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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Grace Yook poses in front of Kenan-Flagler Business School
Alumni

Forging Her Path

Grace Yook is the first Asian woman to graduate from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s dual-degree program with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Student Support

Belonging and Empowerment

The Carolina Covenant helped Juan Castro '22 feel like he belonged in Chapel Hill. Now, the senior class president is serving as a mentor to younger students and an advisor to administrators as he helps create a more inclusive community at Carolina.

Jocelyn Rives poses for senior picture in her cap and gown
Alumni

Hard Work Pays Off

Jocelyn Rives '20 becomes the first in her immediate family to earn a college degree.

Cole Mueller poses in front of the Old Well in a cap and gown
Alumni

Tar Heel Traditions

Cole Mueller ‘20 returns to campus to complete his Carolina bucket list.

A student rides a bicycle in front of the Bell Tower at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Student Support

A College Education within Reach

Meet a few of the amazing students Carolina is able to attract and retain through Scholarships at Carolina.

Ashley Medina plays a flute outdoors at Carolina.

A Call to Serve

With an older sister already in college and two younger siblings, Ashley Medina was excited to learn about the support for military families through the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge.

    Support Scholarships at Carolina

    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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