Scholarships and Fellowships for Graduate Students

A number of scholarships and fellowships are available to qualified graduate students who enroll in degree programs on campus in Boone or in some cases, off campus through Distance Education. Some are awarded by the Graduate School to students who have been selected by the Graduate Council's Student Committee; 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 automatically be considered for the Chancellor's and Provost Fellowships if you check "yes" to the scholarship question on the application. Watch for this question on the very first page of the application! Be sure to apply for summer/fall admission by March 10 to be considered for a fellowship. Students will be notified if they are finalists for any of these fellowships.

Are you a spring applicant? The 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 for a limited number of out-of-state students attending graduate school at Appalachian State. The scholarship covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees. 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 cummulative GPA.
  • All students must complete full-time enrollment (at least 9 hours during fall and spring) in graduate POS courses or listed undergraduate prerequisites. 5989/7989 can only count if the student has completed all POS coursework, and can only count up to 3 of the 9 required hours.
  • All students must have RA/TA 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 the full academic year, and cannot be further subdivided.
  • Any tuition scholarship funds not committed by July 10 will be returned to the Graduate School.

Diversity Fellowships - Priority Review Deadline March 10

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 statement, the Graduate School offers fellowships to students who bring a wide range of diversity to graduate programs. Interested students should talk to their respective program directors about being considered for this fellowship at the time of admission. Eligible students will be contacted directly by the graduate school after March 10 to complete the application for this award. Each Diversity Impact Fellowship includes a scholarship and a 10 hour graduate assistantship for up to two years.

Criteria for Eligibility and Guidelines for Nomination

  • New students must be unconditionally admitted to a degree program at Appalachian for Summer or Fall
  • Full-time status  (minimum enrollment in 9 graduate credit hours)
  • Nomination from the graduate degree program
  • Students must remain in good standing
  • Given that this is a competitive award, GPA, test scores, and program recommendation will be taken into consideration when making the awards.

Chancellor's Fellowships and the Lovill Fellowship - Priority Review Deadline March 10

The Graduate School seeks applications from new graduate students each academic year. If you are applying for Summer or Fall admission you will automatically be considered if you check "yes" to the scholarship question on the admission application. Eligible students will be provided the fellowship application after the March 10 deadline. 

Chancellor's Fellows should meet the following criteria :

  • Unconditional admission to a graduate degree program at Appalachian for Summer or Fall.
  • Full-time status intended (minimum enrollment in 9 graduate credit hours).
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 for each college degree earned.
  • 70th percentile or higher on each section of the required entrance exam (GRE, MAT, GMAT) using scores that are no more than 5 years old. Old test scores will not be considered.

Chancellor's Fellows who demonstrate excellence their first year by maintaining a 3.7 GPA will automatically receive a second year of funding.

Provost's Fellowships - Priority Review Deadline March 10

We anticipate that up to eight Provost's Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding new or continuing graduate students. Applicants will be required to provide a 500 word essay on the importance of graduate education to their career goals.

  • New summer or fall students: Apply by checking "yes" to the scholarship consideration question on the admission application. Finalists will be contacted directly by the graduate school after March 10 to upload the essay.
  • Continuing students should contact Laura Padgett to inquire about eligibility to apply for the Provost Fellowship between January 15-March 10 of each year.

To be considered for the Provost's Fellowship, you should have:

  • Unconditional admission to a graduate degree program at Appalachian.
  • Full-time status (minimum enrollment in 9 graduate credit hours per semester).
  • New students: A GPA in all college degrees of at least 3.5.
  • Returning students: A 3.7 graduate GPA at Appalachian.
  • Standardized test scores (GRE, MAT, GMAT) at or above the 60th percentile using scores that are no more than 5 years old. Old test scores will not be considered.

The Provost's Fellowship is not automatically renewable, but students may apply again next year to compete for a second award.

Scholarships Available through Individual Programs

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

Edgar Greene Scholarship in Science Education

James C. Greene Fellowship


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

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

Eunice Query Scholarship for Library Science
Library Science

Sallie Taylor Memorial Scholarship in Library Science
Library Science

Stephen Vacendak Scholarship

Cratis Williams Fellowship
Appalachian Studies

Jean J. Wey Scholarship Application

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

Janet Williams Bloodgood Scholarship For Reading and Children's Literature

Scholarship for Graduate Students in Special Education
Special Education