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Rising UNC sophomores applying to Kenan-Flagler Business School (as a Business Administration Major or Minor) are eligible to apply to the Luther Hodges Scholars program. Applicants apply through the UNC Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program’s online application portal via ConnectCarolina.

Applications are reviewed by a first-round committee. Selected finalists are invited to interview with a review panel. Admitted scholars are notified following their acceptance to the business school.

The application period opens on June 15, 2024 and closes August 12, 2024.

The Luther Hodges Scholars program seeks candidates with exceptional potential for success. Application requirements include:

  • Must currently be applying to the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Business Administration Major or Business Administration Minor (applicants for other KFBS majors/minors are not eligible)
  • Must be in-residence for spring 2025 (first semester in program)
  • Must be available to complete Cross-Sector Internship during summer 2025

NOTE: Admission to Luther Hodges Scholars is contingent on admission to Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Essay I:

The Luther Hodges Scholars program is housed in UNC’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and shares its mission to promote innovative market-based solutions to vital economic and societal challenges with professionals across academia and the public and private sectors.

The mission of the Luther Hodges Scholars program is to develop future business leaders capable of working across the public and private sectors using their business skills and knowledge for the public good.

Which aspects of the Luther Hodges Scholar program’s mission and/or the Kenan Institute’s mission appeal to you? In your response, please reference particular events, programs, or initiatives of the Luther Hodges Scholars program or the Kenan Institute. (250-300 words).

Essay II:

The Luther Hodges Scholars program develops mission-driven, impactful future business professionals using a competency-based framework that focuses on leadership development, research, and cross-sector collaboration.

What personal or professional achievement related to addressing the public good and making an impact are you most proud of, and why? In your response, refer to specific business-related skills you used in this effort. (250-300 words).

Essay III:

The Kenan Institute achieves its mission through its convenings, translational research, and centers and initiatives such as NCGrowth, the Luther Hodges Scholars program,  the American Growth Project, and its Empowering American Cities collaboration with FifthThird Bank. As a Luther Hodges Scholar, you will have the opportunity to undertake research on an economic or societal problem related to business using evidence-based, data-driven research methods.

Please provide 2-3 possible research questions you would be interested in exploring as a Luther Hodges Scholar. Consult this GUIDE to develop well-written research questions.

Note: If you are accepted into the program, you will not be obligated to conduct research on these topics.

Cross-Sector Internship Acknowledgement (Please read carefully as there are no exceptions to this requirement.)

I acknowledge that the Luther Hodges Scholars program requires students to complete a Cross-Sector Internship during the summer following their first semester in the program. If accepted into the program, I commit to undertaking this experience during my sophomore summer. (More information on the Cross-Sector Internship can be found here.)

For a PDF version of the application, click here.


Contact: Luther Hodges Scholars Program

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The Luther Hodges Scholars program provides a world-class, transformative scholars experience for exceptional students who are committed to learning and working at the intersection of business, academia, policy, government and the nonprofit sector at home or abroad.