The Carolina Covenant

The Carolina Covenant, UNC’s groundbreaking program for low-income students, covers more than one in 10 undergraduates. Launched in 2004, the Covenant offers a debt-free path to graduation through a combination of grants, scholarships and a work-study job.
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2018-2019 Impact Report

A letter from the Carolina Covenant director

Since becoming director I’ve had the great privilege of learning about the prolific impact of the Carolina Covenant: from our exceptional students and alumni, who share that the Covenant granted access to a world-class education and opportunities far beyond college; from our dedicated faculty and staff mentors, who shared that the Covenant is why they chose to lead and teach at Carolina; and from our generous supporters and friends, who provide the transformative gifts that make these experiences possible for so many.

The Covenant is one of the many reasons Carolina remains a leader in recruiting exceptional minds from all kinds of backgrounds, creating the highest-quality educational experience for every student on our campus. Carolina is consistently nationally recognized as the best value in public higher education. Financial aid enables the University to attract the strongest possible students each year, regardless of their ability to pay.

The impact of the Covenant’s scholarship support, unique programming, services, resources and partnerships is quantifiable and substantial, translating into thousands of talented Tar Heels better positioned to reach their full potential as contributors to the world we all share. Our University’s commitment to the Covenant, to the ideals of equity and inclusion, benefits us all. I am enormously grateful to be part of this incredible program and all the people and promise it represents.

— Candice Powell ’06

Carolina Covenant Celebrates 15 Years

When the Carolina Covenant launched in 2004, it was the first program of its kind to be adopted by a public university. Covenant Scholars receive more than financial aid — mentoring, academic and personal support, social events, alumni workshops and more help students graduate with the skills to succeed.

“Across the country, the strongest universities are those with the resources and the will to admit students solely on the basis of their achievements, not their bank accounts. It makes for a more academically talented class and a richer experience for all students at Carolina.”
– Rachelle Feldman, Associate Provost

2018-2019 Entering Class of Carolina Covenant Scholars

Carolina has long recognized the importance of serving all qualified students, regardless of family income. Financial aid doesn’t simply help individual students — it strengthens the entire University by improving the quality and competitiveness of the student body.

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Carolina Covenant In Action

Yazmire Witherspoon ’21: Changing Corporate America
Yazmire Witherspoon knew her family would do everything they could to pay for her education, but she also knew the reality of college costs. Support from the Carolina Covenant helped remove that concern and allowed Witherspoon to focus on her studies about embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, especially among corporate America.
Jack Watson ’20: Building Community
Jack Watson came to Carolina because the University’s rich liberal arts curricula gave him the room to explore and the ability to customize his own unique path. The Carolina Covenant Scholarship allowed him to participate in a wide range of campus activities and pursue his goals of working in nature conservation and giving back to the community that supported him.
Sage Albert ’22: Drawn to Service
Sage Albert always knew she wanted to go to a school far away from her home state. She was drawn to Carolina because it was founded on the principle of service. Having volunteered more than 2,200 hours of community service in high school, Sage hoped to bring her passion for serving others to her college experience. The Carolina Covenant has helped her do just that.
The Word Covenant Means Promise
Carolina alumna Susan Heinemann ’81 believes education is a bridge. Heinemann, a native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, believes that the Carolina Covenant facilitates access to that bridge. She has supported that mission by establishing two substantial endowments for the Carolina Covenant.


Click here for the 2017-2018 Carolina Covenant Impact Report.

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