BOONE, N.C. — As Appalachian State University’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship, the Chancellor’s Scholarship is designed for students with ambitious academic goals – those who seek graduate or professional post-baccalaureate degrees to become physicians, attorneys, Ph.D. holders and more.
Appalachian welcomed 10 new Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients to campus this fall.
“These are academic high achievers. The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to students who are among the strongest applicants admitted to The Honors College and to Appalachian,” said Dr. Ted Zerucha, interim director of The Honors College.
This year’s recipients have an average high school grade point average of 4.8 and earned an average 1502 on the SAT college entrance exam and 43 on the ACT composite.
Chancellor’s Scholars may be in any major and in any college. The scholarship offers full institutional costs for eight semesters, plus other academic and co-curricular benefits including special housing and travel opportunities. Students must maintain a 3.45 minimum grade point average to renew the scholarship.
Meet the 2016 Chancellor’s Scholars
Cox Mill High School, Concord
Intended Major: Chemistry
I chose to come to Appalachian because I loved the atmosphere of the school and the idea of the Appalachian Family. It was a big school with a small school feeling. Additionally, the chemistry department attracted me with its talented professors and undergraduate research opportunities.
I hope to leave my mark academically by excelling in my classes, by tutoring other students to help them do well and by participating in research. I also hope to make an impact across campus. I am currently participating in Chemistry Club, EiSTEM and Emerging Leaders.
Wakefield High School, Wake Forest
Intended Major: Nutrition and Foods
I have my dad to thank for bringing me to Appalachian’s fall open house my junior year of high school. The feeling of a close-knit community and the beautiful scenery are what first drew me in. Learning about all of the wonderful opportunities and services that showcase Appalachian’s dedication to its students’ success are what convinced me to stay.
During my time at Appalachian, I would like to increase my ability to think about problems in a variety of ways. I would also like to build meaningful relationships with a diverse group of people.
Home Schooled, Boone
Intended Major: Mathematics
Global study and the opportunity for undergraduate research in my major are both very important to me, so I was drawn to Appalachian’s robust international travel options and undergraduate-friendly math department.
During my four years, I intend to stay active in competitive Ultimate frisbee and continue to teach myself Korean. While it’ll be a challenge to balance all my goals, I’m excited to take [them] on.
Bearden High School, Knoxville, TN
Intended Major: Sustainable Development
Like many others, I was drawn to Appalachian’s focus on sustainability and positive social change. I feel that all students regardless of major will benefit from contemplating at least briefly the long-term consequences of human action…
I want the opportunity to influence the path of human history towards a realistic way of ensuring the future health of not only our own generation, but those to come. I want to make human growth sustainable and our potential unlimited by our own short-sightedness. But mostly, I just want to understand.
Jordan-Matthews High School, Siler City
Intended Major: Actuarial Sciences
Appalachian fosters and encourages the pursuit of passions inside and outside of the classroom... it provides the opportunity for everybody to make lifelong connections with people that share their interests and goals in an extraordinarily tight-knit, family-like environment. …All in all, Appalachian was simply an incredibly inviting place for me.
I want to take full advantage of the resources that this university offers in order to not only develop the specific skills that will help me along in my career pathway, but also to gain a broader perspective of the world that I live in.
A.C. Reynolds High School, Asheville
Intended Major: Undecided
Upon my visit last September, I was completely impressed: not only did App State have beautiful surroundings, but every person I met – students and faculty alike – was friendly and cared to hear what I had to say. I felt that Appalachian was the perfect combination of the tight-knit community of a small school and the academic breadth of a large school.
One of my main goals is – and always has been – to push myself to be the best I can be, and I intend to apply this to both my personal and academic pursuits. …I want to explore many areas of interest to discover and nurture my passions.
Central Valley High School, Liberty Lake, WA
Intended Major: Political Science
Growing up as a military kid, I moved around every three years. The only thing that remained consistent was coming to Boone to celebrate Christmas with my Grandma and my Grandpa. Boone has always been my second home. What better place to come to college and figure out who I truly am than the place where my true roots have been grown?
I truly want to figure out who I am as a person and find where my passions lie… Academically I hope to challenge myself by taking the hardest classes I can find, going above and beyond in my studies and overall just trying to be the best I can be.
Lee County High School, Sanford
Intended Major: Studio Art
The beauty of the area and campus was definitely a big factor in my attraction to Appalachian; every time I step out of my dorm I look around and just think, ‘What a beautiful place.’
I try every day just to learn for the sake of learning… In the next four years, I hope to continue my involvement in campus communities, improve my own health and happiness, and get to know the silly, passionate, intelligent people who share my enthusiasm for life and learning.
Riverside High School, Durham
Intended Major: English
I was attracted to Appalachian because of the mountains. I am also here so I can be close to my grandparents and help out… Boone has always been a second home to me.
I hope to study the relationships between literature and social change. I am hoping to apply my studies to my life and help create a more understanding and tolerant society.
North Allegheny High School, Allison Park, PA
Intended Major: Political Science
I considered Appalachian because I learned of the great scholarship opportunities available, so I figured, ‘Why not?’ Then I visited here twice and was smitten and, once I got the Chancellor’s Scholarship, I knew that I was bound to be a Mountaineer. Appalachian State had captured me.
I believe that I want to go into lobbying… To achieve this goal of being a lobbyist for a corporation or an organization, I will seek out internships at the local or state government, reach out to political science professors or professors in related fields, and join political organizations on campus.
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Chancellor’s Scholarship benefits
- Full institutional costs for eight semesters (tuition, fees, housing and meal plan)
- Support for research and scholarship
- Tuition assistance for summer travel courses
- Dedicated and personalized, professional mentoring and academic advising
- Priority access to The Honors College international faculty-led courses and to The Honors College international clinical experiences
- Priority registration for course selection
- Membership in the Chancellor’s Scholars community
- Special study space
- Priority housing available in honors-only floors located in Cone Hall and Summit Hall
- Access to the network of more than 500 alumni of the Chancellor’s Scholars program from the last 30 years for mentoring, internship and professional opportunities
- Service-learning opportunities locally and globally
- Participation in The Honors College and AHA! (Appalachian Honors Association) activities, including lectures, service opportunities and social events
Oct. 10, 2016
Here is a look at where recent graduates of Appalachian State University’s Chancellor’s Scholarship have headed after graduation.
Oct. 10, 2016
The 10 newest Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients at Appalachian State University will study abroad in Dublin, Ireland in October 2016.
This full-ride opportunity is Appalachian State University’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship.
It is designed for students with ambitious academic goals.
About Scholarships at Appalachian
Appalachian State University offers students the opportunity to receive a world-class education at an affordable rate through various need- and merit-based scholarships. The university sets aside more than $4 million annually for scholarships, with scholarship opportunities available to incoming, current and transfer students. Appalachian’s Office of University Scholarships assists students in learning about and applying for these university scholarship opportunities and also shares information about non-Appalachian scholarships. Learn more at https://scholarships.appstate.edu.
About the Honors College
More than 500 students are enrolled in Appalachian State University's Honors College, which serves a diverse group of high-achieving, high-potential, highly motivated students from all majors. The Honors College helps students develop independent and creative thinking and high-level research skills; promotes interdisciplinary inquiry; and nurtures cultured and caring exchanges of ideas. The college’s enhanced academic experience prepares students for success in graduate or professional school and for leadership roles in their lives, communities and careers.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.