidates will be able to work with ODS to polish their applications prior to the Luce deadline. Endorsed applicants must submit their applications online in collaboration with ODS.

Applicants endorsed by UNC will be interviewed in-person or remotely during November and December. The Luce Scholars Program will select and notify approximately 45 finalists in January. Finalists will be invited to interview with an independent selection committee in early February and will be notified in February/March if they have been selected as Luce Scholars.