Funding Priority

Scholarships at Carolina

The University made the bold commitment to raise $1 billion to create opportunity through scholarships and fellowships for students who have earned their place at Carolina, regardless of their financial circumstances. Simply put, these are students our University needs in order to attract and retain the very best. Support scholarships to ensure that Carolina continues to set the bar for student achievement by recruiting and enrolling the most talented scholars from North Carolina and beyond.

Signature Initiatives

A PIVOTAL MOMENT

The growing need for scholarship support

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.

With more elite 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 to students of all backgrounds.

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

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A portrait of Ayana Monro in a library in front of books.
Student Support

Helping Others Through Computers

Chancellor's Science Scholar Ayana Monroe is aiding people through technology.

Roy Smith poses with his wife on the left; on the right, a portrait of Roy as a college student
Donor

A World of Possibility and Promise

The pursuit of a Ph.D. and supporting the next generation of leaders

Rick Margerison
Student Support

The Power of a Scholarship

A scholarship helped Rick Margerison ’70 graduate from Carolina with minimal debt. Decades later, he and his family have established scholarship funds to help current Carolina students do the same.

UNC PhD student Riley Vickers stands in front of a pond at Carolina's North Forest.
Student Support

Membranes and Modeling

Royster Fellow and Ph.D. student Riley Vickers is bringing his distinct expertise to a multidisciplinary team working to improve the world’s access to clean water.

Bryn Barker and DJ Passey hold hands with their twin boys on a beach.
Student Support

Dissertations and Diapers

A Royster Fellowship proves crucial as married Ph.D. students Bryn Barker and DJ Passey juggle graduate studies and parenting twins.

Kainat Aslam
Student Support

Creating a Pathway

With help from the Carolina Covenant’s Rural Medicine Pathway Program, Kainat Aslam is now a first-year medical student fulfilling her dreams to become a doctor.

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    There is no greater catalyst for opportunity in our society than educating the next generation. By supporting scholarships at Carolina, you will help ensure financial resources do not hinder our ability to fulfill Carolina’s role in this great mission.

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