Application Process – Kenan Scholars Program


UNC sophomores are invited to apply. Applicants apply through the UNC Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business Program’s online application (online July 1, 2019). The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2019.

Application Documents

To be considered for admittance, all applicants must submit the following:

  • A 300-500 word statement on the applicant’s interest in the Kenan Scholars Program
  • Two brief essays (200-300 words each) addressing two of the three questions from below:
    • How can the private sector serve the public good? Be specific, provide strong example(s) and elaborate in your response.
    • What personal and professional achievement related to addressing the public good are you most proud of and why?
    • What do you think will be the most important issue(s) affecting our society in the next 5-10 years? What can the business community do to address these issue(s)?
  • Provide both of the following:
    • Abstracts or summaries of previous research projects or research-related work (can be from college coursework or senior high school project)
    • 1-2 topics you would be interested in researching as a Kenan Scholar. Topics should be written in the form of a well-written statement or question. (Feel free to use this GUIDE to develop a topic. If accepted, you will not be bound to this topic.)
  • What are your plans or interest in the type of organization and work duties in a public sector internship (nonprofit, policy and/or government sector)
  • A copy of the applicant’s resume

Selection Timeline

Students invited to interview for the Kenan Scholars Program must first be admitted to Kenan-Flagler Business School. Program finalists will be invited to interview with the Kenan Scholars’ selection committee in mid- to late October. Final selection decisions and offers will be made by mid-November.

Selection Criteria

The Kenan Scholars Program seeks candidates with exceptional potential for success who exhibit:

  • Academic excellence
  • Strong interest in research
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Strong leadership potential
  • Superior communication skills
  • Genuine interest in learning and working across the business, academic, policy and/or government sectors

Program Expectations

Kenan Scholars value working collaboratively across the public and private sectors to advance the public good.

Kenan Scholars are expected to participate fully in all programming, which includes undertaking an internship in the public sector and completing a senior year research project.



Contact Kim Allen, Ph.D.
Kenan Scholars Program Director
Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise • 919.843.3317

Apply today!