The oldest and most prestigious scholarship at ASU through the Honors College is the Chancellor's Scholarship. It is a full scholarship awarded each year to the most academically competitive applicants entering ASU as freshmen. It provides the following support and opportunities:
- Full institutional costs for eight semesters, which includes: tuition, fees, housing, and a meal plan.
- A fall-break trip to Dublin, Ireland, for all freshmen Chancellor's Scholars (lead by the Honors College Director teaching the CS special course). Click here to view a short video featuring the Fall 2012 Chancellor's Scholars' trip to Dublin, Ireland.
- A dedicated 1 s.h. course (Voyages) for the freshmen Chancellor's Scholars with the Honors College Director.
- Membership in the Chancellor's Scholars community with events such as the CS Fall Banquet, CS suppers, and other activities that bring the 40+ scholars on campus together for vertical mentoring from freshmen to senior.
- Access to the network of over 500 alumni of the Chancellor's Scholars programs from the last 30 years for mentoring, internship opportunities, and professional opportunities.
- Full study abroad support to any of 200 ASU partner institutions around the world for any number of the seven, awarded semesters after the first semester.
- Opportunities for service-learning courses and programs locally and throughout the world with the Appalachian and the Community Together office (with travel cost help).
- Available 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.
- Opportunity for membership in AIM High as freshmen (other eligible members are sophomores) with focused mentoring to enhance graduate/professional school and prestigious scholarship applications.
- Support from the Prestigious Scholarships Program for travel to conferences (by application and as AIM High members) in the student's area of research/scholarship even if not presenting yet.
- Tuition assistance for summer travel courses with ASU professors and any other summer international experience.
- Priority access to Honors College international faculty-led courses and to the Honors College international clinical experiences.
- Priority registration for course selection.
- Dedicated, personalized academic mentoring and advising from the Honors faculty and staff; this advising is by terminal degree professionals in fields related to the students' areas of study.
- 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 residence halls. The housing support may be used off campus or elsewhere on campus after the first year.
- Participation in the Honors College and Appalachian Honors Association! activities, including lectures, service opportunities, and social events.
- Chancellor's Scholars may be in any major and in any college.
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, 2013, for the ASU application, and Dec. 1 for the scholarship and Honors College application (Chancellor's Scholars must also apply and be admitted to the Honors College). The applications are reviewed by a cross-campus faculty selection committee. They evaluate the applications based on academic performance and potential, as well as the essential student essays, résumé, and two letters of recommendation from teachers/mentors 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 (ACT 33), 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 current Chanellor's Scholars, 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 and is on track for graduation with University Honors. 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.