Martin Scholarship


The Martin Scholars Program is one of UNC Charlotte's leading merit scholarship programs, established in 2016 through the generosity of UNC Charlotte alumni Demond T. (’97) and Twakia "Kia" (’98) Martin. The Martin Scholars Program is housed in the Honors College in order to support high-achieving students with the highest level of financial need and provides the recipients with the following:

  • Ability to pursue academic excellence and personal development without the burden of how to pay for school
  • Award amounts equal to their unmet financial need up to the cost of attendance (total value of scholarship, on average, is $35,000 for a four-year student, including a stipend to study abroad)
  • Opportunities for professional development through specialized programing and financial assistance in studying abroad or completing an internship
  • Increased support and advising from Honors College staff and the Martin Faculty Fellow
  • All Martin Scholars are members of an honors program, allowing them to benefit from small classes with dedicated faculty, priority registration, and honors programming


Apply via the University’s NinerScholars portal and include a list of activities, two academic letters of recommendation and two thoughtfully considered essays.  See below for important deadlines.

  • Open to full-time incoming freshmen, transfer students, and continuing students
  • Pell-eligible with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0
  • Be a member of or intend to join an honors program
  • Preference to students from underrepresented groups
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • For incoming freshmen and transfer students:
    • Minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA (unweighted for high school)
    • Minimum 26 ACT
    • Minimum 1150 SAT
  • For continuing students at UNC Charlotte:
    • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA



Deadline Action Required

January 1

Deadline for applicants to complete and submit FAFSA

February 1

Regular deadline to apply to UNC Charlotte to be considered for the Martin Scholars Program (new freshmen and transfers)

February 1

Final deadline to apply for the Martin Scholars Program through the NinerScholars Portal 


Finalists will be notified

Late April/ Early May 

Skype interviews for finalists


Martin scholarships awarded