Volume 3 | Issue 2
Summer 2011



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Jimbo and Emmy Huckabee: Perfect time for philanthropy


By Hope Baptiste

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Emmy and Jimbo Huckabee

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James “Jimbo” and Emily “Emmy” Huckabee are in the prime of their lives. Having graduated from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1995 and 1996, respectively, they’re busy doing what most dynamic, 30-something couples do: pursuing careers, rearing three children, volunteering in their church and community, immersing themselves in their children’s schools and activities, and playing the occasional tennis set (Jimbo played tennis at Carolina for two years).

Jimbo is a managing director for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network/Carolina Condrey Group in Chapel Hill, and Emmy is a controller for the same company. But even with their busy lives, the Huckabees are committed to making a difference for students at their alma mater.

They recently established the Emily B. and James G. Huckabee IV Advantage Scholarship Fund at UNC to provide financial assistance to moderate-income students who don’t qualify for financial assistance by federal standards, but whose families lack the resources to pay for college.

“We wanted to create an endowment fund at UNC to support students in financial need, and when we learned about the special nature of the Advantage Scholarships, it really hit home for us,” they said. “It was such a great opportunity and it fit the ‘Carolina Way’ mold we were so familiar with when we were students. It was the right choice for us at this stage of our lives.”

The couple opted to create an expendable Advantage Scholarship Fund, pledging $20,000 over a four-year period so that the funds could be available immediately to qualifying students. The inaugural Huckabee Advantage Scholar, Jennifer Richter of Franklin, N.C., will enroll at UNC in the fall (see story).

“We couldn’t be happier to see our gift going to work right away, and to connect with an incoming student is so rewarding for us,” they said. “We cherish our Carolina experience, and if we can help other students have the opportunities that we enjoyed, then this scholarship meets everyone’s needs.”

Carolina has always held that financial need should not be a barrier to an exceptional education, and because of folks like the Huckabees, UNC can continue to bring the best and brightest students to Chapel Hill regardless of their ability to pay. Thus far, 10 Advantage Scholarships have been established to provide assistance to moderate-income students.

“We couldn’t be happier to see our gift going to work right away, and to connect with an incoming student is so rewarding for us. We cherish our Carolina experience, and if we can help other students have the opportunities that we enjoyed, then this scholarship meets everyone’s needs.”

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“Carolina’s mission is to provide an unrivaled academic experience in a dynamic collegiate atmosphere at an affordable price and to meet the financial needs of its students,” said Shirley Ort, UNC’s associate provost and director of Scholarships and Student Aid. “Faced with historic legislative budget reductions for financial aid and other crucial services as well as a greater number of students with need this year and beyond, UNC continues to seek new strategies for marshaling the necessary resources to sustain the academic excellence that sets the University apart. Initiatives like the Advantage Scholarship Program are critical to that effort.”

For the Huckabees, it’s simply a privilege. “Students who come to Carolina are hard-working, committed and deserve to be there,” they said. “Someone paved the way for us, and now it’s our turn. What good is time, talent and treasure if you don’t share it?”