Dowdy Scholars Program

The Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Enrichment Program is the premier undergraduate merit scholarship at North Carolina A&T State University created in honor of the university first Chancellor, Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy and his wife Elizabeth. The program provides a four (4)-year renewable scholarship that includes tuition, related fees, and room and board to incoming freshmen who plan to enroll in the upcoming Fall semester.

This enrichment program invests in students with extraordinary potential to help them become 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 has to offer our students.

View news release about the 2020 Dowdy Scholars!

View news release about the 2019 Dowdy Scholars!


Why Become a Dowdy Scholar?

The goal of the Dowdy Scholars Enrichment Program is to keep students academically challenged, while building character and fostering leadership skills. The program is designed to allow academically talented students to achieve their full potential through co-curricular programming, academic rigor and mentorship.


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

  • Minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA (weighted)
  • Minimum scholastic score 1270 SAT or 27 ACT (test optional for Fall 2021 applicants)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Submit application for admissions to North Carolina A&T State University
  • Must show exceptional characteristics of leadership and service

How to Apply

For consideration of this scholarship, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria above and submit an application to the University Honors Program. Please refer to the important dates calendar for additional guidance and next steps.