First Year Incoming Freshmen 

The University Honors Program oversees the awarding of three of the university’s most prestigious awards to incoming first year freshmen. We are seeking students who are extremely driven and offer unique and personalized experiences aimed to empower their professional growth, fuel their passion for lifelong learning, and inspire their commitment to a stronger community. Finalists for these scholarships are selected from all students who apply to the Honors Program by the priority deadline, with decisions based on, but not limited to completed application, exceptional academic ability, leadership, community involvement, interviews and letters of recommendation.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as these scholarship programs are very competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an awardApplicants will not need to apply to any individual scholarship program. The University Honors Program application will grant consideration for each program and depending upon the criteria met, applicants will be placed into a review for one or all scholarships. Additional information and criteria can be found below. 


Application Process

Applicants should first apply for Undergraduate Admissions at North Carolina A&T State University.

  • The application for undergraduate admissions and scholarships are separate processes. You must apply to each individually.
  • Applicants do not have to be admitted to the university prior to applying for scholarships, but should at least have an undergraduate admissions application on file.

Applicants should next submit their application through the Honors Program Application Portal and prepare the following items to be included:

  • Name and email address of high school official (if submitting school endorsement).
  • Name and email address of two recommenders (academic, service, or leadership source).
  • Copy of high school transcript
  • Two essays (prompts provided within the application)
  • List of extracurricular activities
  • Pre-recorded video interview


Nomination Guidelines

For consideration of these scholarship programs, applicants will need to include a nomination from a high school official or select to self-nominate.

School Endorsed Nomination 

For purposes of this section, a high school official includes guidance counselors, principal, assistant principal, head of school or desginee. Applicants should request permission from the high school official prior to including their information on the application. A separate email will be sent to the representative to complete endorsement. The number of nominees from each school is determined by the size of the senior class as follows:

  • Up to 199 seniors ................................................................. 2 nominees.
  • 200-399 seniors .................................................................... 3 nominees.
  • 400-499 seniors .................................................................... 4 nominees.
  • 500 or more seniors ............................................................. 5 nominees.

Self Endorsed Nomination

Applicants are encouraged to self-nominate if the student meet one of the following scenarios:

  • The student is home-schooled but believes she or he is highly qualified based on scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
  • The student did not receive a school endorsement, but believes himself or herself to be as competitive as school-endorsed candidates.
  • The student meets the minimum qualifications and shows characteristics of scholarly excellence in leadership and service.


Important Dates

  • Early August 2021: Undergraduate Admissions application open
  • August 15, 2021: Honors Program application opens
  • October 15, 2021: Early action deadline for Undergraduate Admissions
  • November 15, 2021: Priority deadline to apply to the Honors Program for scholarship consideration.
  • Mid December 2021: All applicants are notified and Semifinalists selected
  • Early January 2022: All Semifinalists are notified and Finalists are selected
  • February 18-19, 2022: Honors Weekend and Finalists Interviews
  • March 4, 2022: All finalists notified of recipient status
  • April 1, 2022: Deadline for recipients to accept offer

Additional scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen, currently enrolled, and transfer student may be available through your respective academic department as well as the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Honors Helpful Hints

Application Materials

  • You must have an unofficial transcript in PDF format that you yourself will upload into the honors application.
  • Do not have your high school send a transcript on your behalf for the purposes of the honors application. If a transcript has already been sent to the university for other purposes, we still need you to upload a PDF version into the honors application.
  • Obtain a copy of your high school transcript at least two to three weeks before the application deadline.
  • Your essay will also be uploaded as a PDF.
  • Draft your essay in your program of choice, then save as a PDF. If you are unsure of how to convert the document into a PDF, the search engine of your choice is your friend! Or, contact the honors program and we'll try to help you out.
  • There is an option to submit additional information. This space is intended for students to be able to expand on an area of the application that they feel warrants additional explanation. This doesn't need to be a formal essay - just let us know what's going on.

Writing the essay

  • Answer the actual question. This may seem like an obvious one, but we receive a lot of thoughtful, well-written responses to questions we have not asked.
  • We have asked for a maximum of one-page, but did not specify a minimum. While we see successful essays at a variety of lengths, students who reach less than half of the page typically have not engaged with the essay prompt in a way that helps us get to know them.

Completing the activities section

Read the instructions carefully, then follow them. We thought about them a lot, and we think they'll help you introduce yourself to us in the most effective way for this process.

  • Don't limit yourself to school-sanctioned organizations if that isn't where you spend all your time.
  • Are you employed? Do you have a time-consuming hobby? Maybe you have significant caregiving responsibilities at home or volunteer your time in ways that don't give you a traditional label of "volunteer". Think carefully about how you spend your time, and then tell us about the meaningful (to you) stuff, no matter where, when, or how it happens.
  • Think carefully about what you would like to highlight.
  • Use acronyms and abbreviations carefully.We can probably figure out what it means if you said you were the VP of a group, but other acronyms and abbreviations can be locally or regionally specific. You might want to spell things out for us.
  • List the name of the actual group, employer, etc. in the first line of the activity, when applicable. We sometimes see more of a category here instead of the name of the activity (e.g. "Athletics" instead of "Baseball" or "Employment" instead of "Hooper's Store"). 
  • 10 is an upper limit, not a requirement (not even a suggestion). We do want you to fill this section out to the best of your ability, but we have seen great activities lists with fewer than 10 activities present.