For the academic year 2024-25 the Department of Languages and Literatures will award scholarships to students studying Cherokee, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.



Not graduating in May 2024 or Summer 2024


How to Apply:

For the first time this year, we are reviewing applications through the Scholarship Portal, in an effort to reduce the number of applications you need to submit for scholarship consideration across the University.

We strongly encourage all undergraduate degree-seeking students to apply for our scholarships. You can find instructions for accessing the Scholarship Portal and completing the scholarship application below.


The last day to submit your scholarship application is March 31, 2024.


Instructions to Access the Scholarship Portal:

  1. Have your UNC Asheville username and password available.
  2. Log into OnePort at
  3. Navigate to the blue column on the left and click on “FINANCIAL AID & PAYMENTS.”
  4. Click on “Scholarship Portal.”
  5. An information box with a welcome message should appear on your screen. Make sure you are on the “Applicants and Administrators” tab, indicated just above the welcome message.
  6. Click the large blue button that reads “Sign in Using Your UNC Asheville Credentials.” You’ll then be directed through the application process.

Within the scholarship portal, complete both the General Application and the Department of Languages and Literatures Scholarship Application. 


You will be asked to submit the following:

A. A cover letter with the following information:
1. What language(s) are you taking?
2. Are you pursuing a concentration or a minor?
3. Do you have plans for study abroad or study away in the next 2 years?
4. When are you planning to graduate?
5. Are you planning to attend any of these programs?

  • Internship in Saumur

6. How many hours are you going to be enrolled in the Fall?
7. Have you previously received one of our Department scholarships? If so, when?

B. A 500 word personal statement (in English) in which you address the following questions:
1. Why is it important that the Department consider you for this scholarship?
2. What interests you about the language you are studying?
3. How will language skills and intercultural understanding help you achieve your academic and professional goals?
4. Do you have plans to continue developing your linguistic and intercultural competency upon completing your studies here at UNCA? Explain how.
(Questions inspired by George Mason University Critical Language Scholarship)


Criteria for Evaluating Applicants

  • Evidence of passion for/commitment to intercultural education.
  • Creativity and clarity of expression.


The Henry Stern Award in Foreign Languages
The Ruth Campbell Reynolds Scholarship
The Dr. Marcel C. Andrade Scholarship in Foreign Languages

The Christopher Hajek Scholarship
The Department of Foreign Languages Scholarship