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Helping Heels

Carolina alumni and friends are stepping up to help Tar Heels affected by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

Carolina alumni and friends are stepping up to help Tar Heels affected by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

Carolina alumni and friends are stepping up to help Tar Heels affected by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

To meet the needs of Carolina students adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has established the Carolina Student Impact Fund.

Funds are already being deployed to help undergraduate, graduate and professional school students in need, thanks to generous gifts from Carolina alumni and friends committed to helping Tar Heels as the University takes precautions to ensure the safety of students and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“These are challenging times for us all, but especially for those without the financial means to weather this unprecedented global event,” said Renee and John Grisham, who made a generous contribution to the Carolina Student Impact Fund. “We simply want to do our part and we are hoping others will join us to make sure our students have the resources and support to get through this.”

Gifts of all sizes are making a real and lasting impact in the lives of Carolina students. Gifts to the fund help students who budgeted carefully for the semester but now face unexpected hardships — the loss of an off-campus job due to business shutdowns; the cost of an unexpected trip home from campus; or the need to purchase urgent supplies now that dining halls and dorms are inaccessible to many students. The fund also provides assistance to students who need help returning from interrupted study abroad and exchange programs or those who need technology upgrades to complete the rest of the spring semester’s classes online.

“Carolina is, at its heart, its people, and that includes Tar Heels near and far,” said Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. “Like everyone, our students are coping with anxieties in these uncertain times. Your support will not only ease the burdens they face in the short term but make a huge difference for them and their families in the long term.

“Thank you for helping us overcome these challenges and continue our mission of research, teaching and service.”

Undergraduate, graduate and professional school students who need financial assistance due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 should complete this requestOpens in new window.

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