Applying for Scholarships


Scholarships are a great way to offset your tuition! 
Students can apply for scholarships from a variety of resources. Institutional scholarships are awarded by the university, while outside scholarships come from non-university sources. Most awards are either need-based (awarded to students with verified financial need) or merit-based (awarded by GPA and/or extra-curricular achievements). 

Scholarships typically require an essay and occasionally, an interview. You can find tips on both by visiting this page.


Beware of scholarship scams. Scholarships that require an application fee are most likely a scam. Never give out your social security number or bank information for a scholarship. Legitimate sponsors should provide contact information upon request. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! For tips and information on identifying a potential scam, click here

Institutional Scholarships

Institutional scholarships are awarded by Appalachian. Criteria and deadlines vary.

If you are a continuing student, please click here.

Transfer and first-year students should apply through the Office of Transfer Services and the Office of Admissions. These applications are tied to your application for admission to Appalachian. You can find more information by going here (Transfer Students) or here (First-Year Students)

For more information on all institutional scholarships, please see the Office of University Scholarships.

State Scholarships

If you are a North Carolina resident, you are eligible to apply for scholarships through and the NC Community Foundation.

Most scholarship application windows open in January and close early spring. Applications must be received - not postmarked- by the due date. Many of these awards are determined by your program of study, demographic information, GPA, etc.

The FELS program is part of and is considered a scholarship as long as the recipients honor their contract.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are awards from any non-state, non-institutional source.

These awards can take work to find, but add up quickly! We recommend starting your search locally. Civic and religious organizations often offer scholarships. If you are interested in a specific field, investigate businesses within that field. Occasionally companies offer scholarships for dependents of their employees, so check with your parent's place of work. Your high school advisor is an excellent source for information on local awards.

Click here for more information and resources regarding External Scholarships.

I Received a Scholarship, Now What?

Congratulations! If you were awarded a non-institutional scholarship*, you are required to inform the Office of Student Financial Aid as soon as possible so the award can be added to your financial aid package. If you received an award letter,  please send our office a copy (email attachments are accepted). 

Scholarship checks should be made payable to Appalachian State University* and need to include your full name and Banner ID number in the memo line. Donors may mail scholarship checks to the address below:

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 28607


If you received an institutional scholarship from Appalachian, you do not need to take any further action. Our office will communicate with the appropriate department on your behalf.