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.