The department offers two undergraduate scholarships.
The Lambda Chi Alpha-Loy H. Witherspoon Scholarship is named for the founding chair of the department, first hired in 1964 and now Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Richard A. Underwood was hired in 1975 to teach religion and modern culture and to serve as department chair. He retired in 1992. His widow, Joan Underwood, funds the scholarship.
Recipients for both awards are chosen by the faculty annually. Recipients have demonstrated by their academic performance a serious commitment to the field of religious studies. All applications must go through the https://ninerscholars.uncc.edu/Default.asp portal by April 15th of each year.