Financial Aid

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SOAR Ambassador Program

SOAR Ambassadors are carefully selected based on a review of high school academic achievement and standardized test score performance. This scholarship award is the equivalent of UNCW tuition and fees each year, with supplemental awards added towards, books, housing and meals during the sophomore, junior and senior years.
SOAR Ambassadors must maintain a 3.5 GPA cumulative GPA, complete 30 credit hours each year and attend several leadership-oriented workshops throughout the academic year to prepare them with relevant future skills. Additionally, Ambassadors are required to attend a monthly meeting and complete group community service projects each year. This scholarship is available for 8 semesters provided the student is able to maintain the required GPA and student professional development activities to include the annual community service project.


SOAR Ambassadors receive the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees each academic year of eligibility. Below is an example of the financial aid award for gift aid. Students may accept student loans if additional funds are needed. 

2017-2018 SOAR Ambassador Award Example

UNCW Yearly Cost of Attendance = $24,343

Federal Pell Grant


State Grant (residents only)


SOAR Ambassador Award


Total Gift Award Offered


Eligibility Requirements

The minimum eligibility requirements include:

  • Immediate enrollment as a freshman during the fall semester after high school graduation.
  • Completion of current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Combined family income of less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines

To apply for the SOAR Ambassador program, complete the web-based Ambassador scholarship application.