Winthrop University: ONCA
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222B Dinkins Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3910 (fax)

Office of Nationally Competitive Awards



**We apologize for the inconvenience, but there will not be any face-to-face meetings until further notice. If you need to get in contact with Dr. Bickford, please send an email. Thank you!**


 Gilman Winner


What are nationally competitive awards?

  • Award competitions that are open to currently enrolled students and alumni at U.S. colleges and universities

  • Winners receive financial support to pursue academic experiences, complete undergraduate degrees, and fund graduate study

  • Applicants build confidence and skills to compete for future opportunities, including graduate school admission and professional jobs

Who can compete?

  • All WU students and alumni who meet the award eligibility requirements can compete

  • Some awards prioritize high GPAs, but many consider other factors: focused interests/goals, demonstrated talent/ability, financial need, and ethnic and other identities.

  • WU students and alumni win national awards every year for study abroad, graduate school, research, internships, essay contests, and more!

How does ONCA help?

  • Expert advice about selecting award competitions and developing winning applications

  • Connect with campus resources

  • Help with developing self-assessment, time management and networking skills

  • Support throughout the application process

Last Updated: 3/17/20