While investing in your college education is one of the smartest financial decisions you can make, we understand that it’s a major expense. To help offset the costs, UNCG offers academically talented students a variety of merit-based scholarships. Read on for an overview of these scholarships and how to apply.

For additional information about the following UNCG scholarships and other opportunities, visit fia.uncg.edu/uncg-grants-and-scholarships/.

Blue & Gold Scholarships

Who is eligible: Academically talented incoming freshmen.

Scholarship includes: These merit-based scholarships range in value and can include full tuition, fees, room, and board.

How to apply

  • Complete the UNCG application process for admission to the university no later than Dec. 1.
  • Submit a 250- to 500-word essay (choose from the three topics listed below) along with your application for admission.
  • When we receive your application/essay, you will automatically be considered for our Blue & Gold Scholarships.

Essay topics (choose one)

  • Describe a meaningful event, experience, or accomplishment in your life and how it will impact your college experience and your contribution to the UNCG community. Consider reflecting on your ideas about student responsibility, academic integrity, campus citizenship, or a call to service.
  • Explain your choice of academic major and how you plan to use your degree to meet your career goals.
  • What does “global citizenship” mean to you? How do you envision becoming a global citizen through your studies in your future career?

Chancellor, Deans and Spartan Award recipients

Who is eligible: A select number of students who show academic merit and have financial need.

Award includes: Funds toward your financial aid package, which will be applied directly to your university bill during each semester’s financial aid disbursement. (Note: Your total financial aid, including university scholarships may not exceed your annual cost of attendance as determined by the UNCG Financial Aid Office.)

How to apply

  • No secondary application (beyond your application to the university) is necessary.
  • Eligible students will be notified by the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office. (Note that students are eligible for one of these awards only.)

How to renew

  • Renewal of this award is based primarily on academic achievement and financial need.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year and exhibit financial need based on federal guidelines.
  • Awards are subject to change any time based on updated information provided to or received by UNC Greensboro.


Who is eligible: Graduates of the Guilford County School System who meet federal aid standards. Scholarship amount depends on the number of consecutive years a student attended a Guilford County public school through grade 12.

Scholarship includes: Last-dollar tuition assistance after all federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarship are applied.

How to apply

  • Submit your application to UNCG within 15 months of your high school graduation.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete and submit a Say Yes Guilford County Tuition Scholarship Application, along with all other required documentation of residency and public school attendance.

UNCG Guarantee

Who is eligible: High-achieving, low-income N.C. residents who plan to enroll in UNCG as full-time students.

Scholarship includes: A financial aid package, academic support, and opportunities for enrollment in the Lloyd International Honors College and study abroad.

How to apply

  • Submit your application to UNCG within eight months of graduating from high school.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Complete the UNCG Guarantee Eligibility Screening to help us determine if you are an eligible candidate. (We will offer priority consideration to candidates who apply before Dec. 1.)

Adult Scholarships

Who is eligible: Admitted adult students age 24 and over who are pursuing an undergraduate degree on at least a half-time basis.

Scholarship includes: Financial assistance.

How to apply: Submit the application form, available on our website.

Departmental Scholarships

Who is eligible: The majority of departmental scholarships are awarded to current UNCG students.

Scholarship includes: Scholarships vary depending on the department.

How to apply: Contact your major/department of interest for more details and application requirements.

External Scholarships

Every year, current and incoming UNCG students are awarded numerous scholarships that are not UNCG-affiliated. To make the most of these opportunities, we strongly encourage you to:

  • Explore scholarships offered in your local community.
  • Work closely with your high school guidance counselor to identify scholarships for which you may be eligible.
  • Start an external search by visiting fia.uncg.edu/outside-scholarships/.

NOTE: Applying for UNCG or external scholarships does not guarantee awarding of a scholarship.