HON 110 students, wearing matching shirts, jump for a photo in the amphitheater on campus.

Financial Support

  • Merit Scholarships

    Each year, the Honors College offers opportunities for outstanding honors students to earn merit-based scholarships on a competitive basis. A majority of incoming honors first-year student receive merit scholarships in some amount. These awards range from $1,000 to the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees, and are awarded one year at a time.

    Students not offered an honors merit scholarship their first year are encouraged to maintain Honors involvement and submit the University Scholarship Application every year, because new scholarship funds become available every year and can be awarded at any time in a student's career. It is not uncommon for a junior or senior to receive a new scholarship, either from Honors or from their major department(s). Students may also be eligible for a scholarship increase. Students must be in good standing in Honors to be considered for honors merit scholarships, which means maintaining an appropriate GPA and making adequate progress on Honors curricular requirements.

    As of the 2022-2023 academic year, Honors scholarships will only be awarded and renewed upon a student's submission of the University Scholarship Application. Moving forward, students must submit the University Scholarship Application to be considered for Honors scholarships and have them renewed. The application opens each December 1st, with a priority deadline of March 1st. 

  • National Scholarships and Fellowships

    Three people pose for a photo in front of a building that has the NOAA logo.The Honors College also distributes information and assists with applications for several national scholarships and fellowships which provide financial support and research and travel opportunities for students. These scholarships and fellowships are very competitive, and offer large awards to students in specific fields, usually for their junior/senior years and for graduate study. Students interested in competing for these awards need to begin early and set their goals high.

    In the past several years, here are some of the national fellowships that UNCW honors students have received:

    The Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF) supports students as they apply for these opportunities.

    Visit CSURF’s Fellowships Listing page or contact Dr. Grove ( groven@uncw.edu) for specific information about various opportunities.

  • Wilmington Fellows

    Wilmington Fellows pose with a tree on campus, with some students sitting in the tree and others jumping for the photo.

    The Wilmington Fellows are Honors College students who make a commitment to engage in activities during the academic year and summers to make themselves competitive for national fellowships, undergraduate research, study abroad, and graduate study. They make this commitment during their first year and participate in special mentoring activities to help them reach this goal. Wilmington Fellows also receive a small annual scholarship as long as they remain in good standing. They are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.75 and significant campus involvement and leadership.

    First-year Honors students are invited each December to apply for the Wilmington Fellows program. Please reach out to Dr. Bingham if you have questions or would like to know when this process is complete.




  • Work Study/Work Assist

    Two Honors students smile in the Honors office.

    There are many opportunities available for on-campus jobs, available through Handshake.

    The Honors Office also employs several students as front desk staff, helping maintain and organize the office. In the past, we have also placed students out to the Women’s Studies and Resource Center, the Watson College of Education, and other departments as work-study positions sponsored through Honors.

    Students must be in good standing to work in the Honors Office (appropriate GPA, making progress through the honors curriculum). When positions open in the Honors Office, staff will send out an email call for applicants.

    Per the UNCW Financial Aid Office's Work-Study guidelines, Honors employee positions start at $8.00 per hour, with scaffolded raises for years of service and/or increased responsibility and complexity of tasks.