About Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Have you ever thought about traveling to a foreign country to learn something about yourself? Pursuing a research project over the summer? Working to serve a community in need or to gain practical experience? Continuing your studies after you graduate?

Whatever path you are considering, there are nationally competitive programs available to help you accomplish all these goals. Our office supports highly motivated students in their pursuits of competitive externally funded scholarships. Whereas “internal” awards are those offered by your department or the University, “external” awards are those national and international awards offered by private foundations, government agencies, and corporations.

These award and programs help students pursue language study, graduate study, teaching, international travel, research, and other academic creative endeavors.Through the application process, applicants become better writers, especially in genres of personal essay and grant application, further understand their strengths and challenges as a scholar, artist and/or researcher, and identify personal and professional goals connected to their vision for the future.

The Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS) team is here to help you navigate finding and applying to prestigious scholarships for the following life-changing opportunities:

  • Independent research
  • Service-learning
  • Foreign language study
  • Work, internships, or study abroad
  • Graduate school in the UK, Ireland, and many other places

News and Events

Award Spotlight: Critical Language Scholarship

Award Spotlight: Critical Language Scholarship

 The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks to support American students in their efforts to master critical foreign language skills in an i...

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Three Appalachian State students receive Gilman Scholarship to pursue opportunities abroad

Three Appalachian State students receive the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to pursue opportunities abroad. App State’s Office of Nationally Competi...

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4 App State alumni awarded 2022–23 Fulbrights to teach or research abroad

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS), a division of University College,...