One of the goals of the Carolina First campaign is to create 1,000 new
undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to ensure that outstanding
students choose Carolina and that no student be denied the opportunity
to study at Chapel Hill because of a lack of financial resources. As of
March 17, 2003, we have created 315 new scholarship and fellowship funds.
That number concerns me. We are half way through the campaign and we have
created less than a third of the scholarships and fellowships we need.
We are engaged in an intense competition with our peer institutions to
recruit the nation's top students-and future leaders. To convince them
to come to Carolina requires more merit scholarships, which are at the
heart of the Carolina First goal for student support.
Increasing the number of academic scholarships that Carolina can offer
will keep some of our brightest North Carolinians at home, as well as
bring top students into the state. Carolina's in-state competitors-Duke,
Wake Forest, Davidson and N.C. State-are increasing their numbers of academic
scholarships, enabling them to enroll many of these top recruits. Nationally,
schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Virginia and Michigan are also vying
for the best North Carolina students. The bottom line is that if we want
to compete with these schools, we need to offer more merit-based scholarships.
One scholarship endowment you can contribute to is the Carolina Scholars
Program-a comprehensive academic scholarship program designed to attract
the most qualified students to the University. Carolina Scholars are among
the most academically talented students on campus, are enrolled in a broad
spectrum of subjects and are involved in many different areas of campus
life. The program provides students with substantial financial support
and special programming opportunities such as one-on-one faculty mentoring
and leadership development. Carolina Scholars are automatically admitted
into Carolina's nationally renowned Honors Program.
As the cost of higher education continues to rise, we must do everything
we can to keep a Carolina education within the reach of all qualified
students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Through Carolina
First you can help us attract the nation's best students, and ensure that
no student is denied the opportunity to study at Chapel Hill.
information on Carolina's scholarship programs, please contact Candace
Clark at 919-962-3967 or email@example.com.