• Global awareness leads to global competence
  • A support system for academic achievement
  • Living for a peaceful world
  • Taking sustainable living to a new level
  • Discovering a fresh perspective on learning
  • Discovering endless possibilities
  • The Appalachian Fund: Every Gift Makes a Difference
  • A real-world learning lab
  • A commitment to recognizing and developing student potential
  • Inspired to succeed

Making a Difference

The Appalachian Experience encompasses everything that makes this place so extraordinary: the engaging academic environment, the dynamic and integrated arts programs, championship-winning Mountaineer athletics, and our two best natural resources - the people and the mountains. Students are provided the opportunities to develop as unique individuals within the support of the Appalachian Family.

Wilson Scholars Program

Full-ride, merit-based scholarships

More than 40 years ago, Carole Wilson dreamed of becoming a public school teacher. Today she credits a North Carolina Teacher Scholarship Loan for her ability to pursue that dream. She and her husband, Brad Wilson, both Appalachian State University graduates of the Class of 1975, know that now, more than ever, paying for a college education can be a struggle.

“I personally know the benefit of financial support,” Carole Wilson said.

That’s why the Wilsons have chosen to pay it forward by making a $3 million contribution to the Campaign for Appalachian, the largest ever made by alumni. Their contribution established the Wilson Scholars Program, which will offer high-achieving incoming freshmen a merit-based, full-ride scholarship beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. Applications are currently being accepted.

Learn more

  • The Appalachian Fund: Every Gift Makes a Difference

    Donations from alumni and friends enhances student's Appalachian Experience

  • A support system for academic achievement

    Chancellor’s Scholar and Wilkesboro native Corbin Ester uses his scholarship-sponsored time at Appalachian State University for academic accomplishment.

  • Encouraged to achieve his best

    Boris Salvador says Appalachian State University has given him the opportunity and resources for him to be the best that he can be as a first-generation college student. A recipient of the Dean’s Club Scholarship in the Walker College of Business, he interned at BB&T’s corporate headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem as their multicultural markets intern in Summer 2014.

  • Track and field seniors reflect on their careers

    Many struggle to find a passion, however, Breanna Alston and Jamal Tiller have both invested hard work throughout the years, as many athletes do, to their passion. These seniors and veterans of the Appalachian State track and field team will not only be missed because of their extraordinary athleticism but also for their amazing personalities and leadership roles.

  • A scholarship opens a door to serving others

    Allison Powers is a first-generation college student whose parents encouraged her to work hard. A chance encounter with a child at a restaurant led to a friendship that then led to her discovering a passion for working with children with special needs.

  • The best results come from pushing yourself

    More than 100 students from 38 different academic programs at Appalachian State University performed in the campus production of “Kiss Me, Kate” at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014. Among them was scholarship recipient Drew Griffin playing the part of Harrison Howell.

  • In service to his native country of Nigeria

    As one of the first members of his family to attend college, Appalachian State University sophomore Michael Obacha knows the importance of a quality education.

  • A Leader of Distinction

    For Jasmine Otu, receiving a W.H. Plemmons Leader Fellow Scholarship and a Diversity Scholarship has greatly fostered her leadership development at Appalachian State University.

  • Working for the next generation

    College can be daunting for any student, and even more so when that student is a first-generation college student and a single mother. But Latwanna Singleton was motivated to succeed for her daughter Alanna, and along the way, she found new meaning for the word family.

  • The perfect mix at the Hayes School of Music

    In her first two years, Appalachian State University choral music education major Carys Kunze covered a lot of ground: she travelled to Austria with The Honors College, landed a College Music Society internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was accepted to present at the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lacrosse, Wis. As a junior this year she’s focused on the academic side of her curriculum, learning the teaching methods she’ll need in front of the classroom in a few years.

  • Scholarship making a dream a reality

    Dustin Anderson knew he wanted to major in Exercise Science, and chose Appalachian because of the program's excellent reputation, as well as the mountain environment and small town setting.

  • A Rich Learning Experience

    The people at Appalachian were what made the difference for Colleen Choate. She had her choice of many colleges, but when she visited Appalachian, she knew it was the place for her. A Chancellor's Scholar in the Honors College, Colleen earned a full scholarship to Appalachian. She plans to major in Sustainable Development, and says, "My peers have helped me by supporting me in my goals and introducing me to new ideas that help enrich my own learning experience."

  • A French perspective on the Appalachian Experience

    Julie Jean is a French citizen who came to Appalachian for a year-long exchange program, and ended up staying to complete her undergraduate degree.

