First-Year Students

Appalachian Excellence Scholarship and ACCESS

All first-year students who submit their application for admission by November 1 and complete all required and recommended steps for admission by November 15 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time will be considered for the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship and the ACCESS Scholars Program Scholarship opportunity.

Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES):

  • Annual Scholarship amount varies
  • Based on academic achievement
  • Subject to available funding

ACCESS Scholars Program:

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.  

All first-year students who have completed the required and recommended steps for admission to Appalachian by November 15 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time, and who file the FAFSA by December 1 will be considered for ACCESS.  

  • Full institutional costs (tuition, fees, room & board, book rental
  • For up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to 50 new students each year
  • First consideration will be given to first-time students who file their FAFSA by December 1 

Additionally, 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 Signature Scholarship Programs:

Each year, Appalachian will offer approximately 200 incoming first-year students a signature scholarship opportunity. To be considered, students must first complete the application for admission and additionally submit the Signature Scholarship and Selective Academic Programs application by November 15 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Signature Scholarship Programs at Appalachian are offered in addition to the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES), and are highly competitive scholarship opportunities, requiring at least three essays, two letters of recommendation, and in some cases the semi-finalists will be asked to participate in a zoom/skype interview with the Scholarship Committee. Our Signature Scholarships consist of merit-based and need-based scholarships and provide varying awards ranging from partial to full institutional costs and more.

If selected to interview for a Signature Scholarship, you will be contacted by January 31st. 

Signature Scholarship Programs:

Wilson Scholars at Ministry of Womens Rights

Chancellor's Scholar in IrelandChancellor’s Scholars

For 40 years, Appalachian has awarded this scholarship, which is awarded to the highest-achieving students who have earned entry into The Honors College. The Chancellor’s Scholarship is a four-year program of rigorous study offering numerous classroom and experiential research opportunities and personalized academic mentoring in a unique, living-learning community.

  • Full Institutional Costs (tuition, fees, room & board, book rental)
  • For up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to 10 new students each year
  • To be considered, candidates must also submit an application to the Honors College

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 which offers participation in specially designed leadership development courses, workshops, seminars, retreats, outdoor leadership experiences, conferences, experiential opportunities, and individual needs assessment.

  • $2,000 each year for up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to 10 new students each year

Dr. Willie C Fleming Scholarship

Dr. Willie C. Fleming has a deep history here at Appalachian, receiving both his bachelor's and masters from the institution. As the founder of the Appalachian Gospel Choir, Black Student Association and founding member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Fleming has proven himself as an influential member of the Appalachian community. In May of 2016, Fleming became Appalachian's Chief Diversity Officer, cementing his passion for the diversification of the university.  The recipients of this scholarship demonstrate a desire to promote cultural diversity and will benefit from a program experience that offers mentoring from alumni, the ability to participate in inclusivity focused events, and networking and team-building within each cohort.

  • Full in-state tuition and fees, for up to four consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to 4 students each year

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 with participation in specially designed leadership development workshops, service-learning, international experiences and mentorship opportunities.

  • Full in-state tuition and fees, for up to four consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to 10 students each year

Three students around large table in classroomAlumni Memorial Scholarship

The Appalachian Alumni Memorial Scholarship is awarded to children of Appalachian Alumni. 

Appalachian student working on laptop computer

  • $2,000 each year for up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to 5 students each year

Sustainable Technology students working on solar panel installation

 




The Beaver Scholars Program

the Beaver Scholars Program is the Signature Scholarship for the Beaver College of Health Sciences. These scholarships and others are awarded to students majoring in health-focused programs with priority given to high achieving students who demonstrate a strong commitment to improving health care in the region and beyond. 

  • $10,000 each year for up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to approximate 4 or 5 students each year

Reich College of Education Signature Scholarships for ACES

The Reich College of Education offers a variety of Signature Scholarships to incoming first-year teacher education majors. These scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each year, and many are renewable. Recipients are required to participate in the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) Residential Learning Community. 

  • Award amount varies ($500 to $5,000 each year)
  • for up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to approximately 25 students each year
  • Some scholarship opportunities in the College of Education may be "need-based", and require students to file the FAFSA by December 1 to be eligibile

Walker College of Business Signature Scholarships

The Walker College of Business offers a variety of Signature Scholarships to incoming first-year students pursuing a major within the Walker College oof Business. These scholarships range in value from $450 to $5,000 each year. 

  • Award amount varies ($500 to $5,000 each year)
  • for up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to approximately 10 students each year
  • Some scholarship opportunities in the College of Business may be "need-based", and require students to file the FAFSA by December 1 to be eligible

New River Light and Power Signature Scholarship Program

The New River Light and Power company awards Signature Scholarships to incoming first year students (high school seniors) from Watauga County. 

  • $2,000 to $4,000 each year
  • for up to 4 consecutive years (8 semesters)
  • Awarded to approximately 6 students each year

Other College and Departmental Scholarships