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South Building, flying the North Carolina flag.


The Carolina Scholars Program was begun by Chancellor Michael Hooker in 1997. The program is designed to attract the most promising high school students from the state of North Carolina and from across the country to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program seeks to identify talented freshmen, enrich their academic experience, and encourage their contributions to the intellectual life of the University.


The selection process for the Carolina Scholars Program is highly competitive. Scholars are chosen on the basis of outstanding academic achievement in high school and the promise of continued success as a Scholar and leader at the University. Carolina scholars from North Carolina receive $9,000 per year, and out-of-state Carolina scholars receive the equivalent of tuition, fees, room, and board. The Carolina Scholarship is renewable for eight semesters of undergraduate study provided scholars retain a 3.0 GPA. No separate application is needed to be considered for the Carolina Scholarship, and the final selection process takes place at Scholars Day.


Each “pod” of  Carolina Scholars has a mentor who remains with them throughout their four years at Carolina. To read about current mentors, click here.