2020-2021 Impact Report

The Carolina Covenant

Since 2004, the Carolina Covenant — UNC-Chapel Hill’s groundbreaking program for students from low-income families — has supported more than 10,000 scholars, providing an opportunity to graduate debt-free through scholarships, work-study and grants. The Carolina Covenant also provides students with support and resources to help them thrive on campus and beyond.

Scroll down to see how your contributions to the Carolina Covenant have helped ensure that Carolina meets this critical commitment to students of all backgrounds.

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Carolina Covenant Quick Facts

  • 48% of Covenant Scholars graduated in the top 10 in their high school class.

  • Today, more than 10% of all UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students are Covenant Scholars.

  • Nearly 80 faculty and staff mentors currently support and guide scholars.

  • In recent years, approximately 30% of Carolina College Advising Corps advisers were Covenant Scholars.

  • More than 50% of enrolled Covenant Scholars are first-generation college students.

  • Since 2004, the four-year graduation rate of Covenant Scholars has increased by approximately 40%.

Carolina Covenant

Carolina Covenant Scholar Juan Castro sitting with a laptop on his lap.
Student Support

Belonging and Empowerment

The Carolina Covenant helped Juan Castro '22 feel like he belonged in Chapel Hill. Now, the senior class president is serving as a mentor to younger students and an advisor to administrators as he helps create a more inclusive community at Carolina.

Moving Forward

Carolina Covenant Scholar Lindsay Corbett poses outside on UNC's campus.
Student Support

Building a Family of Scholars

While Lindsay Corbett is busy serving communities, she’s also instrumental in building community as chair of the Carolina Covenant Student Advisory Council.

Carolina Covenant alum Larry Thi poses outside in front of a wooded park.

Strengthening Alumni Connections

As the first chair of the new Carolina Covenant Alumni Advisory Board, Larry Thi is helping to strengthen alumni connections, events and services.

Kainat Aslam
Student Support

Creating a Pathway

With help from the Carolina Covenant’s Rural Medicine Pathway Program, Kainat Aslam is now a first-year medical student fulfilling her dreams to become a doctor.

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    Setting a Course for a Stronger Future

    “Through the Carolina Covenant, thousands of talented students, who otherwise would not have been able to afford Carolina, have come to our University and made it better through their contributions. They then carry their Carolina education with them wherever they go.”
    Learn more about how the Carolina Covenant is transforming lives in this Q&A with Candice Powell ’06, ’21 (Ph.D.), director of the Carolina Covenant.

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    Make More Possible

    Gifts to the Carolina Covenant count toward Carolina’s bold goal to raise $1 billion for scholarships by December 2022. Support students like Juan, Lindsay and Kainat and initiatives like the Rural Medicine Pathway Program and Covenant Gives Back by making a gift of any size today.

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