Schedule An Appointment

The Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) is available to help students at all levels of their education articulate their goals within and beyond the university and will work with you individually to find scholarships that match these goals. ODS is here to advise you on applications and suggest interviewing strategies. Please be sure to read through this website and at least attempt some scholarship searching to identify specific scholarships you would like to pursue. If you are just getting started, plan to attend or watch one of our workshops before your first appointment. As a prerequisite, you must meet with an Advising ODS Program Assistant FIRST prior to booking an appointment with the ODS Director.

Book an appointment with a Program Assistant or the ODS Director here. 


ODS  can assist UNC Chapel Hill undergrads, graduate students & alumni with:

  •   Goal setting & scholarship connections. Consider your interests, plans, opportunities for next steps, and scholarships that might fit for your goals.
  •  Brainstorming & feedback on essay drafts. From personal statements to project proposals, or any other materials an application might require, we’ll give you feedback on content ideas and how you’re sharing information with your selection committee readers.
  •   Strengthening your curriculum vitae (CV). Turn your existing resume or list of activities into a CV that highlights your experiences and engagements as strongly as possible for your audience.
  • Getting strong recommendation letters. Building connections takes effort and considering who to ask when can be intimidating. Brainstorm with us and be prepared to help your recommenders help you.

Professor Gabriela Valdivia


Acting Advisor



Carmen Marable, MPH

Program Assistant

Carmen Marable is a PhD candidate studying neuroscience. Her research examines the developmental origins of child neuronal developmental delay and disorders. She was a 2013-2015 Maximizing Access to Research Careers Scholar, a 2017-2019 ORISE Research Fellow with the US Environmental Protection Agency, and was most recently awarded an NIH ECHO grant in 2020 to conduct her doctoral research here at UNC. In her spare time, Carmen enjoys hiking and trying new recipes. She is elated to assist you in securing your next scholarship through advising and document feedback!

Sarah Morris

Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian

Sarah Morris is available to assist with ODS Campus Ambassador Progress checkins, and is also an excellent resource during the various writing processes that come with preparing for scholarship opportunities and more. Schedule an appointment with Sarah if you’re interested in or need support for any of these topics: American Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, English & Comparative Literature, creating digital exhibits, creating digital assignments, sequencing or scaffolding research assignments, topic formation, finding and evaluating sources, incorporating evidence, visualizing research, undergraduate research, living the questions.

Schedule an appointment with Sarah here.

Schedule a research consultation with UNC Libraries subject specialists here.


Office of Distinguished Scholarships Contact Information

Office of Distinguished Scholarships
220 Graham Memorial
CB# 3510
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3510