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University Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available to degree-seeking students at UNCW. Scholarships have been generously donated in honor of individuals or organizations. Each of these scholarships has specific and unique criteria. While some are available to one or more students each academic year, others are renewable and only become available after the current recipient has graduated or becomes ineligible for the scholarship.  

 Eligibility Criteria

Newly admitted and returning students at the undergraduate and graduate levels may complete the university scholarship application. The application results are used to select recipients for available scholarships awarded by university departments, both academic and other awarding entities.  Students may access the scholarship application beginning February 1, 2015. 

  • All first year applicants are considered for merit scholarships based on the content of the admission application. No additional application is required.
  • Completion of the FAFSA by March 1 is recommended for students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships.
  • Students interested in participating in the Honors College and scholarships available through that program must complete a separate application process
  • Athletic scholarships are awarded by the Athletic Department independent of this scholarship application.

Scholarship Application Process

To apply for scholarships at UNCW, you must be an admitted student for the upcoming academic term with access to the SeaNet student portal.  Once you have an assigned student ID number (the nine digit number that begins with 850), you may access the features within the student portal, including the scholarship application on the Scholarships & Financial Aid Tab. 

Selection and Notification Processes

Merit scholarship notifications for students that met the Early Action Admission deadline will be communicated to recipients via their UNCW email address.  These decisions, based solely on the admission application material, will occur during the months of January through March.   Notifications regarding scholarships that use the university scholarship application will be communicated in May through July.   In addition to receiving an email, students may access the application software to view award information.


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