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The Pogue Scholarship provides $9,000 annually for N.C. students, and the equivalent of tuition, fees, room, and board for out of state students. The award is renewable for up to eight semesters provided Scholars maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The Pogue Scholarship Program looks for students who demonstrate academic achievement and strong leadership potential. Pogue Scholars show an abiding commitment to their local communities by creating real and positive change.

Our philosophy holds that diversity goes beyond race and ethnicity to encompass students’ personal backgrounds and life experiences.


No separate application is required. The Admissions office reviews all UNC applications to identify students who demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit strong leadership, and embrace diversity. These students will then be invited to apply for the Pogue Scholarship.

Pogue finalists will be notified via e-mail by the middle of March.


Each group of Pogue Scholars is assigned a faculty mentor who remains a resource throughout the students’ four years at Carolina.

To learn about current mentors, click here.

History of the Program

Joseph E. and Grace Needham Pogue helped establish the Pogue Scholarship through a generous gift to the University. Dr. Pogue received a Bachelor’s degree from the University in 1906 and a Master’s degree in 1907. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from Yale University and become a professor of geology.

Dr. Pogue worked as a curator at the Smithsonian Museum and as a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey before launching a successful career in the oil industry. Dr. Pogue and his wife were dedicated supporters of Carolina, contributing to many areas of the University.