Our students aim high, and scholarships help them reach their goals. Merit and need-based scholarships enable students to study abroad, conduct research and in many cases, pay their tuition and meet their financial obligations.  

My scholarships helped me to have fewer worries and more time to become involved on campus in organizations intended to prepare me for my career path.

Tiffany Johnson (communication and political science ‘15)

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The college awards a limited number of scholarships to first-year students. There is no application form for these scholarships; application for admission to NC State in a College of Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum by Oct. 15 constitutes application.

  • Dean's Scholar Award (for incoming freshmen in any Humanities and Social Sciences major)
  • J. Carlie Adams Scholarship (for incoming freshmen in any Humanities and Social Sciences major)
  • Slater E. Newman Scholarship (for incoming freshmen with a Psychology major)
  • Dewayne and Adama Washington Scholarship (for incoming freshmen in any Humanities and Social Sciences major)

College Merit Scholarships

The college offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to students who have completed at least 12 letter-graded credit hours at NC State. The application process is managed by the college Dean’s Office once per year in February/March. Most recipients are notified by mid-March. Merit applicants must be full-time students and have an NC State GPA of at least 3.5. Leadership, extracurricular involvement, volunteer activities and letters of recommendation are also considered. Additional criteria may apply. 

Scholarship applications are available in Pack ASSIST (scholarship portal managed by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid).  Eligible applicants must complete both the General Scholarship Application and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship Application.  See

With the exception of the Franklin, Holtzman, Medlin, and Shelton awards, there is one application for the scholarships listed below; students do not apply to each individually.  The Franklin and Medlin scholarships are open only to Communication majors, and include additional application questions (available on PackASSIST). Shelton scholarships include additional questions as well (on PackASSIST). The Holtzman Scholarships require a paper application, usually available in early March.

For more information on college merit scholarships, contact Dara Leeder at 919.515.3638.

  • Bess B. and Lynton Y. Ballentine Scholarship
  • Linda P. Brady Scholarship
  • Nathaniel C. and Blanche P. Browder Scholarship
  • Jenny Cheng Scholarship
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Board of Advisors Scholarship
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Scholarship
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Scholarship
  • William S. and Lesa C. Edwards Scholarship
  • Frances W. and Gerald O. T. Erdahl Memorial Scholarship
  • William G. Franklin Scholarship (for Communication majors)
  • General Hugh Shelton/Kimberly M. Jessup Memorial Scholarship (must also complete the Shelton Scholarship application)
  • Daniel C. Gunter, Jr. Scholarship
  • Abraham Holtzman Scholarship, sponsored by the college’s Student Council
  • Jean F. Kilgore Scholarship
  • William T. Kretzer Family Scholarship
  • Kara Ruth Medlin Memorial Scholarship (for Communication majors)
  • Carol Johnson Poole Scholarship
  • Dr. Reginald Ponder Scholarship
  • The Remmey Family Scholarship (for History majors)
  • Perry and Susan Safran Scholarship in Pre-Law Studies
  • Brandon Lee Sova Memorial Scholarship
  • Weiler Evans Teaching Scholarship (for Teaching Education majors)
  • Zuiches Family/General H. Hugh Shelton Scholarship (must also complete the Shelton Scholarship application)

Study Abroad Awards

The world is a wide and wonderful place that’s well worth exploring. To help you experience other cultures, the college supports study abroad through these and other scholarships.   

  • Anthropology Program in Guatemala — Lake Atitlan Ethnographic Field School Scholarship
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Laura Roy and Lynn Daniel Travel Award
  • Sharda and Mohan Sawhney Scholarship
  • L.I. Felner Award
  • Paula G. Cothren Global Scholarship

Departmental Awards

Our departments award a limited number of undergraduate scholarships. Some departments also award scholarships to graduate students. Awards may be based on merit and/or need, or enrollment in a specific curriculum. Please contact a specific department for more information about available scholarships, award criteria and application processes.

  • Norma and Wally Ausley Scholarship
  • C.A. Dillon, Jr. Scholarship
  • Charlotte Ann and Thomas Elleman Scholarship
  • Joe S. Epley Scholarship
  • Bob Larson Communication Award
  • Rebecca and Ruth C. Leonard Scholarship
  • Long, Javidi, Prospects and PRSSA Scholarship
  • Nancy and Melinda Snow Scholarship
  • A.M. Fountain Award
  • English Interns Scholarship
  • Eugene H. Harrison Scholarship
  • Robbie S. Knott Fellowship (graduate support)
  • Guy Owen Memorial Scholarship
  • Bruce and Marjorie Petesch Fellowship (graduate support)
  • Diane Fagin Adler Francophile Scholarship (for Study Abroad)
  • L.I. Felner Award (for Study Abroad)
  • Mary Lee and Luther Barnhardt Award (graduate support)
  • John O. Cook Memorial Award (for undergraduate research)
  • John O. Cook Award (graduate support)
  • Suniti-Anand Gupta Scholarship (graduate support)
  • McGehee, Moffie, Barkley Award (graduate support)
  • Psychology Award in Honor of Denis Gray (graduate support)
  • Psychology Emeritus Award (graduate support)
  • Dr. Larry Upton Scholarship
  • Paula G. Cothren Global Scholarship (for Study Abroad)
  • Susan E. Carter Scholarship
  • Donald C. Grubb Scholarship
  • Latta Washington Internship Award
  • MPA Alumni Society Scholarship (graduate support)
  • Robert J. Pleasants Scholarship
  • Oliver Williams Scholarship
  • Leland E. and Nancy Garrett Scholarship (graduate support)
  • Social Work Program in Guatemala Award (for study abroad)
  • Gary D. Hill Scholarship
  • Anthropology Program in Guatemala Award (for study abroad)
  • Kristin G. Replogle Nonprofit Internship Award
  • Balfour Beatty Construction/Centex Homes Scholarship
  • James F. Kelly Sr. Scholarship

University Awards

In addition to the awards available at the college and departmental levels, NC State offers several university-wide awards to students, including the prestigious Park Scholarship, a four-year scholarship awarded for outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character, and the Caldwell Fellowship, a three-year scholarship awarded during a student’s freshman year. 

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid assists students and parents in applying for and securing financial assistance when family resources are insufficient to meet educational expenses.