Laurels Scholarships are awarded to first-time entering freshmen who demonstrate high academic achievement. Though some scholarships carry donor-specific restrictions, many of these scholarships are unrestricted and are available to students who meet the academic or academic/need criteria. Most scholarships are renewable as long as the recipient maintains the specified minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.25, full-time, maintains satisfactory academic progress, and does not have a break in enrollment.
For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at 828.251.6481 or 800.531.9842.
UNC Asheville Departmental Scholarships
Through the generosity of past and present donors, UNC Asheville offers a variety of scholarships to entering freshman who demonstrate high academic achievements. These grants and scholarships include funds awarded by the Office of Financial Aid in accordance with individual aid program criteria. Students who want to be considered for these funds should submit their FAFSA to the federal processor by the priority date of March 1. Students who file a FAFSA will automatically be considered for most UNC Asheville grants and scholarships that are based on need and/or merit. These aid programs are non-renewable and are subject to applicant pool and fund availability. Students are awarded based upon a full-time status and our merit based scholarships require a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Established by industrialist N.S. Jagannathan, the scholarships were first awarded for the 1996-97 academic year. The Jagannathan Scholarship program is administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.
Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a graduating senior planning to enroll as college freshmen in a full-time degree program at one of the constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina.
- Be a resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes.
- Have demonstrated academic achievement (as indicated by class rank, cumulative GPA, and SAT scores), leadership, and financial need.
The maximum award is variable, nonrenewable and cannot exceed demonstrated financial need.
Applicant must complete an application and be nominated by his/her high school counselor. The application will be available online in January. Applicant must take the College Board SAT and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The deadline for completing the online application is February 15. Students who do not have documented financial need will not be considered for the scholarship. Students will be notified in May of their candidacy status.
For more information, visit cfnc.org/jag.
Link to Application and Frequently Asked Questions
Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau serving Asheville and Western North Carolina Educational Foundation Scholarship award criteria include:
• Full-time student majoring in mathematics and pursuing teaching licensure
• Rising junior or senior
• Interest in the teaching of financial literacy so that students are better informed to make decisions about the use and management of money
Submit your application to the Financial Aid Office by July 1. Please make sure your application package contains the completed application and required short essay describing the importance of teaching financial literacy in the primary, middle or secondary schools (300 words or less).
Other North Carolina Scholarships
The College Foundation of North Carolina has a complete listing of all scholarships that are available. Information and applications for these programs are available through the College Foundation Website, cfnc.org.
Outside Scholarships and Awards
If a student receives a scholarship from an outside source, you must inform our office as soon as possible so we can update your awards.
To facilitate this process, you should ask the awarding organization to make the scholarship check payable only to UNC Asheville and send the check directly to the Office of Financial Aid. To ensure that funds are applied accurately, the scholarship check should contain both the student's name and student ID number.
- Outside scholarship checks should be sent to the Office Financial Aid, One University Heights, CPO #1330, Asheville, NC 28804-8502
- When possible please send the check prior to August 1 for fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester, to allow enough processing time for funds to be available the first day of classes.
- Make sure the student’s information accompanies the check. The student’s name and identification number (930xxxxxx) allows for faster processing
You may also choose to notify our office by submitting a copy of your award notification about the award. Please include your student identification number with all information submitted. You may also notify us via e-mail. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the information about the scholarship (name of scholarship and amount of scholarship for the academic year).
Upon receiving the scholarship information, we add the amount as anticipated aid and make any necessary adjustments to your financial aid package. When the funds are received, they are applied directly to your account.
Resources to Outside Aid and Scholarships
Federal Student Aid Scholarship Search
College Foundation of NC Scholarship Search
Free Scholarship Search
Information on Various Types of Aid
Every year, millions of high school graduates seek creative ways to finance the markedly rising costs of a college education. In the process, they sometimes fall prey to scholarship and financial aid scams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000 (CSFPA). The CSFPA enhances protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud. It also charged the Department of Education, working in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commision (FTC), with implementing national awareness activities, including a scholarship fraud awareness site on the Department of Education web site.
According to the FTC, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use these telltale lines:
- The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back
- You can't get this information anywhere else
- I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship
- We'll do all the work
- The scholarship will cost some money
- You've been selected by a "national foundation" to receive a scholarship or "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered
For more information on recognizing and avoiding scholarship scams, visit The Federal Trade Commission's website on scholarship scams - how to recognize and avoid them.