The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

What's Your Award?

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (NCA) helps students identify and apply for scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study, independent research projects, and a variety of study abroad opportunities. Working closely with students, NCA guides them through complex application processes, whether that involves matching prospective applicants with specific awards and offering valuable feedback on personal statements, or staging mock interviews and organizing internal selection committees. NCA is committed to raising CofC’s national and international profile as our students pursue prestigious opportunities at home and abroad.

What can NCA do for you?

Applying for a national award can be an intense and time-consuming process; even the strongest applicants are often turned down for the most prestigious awards. So why apply? Whether you win an award or not, the application process alone will allow you to:

  • Improve your writing by producing a clear, concise, and persuasive personal statement that you can adapt for future competitive opportunities
  • Practice your networking skills by cultivating relationships with professors, community mentors, and professionals in your field
  • Reflect upon and develop graduate school and career plans
  • Learn how to communicate your research activities and career goals to a broad audience in a compelling way
  • Strategically align your experiences with the values that support them
  • Clarify how you can make useful and meaningful contributions to the world
  • Realize the importance of diversifying your college experience
  • Discover how to fulfill your potential

If you make yourself competitive for a national award, you'll be competitive for a lot of things, from internships and jobs, to research and leadership opportunities. In this sense, it's not the product that matters (winning some prestigious award) but the process itself that signals success. And, of course, given proper planning and preparation, you might just win your award!

NCA News

College Named Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars, Students
Posted on 8 April 2019 | 11:14 am
The College of Charleston has been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and Fulbright Students among master’s-level colleges and universities in the United States. The College is the only master’s-level school in the United States to be included as a top producer in both categories. Four professors and three students from the College have […]
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Two CofC Students Named Goldwater Scholars
Posted on 8 April 2019 | 10:02 am
The future just got even brighter for Honors College students Blaine Billings and Katherine Duchinski. The prestigious Goldwater Foundation has named both of them as Goldwater Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. Endowed in 1986 in honor of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, the Goldwater Foundation is arguably the most prestigious nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship in STEM disciplines, which are […]
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