Wilmington Fellows
Wilmington Fellows pose with their "wings up" outside of Warwick center on UNCW's campus.
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Who are the Fellows?

The Wilmington Fellows are Honors College students who work with campus administrators and offices to pursue major national postgraduate fellowships, scholarships, and graduate school, as well as fulfilling and accomplished professional careers. They are mentored to undertake research, internships, and campus leadership opportunities, and to develop meaningful relationships with faculty and other professionals in their chosen fields of study. Membership in the Wilmington Fellows is a distinction recognizing dedication to the pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth and development.

What do the Fellows do?

The Fellows are active participants on the UNCW campus. They cultivate leadership skills and attend academic lectures, workshops, conferences, and other activities prepare them for the rigors and opportunities of a graduate education or the professional world. They are deeply involved in research and creative discovery, whatever that looks like in their chosen fields of study.

The Fellows are also an informal student organization: They develop and host events and volunteer activities, run their own meetings, and govern themselves. In addition to building academic and leadership skills, Fellows build a community. They socialize and mentor one another, creating a network of peers to call on.

Fellows are also often called to serve as representatives for the Honors College in myriad capacities. Think of them as the "ambassadors" of the Honors College. On a volunteer basis, they meet with prospective students and the Chancellor, give testimonials and reflections on their honors experiences, and/or serve as examples for other students, among other things. 

Why should I consider Fellows?

  • Earn a mark of distinction as part of small group of high-achieving, talented UNCW Honors students whose academic career goals may follow a different path than other students
  • Attend yearly receptions with university administrators, receive publicity of major awards and fellowships, and receive recognition at commencement
  • Represent the Honors College to stakeholders, in media, and to other students and faculty--be an ambassador for Honors
  • Receive dedicated mentorship and professional development from Honors staff, especially in preparing applications for national/international fellowships such as the NOAA Hollings scholarship, Fulbright scholarship, and other prestigious awards
  • Join a community--it is, after all, a "fellowship"
  • Receive priority consideration for attending honors conferences and other opportunities 
  • Receive a scholarship of $750 per year, contingent on GPA

What is the timeline for invitation and interview? What are the requirements?

At the end of the fall semester, the Honors College will contact all first-year Honors students with the opportunity to apply for the Wilmington Fellows program. The application deadline is January 10, 2021 but we highly encourage you to submit sooner. 

Honors staff will read through applications. In early spring, finalists will be invited for interviews with Honors College staff and current Wilmington Fellows. The application process is competitive, and will consider GPA, essays, a reference, and college involvement, among other factors. 

We hope to select the 2020-2021 incoming class of Fellows by early February 2021. 


  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must be a first-year student intending to complete their degree at UNCW and graduate with University Honors
  • Must have and maintain a 3.75 or higher GPA
  • Must be a member of the Honors College and remain in good standing* (*although first-year students applying to Honors for Spring 2021 admission may also apply to be considered)
  • Must participate in Fellows events and required activities

In addition to the concrete requirements, we are looking for well-rounded students with diverse interests, majors, and backgrounds. Students with an interest in pursuing national fellowships/scholarships or graduate school are especially well-suited for Fellows. We seek students who go beyond the classroom, getting involved in student organizations and community entities. We seek researchers, entrepreneurs, artists, humanitarians, innovators, deep-divers, world-changers: students who intend to take advantage of every experience and opportunity they can during their undergraduate education.

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Second Year Entry

Based on exceptional grades, early involvement in research, and academic goals consistent with the mission of the Fellows, two to three Fellows may be invited to join the Fellows after completion of the first year at UNCW. Please see the Honors College director for more information. At this point, however, we are not able to offer the $750 Wilmington Fellows merit scholarship.