Honors Scholarships

We are able to award scholarships on the basis of merit to about half of our incoming honors students. We are fortunate that donors have made specific requests to have their scholarship dollars spent towards supporting our students. When you are accepted to both UNCW and the Honors College, you are automatically considered for competitive Honors College Merit Scholarships- no additional application is required for these scholarships. It is included in the Honors College application. About half of our incoming Honors Scholars are recognized with Honors merit scholarship awards-we wish it could be 100% but these are quite competitive. The awards may range from $500 a year to the equivalent of North Carolina tuition and fees. Most Honors Merit Scholarship awards are for about $1000, renewable for three additional years as long as students are in good standing in the Honors College. In addition, we recommend that prospective students also apply for other UNCW scholarships offered by Admissions.

Even if Honors Scholars are not offered a scholarship the first year, they may be awarded a scholarship in later semesters based on Honors good standing and progress, plus GPA at UNCW. Students in Honors do not have to reapply for consideration for Honors Merit Scholarships.

For first time Honors applicants, note that there are two separate letters sent from the Honors College for students who are accepted to the Honors College. These are sent by first class mail. First is a letter of acceptance. Second, IF we have a merit scholarship to offer, there will be a second letter with the offer. These offers do not begin until late January and are offered on a rolling basis as funding allows.

There are other UNCW opportunities to apply for merit and need based scholarships via the Financial Aid site. Click on "scholarships" or read about loans, etc. These require a separate application to the Financial Aid office. Note: these are annual applications. Once students have declared a major, they may also be eligible to apply for scholarships in their major departments. Each department has a different procedure for application, so students are advised to discuss this in the departments once they are majors. Prospective students should also contact their high school guidance counselors for other financial aid and merit scholarship opportunities.

Students who maintain excellence in their courses, remain in good standing with honors requirements, and are active and engaged in the Honors College are reviewed each semester for scholarship monies that become available.

Scholarships Designated for Honors Scholars

Scholarships designated "Honors" are for students accepted into the UNCW Honors College. These scholarships are awarded on a merit basis to students in the Honors College.

