Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Each year students bring about $4.9 million in scholarships from outside organizations with them to Appalachian. These outside scholarships can make a big difference to a student's educational budget as they pay for college. Incoming first year students, transfer students, and current students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Local Community Organizations

Local community organizations offer many scholarships opportunities. As part of their scholarship search, students are strongly encouraged to reach out to:

  • Employers (Student employers as well as the employers of a dependent student’s parent/s.)
  • Civic organizations and clubs
  • Community foundations
  • Places of worship
  • Local businesses and chamber of commerce
  • Local government agencies, such as school boards

Identity Theft and Scam Warning Signs

Before you start your scholarship search, protect yourself by knowing how to identify scams. Think critically about each scholarship provider and only apply through reputable sites. Carefully review the terms and conditions of each opportunity before spending time on the applications and giving out personal information.

Here are some tips for avoiding scholarship scams:

  • Never give out your SSN number or other highly sensitive personal information
  • Never provide credit card or bank account information
  • Never pay to apply for a scholarship or gain access to a scholarship database. Don’t believe in a money back guarantee or the promise of a scholarship. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

Searchable Scholarship Databases

Many scholarship opportunities can be identified through free scholarship databases. Below is a selection of popular sites.

Please remember that these searchable databases listed below are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Appalachian State University. There are always risks to providing your personal information to others. Never give out your SSN number and never pay to file a scholarship application. We strongly encourage students to carefully review the terms and conditions of these opportunities before spending time on the applications and giving out personal information.

Please note that, by clicking any of the links below, you acknowledge that you are leaving the Appalachian State University website.

Notable National and Regional Scholarships

Many private companies and organizations also offer scholarship awards. We've listed a few resources below. We also encourage students to talk with local organizations, clubs, businesses and churches about available opportunities.


Please remember that the scholarships listed below are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Appalachian State University. There are always risks to providing your personal information to others. Never give out your SSN number and never pay to file a scholarship application. We strongly encourage students to carefully review the terms and conditions of these opportunities before spending time on the applications and giving out personal information.

Please note that, by clicking any of the links below, you acknowledge that you are leaving the Appalachian State University website.

Financial Aid Notice

Students who are awarded a scholarship are required to notify the Office of Student Financial Aid & University Scholarships so that these funds can be incorporated into their financial aid package. This could result in an adjustment to the student’s financial aid package. Reach out to your financial aid counselor for more information or to determine if a change to your financial aid award might be required. 

Scholarship Enrollment Verification Forms

Some renewable (or multi-year) scholarship providers may ask that students verify their enrollment, GPA, and/or need annually.  The Office of Student Financial Aid & University Scholarships can help you with these forms by either completing the form and providing it directly to you or (if required) providing the form directly to the provider, with a signed release. 

Mailing Scholarship Checks

Outside organizations that are providing scholarships to Appalachian students should send checks to the address below. The scholarship check should be made payable to Appalachian State University and should have the recipient's name and Banner ID in the "For" column of the check.

Standard Mailing Address

Student Accounts Office
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32005
Boone NC 28608-2059

Overnight Shipping Address

Student Accounts Office
Appalachian State University
287 Rivers Street, JET Room 215
Boone NC 28608