AIC Scholastic Awards

The UNC American Indian Center offers two scholastic awards for students that have demonstrated an interest in serving the North Carolina American Indian population.  These awards are the Carolina Native Service Scholars Award and The Faith Danielle Hedgepeth Scholarship Award.  

Recipients are honored each year at the annual Faith Awards Luncheon, which is typically held between mid-September and mid-October. The application period is currently closed and will reopen in August 2018. More details about these scholastic awards are provided below.

Carolina Service Scholars Award

The Carolina Native Service Scholars Award will pay a portion of book and supply expenses for UNC Summer Bridge students who have demonstrated service and/or leadership in a NC Native community.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should provide a two-page single space essay (maximum) about their demonstrated service and/or leadership in a Native community in the state. Subject to change.

Award Amount: The award is $750 to be used towards books and related school supplies.  The funds will be placed directly on the student’s UNC One Card. The selected recipient is strongly encouraged to attend the Faith Awards Luncheon where the recipient will be honored.

Commitment: Students receiving the award will be encouraged to work at least one year during their first two years on a service project at the American Indian Center where they will be exposed to professional development, leadership, and community engagement opportunities.  At the end of their service project, each intern will provide a written summary of their experience to be shared with the family making this award possible.

Deadline: The award deadline had not yet been determined for the 2018-2019 academic year. Interested students should submit their essay to the AIC’s Native Student Engagement Coordinator, Qua Lynch Adkins, by email at qua.lynch@unc.edu before 11:59 pm on the deadline date.

The Faith Danielle Hedgepeth Award

The Faith Danielle Hedgepeth Award seeks to celebrate and honor the life of former Tar Heel, Faith Danielle Hedgepeth.  Established in 2015, the award serves to support current Tar Heels along their academic journey while providing an avenue for impact outside the classroom though extracurricular engagement, as Faith did during her time on campus.  Faith was involved in various student organizations such as the Carolina Indian Circle (CIC) as well as others.  She was a cherished member of the Summer Bridge family and many other social circles.  A central goal of Faith’s educational pursuits was to be better positioned to have a positive impact in her community upon completion of her present and future studies.

Applicants should be a sophomore student interested in pursuing a career in a helping or health profession serving American Indian populations.  Interested students should also be able to demonstrate a record of service to the American Indian campus community.

How to Apply: 1.) – Applicants should provide no more than a two-page single-spaced essay (maximum) about their demonstrated service and leadership in a NC Native community and how that has informed their academic and professional goals. 2.) – A resume reflecting this service should also be submitted with the essay.

 Award Amount: One student will receive $1,000 to be used towards books and related school supplies.  The funds will be placed directly on the student’s UNC One Card.  The selected recipient is strongly encouraged to attend the Faith Awards Luncheon where the recipient will be honored.

Deadline: The award deadline had not yet been determined for the 2018-2019 academic year. Interested students should submit their essay to the AIC’s Native Student Engagement Coordinator, Qua Lynch Adkins, by email at qua.lynch@unc.edu before 11:59 pm on the deadline date.