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

John (Jake) exploring an eagle hunting method that is still practiced in the western part of Mongolia.

Monthly Spotlight: John (Jake) Kennedy and Fulbright in Mongolia

November 12th, 2019Name: John (Jake) KennedyDegree: Sustainable Development and a Minor in HistoryGraduation Year: 2016Fellowship Award...

Monthly Spotlight: Caroline Sager and CLS

October 25th, 2019Name: Caroline SagerDegree: Double Major in Spanish Language & International and Comparative PoliticsGraduation Year: December 2...

Director of the Rangel International Affairs Program will be on-campus September 3rd!

Are you interested in International Affairs and the world around you? Are you planning a career in the U.S. Foreign Service? Did you kn...

Four App State undergrads receive Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in 2019-20

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

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.