Scholarships and Fellowships for Graduate Students

A number of scholarships and fellowships are available for qualifying graduate students who enroll in degree programs. Some of these are awarded by the Graduate School based on a competitive review process, while other awards are made by individual programs and departments. Below is a partial list of available scholarships and fellowships.

Are you a Summer/Fall applicant? You will be invited to submit an application for the Chancellor's, Provost's, and Diversity Fellowships if you meet the minimum criteria for consideration, are applying for Summer/Fall admission to a main campus degree program, and submit your completed application by no later than March 1. Fellowships are awarded to Summer and Fall admits; if funds become available at the end of Fall semester, Spring admits will be considered.

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North Carolina Tuition Scholarship (NCTS)

These scholarships are available for a limited number of main campus, out-of-state students who are attending graduate school full time at Appalachian State. The scholarship covers a substantial amount of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees during the regular academic year (excluding Summer sessions). Interested students may inquire about the availability of this scholarship with their respective program director.

Criteria for Eligibility and Guidelines for Nomination:

  • New students must be unconditionally admitted.
  • New and continuing students must have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA.
  • All students must complete full-time enrollment (at least 9 hours during Fall and Spring) in graduate program of study (POS) courses. Courses numbered 5989/7989 can only count if the student has completed all other POS coursework, and can only count up to 3 of the 9 required hours.
  • All students must also have RA/TA/GRAM funding of at least $2000 per semester from Appalachian.
  • No student may hold a tuition scholarship for more than 4 semesters, regardless of how many degrees he or she pursues at Appalachian.
  • Tuition scholarships must be awarded to one student for one semester or for the full academic year, and cannot be further subdivided.
  • Any tuition scholarship funds not committed by July 31 or December 31 will be returned to the Graduate School.

Diversity Fellowships - Priority Review Deadline March 1

Appalachian State's Diversity Statement reads: Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding, and global awareness. In support of this commitment, the School of Graduate Studies offers fellowships to new main campus degree-seeking students who bring a wide range of diversity to graduate programs. If you are applying for Summer or Fall admission and have submitted your completed application by the March 1 deadline, you will be sent an email invitation inviting you to apply. Diversity Fellows receive a $2,000 scholarship and 10 hours/week of graduate assistantship funding from the School of Graduate Studies ($4500 for the academic year). Diversity Fellowships will be renewed for a second year for continuing students if they remain in good academic standing. We anticipate offering Diversity Fellowships to 10 new and 10 returning students per year.

Criteria for Eligibility 

  • New students must be unconditionally admitted to a main-campus graduate degree program at Appalachian for Summer or Fall.
  • Students must have full-time status  (minimum enrollment in 9 graduate credit hours intended/maintained).
  • Applicants’ GPA, resume, and the quality of their self-nomination essay will be taken into consideration when making the awards. 
  • Returning students must be in good academic standing. The Graduate School will verify academic standing prior to renewing Diversity Fellowships for a second year.

Guidelines for Self-Nomination
Applicants with completed applications submitted by the March 1 deadline will be invited to self-nominate for the Diversity Fellowship via a 600-word essay describing how they believe they will contribute to the diversity of campus and of their programs.

Chancellor's Fellowships and the Lovill Fellowship - Priority Review Deadline March 1

We anticipate that up to seven Chancellor's Fellowships ($6,250 for the academic year) and one Lovill Fellowship ($8,830 for the academic year) will be awarded to outstanding new graduate students each academic year. If you are applying for Summer or Fall admission and you meet the eligibility criteria you will be sent an email inviting you to apply after the March 1 deadline. One Lovill Fellowship will be awarded to the top-ranked Chanceller's Fellowship applicant. Applicants will be required to provide a 500 word essay on the importance of graduate education at Appalachian State to their career goals.

Chancellor's Fellows should meet the following criteria :

  • Unconditional admission to a main campus graduate degree program at Appalachian for Summer or Fall.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 for the most recent college degree (bachelor's or higher) earned.
  • Full-time status intended (minimum enrollment in 9 graduate credit hours).

Chancellor's Fellows who demonstrate excellence their first year by maintaining a GPA of 3.75 or higher will automatically receive a second year of funding.

Provost's Fellowships - Priority Review Deadline March 1

We anticipate that up to five Provost's Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding new graduate students. If you are applying for Summer or Fall admission and you meet the eligibility criteria you will be sent an email inviting you to apply after the March 1 deadline. Applicants will be required to provide a 500 word essay on the importance of graduate education at Appalachian State to their career goals.

Provost's Fellows should meet the following criteria:

  • Unconditional admission to a main campus graduate degree program at Appalachian.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 in the most recent college degree (bachelor's or higher) earned.
  • Full-time status (minimum enrollment in 9 graduate credit hours per semester).

Provost's Fellows who demonstrate excellence during their first year by maintaining a GPA of 3.6 or higher will automatically receive a second year of funding. 

Scholarships Available through Individual Programs

For information about the scholarships listed below, please contact the appropriate program or department.

James C. Greene Fellowship
Biology

Physics

James Jackson Memorial Scholarship
Higher Education

Mary Kistler Scholarship
Higher Education

Richter Moore Fellowship
Political Science

Public Administration

Louise Moore Plybon Library Science Scholarship
Library Science

Eunice Query Scholarship for Library Science
Library Science

Sallie Taylor Memorial Scholarship in Library Science
Library Science

Stephen Vacendak Scholarship
Geography

Cratis Williams Fellowship
Appalachian Studies

Jean J. Wey Scholarship Application
Technology

W.F. Mozelle Costner Parker Scholarship in Elementary Education
Elementary Education

Uberto Price Scholarship in Reading Education
Reading (Reading Education and Special Education)

Janet Williams Bloodgood Scholarship For Reading and Children's Literature
Reading

Scholarship for Graduate Students in Special Education
Special Education

Beaver Scholars Program
College of Health Sciences