2019-2020 Impact Report
A letter from the Carolina Covenant director
DEAR FRIENDS of the COVENANT,
The past academic year presented the world and our University with great challenges — and along with those challenges, opportunities for listening and leadership.
Listening to Carolina Covenant Scholars was a top priority for our program this year and provided windows into the leadership our students are already providing in various spaces of critical influence and impact. On top of their studies in an increasingly virtual setting, scholars are doing amazing things with their education, which the Carolina Covenant makes possible. I heard from Carolina Covenant Scholars and alumni who are award-winning authors, community organizers and health researchers, and who are tutoring students in their hometowns and creating start-up companies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the scholars I heard from are motivated by a desire to support other low-income students and communities.
Witnessing our scholars make a difference in the world and the ripple effect of their contributions is both affirming and gratifying. I remain in perpetual awe of our students, of their resilience and generosity, and of the many ways their talents and strengths continue to advance scholarship, service and leadership across our institution and far beyond.
The diversity of wisdom, skills and perspectives that our scholars bring to the University is critical to Carolina’s ability to be the engine of innovation we are called to be, especially in such dynamic times. Knowing this — and knowing that low-income students and families are among the hardest hit by the pandemic — we must do all we can to provide support for these bright young people to become all they are destined to be. Now of all times, our Covenant matters.
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