Funding Priority

Scholarships at Carolina

Support 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.

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. UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the few public flagships to both practice need-blind admissions and proudly meet 100% of the documented financial need of undergraduates who apply on time.

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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Cayla works with historical documents
Student Support

Tracking History

Uncovering local history for the community

Hortense McClinton sits in front of the residence hall named after her
Student Support

Honoring a Trailblazer

The Hortense McClinton Legacy Scholarship Fund will help students to graduate with limited debt

The completed National Pan Hellenic Council plaza on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Honoring Founders, Fostering Community

New National Pan-Hellenic Council Legacy Plaza honors Carolina’s first Black Greek organizations.

Portrait of Righteous Keitt
Student Support

‘Doing my part’

Righteous Keitt '23 on giving back to the community

Portrait of Eleanor Murray
Student Support

Connecting Daydreaming with Diplomacy

Expanding imagination and experiences with a global curriculum

A sea lion lies in the street of the island of San Cristobal
Global Impact

Food Deserts in a Tropical Paradise

Carolina researchers are making a big impact on a small island

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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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