Alumni Memorial Scholarship


Supporting the Children of Appalachian Alumni

The Alumni Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship awarded annually to children of Appalachian State University alumni who are incoming freshmen to Appalachian. The screening process is highly competitive and is based on high school academic success, SAT or ACT scores, participation in school and community activities (including work experience), and leadership potential.

The first Alumni Memorial Scholarship was awarded in 1988. Since that time, more than 101 scholarships have been awarded. This scholarship is made possible each year by the continued financial support of alumni and friends of the university to the Alumni Memorial Scholarship Endowment and from the proceeds of the specialized Appalachian license plate program.


Alumni Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to an increase in North Carolina drivers with the specialized Appalachian license plate, six scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 each, were awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholarships are renewable for four years based on academic achievement and available funds.

2016-17 Recipients

  • Daniel Adkins, Oxford, North Carolina
    • Kerr-Vance Academy
  • Sarah Caudill, Franklinville, North Carolina
    • Providence Grove HS
  • Emily Lower, Charlotte, North Carolina
    • South Mecklenburg HS
  • Caroline Porter, Taylorsville, North Carolina
    • Alexander Central HS
  • Rebecca Stempniak, Anderson, South Carolina
    • T.L. Hanna HS​
  • Christian Wilson, Fleetwood, North Carolina
    • Ashe County HS

Click here to see all past recipients. 

How to Apply

Attention High School Seniors - Applications for the Alumni Memorial Scholarship at Appalachian are being accepted for review for freshman students entering in the fall semester 2017.

The application for the Alumni Memorial Scholarship, as well as other university scholarships, is available online. Students must apply by November 15, 2016 to be considered for the scholarship program. View the online application. For more information contact Tammy McCullars at or call toll-free 866-756-2586.


The Alumni Memorial Scholarship is supported in great part by the Appalachian specialty license plate. You can apply for a plate at your local NC DMV office or online at the DMV website.

Online giving for the Alumni Memorial Scholarships is also available.