Playing It Forward

A few weeks before Coach Roy Williams retired, he and his wife Wanda made their largest gift ever to Carolina by donating $3 million to three scholarship programs.

Now, Tar Heels everywhere can celebrate and amplify the Williamses’ gift. Playing It Forward: Play Hard. Play Smart. Give Together. honors their service and dedication by investing in what they care most about — creating opportunities for students.

Give Now

Join us in celebrating Coach Roy Williams’ legacy at Carolina. As a tribute to Roy and Wanda Williams, we aim to raise scholarship funding for the three programs that benefited from the couple’s latest gift, amplifying their impact and creating a permanent legacy on campus that supports what means most to them.

Playing It Forward for Scholarships

The Williamses hold a deep commitment to creating opportunities for students to attend and thrive at Carolina. We invite you to learn about the three scholarship funds the Playing It Forward initiative will support. Gifts to any of the three funds below count toward Playing It Forward, as well as the Carolina Edge, the University’s bold goal to raise $1 billion for scholarships at Carolina. Give to support the fund that means the most to you — or all three!

The Roy and Wanda Williams Carolina Covenant Scholarship Fund

Provides exceptional low-income scholars a debt-free path to graduation through a combination of scholarships, grants and work-study

The Roy and Wanda Williams Athletic Scholarship Fund

Enables Tar Heel team members to gain a world-class education while competing for one of the nation’s top athletics programs

The Roy and Wanda Williams Chancellor’s Science Scholars Fund

Enhances diversity in STEM fields and provides scholarships for high-achieving students to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering and math

“The Carolina Covenant is near and dear to our hearts. When Roy came to school here, his mother handed him $100 and said, ‘Have fun.’ If he had been going to school now, he would have been a Carolina Covenant Scholar.”

– Wanda Williams

A Keepsake for You

Donors who give $250 or more through Playing It Forward will receive a Roy and Wanda Williams Carolina Story calendar.

Earning $2,700 a year as an assistant coach under Coach Dean Smith, Roy sold UNC Athletics basketball calendars to make ends meet. In honor of his work ethic and ingenuity, all donors Playing It Forward with a contribution of $250 or more by June 30, 2021, will receive a calendar similar in style to the ones Roy sold as an assistant coach. The commemorative calendars will feature Roy and Wanda Williams and their Carolina Story. Ten of these calendars will be signed by Roy and distributed at random.


The Williams Box Score

Box Score
  • Basketball

    5 years as a student, 10 years as an assistant coach and 18 years as head coach at Carolina

  • Trophy

    A Hall of Fame head coach with 3 national championships and 903 wins

  • Helping Hands

    Roy and Wanda Williams have given $5.8M+ back to Carolina. Join the Williams team.

Watch Roy and Wanda Williams Discuss Their Gifts to Carolina

“If you have the means, this is a great time to not only be involved but to have the kinds of feelings that we do and get emotionally involved in the University.”

– Roy Williams

Scholarships In Action
Learn more about the Williamses' transformational gift, and see how Carolina Covenant Scholars, student-athletes and Chancellor's Science Scholars are making a difference at Carolina.

Maria Tiznado poses in front of the Old Well on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.
Student Support

‘An asset to our institution’

“What I have learned as a Carolina student and Carolina Covenant Scholar is that where I came from is not indicative of where I will go."

Head Coach Roy Williams stands with arms crossed at a basketball game.
Student Support

The right idea at the right time

Wanda and Roy Williams donate $3 million to support multiple scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Strengthening the STEM workforce through diversity

The Chancellor’s Science Scholars (CSS) program is challenging preconceptions and creating a more inclusive scientific culture.

Danny Green playing at Carolina

Carolina is Family

Former Carolina basketball star inspired to donate to create a basketball scholarship

Student Support

The Carolina Covenant in Action

Reflecting on the impact of the Carolina Covenant and planning the program’s future success

Brianna Pinto

A Star Athlete and a Stellar Student

Brianna Pinto balances her studies with her dream of playing on the U.S. women’s national soccer team.