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Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge

The men and women who serve America’s military often put their lives on the line for our country and for us. Yet when the time comes for our service personnel to send their loved ones to college, the financial hurdle can loom high. Carolina aims to change that through the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge with a goal to raise a total of $40 million in scholarship support for dependents of military families.

Scholarships and Student Aid

    A Clear And Present Need

    North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation with over 100,000 active duty personnel stationed in the state. Many have family members — children and spouses — who want to go to college, who deserve to go to college. But consider: Basic pay for an Army Staff Sergeant with 18 or more years’ service was just $47,329/year as of January 2018, according to the Department of Defense. No wonder college may be out of reach for these families, making the key to a better future more difficult to grasp. We see their need firsthand. In fall 2016, Carolina enrolled 402 undergraduate first-year and transfer students affiliated with the military, the large majority being military dependents. Of those 402, well more than half (235) qualified for — and received — financial aid.

    The Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge will support students like these — students we want on our campus. Click here to read more about Steve and Debbie Vetters’ gift to establish a need-based scholarship fund for students from military families.

    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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