Funding Priority

Blue Sky Scholars Program

Carolina will expand its commitment to access and affordability with the new Blue Sky Scholars initiative to provide financial aid for middle-income undergraduate students from North Carolina. The initiative fills an important gap by supporting exceptionally qualified, North Carolina residents from middle-income backgrounds who qualify for financial aid but do not meet the requirements for the Carolina Covenant.

Scholarships and Student Aid

    Closing The Gap

    Middle-income students make up the majority of North Carolinians who receive need-based aid at Carolina. For every low-income student eligible for the Carolina Covenant, there are two middle-income students supported by other forms of institutionally funded aid. That’s what motivated alumnus and former UNC System president Erskine Bowles to help launch the Blue Sky Scholars program.

    Carolina will expand its commitment to access and affordability for North Carolina families with the new $25 million Blue Sky Scholars initiative to provide financial aid for middle-income undergraduate students from North Carolina. Launched with a $5 million gift from Bowles, the University aims to raise an additional $20 million to grow the program.

    The new initiative fills an important gap by supporting exceptionally qualified, North Carolina residents from middle-income backgrounds who qualify for financial aid but do not meet the requirements for the Carolina Covenant. In addition to scholarship support, Blue Sky Scholars will receive:

    • $2,500 per year in work-study employment,
    • A one-time enrichment award of $2,500 to support internships, study
      abroad or other opportunities that enhance their Carolina experience and;
    • Access to academic, personal and career support

    To discuss establishing a named fund please contact the Office of Development for Scholarships and Student Aid at SupportScholarships@unc.eduOpens in new window or 919-445-0933.

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