Financial Aid & Funding - Undergraduate Students

Financial Aid

Financial aid is administered by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Scholarships and Student Aid for undergraduates. Aid consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work-study, awarded singly or in combination to meet a student's financial need. When a student applies for aid, he or she will be considered for all types of assistance, including special scholarships. An award generally includes the type or types of aid most appropriate to and beneficial for the individual student.

The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid gives priority for financial aid to students who submit the necessary forms by March 1 prior to a summer or academic year enrollment. An entering student should not wait for notification of admission but should file the necessary forms by the priority date. Returning students should also meet the priority date. Late applications are considered as time and resources permit.

Additional information and instructions for financial aid applications are available from the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

School of Education Scholarships

Carole and Sam Roebuck Scholarship - Mr. and Mrs. James Samuel Roebuck established the Carole and Sam Roebuck Scholarship, which bears their name, in 1984 to recognize students with outstanding academic achievement and who have demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is awarded to a committed Education major wanting to teach or conduct educational research. Preference given to students from Bertie, Tyrrell, Camden, Gates, Chowan, Dare, Currituck, Perquimans, Pasquotank or Martin counties. The value of the award will be based upon the student’s individual financial need, ranging from $400 to $1,000 per year.

Carol Mathews Peeler Student Teacher Scholarship - The Carol Mathews Peeler Scholarship was established in 2003 by Mr. Donald Hoover Peeler in honor of his late wife, Carol Mathews Peeler. Carol was a graduate of the School of Education in 1963. This is a need-based award given to one or more outstanding student teachers enrolled in the School of Education at UNC. This scholarship is awarded to a senior teacher education major, with preference given to middle or high school student teachers preparing to teach Social Studies or English. Students must demonstrate both outstanding academic achievement as well as financial need. The award amount varies each year.

The Dean E. Smith Scholarship – The Dean E. Smith Scholarship was established in 1985 in honor of Dean E. Smith to provide financial support to bright students with promising futures as public school teachers. The scholarship provides a need-based scholarship with preference to students who intend to become a teacher. It is awarded to a student or students currently enrolled in the School of Education who plan to make a career as teachers in elementary/secondary schools. Students should meet all academic requirements of the school and demonstrate financial need. Award amount ranges from $500 to $1,200 based on the demonstrated need of the student.

Dean Smith Academic Scholarship – The Dean Smith Academic Scholarship was established in honor of Dean E. Smith to provide financial support to bright students with promising futures as public school teachers. A distinguished educator and coach himself, Dean Smith was committed to excellence in education and it is this commitment that we honor with the Dean Smith Academic Scholarship. The scholarship was created by the Dean E. Smith foundation in appreciation for his numerous contributions to education and his lifelong commitment to teaching. It is their goal to encourage outstanding individuals to enter and remain in teaching or coaching. This is a merit-based award with preference given to students enrolled in the School of Education who intend to become teachers. The award amount varies each year.

Frank Comfort Scholarship – The Comfort Scholarship honors former UNC swim team coach, Frank Comfort, a 1964 MAT graduate of the School of Education. It is Frank Comfort’s commitment to supporting teachers and teacher education that is honored with this scholarship. The Comfort Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate teacher education major during his or her year of student teaching. Recipients shall be chosen on the basis of distinguished academic achievement without regard to financial need. This award covers one year of full time tuition.

Fred Pfohl Crouch, Sr. and Marjorie Mulligan Crouch Scholarship – The Fred Pfohl Crouch, Sr. and Marjorie Mulligan Crouch Scholarship was established by Fred Pfohl Crouch, II in honor of his late parents. It was Crouch’s desire to leave a legacy in his parents’ name to benefit students pursuing a career in education. Both teachers themselves, Fred Pfohl Crouch, Sr., a UNC graduate, and Marjorie Mulligan Crouch taught Crouch the value of an excellent education. After graduating from UNC with a Master of Arts in Teaching, Crouch taught for 38 years in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. The scholarship is a need-based award for students in teacher education. The award amount is $1,000.

Gail Weaver Bunn Fellowship - The Bunn Fellows program honors Gail Bunn who earned her degree from UNC and taught elementary school in Yadkin County, sparking her lifelong commitment to helping educate children in rural communities. It is available to students motivated to do their student teaching in a rural, high needs, partnering school district. Funds are provided during a student’s year of student teaching. Bunn Fellows are encouraged to culminate their experience with a service project related to the school community in which they are teaching. A stipend of $2,500 is given to recipients of the award.

