Funding Priority

The Carolina Edge

The Carolina Edge is the University’s 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. The Carolina Edge will 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 undergraduate 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.

Cost-of-attendance for colleges across the country are rising, including tuition, textbooks, technology and meals, 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 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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Rich and Tracy DeSelm pose in front of flowers.
Student Support

Honoring a Father and Coach

Family endows a swimming and diving scholarship to honor their father, the former head coach.

Jenny Suwanmanee poses in front of blooming azaleas.
Student Support

Exploring an Interconnected World

Supporting a student’s desire to seek out global experiences and opportunities

Professor teaching online class while sitting behind a desk covered in papers and folders
Global Impact

Collaborating across continents

A new format of courses is helping Carolina students and faculty share ideas with counterparts across the world.

Susan Gravely and Bill Ross gaze at each other on a balcony overlooking the city of Florence.
Donor

Giving the Gift of Global Education

Bill Ross surprised his wife, Susan Gravely, with a donation to Carolina study abroad scholarships.

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An Advocate for Mental Health

Hands-on clinic work at the UNC School of Law equipped Sarah Hoffman ’21 (J.D.) with skills to advocate for improved mental health resources in North Carolina prisons.

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Amplifying Asian-American Stories

Nash Consing ’21 brings his visual media and storytelling skills to bear to make sure Asian-American voices are represented and heard.

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    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.

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