Schedule An Appointment

The Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) is available to help Carolina students and alumni 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.

Book an appointment with ODS 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.


Marc Howlett

Executive Director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships

Marc directs the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) where he coaches UNC students throughout the process of applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. He also manages the operations of ODS. Marc graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University and then earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the co-author of the first book on academic coaching in higher education.


Benjamin Waterhouse

Associate Professor of History
Faculty Director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships

Professor Waterhouse is a scholar, instructor, and mentor who works closely with Carolina students and alumni applying for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships. As Faculty Director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS), he runs the selection committees for most of UNC’s endorsed scholarships, including the Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Knight-Hennessy, Goldwater, Churchill, and Luce. He teaches courses on the history of business and economics, politics and political thought, and capitalism. Professor Waterhouse earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton, and his master’s and PhD degrees from Harvard.

Office of Distinguished Scholarships Contact Information

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