Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions

Freshmen

All first-year students are eligible to apply for scholarships however, the typical student to receive a scholarship has at least an 1150 SAT/25 ACT and a 3.5 GPA. Scholarships are extremely competitive at Appalachian and students are selected through a holistic review process by a faculty-led committee.

Students must submit an application for admission prior to November 15. At that time, the scholarship application will be available through your MyApp checklist. To be considered for scholarships, students must have a completed application for admission as well as a completed scholarship application by November 15.

Yes, you can log back into your MyApp checklist and click on the Merit Scholarship Application link to make updates prior to November 15. You can update recommender information (provided the recommendation letter status is still "incomplete" – you can't change a recommender who is "complete") as well as essay responses until the November 15 deadline. Remember if you are changing a recommender, make those changes early enough to allow them time to complete your letter of recommendation prior to the deadline.

Your scholarship application will not be "complete" until we receive 2 letters of recommendation. Review your MyApp checklist and your scholarship application to monitor which letters have been received.

These essays are a chance for us to learn more about you. Essays should give us some insight into your academic interests, extra-curricular involvements and achievements as well as what you might bring to campus which will set you apart from your peers. Remember these essays should sound like you- this is your chance to put your voice on paper so we can better understand who you are and the impact you would make on campus.

All notifications will be sent via mail no later than April 1.

Students will have until May 1 to accept a scholarship offer. To accept an award, you will return the scholarship contract via mail, then submit your advanced payment and acceptance agreement form via your MyApp portal. If you decline an offer, we ask that you do so as soon as possible (by April 15) so that we may extend that offer to another student.

Students attending Scholars Day will be sent an invitation with information about the scholarship for which they are being considered.

Any scholarship offer will replace "unmet need" first, and then will replace self-help like loans and/or work-study in a student's financial aid package. Students will receive a financial aid award letter via AppalNet no later than April 1,  if all documents have been submitted. The award letter will include the merit scholarship and any need-based aid. To be considered for financial aid, please make sure you have submitted your FAFSA no later than March 1.

If you receive a scholarship from any source outside the university, you are required to notify the Office of Student Financial Aid so that these funds can be incorporated into your financial aid package of federal and state monies.

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. Outside donors should mail scholarship checks to this address:

Student Accounts Office
ASU Box 32005
Boone NC 28608-2059

All students who complete the scholarship application prior to the November 15 deadline will be reviewed by various scholarship committees on campus and notified in January via mail. Students selected to interview must participate in our on-campus Scholars Day event held in February. All information regarding your scholarship status will be sent to you via mail and email.

If there are extenuating circumstances (i.e. travel distance which makes attending Scholars Day not possible), many committees will be willing to Skype and/or phone interview candidates. This is decided on a case by case basis and is considered only for students who have extenuating circumstances.

Scholarships can be "stacked" with the exception of the Chancellor's and Wilson Scholarships. Since those scholarships cover full institutional costs, we are unable to combine scholarship awards for those recipients.

Scholarship opportunities are extremely competitive as Appalachian awards merit-based scholarships to less than 5% of the incoming class.

Each scholarship committee has different qualities they are seeking but all committees are interested in students who are well-rounded and demonstrate the desire to better their community. Appalachian's campus thrives to support students who are committed to helping those in need, so community service is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to making a difference through your passions.

Various faculty-led scholarship committees will review all completed scholarship applications and identify qualified students to interview based on the different requirements set forth by the individual scholarship committee. After Scholars Day, students will be notified of awards by April 1.

Scholarships are posted to students' accounts in July and are disbursed the first day of class each semester. Awards are evenly split between fall and spring semesters.

In-state and out-of-state students must all meet the same initial criteria for scholarship eligibility. There are some scholarships available exclusively to out-of-state students. To be considered for these opportunities, you must complete the scholarships application.

Students who complete the admission and scholarship applications by November 15 will be considered for scholarship opportunities. Students with a 3.5 weighted high school GPA and SAT score of 1150 (verbal + math) or equivalent ACT (25) are considered competitive for scholarship opportunities. Selected students will be required to complete an interview at Scholars Day. Invitations for these interviews will be mailed in January and interviews will take place in late February.

Merit-based scholarships do not require a student to submit the FAFSA or other documentation demonstrating financial need. Need-based scholarships typically require that a student has financial need as determined by the FAFSA application.

