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 Marshall Selection Committee. You may complete this form prior to submitting your other application materials.
Marshall Application PDF
Complete all parts of ODS’s 2020 Marshall Scholarship Endorsement Application, which includes a personal statement, four shorter essays, and a list of your employment and activities. Responses must be typed and clear. If you have technical issues opening the application document, contact ODS.
The Marshall personal statement (750 words or less) should be a short statement in which candidates “describe their intellectual development and other interests and pursuits.”
Click here to find specific advice for the Marshall. You may receive feedback on your statement and essays but you may not incorporate the revised prose into a Rhodes or Mitchell Scholarship application. Email ODS if you would like to receive feedback. Sample personal statements are available to view in the ODS office.
Note: You should not submit the official Marshall Scholarships application during the endorsement application stage.
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 PDF, transcripts, photograph
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:
- Two of your recommendation letters should be from professors who can speak in detail about your scholarly work and potential (It is preferable to choose a professor instead of a teaching assistant)
- One recommendation letter may be non-academic. Choose someone who knows you well and can give specific comments on your ambassadorial potential and your leadership potential for success outside of your scholarly work and/or research
- At least three of these recommenders should be in the United States
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 Marshall 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.
After You Apply
Interviews with UNC Selection Committee
After reviewing the applications for endorsement, the UNC Marshall Scholarships 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 Marshall Scholarship deadline. All application materials must be submitted online to the Marshall Scholarships before the final deadline. The applicant is responsible for submitting all materials online except the letters of recommendation, which must be submitted online by the recommender. Those who encounter difficulties should contact ODS. Endorsed applicants should provide a copy of their final application materials to ODS.
Finalists for the Marshall Scholarship are notified in early/mid November and invited to interview in their region. ODS will organize practice interviews prior to the finalist interviews. Finalist interviews are held in eight different regions by the Marshall Scholarships selection committee in November. Optional finalist receptions may also be scheduled. Finalists will be notified soon after their finalist interviews if they have been selected as a Marshall Scholar. Read about Marshall’s selection process.