Making a difference in the world...

The Appalachian Experience encompasses everything that makes this place so extraordinary: the engaging academic environment, the dynamic and integrated arts programs, championship-winning Mountaineer athletics, and our two best natural resources - the people and the mountains. Students are provided the opportunities to develop as unique individuals within the support of the Appalachian Family.

Under the three priorities of Academics, Arts, and Athletics five areas of emphasis that are important to the Appalachian Experience include Scholarship, World focus, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, and Health and quality of life.

Read more about how your gifts are helping our students make a difference in the world every day.

Wilson Scholars Program

picture yourself hereWilson Scholars Program now accepting qualified applicants for full-ride, merit-based scholarships

More than 40 years ago, Carole Wilson dreamed of becoming a public school teacher. Today she credits a North Carolina Teacher Scholarship Loan for her ability to pursue that dream. She and her husband, Brad Wilson, both Appalachian State University graduates of the Class of 1975, know that now, more than ever, paying for a college education can be a struggle.

“I personally know the benefit of financial support,” Carole Wilson said.

That’s why the Wilsons have chosen to pay it forward by making a $3 million contribution to the Campaign for Appalachian, the largest ever made by alumni. Their contribution established the Wilson Scholars Program, which will offer high-achieving incoming freshmen a merit-based, full-ride scholarship beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. Applications are currently being accepted. Learn more

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