  • A legacy of advocacy for African American students

    During his tenure at Appalachian, Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84 made a difference in the lives of African American students. As the first advisor for minority students, he helped hundreds of students successfully navigate their undergraduate academic careers.

  • Discovering a fresh perspective on learning

    Patrick McGuire was drawn to Appalachian by its mountain setting and small class sizes. Once here, he gained a broader understanding of the unique learning opportunities offered in University College.

  • Finding fellowship with the Appalachian Family

    A risk management and insurance major in the Honors College, Kacey Griffin fell in love with Appalachian’s beautiful mountain setting from the moment she arrived, but what made her stay was the community. “I loved the welcoming feeling I got every time I visited Appalachian,” she says.

  • A Scholarship Opens Doors

    When Tyler Branch landed a prestigious internship with the "Late Show with David Letterman," he was thrilled. Of the 400 applicants, Tyler was one of only 12 chosen to work on the show, and he knew it would be a life-changing experience that, combined with the skills he has learned in the classroom, could help him realize his career aspirations to be a television producer.

  • A record of excellence

    As a student-athlete, Anna Freeman worked hard to balance a full class load and maintain her history of success on the basketball court. An elementary education major, Anna learned best practices in education from top faculty in the state while also earning accolades from the press for her athletic prowess.

  • New programs, new opportunities

    When Jared Fitzgerald learned that Appalachian’s nursing program had received approval, he immediately submitted his application. Originally a pre-professional biology major with his eye on medical school, Jared was ready to join the new nursing program from the minute he heard it might be an option.

  • Discovering endless possibilities

    Ashley McNeely has a passion for travel, and a love of math. Appalachian provided her with opportunities to combine these interests, and she came away from her undergraduate experience with a full knowledge of accounting, internship experience with multiple non-profit organizations and a strong appreciation for sustainable practices that she was able to explore further while studying abroad.

  • A real-world learning lab

    One might expect Appalachian students to intern in New York City to learn the ins and outs of Arts Management, but in the case of Dani Weishoff, it's the other way around. Dani is a Music Industry major at Northeastern University, but she opted for a six-month internship with An Appalachian Summer Festival.

  • Research opportunities and so much more

    As a pre-med major, Corianne Rogers ’12 fell in love with laboratory research. Her goal was to become a doctor, and after an internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Honors College student was well on her way.

  • Inspired to succeed

    Delvon Blue ’12 wants to care for underserved populations in North Carolina. "I want to help address the restricted health care access for minority populations," he says. A senior in the Honors College, Delvon appreciates the challenging academic environment, mentorship and internships that are preparing him for medical school.

  • A commitment to recognizing and developing student potential

    As a high school student, Ivan Penado wasn’t really the type to join clubs or participate in extracurricular activities, but you would never guess that if you met him today. In fact, he never thought he would go to college - the expenses associated with higher education made college completely out of reach and beyond any serious consideration. But a field trip paired with a call encouraging him to apply for an ACCESS scholarship changed his life.

  • Global awareness leads to global competence

    Brianna Oliver ’11 wanted to see the world, so she approached her education at Appalachian from an international perspective. An internship in Cambridge, England, led to an overseas trip to Ecuador, where her fluency in Spanish and ability to connect with the local people were critical to her research on the impact of the oil industry on indigenous communities in the Amazon Rain Forest.

  • New beginnings and a promising journey

    For Hannah Sheets ’14 of Wilkes County, the ACCESS scholarship program “bridged the gap” between her reality and her dreams.

  • Living for a peaceful world

    Michelle Kamen believes in the importance of teaching peace.

  • The art of success

    Every day, Lorelle Rau ‘09 applies the skills she developed both in class and as a Turchin Center curatorial assistant.

  • Katie's passion leads to her success

    When her alarm goes off each day, Katie O’Brien ’05 thinks, “Who gets up at three in the morning?” But she loves her job.

  • Taking sustainable living to a new level

    When Chelsea Royall ’12 was an undergraduate student majoring in interior design, she joined the conceptual design proposal team for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon project.

  • Building a future of hope

    Even if her mother hadn’t earned her master’s degree from Appalachian, Erin Weaver says she would have chosen to come here just the same.

  • A student's scholarship leads to a career

    As an undergraduate political science student, Mary Jordan ’07 ’11 enjoyed working at the university library so much that she decided to pursue a graduate degree in library science at Appalachian.

  • Hope finds her passion

    Hope Wolfe began dancing at five years old, but she says she didn’t really find dance until she came to Appalachian.