The Pisgah Scholars program is a comprehensive scholarship program offered first-time applicants who have applied to UNC Asheville by the early action Admissions deadline. Students may be considered for admission into the Pisgah Scholars program if they meet some or all of the following criteria necessary for demonstrating excellence as members of the UNC Asheville community:
- Academic excellence, as demonstrated by a high grade point average during high school or above average scores on the SAT or ACT
- Interest in or passion for an academic program offered by UNC Asheville
- Extracurricular engagement
- Exemplary community service or community leadership
Pisgah Scholars are renewable for up to 4 years (eight semesters) provided that the student maintains the specified minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, remains full-time in each semester and does not have a break in their enrollment.
Scholarships that help support this program's commitment to its students include but are not limited the following:
- Alfred and Bernice Miller Endowed Scholarship
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
- Weizenblatt Memorial Endowed Scholarship
- Fligel and Rocamora Endowed Scholarship
- North Carolina Fund
- Alice Wutschel Endowed Scholarship
- Peggy Carson Brazell Scholarship
- Ernest and Albina Mills Endowed Scholarship
- Francine Delaney Endowed Scholarship
- Pearlman Family Scholarship
- Joe W. Kimmel Scholarship
- Founder's Scholarship
For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at 828.251.6481 or 800.531.9842.
Students seeking to transfer to University of North Carolina Asheville can also be considered for scholarship opportunities based on the merits of their application. Transfer students seeking to be considered for merit scholarship opportunities must apply by April 15th (if they seek enter the University in a Fall semester) or November 15th (if they seek to enter the University in a Spring semester).
Transfer students who demonstrate strong academic achievement through either their grade point average or a body of coursework that would demonstrate high probability of success at UNC Asheville will be considered for scholarships automatically as part of their Admissions application.
These scholarships are renewable and may be received for a second year as long as the student remains enrolled full-time and maintains at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at UNC Asheville.
Scholarships available through this program include but are not limited the following:
- University Transfer Scholarship
- Harriett G. Winner Non-Traditional Scholarship
- Brenda Dwight Endowed Scholarship
- La Verne Hooper Endowed Scholarship
- Arnold Howell Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students
- GEM Fund of the American Association of University Women
Academic Department Scholarships
Through the generosity of past and present donors, UNC Asheville offers a variety of scholarships to continuing students who succeed in their academic programs. 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 and ensure they have completed any applications required by their academic department. These aid programs are typically non-renewable and are subject to applicant pool and fund availability. UNC Asheville's academic department scholarships are merit-based and require a minimum 3.0 GPA with few exceptions.
Listed below you will find the academic departments who offer academic scholarships to their students:
Outside Scholarships and Awards
If you are looking for outside scholarships to supplement financial aid received at UNC Asheville, we recommend the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). CFNC has a comprehensive list of scholarships available to North Carolina residents. Information and applications for these programs are available through the College Foundation Website, cfnc.org.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.