Nationally Competitive Scholarships works with the Appalachian community to recruit and support students and recent alumni for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. This is achieved with outreach, mentorship, and advising throughout the entire application and selection process.

News and Events

Fulbright Week - February 16-18, 2021

Fulbright Week: February 16-18 Appalachian State University is hosting Fulbright Week 2021, an annual event organized and supported by multi...

Picture of six Gilman Awardees

Six Appalachian Students Receive Prestigious Gilman Scholarships Award

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

Hannah Godfrey and Boren in Indonesia

Monthly Spotlight: Hannah Godfrey and Boren in Indonesia

March 27, 2020Name: Hannah GodfreyDegree: Psychology with a Minor in Statistics and Military Science. Graduation Year: 2020 Fellow...

Appalachian Named Top Producer for Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs!

 Appalachian is among only 20 institutions in the country to be named a Top Producer for both the Fulbright U.S. Student and U.S. Scholar program...

Core Values

  • Opportunity
  • Excellence
  • Mentorship
  • Inclusion
  • Personal Growth

What Are Nationally Competitive Scholarships?

NCS awards are externally funded opportunities to pursue language study, Master's study, teaching,  research, and other 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.