Originally named Prestigious Scholarship Program, our office was housed in the honors college. In order to broaden our scope and create a more accessible and inclusive program, the name was changed to Nationally Competitive Scholarships and eventually moved to be housed under University College. The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships will celebrate its five year anniversary in the summer of 2022!


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.

Core Values

  • Opportunity

  • Excellence

  • Mentorship

  • Inclusion

  • Personal Growth

National Association of Fellowship Advisors

The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships is a member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA). NAFA is a higher education organization that "that focuses entirely on the role of fellowships advisors". The goal of the organization is to " promote the full potential of fellowship candidates through the application process and to foster the continued growth and professionalization of fellowship advising in higher education".  Our office adheres to the Code of Ethics outlined by this organization.