The most prestigious scholarship at ASU is the Chancellor's Scholarship offered through The Honors College. It is awarded each year to 7 incoming first-year students and provides the following support and opportunities:
- Full institutional costs for eight semesters, which includes: tuition, fees, housing, and a meal plan
- A fall-semester trip for all freshmen Chancellor's Scholars (lead by the two professors teaching the CS special course). Click here to view a short video featuring the Fall 2012 Chancellor's Scholars' trip to Dublin, Ireland.
- Full study abroad support to any of 200 ASU partner institutions around the world for one or more of the eight, awarded semesters (including travel cost assistance)
- Opportunities for service-learning courses and programs locally and throughout the world with the Appalachian and the Community Together office (with travel cost help)
- Support for research and scholarship through the Office of Student Research for research and scholarship in the student's target area of study, including travel funds to attend conferences where the student is presenting
- Support from the Prestigious Scholarships Program for travel to conferences in the student's area of research/scholarship and immediate membership in AIM High with focused mentoring to enhance graduate/professional school and prestigious scholarship applications
- Tuition assistance for summer travel courses with ASU professors and any other summer international experience
- Priority registration for course selection
- Participation in a unique freshman Honors class designed specifically for the Chancellor's Scholars that includes a Fall Break trip to Dublin
- Dedicated, personalized academic mentoring and advising from the Honors faculty and staff
- Housing available in Honors-only floors located in Cone Hall (for Freshmen) and Summit Hall (for upper class students). Click here to learn more about these resident halls. The housing support may be used off campus or elsewhere on campus after the first year
- Chancellor's Scholars may be in any major and in any college
- Participation in the Honors College and Appalachian Honors Association activities including lectures, service opportunities, and social events
Selection of the Chancellor's Scholars
Applications are due at the deadline set for all scholarship applications to Appalachian State University, which is November 15, 2012, for the ASU applicaiton, and Dec. 1 for the scholarship and Honors College application (Chancellor's Scholars must also be admitted to the Honors College). The applications are reviewed by a 10-member faculty selection committee from all colleges in the University. They evaluate the applications based on academic performance and potential, as well as the essential student essay, résumé, and two letters of recommendation from teachers who know the student well from course work and extracurricular activities. Successful applicants display a background of superior academic ability based on active, involved learning, and a record of leadership, service, and creativity that are the hallmarks of an exceptional scholar. The Chancellor's Scholars average around a 1460 for their SAT Math + Verbal scores (ACTs are converted), and are typically in the top 3% of their high school class. Finalists will be asked for an on-campus interview with the interview committee, which comprises the application review committee plus five Honors students, during Scholars Weekend in February.
Recipients of the scholarship are required to enroll in at least one Honors course each semester for their first four semesters. Chancellor's Scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters if the student maintains a 3.45 academic average. Chancellor's Scholarships are not tied to any major or college, and students may use their award to pursue approved, Appalachian State University-associated national and international programs of study.