The University
of the People

In his 1993 bicentennial address, UNC alumnus Charles Kuralt reminded us that, as the nation’s first public university, Carolina is “The University of the People.” His words captured perfectly what makes Carolina great — its people. Here are the stories of some of those people who, together, showcase the broad impact Carolina makes in the state, nation and world. By supporting them and our public, the possibilities are limitless.

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.

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  • Carolina students standing in front of the Bell Tower while holding up cards that spell Thank you!
    Campaign Priorities

    Eclipsing $4.25 Billion

    The Campaign for Carolina has eclipsed the $4.25 billion milestone of support for students, faculty, research and service.

  • Ronit Freeman holds a coronavirus model
    Health

    Developing a Sweeter COVID-19 Test

    Carolina researchers have designed a rapid sensing COVID-19 test using sugar to take advantage of the virus’s sweet tooth.

  • G.K. Butterfield explains the history of some items in his memorabilia to Chaitra Powell, Elaine Westbrooks and Chancellor Guskiewicz.
    UNC - Chapel Hill

    Archiving A Congressman’s Career

    U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has donated his personal archives to the Wilson Special Collections Library.

  • Dr. David Drewry
    Research

    Collaborating for a Cure

    Drug treatments for a rare form of cancer have eluded researchers for years. Work at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has scientists and survivors optimistic that big breakthroughs are within reach.

  • Campaign Priorities

    ‘The Best Gift I Ever Received’

    The Margerison Distinguished Scholarship is helping Jessica Jones thrive as a student at UNC.

  • Student Support

    ‘A Weight Lifted’

    Now in medical school, Jamison Kline remains grateful for the scholarship that helped him graduate from Carolina with minimal debt

  • Student Support

    ‘It Changed Everything’

    The Margerison Distinguished Scholarship helped provide Gloria Hovaniec peace of mind that the future is bright for her daughter.

  • A middle school teacher instructs a student in a classroom environment.
    Donor

    Preparing Middle-School Students for Success

    A $6.2 million grant from the Gates foundation ensures middle school math programs prepare students for success.

  • Rick Margerison
    Student Support

    The Power of a Scholarship

    A scholarship helped Rick Margerison ’70 graduate from Carolina with minimal debt. Decades later, he and his family have established scholarship funds to help current Carolina students do the same.

  • Jim and Frances Kerr
    Donor

    Supporting Civil Rights Work

    A transformative gift from the Kerr family endows civil rights work at UNC School of Law.

  • A photograph of the Fedex Global Education Center on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.
    Global Impact

    Honoring Excellence

    UNC-Chapel Hill receives top award in recognition of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize its campus.

  • Aerial view of Galapagos Islands
    Environment

    Collaborating for Conservation

    Galapagos Science Center and sustainable clothing startup Sula collaborate for conservation efforts.