Chowan University Scholarships

Scholarships are the most sought after form of Financial Aid. Listed below are various scholarships and grants available to aid Chowan students in the funding of their education.

Chowan Merit Scholarships
At Chowan University, we recognize and reward the hard work and talent of our students. Beginning Fall 2022, accepted students are automatically considered for one of the following scholarships:

President’s Scholarship worth $11,000 a year ($44,000 over four years)
Alumni Scholarship worth $9,000 a year ($36,000 over four years)
University Scholarship worth $8,000 a year ($32,000 over four years)
Opportunity Scholarship worth $5,000 a year ($20,000 over four years)

To apply, complete the application for admission, submit your official high school transcript, and submit your SAT, CLT, or ACT scores.

Chowan Scholarships
Chowan University is committed to investing in rising student leaders. Scholarship recipients are leaders in their school, community, sports teams and churches. You could be eligible for one of the three Chowan Leadership Scholarships:

Leadership Scholarship worth $6,000 a year ($24,000 over four years)
Dean’s Scholarship worth $3,000 a year ($12,000 over four years)
Trustee Scholarship worth $1,000 a year ($4,000 over four years)

You are eligible for the Dean's and Trustee Scholarships if you are an incoming student whose application for admission is accepted into Chowan University. You are eligible for a Leadership Scholarship if you are an incoming student with at least a 2.7 grade point average and are involved in a leadership role. 

A short application, essay, and on-campus interview are required. Interviews are held on select dates in November, January, February, and March. Your completed application is your registration for Chowan Scholarship Day. Apply online.

Chowan Athletic Scholarships
Chowan’s Athletic Department grants performance-based scholarships in all sports in compliance with NCAA Division II regulations and guidelines. Learn more

Chowan Christian Service Association
Students must complete the online CCSA Scholarship Application and must also seek a vocation in ministry.

Chowan University Music Scholarships (performance-based)
Students must audition for a Performance Scholarship. Please contact Marion Foster at

Chowan Transfer Excellence Scholarship
Scholarship for students transferring directly from a community or junior college with at least a 3.0 or honors and 15 hours earned.

State Aid

This aid is for residents of North Carolina and maybe be subject to additional qualifications.

The Luther H. Butler Scholarship for NC Baptist Students:  The North Carolina Baptist Foundation, Inc  awards a minimum scholarship award of $2,000 and a maximum scholarship award of $6,000 to through the Luther H. Butler Scholarship for NC Baptist Students. Applicants must be a member of a church affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of NC.  To learn more click here

North Carolina Need Based Scholarship (NCNBS): The North Carolina Need Based Scholarship (NCNBS) program is available for North Carolina residents who qualify. Funds will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. North Carolina residency must be determined via RDS before any financial aid from the state can be considered.  Deadline for completion: July 15 for fall enrollment & December 1 for spring enrollment NC RDS applications completed after this date are subject to determination for funding. Applications completed after 30 days of the start of the semester will not be eligible for funding until the next semester.

Hispanic College Fund: The Hispanic College Fund Scholars Program includes multiple scholarship programs which you can read about by clicking here. Each program has different requirements and deadlines. HCF will match you to the scholarship program which fits you best.

CU Matching Scholarship

Part of Chowan University's vision is to be defined by the opportunities we create, by the lives we transform, and by the futures we shape. We know through outside giving such as faith based & church scholarships, many donors share the same investment in students' educational journey.  

With that mutual mission, Chowan is now offering the CU Matching Scholarship. When a faith-based organization/church invests in a student through scholarship funds, the CU Matching Scholarship will be awarded up to $500 a semester for up to two (2) organizations who wish to make scholarship awards.


Student is accepted and enrolled as an undergraduate student beginning Fall 2020.
Student is the recipient of a scholarship from a faith-based organization/church. 
Chowan University will match up to a maximum of $1000 per semester for the 2021-22 award year, per student. 


No separate application is necessary. Once the Development Office receives a notice of gift and/or check designated for the student, they will notify the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will award the CU Matching Scholarship. 

Scholarship Payment Information:

Organizations are strongly encouraged to send one scholarship check that will be used to cover the entire academic year (August to May) for the upcoming academic year.

Checks should be made payable to Chowan University, with the memo indicating Church Scholarship for [insert student's full name]. If an organization wishes to send one single check for multiple students, please send a cover letter providing the full name, and Chowan ID number (if known) of all scholarship recipients and the amount per student.

Mail the check to:

Chowan University
Financial Aid Office
One University Place
Murfreesboro, NC 27855


Up to $1000 match from Chowan University per student
Full-time undergraduate enrollment required (minimum 12 credit hours per term)

Tuition Exchange Program

The Tuition Exchange Program may be used by any full-time employee at a participating institution. Employees should contact the TEP liaison at his/her home institution for specific eligibility guidelines. Student applicants must be admissible at the host/importing institution in accordance with regular institutional admission standards and must comply with all of the host institution's financial aid policies and procedures. Applicants must maintain good academic and social standing and satisfactory academic progress. 

Additional Grants

Children of Fallen Heros:

Eligibility requirements:

You may be eligible to receive the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship if:

  • You meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • Your parent or guardian passed away the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer.*
  • You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

How do I apply?

  • Annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AND
  • Submit the request form
  • For the first year - provide the Financial Aid Office supporting documentation confirming scholarship eligibility. Documentation may include:

A determination letter acknowledging eligibility for certain federal benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program administered by the Department of Justice;

  • A written letter of determination made by a state or local government official with supervisory or other relevant oversight authority of an individual who passed away in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer*
  • Documentation of the student qualifying for a state tuition or other state benefit accorded to the children or other family members of a public safety officer consistent with the definition in 42 U.S.C. 3796b, or as a fire police officer as noted above; or
  • Other third-party documentation that describes or reports the occupation and circumstances of the passing of the parent or guardian.

Once awarded you will be sent an email to review the financial aid awards on your NetPartner account. 

Students continue to be eligible in future award years as long as the annual FAFSA determines a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and you remain an eligible student.

* For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a public safety officer is:

  • As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.


Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant:

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are for undergraduate students who are not Federal Pell Grant eligible; whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001; and who, at the time of the parent's or guardian's death, were less than 24 years old or were enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You are pursuing your first bachelor’s degree.
  • You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.
  • Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.
  • You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

How do I apply?

You must have a valid FAFSA on file and submit all requested documents listed in your NetPartner account. The Department of Defense will identify eligible individuals once the FAFSA is submitted.

Award amount:

The maximum award of the IASG is equal to the maximum Federal Pell Grant that is available for the award year, but cannot exceed your cost of attendance when coordinated with your other financial aid awards. If enrolled less than full time, the grant will be prorated.

Renewal criteria:

You must submit the FAFSA every year that you are enrolled, continue to meet the general eligibility criteria and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Please be aware that the federal government has established a lifetime limit of no more than 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent) for eligible students.

For more information regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

CU Sibling Grant

At Chowan, we understand that funding education is a critical part of the pursuit of a higher education degree. We strive to make education affordable. For families with more than one student attending Chowan, please complete the request for information below. You must complete a request for each student attending Chowan. Student records will be reviewed for the CU Sibling Grant.