December 14, 2016

New technology can streamline old processes and make the world more efficient. That being said, new technology often has a learning curve before one can use it effectively. NinerScholars is no different, so we’re here to help you understand the basics of this powerful system that will allow you to apply for more scholarships with less manual effort.

You can download a PDF copy of this how-to guide by clicking here. 



Step 1: Signing in to the NinerScholars Portal



Sign in to the NinerScholars Portal by going to –

You can also access the portal via the University Scholarship Office website at –

  • To sign in, select the option that best describes your standing as a student.
    • It is very important that you select the correct login option to be accurately matched with scholarships!
  • For example, if you are transferring to UNC Charlotte from a community college, you would select “Incoming transfer student.”
  • Can’t sign in? Try resetting your password using the links provided.

For Incoming Freshman:

  • Use your “Future 49er” login credentials to sign in.
    • This is the same information you use to sign in to your Future 49er portal for admissions.

For Incoming Transfer Students:

  • Also use your “Future 49er” login creditials to sign in.
    • This is the same information you use to sign in to your Future 49er portal for admissions.

For Current Undergraduate Students:

  • Use your “NinerNET” credentials to sign in.
    • This is the same information you use to sign in to your My UNC Charlotte Portal, plus just about everything else on campus.

For New Graduate School Applicants:

  • Use the username and password that you set up to sign in to your Graduate Admissions portal.
    • This is the same information you use to sign in to your graduate school portal for admissions.

For Current Graduate Students:

  • Use your “NinerNET” credentials to sign in.
    • This is the same information you use to sign in to your My UNC Charlotte Portal, plus just about everything else on campus.


Step 2: Reviewing your Profile

The NinerScholars Portal uses your profile to match you with scholarships that you are eligible to apply for.

Most profile information is pulled from other data sources on campus, and cannot be edited in the NinerScholars Portal (read-only).

  • For incoming freshman and new graduate school applicants, your information is pulled from your application for admission.
  • For current undergraduate and graduate students, your information is pulled from the “Banner” system.
    • What is Banner? It is the administrative software used at UNC Charlotte to maintain financial, student, financial aid and human resources data.
  • If you find information in your profile that is incorrect or missing, please contact our office for guidance.



Your profile includes 5 distinct sections:

  • Instructions
    • This is an informational screen that provides you with instructions on how to apply for scholarships in the NinerScholars Portal.
    • Please read each section to confirm that you understand the application process.
  • Certification
    • Please check the box at the bottom of this page to certify that you have reviewed and agreed to the terms and conditions of the NinerScholars Portal.
  • Student Information
    • This section contains basic information about yourself such as your name, address, contact information, ethnicity, and your U.S. citizenship status.
    • Please review this section to make sure that your personal information is correct, then click the “Next” button.
  • Educational Information
    • This screen contains your educational information such as your major, minor, enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time), your GPA, and current class.
      • For incoming freshman, your educational information will also display your High School weighted and unweighted GPA, and your ACT / SAT scores.
  • Student Characteristics
    • In the final section, you will review specific student information, and will check the boxes that correspond to you.
    • Boxes include:
      • I am a non-traditional student
      • I am a veteran
      • I am a first-generation college student
      • None of these describe my status
    • Finally, you will indicate whether or not you are submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
      • Your answer to this question will decide whether or not you qualify for “needs-based scholarships.”
      • If you are submitting a FAFSA, check yes.


Step 3: Submitting References

Not all scholarships require references, but many do. Luckily the NinerScholars Portal is set up to streamline the recommendation process for all students.

  • Click on the “References” tab on the top navigation bar to get started.

You will notice first that there are two types of references in NinerScholars: Academic, and Leadership.



Enter the name and contact information for each of your references into the corresponding boxes.

  • Once you submit each reference, they will receive an email notification asking them to complete their reference on your behalf.
  • The notification email looks like this:



  • If for any reason your references did not receive the email, you can always click the “Resend notification” button.
    • The “Last Notified Date” box will show when the last notification email was sent.
  • Keep in mind that these references can be used for ALL SCHOLARSHIPS in the portal, so make sure that your references know that the letter should be general, and not specific to one scholarship.

Step 4: Submitting your Resume

All of the scholarships at UNC Charlotte will require that you submit a resume so that award committees can review your professional and educational achievements.

  • To get started, click on the “Resume” tab on the top navigation bar.

All you need to do here is select your resume document, and upload it by clicking on the green “Upload File Now” button.


Step 5: Apply for Scholarships

As soon as you submit your profile, you will be matched with the scholarships that you are eligible to apply for.

  • After you upload your resume and submit your references, you are ready to start applying.

You will also have access to your NinerScholars “Dashboard” which gives you an overview of your scholarship opportunities and applications.



Click on the “Scholarships” tab on top navigation bar to see the scholarships that you are matched with.



There are four sections in each scholarship application for you to review.

  • Status
    • This column shows the scholarship applications that you have in progress, completed, have not started, applications that are under review, or scholarships where the deadline has passed.
    • To apply for a scholarship, you must first click the green “Click to Apply” button within this column.
  • Scholarship Name
    • Simply the name of the scholarship.
    • Click on the name of each scholarship to read the details of each fund.
  • Criteria
    • This column is very important.
    • While NinerScholars does its best to only display scholarship that you are eligible to apply for, you must still confirm your eligibility before applying.
  • Required Materials
    • The links in this column will show you the parts of the application that you have completed, and what still needs to be done.
    • First, you need to click the green “Click to apply” button in the “Status” column to access the links.
      • Click on each link in this column to submit each of the required documents such as essays, your resume, transcripts, and other questions.
    • Each link will show a green checkmark when you have submitted that required material.

Once you have submitted all of the required materials for a scholarship, that’s it, you’re done!

  • Awards for each scholarship will be made after the deadline for the scholarship has passed.
  • No scholarship will be awarded before the deadline, and applications are not reviewed until after the deadline has passed.

Questions or feedback?


This blog was written by Taylor J. Valley, a Graduate Assistant in the University Scholarship Office at UNC Charlotte, and a student in the Master of Public Administration program.