Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program

Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program

The Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program is the premier undergraduate merit scholarship at North Carolina A&T State University. The program provides a four (4) year renewable scholarship that includes tuition and related fees, room and board to incoming freshmen only who plan to enroll in the upcoming Fall semester. This enrichment program invests in students with extraordinary potential to be the transformational leaders of their generation. The program is highly competitive, open to all disciplines, and provides access to the best North Carolina A&T State University has to offer our students.


To be considered, applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA (weighted)
  • Minimum 1200 SAT math and critical reading (1270 redesign SAT) or 26 ACT
  • Submit one-page Personal Statement
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen 

How to Apply

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements above should complete the Dowdy Scholars Enrichment Program Application with supplemental materials attached. Applications will become available online in early October. The deadline to apply each academic year is January 1th

The 2017-2018 application process for this program has closed.

Complete application packets should be sent to: 

North Carolina A&T State University
University Honors Program
110 Academic Classroom Building
1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Focus, Learn, Grow. Lead, Reflect, GO!

Freshman Year:

Focus & Learn: In your freshman year you will meet other Dowdy Scholars who will help you understand what it means to be a Scholar. You will be exposed to leadership activities designed to assist you in maximizing your academic focus. You will meet other members of the A&T community that will help you create a solid network from which you will be able to grow and rapidly position yourself for achieving excellence.

Sophomore Year:

Grow: In your sophomore year you will build upon the work of your freshman year expanding it under the guidance of faculty and program mentors to develop and secure the Dowdy Core: students engaged in academics, leadership, and service—an example for all A&T students. You will be branching out and becoming involved in a variety of events and representing the best of A&T at university programming.

Junior Year:

Lead & Reflect: As a junior this is where all the work and preparation of the first two years come to fruition. This is your opportunity to mentor and lead programming for incoming Dowdy students, helping to choose and identify speakers and community service projects. While providing leadership you also will be guided towards the achievement of your individual undergraduate goals. In deciding on what scholarships and fellowships to apply for, you will have the chance to engage and interact with mentors. The Dowdy Scholars program support staff will aid in these activities providing feedback on writing, interviews, and strategy.

Senior Year:

Go!: As you enter into your senior year this will be the time that scholarship and fellowship offers begin to roll in. You will now be in a position to dictate your post-baccalaureate life. In preparation for graduation support staff and faculty mentors will guide you as you prepare for graduate school, employment, all while giving back and guiding the Dowdy Program for future Dowdy Scholars.

Dowdy Scholar Spotlight
Madeline Keefer

Madeline Keefer, '16

Dowdy Scholar and Biological Engineering student Maddie Keefer is a May 2016 graduate and third Fulbright winner of North Carolina A&T State University. She will spend nine months studying flood management in the Netherlands thanks to a Fulbright U.S. Student Programs Grant jointly sponsored by the Netherland-America Foundation. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international, educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It provides grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States.