First-Year Students

First Year Scholarships

First Year Scholarships

Our scholarships consist of merit-based and need-based opportunities and provide varying awards ranging from partial to full institutional costs. 

For more information about scholarship opportunities and the application process, please explore each opportunity. 

ACCESS Scholarship Program

ACCESS Scholarship Program

The Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) Scholarship Program ensures 50 students from low-income families in North Carolina can attend Appalachian debt-free.

(To be automatically considered for the ACCESS program, complete all required and recommended steps for admission to Appalachian by 11:59 p.m. eastern time.  The Signature Scholarships and Selective Academic Programs Application is not required to be considered for the ACCESS program or the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship.)

Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Appalachian Excellence Scholarships (AES) are awarded to top first-year students with a strong academic record.

(To be automatically considered for an Appalachian Excellence Scholarship, complete all required and recommended steps for admission to Appalachian by 11:59 p.m. eastern time.  The Signature Scholarships and Selective Academic Programs Application is not required to be considered for the ACCESS program or the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship.)

Signature Scholarships

Signature Scholarships

Appalachian's Signature Scholarships consist of merit-based and need-based opportunities and provide varying awards ranging from partial to full institutional costs. 

Selective Academic Programs

Selective Academic Programs

Appalachian’s Selective Academic Programs offer unique and enriched academic, social, living, and leadership opportunities.

College & Departmental Scholarships

College & Departmental Scholarships

Each academic college offers scholarships for incoming students who have identified their major or future career path. Scholarsips often include opportunities for mentorship, research, and experiential learning.

Apply for Appalachian's Signature Scholarships:

Apply for Appalachian's Signature Scholarships:

    How to apply, important deadlines, and tips.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

Explore scholarship opportunities offered by outside organizations.