Lynn Boyette Hutchinson Scholarship – The Lynn Boyette Hutchinson Scholarship was established in honor of the late Lynn Boyette Hutchinson in 2010. Hutchinson was an Elementary Education major at UNC, graduating in the class of 1963. At UNC she was a cheerleader and member of Pi Beta Phi. She taught for 32 years, including 25 at Pearsontown Elementary in Durham County. The scholarship is awarded to a student with a sound scholastic record and documented financial need. Preference is given to an athlete or cheerleader majoring in education. The award amount is $1,000.

Michaela Reedy McIntosh Award – The Michaela Reedy McIntosh Award honors class of 1966 alumnus, Michaela Reedy McIntosh. Ms. McIntosh worked in Oregon for many years teaching elementary school. The award provides funding in the amount of $2,000 to an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Education at UNC. The award will be given based on distinguished academic achievement with regard to financial need. Preference will be given to a student entering their senior year.

Robert Wendell Eaves, Sr. Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1981 by members of the family or Dr. Robert W. Eaves, Sr., a graduate of the UNC class of 1928. Dr. Eaves was a distinguished educator and longtime leader of the National Education Association’s Department of Elementary School Principals. This scholarship, awarded by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid is intended for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education. Students must demonstrate financial need. The award amount varies based on demonstrated need of the student.

Susan Redd Scholarship in Education – The Susan Redd Scholarship in Education, established by Albert M. Redd, in honor of his wife Susan who was a 1958 graduate of the School of Education, is awarded annually to a student with a sound academic record without regard to financial need, to provide financial support during their student teaching semester. The award amount is $5,000.

V. Mayo and Norma Melvin Bundy Scholarship - The Bundy Scholarship is given by the children of Norma and Mayo Bundy to honor their service to the Madison-Mayodan school system. Started in 1999, this scholarship is awarded annually to a North Carolina junior or senior with a sound academic record and a demonstrated financial need pursuing a degree in teacher education. Preference is given to students from Alamance, Bladen, Cumberland, Guilford or Rockingham counties. The award amount varies each year based on demonstrated need of the student and is renewable for the recipient’s undergraduate study providing the student maintains a satisfactory academic average.

Willie Hall Kennedy Scholarship - The Willie Hall Kennedy Scholarship was established by three brothers, to honor their grandmother, Willie Hall Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy was a graduate of Winston-Salem Teachers College and received her master’s degree in Education from Columbia University in New York. She taught elementary school in Winston-Salem for 47 years, mainly teaching third grade. This award is a need-based scholarship awarded to a full-time, rising junior who has been admitted to a teacher education program in the School of Education, with particular attention given to minority or disadvantaged students from North Carolina who are not recipients of any other major North Carolina teacher-related award. The award amount is $6,000 for one year. Preference is given to a student who is committed to teaching children in pre-kindergarten through high school in North Carolina.

Students must be nominated by a School of Education faculty member to be considered for these awards.

For more information, contact:

Office of Student Affairs
103 Peabody Hall, CB 3500
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500
(919) 966-1346


Additional Sources of Funding

In addition to the financial aid administered by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, various state agencies administer the following undergraduate awards:

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission will not be awarding Teaching Fellows Scholarships to college freshmen for the 2012-2013 academic year.

For further information, applications, and application deadlines, contact a high school guidance officer or the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship Board

Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a non-profit/tax exempt 501(c)3 organization providing scholarships to individuals training for work with exceptional children, excluding the academically gifted.

Forgivable Education Loans for Service

Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. For the 2014-15 academic year eligible degree programs may be found by clicking the link below. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholars

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholars is a scholarship program which provides financial awards to full-time students who are enrolled in Child Development degree programs in colleges and universities in North Carolina. Selected recipients will receive an award of $2000 each semester, for up to five semesters. Upon graduation, each scholar will be required to complete one year of employment in a licensed or registered child care program in North Carolina for each year of scholarship assistance.

Mary Morrow/Edna Richards Scholarship

The Marry Morrow/Edna Richards Scholarship is for North Carolina residents enrolled in a teacher-education program. Applicants must be in the JUNIOR YEAR OF COLLEGE and willing to teach in the public schools of North Carolina for at least two (2) years following graduation.