Financial Assistance

Admission to the Maynor Honors College is independent of financial assistance. However, there are certain scholarship and funding opportunities that are exclusively tailored for Honors College students.


Born and raised in Robeson County, Esther Graham Maynor was the daughter of Duncan and Dovie Lowry Graham. She married Therod “Horse” Maynor. During WWII, Therod Maynor and Floyd Pike became friends and eventually business partners with Pike Electric in Mount Airy, NC. Pike Electric is the largest electrical contractor in the southeast. Therod passed away in 1967 and Mrs. Maynor stayed in Mount Airy.

Upon Mrs. Maynor’s death, she left in her will that her Trust Estate, minus some specific distributions that she listed, be given to the Trustees of UNC Pembroke for the purpose of establishing the Esther G. Maynor Scholarship. The scholarship is to be awarded to students attending UNC Pembroke who are accepted to the Maynor Honors College and demonstrate financial need.

Beginning with the entering Freshman Class of Fall 2007, Maynor scholarships can be awarded to freshmen members of the Maynor Honors College. This scholarship will cover any unmet financial need (applied toward the cost of tuition, room and board, fees, and books) minus any other financial aid the student receives. To assess financial need, Maynor scholarship awardees need to submit an annual FAFSA application to the Office of Financial Aid. The scholarship is renewable for four years provided that the student remains in good academic standing and meets the requirements for continuation in the Honors College.

Interested students should:

  • apply for admission to UNCP through the Office of Admissions.
  • be accepted into the Honors College.
  • apply for financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid.
  • complete and return the Maynor Scholarship Application.

Deadline  April 15.

List of Past Recipients.


Only members of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College are eligible to receive Honors Scholar Fellowships. The purpose of these awards is to financially support academic progress of students in the Honors College. These Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are renewable for up to 4 years. These awards are contingent upon the recipient being a full-time student, maintaining the minimum academic standing required by the MHC, and making satisfactory progress within the honors curriculum. These requirements are explained in detail elsewhere on the Honors College website. These awards are made by the University Honors Council and Dean of the MHC each spring. Subsequent fellowships may be awarded at other times pending funding availability. Award letters will be sent to honors students selected for the scholarship.


Part of the Maynor Gift has been set aside to support undergraduate study abroad opportunities. These scholarships are open to any UNCP student in good standing, though preference will be given to members of the Maynor Honors College.

The scholarships are designed to offset expenses associated with formal study abroad opportunities. The program abroad must result in college credit transferable to UNCP, and students must have a demonstrated financial need. Awards are typically valued at approximately $1000, depending upon the number of awards and available funds.

Completed applications are due:

December 1
February 15
April 15

List of Past Recipients.


The UNCP Friends of the Library Endowed Scholarship is an endowed fund established to assist one Honors College student per year at UNCP, depending upon fund availability.

Candidates for consideration of this award shall be full-time undergraduate students in the sophomore, junior, or senior year of study at UNCP meeting a 3.0 minimum GPA. Candidates may be pursuing a degree in any major. The award is renewable but candidates must reapply each year.

The award shall be $500.00 per student and will be credited to the recipient’s account.

Please fill out the application form below.

Completed applications are due by March 1 of each year.

National Scholarships

In addition to the above scholarships, there are many prestigious national scholarships and awards offered to students who have great potential for academic success. Our Maynor Honors Students are competitive for these scholarships and our staff will assist students in pursuing these awards. 

Here is a list of many highly competitive and distinguished awards from across the nation.