Scholars award honors W. Roger Soles
William R. Soles Jr. and M. Janette Soles have made a $600,000 contribution
to the UNC Carolina Scholars Program in honor of their father, retired
Jefferson-Pilot chairman and chief executive officer W. Roger Soles.
The gift will create the W. Roger Soles Carolina Scholars Fund, which
will provide academic scholarships to four outstanding students per
year from the state of North Carolina.
"Our father is a self-made man from eastern North Carolina who
never forgot his roots," said William Soles. "Part of these
roots was his time at Carolina. We can think of no better way to honor
him than with a gift that will give others from this region a UNC
The Soles Carolina Scholars Fund will give preference to students
from Whiteville High School, where Roger Soles was valedictorian at
age 14, from Columbus County and from other schools in the eastern
region of North Carolina. William Soles said that this scholarship
will not only benefit the University by attracting excellent students
but will also encourage high school students to excel. "The rigorous
academic standards required to obtain and maintain Carolina Scholar
status should produce graduates who will contribute much to society,"
The Carolina Scholars Awards, established in 1995, are highly coveted
comprehensive academic scholarships. The average SAT score for both
in- and out-of-state recipients of these awards is close to 1,550
(out of 1,600). Approximately 30 new Carolina Scholars enter UNC each
year. Sixty percent are from North Carolina.
The program covers tuition, fees, books and partial room and board,
one-on-one faculty mentoring and leadership development opportunities
to enhance students' personal and intellectual experience at Carolina.
William Soles is president and chief executive officer of Greensboro-based
Soles Brower Smith & Co., an investment banking firm serving small
and middle-market companies. Janette Soles is an assistant state attorney
general in Raleigh.
W. Roger Soles graduated from Carolina with a bachelor's degree in
commerce in 1947. He joined Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co.
in Greensboro as a securities analyst and became chairman and chief
executive in 1967. He served in this position for 26 years.
"In considering ways to honor our father and benefit the University
we determined that programs such as Carolina Scholars are critically
important to the continued competitiveness of the University in the
world of higher education," said William Soles.
-Victoria Moxey '02