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The Johnston Scholarship Program is for high-achieving students who need financial aid to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Johnston Scholars are also  a part of the Scholars Program at Carolina and collaborate with other scholars on events, programs, and social activities.


Johnston Scholarships are renewable for eight semesters up to full demonstrated need, provided that recipients achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0 their freshman year and 3.0 each year thereafter. If in a given year a Johnston Scholar evidences no financial need, he/she remains a Johnston Scholar and is guaranteed a minimum award of$1,000. There is no separate application for the Johnston Scholarship. To be considered, students need to submit an application for Admission to the University as well as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CSS Profile forms. Links to the financial aid forms are found on the Student Aid website.


The Johnston Scholars have a Faculty Mentor for their freshmen year at Carolina. The faculty members who serve as mentors are valuable resources, and will plan small group activities to help incoming Johnston Scholars bond as a group.  Johnston Scholars are also assigned an academic advisor who will work with them through registration and planning for future coursework. To learn more about Johnston Scholar mentors, click here.

The Hogan Fellowship

The Hogan Fellowship is funded by the Johnston Trust and provides Scholars the chance to apply for summer funding for a self-designed internship.  For more information about the Hogan Fellowship, click here.

The Johnston Trust

The Johnston Trust is committed to providing access to students who may otherwise be unable to attend Carolina. It is the hope of the Johnston Trust that these students will also actively participate in the enrichment opportunities available through the Scholars Program and take an active role in planning and implementing student events on campus. Click here to learn more about the James M. Johnston Trust.

If you are an Alumnus of the Johnston Scholars Program, please visit the Johnston Alumni page.