The Alumni Memorial Scholarship is available to students of Appalachian State Univeristy Alumni. There are other endowed scholarships through the ASU Foundation that are designated for children of Alumni. Please click here to see a list of available endowed scholarships for the upcoming year. To be considered for scholarships you must complete the admission and scholarship applications.

There are many options for students that are not invited to apply for Appalachian State University's scholarships. Many companies offer scholarships to students employees or children of employees so ask your place of employment. Check with local organizations for community-based scholarships and don't forget to ask your high school counselor for more information.

Additional web resources are available to search through many outside scholarships.

Please contact the coaching staff of the specific sport for which you are interested in receiving a scholarship. The Office of University Scholarships does not administer athletic scholarships. For more information and contact information please review: http://www.appstatesports.com/

Letters of Recommendation should never be written by immediate family. The author of this letter should know a student in a professional light which can include high school teachers, employers, or any credible adult that can attest positive qualities that your student possesses that would be valuable as a scholar at Appalachian State University.

The Department of Scholarships hosts Scholar's Day, an annual event in February that brings students to campus to be interviewed by a committee of faculty members. This event also includes campus tours and other resources that will help your student prepare for the upcoming fall at Appalachian State University.

As with any interview, students should be dressed to impress. We suggest business interview attire. Neat, professional dress reflects on student’s ability to be organized in all aspects of their life.  For more references please review our Tumblr that has been created specifically to help students decide what to wear for interviews for scholar’s day and future needs.

http://appstatescholarships.tumblr.com/

Continuing Students

These essays are a chance for us to learn more about you. Essays should give us some insight into your academic interests, extra-curricular involvements and achievements as well as what you might bring to campus which will set you apart from your peers. Remember these essays should sound like you- this is your chance to put your voice on paper so we can better understand who you are and the impact you would make on campus.

Any scholarship offer will replace "unmet need" first, and then will replace self-help like loans and/or work-study in a student's financial aid package. Students will receive a financial aid award letter via AppalNet no later than April 1 if all documents have been submitted. The award letter will include the merit scholarship and any need-based aid. To be considered for financial aid, please make sure you have submitted your FAFSA no later than March 1.

If you receive a scholarship from any source outside the university, you are required to notify the Office of Student Financial Aid so that these funds can be incorporated into your financial aid package of federal and state monies.

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. Outside donors should mail scholarship checks to this address:

Student Accounts Office
ASU Box 32005
Boone NC 28608-2059

Scholarships can be "stacked" with the exception of the Chancellor's and Wilson Scholarships. Since those scholarships cover full institutional costs, we are unable to combine scholarship awards for those recipients.

Each scholarship committee has different qualities they are seeking but all committees are interested in students who are well-rounded and demonstrate the desire to better their community. Appalachian's campus thrives to support students who are committed to helping those in need, so community service is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to making a difference through your passions.

Various scholarship committees will review all completed scholarship applications and identify qualifed students to interview based on the different requirements set forth by the individual scholarship comittee. After Scholars Day, students will be notified of awards by April 1.

Scholarships are posted to students' accounts in July and are disbursed the first day of class each semester. Awards are evenly split between fall and spring semesters.

In-state and out-of-state students must all meet the same initial criteria for scholarship eligibility. There are some scholarships available exclusively to out-of-state students. To be considered for these opportunities, you must complete the scholarships application.

There are limited scholarships available for transfer students through Enrollment Management; however, you may be eligible for scholarships within your major and/or college. Please check your college's website and review scholarships.appstate.edu for potential scholarships.

Merit-based scholarships do not require a student to submit the FAFSA or other documentation demonstrating financial need. Need-based scholarships typically require that a student has financial need as determined by the FAFSA application.

There are many options for students that are not invited to apply for Appalachian State University's scholarships. Many companies offer scholarships to students employees or children of employees so ask your place of employment. Check with local organizations for community-based scholarships and don't forget to ask your high school counselor for more information.

Additional web resources are available to search through many outside scholarships.


Please contact the coaching staff of the specific sport for which you are interested in receiving a scholarship. The Office of University Scholarships does not administer athletic scholarships. For more information and contact information please review:http://www.appstatesports.com/

Letters of Recommendation should never be written by immediate family. The author of this letter should know a student in a professional light which can include high school teachers, employers, or any credible adult that can attest positive qualities that your student possesses that would be valuable as a scholar at Appalachian State University.