First-Year Students

Are you the kind of student who:

  • Relishes an academic challenge and is intellectually curious?
  • Seeks out opportunities to help others?
  • Wants to lead others to impact change in your local community, our environment and the world?
  • Presents evidence of success in high school? 

If so, apply for one or more of our scholarships:

Appalachian awards merit-based and need-based scholarships — partial and full scholarships are available.

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Chancellor's Scholar in IrelandChancellor’s Scholars

For 40 years, Appalachian has awarded this scholarship, which is awarded to ten of the highest ability students in The Honors College.

For the highest-achieving students who have earned entry into The Honors College, the Chancellor’s Scholarship is a four-year program of rigorous study with full institutional costs (tuition, fees, room and board, book rental) paid. Chancellor’s Scholars are provided with study-abroad opportunities beginning in their freshman year, numerous classroom and experiential research opportunities and personalized academic mentoring in a unique, living-learning community.

Students in front of Plemmons Student UnionW.H. Plemmons Leadership Scholars Program

Established in honor of Appalachian's second president, Dr. William Howard Plemmons, and awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement along with active involvement in high school or community activities.

The Plemmons Leadership Scholars Program is a four-year leadership development program offered to 10 scholars each year that combines a $2,000 award with participation in specially designed leadership development courses, workshops, seminars, retreats, outdoor leadership experiences, conferences, experiential opportunities and individual needs assessment.

Group shot of a dozen students from aboveDiversity Scholars Program

The success of Appalachian depends upon the achievement and cooperation of a diverse community of students with the cultural understandings to address the educational, economic and societal needs of our changing communities, region, state, nation and the world. The Diversity Scholar Program is awarded to students who value diversity and have demonstrated a commitment to diversity that they wish to continue as an Appalachian student.

The Diversity Scholars Program is a four-year leadership development program that combines funding at the amount of full in-state tuition and fees (tuition, fees, book rental), with participation in specially designed leadership development workshops, service-learning, international experiences and mentorship opportunities.

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Appalachian State University is committed to making higher education affordable for every North Carolina student and has developed the Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) program as a method to ensure that students from low-income families in North Carolina can attend Appalachian debt-free.


Three students around large table in classroomAlumni Memorial Scholarship

Established by the Alumni Council, the Alumni Memorial Scholarship is awarded to children of Appalachian Alumni. This four-year scholarship awards $2,000 annually.

Appalachian student working on laptop computerAcademic Excellence Scholarship

The Academic Excellence Scholarship recognizes the top students in the freshman class. Academic. Students selected for the Academic Excellence Scholarship demonstrate a strong academic record, leadership experience, community service, and the desire to be an engaged member of the Appalachian Family.

Sustainable Technology students working on solar panel installationCollege and Departmental Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are set aside exclusively for incoming freshman based on their intended majors. These scholarships are awarded through the standard scholarships admission process, but only students with decided majors in each college will be considered. Students are awarded for early dedication to their future careers and fields. Learn more about each department's scholarships.