  • The ITSD Merit Scholarship was established by the Information Technology Systems Division at UNCW. This merit scholarship is available to students in the Honors College.
  • The Bank of America Merit Scholarships will be awarded each year to students in the UNCW Honors College.
  • William Joseph Boney Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a UNCW student who graduated from a North Carolina high school. The scholarship is merit based and is intended to assist, recruit, and retain academically strong students who also demonstrate leadership potential. Financial need may be a secondary consideration.
  • Carl and Janice Brown Merit Scholarship is awarded to recruit and retain academically strong Honors students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • The Emmett and Gladys Corbett Scholarship is intended to be a merit scholarship to recruit and retain academically strong students. The award is valued at $1,000 per academic year. Recipients may be eligible to receive the award for four years based on satisfactory merit progress.
  • The Friends of UNCW Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to an in-state freshman Honors student. The recipient must meet the criteria for entering into the Honors College, and must remain an Honors student in good standing to be eligible for renewal. The scholarship is renewable for four years if the recipient continues to meet Honors program requirements.
  • The George Henry Hutaff Honors Scholarship Fund is intended to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Honors College and will be administered by the director of the Honors Scholars Program.
  • Hilton Wilmington Riverside Scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman based on merit and demonstrated high abilities. It is not renewable. Apply to the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Services.
  • Intracoastal Realty Corporation Scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit, financial need and the student must be a resident of New Hanover County. If a New Hanover County resident does not meet the criteria, other students will be considered.
  • Jefferies and Faris Associates Merit Scholarship is intended to provide a tuition and fees scholarship to an undergraduate UNCW student. Because the scholarship is renewable contingent on continuing satisfactory progress, a new recipient may not be named every year.
  • The Devereux H. Lippitt Scholarship is awarded annually to a North Carolina student based on academic achievement. This scholarship is intended to cover the in-state cost of tuition and fees and is given in memory of Devereux Haigh Lippitt by his family. This scholarship may be renewed; therefore, it may not be available every year.
  • The Lucile Murchison Marvin Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who has a grade point average of at least 3.00 and who demonstrates scholarship ability and financial need. This scholarship may be renewed; therefore, it may not be available every year.
  • The M.I.K.E. Scholarship, established by Congressman Mike McIntyre, is awarded annually to incoming freshmen who have excelled in the four distinct areas represented in the award's title: moral force of character, inspired leadership, knowledge and superior academic performance, and exemplary citizenship. The recipient will receive a one-time grant of $500.
  • The Dr. Robert A. Moore, Jr. Merit Scholarship is to assist in attracting academically gifted students. The scholarship is administered by the Honors College.
  • The Edward and Pauline Nessleroade Merit Scholarship is available to an entering or continuing student with preference given to students who have a physical disability, exhibit academic excellence and demonstrate financial need. A continuing student must be in good standing and making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
  • The Porta-Nails, Inc. Scholarship is a merit scholarship for a student majoring in any four-year degree. Recipients shall be limited to Wilmington, NC residents of at least ten (10) years. The award is limited to one academic year. The selection will be made by the director of the Honors College.
  • The Rotary Club of Wilmington Scholarship is a $1,800 scholarship available to a graduate of a North Carolina high school, who has demonstrated academic merit and has shown leadership skills and possesses good character. The recipient shall be nominated by the Honors College. Preference will be given to the student with the highest demonstrated financial need.
  • The Wilmington East Rotary Club Scholarship is a merit scholarship subject to the criteria and guidelines adopted by the university. Recipient shall be an incoming freshman who has graduated from an accredited high school in New Hanover County or a New Hanover County student who has attained a high school equivalency grade.
  • The Wilmington West Rotary Club Scholarship is intended to attract and retain academically strong students and is awarded to a student from southeastern North Carolina based on academic achievement. The student may be considered for renewal with a minimum 3.00 GPA.
  • The Aaron and Elizabeth Silverman Scholarship Fund provides in-state tuition and fees scholarships to academically strong students. Scholastic achievement and graduation from an accredited North Carolina high school are the only criteria. The scholarship(s) can be awarded to a prospective student or to those students currently enrolled.
  • The Sunrise Homes, Inc. Scholarship is intended to provide undergraduate academic scholarships for students who enroll in the university's Honors Program. First preference in awarding the scholarship will be given to a high school student from New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, or Brunswick Counties in North Carolina or Horry County, South Carolina. The acceptance of the scholarship is conditional on the student's promise to contribute to the scholarship fund after graduation.
  • Robert O. Walton, Jr. Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for members in good standing of the UNCW Honors College. The scholarship may be renewable based on satisfactory performance. Apply to the director of the Honors College.
  • The Donald R. Watson Merit Scholarship is restricted to UNCW students who graduated from a North Carolina high school. Recipients are selected on the basis of leadership potential and academic achievement. The award will be for one year; however, the student may reapply contingent on academic performance. The award is based on merit.
  • The Wilmington Woman's Club Award is awarded to a New Hanover County high school graduate who demonstrates academic achievement and financial need. A recipient may continue to receive this scholarship if a 3.00 grade point average is maintained; therefore, a new recipient may not be named every year.
  • The Allen Parsons Star-News Newsroom Scholarship was created by Mr. Allen Parsons in recognition of his departure as executive editor of the Wilmington Star-News. This is a merit scholarship and the recipient must have been accepted into the Honors College and is selected based on academic ability. In addition, the recipient shall commit to being a regular reader of the Star News, either online or in print.
  • Chancellor's Merit Scholarship Endowment was created by the Board of Directors of the UNCW Foundation in recognition of the university's identified priority for additional merit scholarships to recruit and retain high quality students. These scholarships are merit-based and the recipients are selected on demonstrated academic ability, as defined by a 3.50 GPA. The recipients shall be determined by the Honors College.
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Ervin Women's Resource Center Scholarship was created in honor of the founder of the Women's Resource Center. This merit scholarship is awarded to a continuing student with a minor in women's studies. Preference is given to students in the Honors College.
  • Erleen Burbage Alexander Honors Scholarship Endowment was established by C. Edward Alexander in memory of his mother. Recipients must be enrolled in the Honors College. Selection is based on demonstrated academic ability and financial need.
  • Henry Alexander Martindale Merit Scholarship Endowment was created with a gift from the estate of Harriet Hunter Johnson in memory of her grandfather. This is a merit scholarship. Students applying to the Honors College as freshmen or continuing in honors in good standing are eligible for consideration.
  • The Lenwood (Bo) S. Dean Jr. Honors Scholarship Endowment was created by Dave Robertson, Mark Griffis, and friends to honor Bo Dean for his selfless dedication, spirit and relentless giving to the students he nurtures. It is awarded to an incoming freshman who is a North Carolina resident, and who has been accepted into the Honors College.
  • Ada Zola King Dean Honors in Nursing Scholarship was created by friends and family of Ms. Dean. It is available to students in the Honors College who have been accepted or plans to select a major with the School of Nursing. This merit scholarship is awarded at $1,000.