Application Details

Friday, January 15, 2021 Current Year Deadline Past, Check Website
Endorsement application deadline (optional, guarantees feedback and evaluation; can apply independently by final deadline): Jan. 15, 2021 (5:00 pm ET); Final Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2021
$34,000 for approximately 20 third-year students


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A competitive GPA is recommended, typically 3.6 or higher. Read more about student eligibility at


The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the award, and recipients are allowed to supplement it with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Beinecke Scholars are encouraged to begin study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Selected scholars receive $4,000 prior to entering graduate school, and the remaining funds are distributed while the recipient completes graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Applicants should be able to demonstrate superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

This program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 570 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

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Office of Distinguished Scholarships

UNC Office of Distinguished Scholarships
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Monday, July 19, 2021