Fonvilles give Advantage to students in middle-class squeeze
Many college-bound students from moderate-income families do not meet federal guidelines to qualify for need-based financial aid, but don't have the resources to pay for college. Tommy and Kate Fonville of Raleigh, N.C., are helping such students at UNC gain an Advantage over college costs through an innovative assistance program aimed at students who fall in the middle of the financial road to college.
Carolina College Advising Corps to reach more N.C. high schools
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has created a matching-grant grant to expand the Carolina College Advising Corps, helping more first-generation and underrepresented North Carolina students realize their college dreams.
Diane Berry, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, works with Carrboro’s El Centro Latino – a nonprofit organization that provides educational and social services and cultural activities to help improve the quality of life for Latinos living in and around Orange County. Her weight-management intervention is helping the area's Hispanic community live healthier and instill those habits in their children.
Mellon grant draws top graduate students to the humanities
Four top humanities departments in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences received a much-needed boost this spring when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided $4.5 million to support graduate students’ education.
Vinroots' gift to School of Government honors friend, mentor
Richard and Judy Vinroot of Charlotte have pledged $1 million to UNC in honor of Richard’s friend and mentor, Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. The pledge will support faculty and students in UNC’s School of Government and is the largest-ever commitment by an individual to the school.
UNC's Department of Ophthalmology Chair Travis A. Meredith joined more than 400 North Carolina Lions Club members at the organization's 2009 State Convention in Raleigh, N.C., on May 1 to thank them for a generous grant which enabled the department's Kittner Eye Center to complete funding for three key pieces of equipment that will significantly enhance their doctors' ability to diagnose and treat retinal diseases as well as pursue cutting-edge research and lead clinical trial studies.