“For me, not having to choose one of my interests over another was a really great aspect of the program.”
A PIVOTAL MOMENT
The growing need for undergraduate scholarship support in the wake of COVID-19
As the nation’s first public university, UNC-Chapel Hill has embodied the promise of American higher education for more than two centuries. That promise rests on a single premise: Every student who has done the hard work to gain admission to Carolina, gets admission to Carolina — regardless of their financial circumstances.
Remaining true to this promise comes at a financial cost, and that cost has only become more daunting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate COVID-19’s impact will result in needing up to an additional $15 million in aid in 2020-21, which would represent a 18% increase over the prior year.
With more deserving students than ever demonstrating more need than ever, and with fewer public resources to support them, private philanthropy is ever more critical to meeting our commitment.
Scholarships Benefit The Entire Campus
Scholarships enable us to recruit the strongest students from all backgrounds to Carolina. These talented, hard-working students bring a range of life experiences that enrich the education of everyone around them.
We work hard to keep Carolina affordable while providing excellence at all levels. That record of commitment has enabled us to attract the best students from across North Carolina, the nation and around the globe. To remain true to our commitment, we must offer privately funded scholarships. In every case, we intend to give our students the edge they need.
Specifically, we aim to raise undergraduate support for the Carolina Covenant, middle income scholarships through the Blue Sky Scholars program, merit scholarships and student-athlete scholarships; and fellowships and grants for graduate and professional students.
1 in 10 undergraduates are Carolina Covenant Scholars.
Aid Brings Talent
Top universities invest in student aid. Not just because it’s a measure of fairness and opportunity, but because it guarantees the strongest possible class of students — the best and brightest who apply, not just the best who can pay.
That, in turn, drives every other measure of institutional excellence. Faculty are drawn by the chance to work with great students. Graduate students are drawn by the chance to teach and research alongside talented undergraduates.
Support Drives Graduation Rates
Targeted aid and scholarships also help improve student success. Programs such as the Carolina Covenant help ensure that low-income students have the resources to focus on their academics and extracurriculars — and achieve on-time graduation.
Graduate and professional students account for 36% of total enrollment at Carolina
Drama course brings together students from multiple countries to discuss performing arts throughout the pandemic
Support Scholarships Through The Carolina Edge
There is no greater catalyst for opportunity in our society than educating the next generation. By supporting scholarships through the Carolina Edge you will help ensure financial resources do not hinder our ability to fulfill Carolina’s role in this great mission.CLICK HERE TO MAKE A GIFT TODAY Opens in new window
Arts EverywhereArts Everywhere is a university-wide effort rooted in the fundamental belief that the arts are for everyone — and an essential part of the educational experience at Carolina. Your support helps us create opportunities for all to take part in the creative process and to explore the full range of the visual, performing and literary arts.
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Convergent Science at CarolinaSuccessful universities, both public and private, are engines for innovation - places where basic science meets technology to solve problems for the public good. Convergent science initiatives throughout the University will help Carolina lead in our service to the state and nation by bringing together innovators from the worlds of science, engineering, art, humanities, design and business.
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A Global MindsetAt Carolina, we recognize that strengthening a global mindset is essential in preparing the next generation of leaders, supporting faculty research to solve the grand challenges of our time and encouraging a global approach to campus operations. The Global Guarantee — our promise that every undergraduate can have access to a transformative global experience — is a key part of infusing our campus with A Global Mindset.