Scholarships for Freshmen Students

Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for scholarships once admitted to North Carolina A&T State University. In some cases, where indicated, individual scholarships will require a separate application. The Freshman Scholarships listed below are available to new students, enrolling in a degree seeking program and pursuing their first Bachelor’s Degree.  All students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for full consideration of all types of financial aid.

National Alumni Scholarship
The National Alumni Scholarship recognizes exceptional academic talent and ability. This scholarship represents the Alumni Association’s pledge to assist the university in attracting quality students. This award covers full tuition, related fees, room, and board.  It is renewable for four (4) years as long as the students meet the yearly requirements.


  • Be a United States citizen who has graduated or will graduate from an accredited high school prior to the fall semester of the year for which the selection is made.
  • Meet the requirements for admission to NC A&T State University.  Must apply to the university prior to the application deadline.
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Score of 1100 or higher on the SAT or 22 or higher on the ACT.
  • Include two typed and signed letters of recommendation/evaluation letters on letterhead. 
  1. One letter from school (faculty or administrator)
  2. One letter from a community organization (i.e. faith-based; civic; Boy/Girl Scouts; Boys & Girls Club; Jack-N-Jill; pageants/cotillions; etc.
  3. Do not include relatives.  
  • One page typed autobiography.

2020-2021 National Alumni Scholarship Application is open.

Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship
The Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholars Program is a preeminent scholarship awarded to entering freshman who have shown excellence in academics and scholarly leadership during their high school matriculation. Recipients of this award will receive a 4 year renewable scholarship which includes tuition and related fees, room and board contingent upon meeting renewal requirements each year.

Merit Scholarships
Merit awards are based solely on academic achievement as reflected within the student’s admissions application. It is highly suggested that students apply for early admissions to be considered for merit based funding. The application for admission to the university serves as the application for merit scholarships; therefore no separate application is required. Merit award criteria varies and dependent upon funding.

Endowment Scholarships
These scholarships are privately donated funds that are given to North Carolina A&T students each year from private gifts made by individuals, groups or companies. They are awarded to students based on a wide range of criteria to include: major, high school attended, outstanding academic achievement, community service, leadership and/or financial need. For a list of endowment scholarships by school and college please click here

College and Departmental Scholarships
Many colleges and departments offer scholarships to current NCAT students participating in specific academic programs. Departmental scholarships are most often awarded to continuing students who have demonstrated excellence in meeting the eligibility criteria for their scholarship while enrolled at NCAT. However, some departments also make scholarships awards to prospective students as a means of encouraging them to enter their academic department or to be involved in an activity or initiative for which they have responsibility. Additional information regarding Departmental Scholarships may be found on the websites for the respective academic departments.

NCAT Chapter Alumni Scholarships
Funded by contributions from North Carolina A&T Alumni Association Chapters nationwide, these scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance, involvement, and leadership skills with the additional criterion of geographic location. Chapter scholars must be residents of the geographical area served by the chapter. The selection criteria and value of scholarships vary from chapter to chapter. Applications are generally available to incoming freshman; however students should inquire directly to the local Alumni Chapter for additional details.

Outside Scholarships
Many organizations outside the University award scholarships each year to assist students in funding their education. The list below is external scholarships primarily for incoming freshmen. Please click here  for a list of additional outside scholarships available to students.