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.

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

Carolina Stories

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Student Support

Wheel-y Interesting

Park Fellows’ innovative thesis project results in a fascinating, heartwarming podcast

Rebeca Stiepel
Health

Passion and Aptitude

Rebeca Stiepel received the 2022 Kathryne A. Brewington Graduate Research Award

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Humanities

Bringing Ethics Out of the Classroom

The National High School Ethics Bowl is a beloved event - whether virtual or in-person

Carrie Alspaugh and Jeannie Salisbury
Health

Addressing Food Insecurity

Gillings graduate students address food insecurity

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Research

Advocating for Indigenous Women

Lucia Stavig’s research on forced sterilization is supported by her Royster Fellowship

Side-by-side portraits of Josephine Dallas and her daughter Patricia Dallas Horoho
Military

A Gift Reaching Generations

General Patty Horoho establishes scholarship in memory of her late mother

    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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