Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program

Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program


The Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Enrichment 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.

Click here to view full press release about the 2018 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 26 ACT
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Admitted 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 complete the bullet items below. Prospective freshmen who apply to North Carolina A&T State Univerity and submit a completed Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship application will automatically be considered for the University Honors Program. 

  • Step 2: Complete the Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship Application. Applicants applying to the University Honors Program are automatically considered for this scholarship if submit on or before December 31. The deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year has now passed.

  • Step 3: Check your email regularly for next steps and additinonal information.Selected finalists will be invited to interview as part of our university annual Scholars Day event held in early February.


Timeline of Events

October 1

Dowdy Scholarship Application Open

Application opens to apply to the Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship Program. Applicants must be admitted to the University to apply for this scholarship.

November 30

Undergraduate Admissions Application Submission

Priority consideration is given to applicants who apply to North Carolina A&T State University (with official high school transcript and scholastic scores) by this date.

December 31

Dowdy Scholarship Application Deadline

Deadline for applicants to submit the Dowdy Scholarship Application.

Early January

Finalist Selection

 40 finalists will be selected and receive an invitation to participate in scholarship interviews. All applicants will be notified of their status.

 February 15-16


Finalist Interviews

Finalist are invited to participate in scholarship interviews.

Early March

Notification of Status

All finalist are notified and recipients are selected.

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Academic Enrichment:

  • Scholars will pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Scholars will be able to contextualize their formal education with respect to career and life objectives.

Service Engagement:

  • Scholars will commit to service within the community and university campus.
  • Scholars will connect their service experiences to their specific major or area of interest.

Transformational Leadership:

  • Scholars will develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Scholars will demonstrate leadership in a variety of settings academic or otherwise.
  • Scholars will employ appropriate leadership styles in a variety of situations.
  • Scholars will contribute to the development of the students' abilities to lead, promote, and actively participate in civic learning projects that effect positive change, and to be effective team members.

Cultural Awareness:

  • Scholars will demonstrate understanding of the commonalities and diversity of various global cultures.
  • Scholars will be exposed to many social issues prevalent in society by partaking in a variety of lecture series and cultural events.                                                                                            
  • Scholars will enhance classroom learning with related experiences that encourage students to apply their special knowledge and skills in a way that serves others in the local and global community.

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.