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Carol Folt
Dear Tar Heels,

Having crossed the $2 billion mark in For All Kind: the Campaign for Carolina, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in Carolina’s history, we are filled with gratitude and appreciation for the support of more than 150,000 generous Tar Heels, foundations and friends around the globe who are joining us on this journey. Together, we are showing the world what we stand for and what we intend to accomplish.

Pressing forward with this campaign, one of our strategic needs is flexible funding to help the University seize new opportunities in real time, meet critical campus needs, uphold our commitment to access and affordability, and guarantee Carolina’s place among the nation’s top public research universities. Through the Chancellor’s Unrestricted Fund, your support provides crucial investments in Carolina’s excellence, ensuring that the best and brightest students and faculty call Carolina home.

When I look out at our new graduates at Commencement, I am reminded of our constant call to do more for the people of our state, nation and world. Our campaign and our University will be remembered with gratitude for our mission of innovation to benefit the public good. Please join us on this incredible journey. To learn more, visit

Thank you,

Carol L. Folt

The Campaign for Carolina has eclipsed $2 billion with more than four years remaining in the $4.25 billion fundraising drive. Fueled by strong, sustained momentum, the campaign finished fiscal year 2017–2018 with more than $500 million in gifts and commitments from nearly 66,000 donors.

Thank you!

$10 million commitment will advance excellence and service
With a $10 million gift from the John William Pope Foundation that will support a combination of core areas where Carolina excels, the University continues to invest in education, research and service that will benefit North Carolinians for years to come.

Announced April 23, the donation provides $5 million to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; $250,000 to UNC Horizons; $1 million to the track and field program; and $3.75 million to the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program.

With this latest commitment, the Pope Foundation and family members have more than doubled their lifetime giving to Carolina. Read more…

Carolina’s first GiveUNC a huge success
Carolina held its first ever campus-wide day of giving, GiveUNC, on April 10. Over the 24-hour period, 4,103 donors contributed $1,872,090 to help Carolina remain a preeminent research university, meet urgent campus needs and seize new opportunities for all.

Carolina couple’s annual gifts build, sustain excellence
Dedicated Tar Heels Gabriela (Gabby) ’12 and Christopher (Chris) ’12 Leeds have been supporting their alma mater since graduation. Together, they support the Carolina Covenant as Chancellor’s Clubs members in the 1793 Society because they are proud of Carolina’s commitment to eliminating financial barriers. As a Covenant Scholar himself, Chris hopes their support will help Carolina continue to provide life-changing educational experiences to students.

The Campaign for Carolina adds Signature Initiative: A Global Mindset

Throughout the course of the Campaign for Carolina, key signature initiatives are being identified to address emerging issues and opportunities to further leverage Carolina’s strengths to remain responsive to the times and needs of the people.

A fourth Signature Initiative — A Global Mindset — has been added to the existing three: Arts Everywhere, the Institute for Convergent Science and the Carolina Edge.

As one of the country’s leading universities for global enrichment, Carolina aspires to provide the most diverse and innovative global learning opportunities anywhere. A Global Mindset aims to raise $300 million to ensure that all students receive a substantive combination of knowledge, experiences and skills to become engaged and dynamic global citizens. The University further aims to infuse a global dimension throughout its teaching, research and service activities, to strengthen UNC’s global reach, and to enhance its global visibility.  Read more…

A $1 million Edge for Carolina students

Alumnus and Big Ten Conference Commissioner James Edward Delany ’70, ’73 (J.D.), his wife Kitty and their sons Newman ’11 and Chance ’14 have given $1 million to the Carolina Edge initiative — $750,000 will create the Jim and Kitty Delany Endowment Fund benefiting the Carolina Covenant and $250,000 will establish the Jim and Kitty Delany Scholarship Endowment Fund to support law school students.

The Carolina Edge — a campus-wide scholarship effort to ensure the University can recruit the very best students — aims to raise $1 billion during the Campaign for Carolina to support undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Read more…

First-year applications hit record high, again
For the 13th consecutive year, UNC received a record number of first-year applications for fall 2018. The 43,384 applications reflect a 6 percent increase over last year. The University expects to enroll 4,205 first-year students and 725 transfer students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

One of the few public flagships to practice need-blind admissions and provide low-debt, full-need student aid, Carolina was again named the best value in U.S. public higher education by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The top ranking reflects UNC’s commitment to providing access to a high-quality, affordable education to talented students from all backgrounds.

  • Carolina graduate student and Istanbul native Burcu Bozkurt ’12 is Carolina’s sixth and one of 30 nationally to receive the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for new Americans for graduate study in the U.S.
  • Jordan Jenkins ’19 is Carolina’s sixth and one of 18 nationally to receive the Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study in the arts, humanities or social sciences.
  • Leah Everist ’18 is Carolina’s 39th and one of 18 nationally to receive the 2018 Luce Scholarship. Carolina boasts the most Luce Scholars of any college or university nationwide.
  • Frances Reuland ’18 has been selected as one of 12 James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program participants who will receive substantive work experience tailored toward international affairs at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C.
  • Sasha Seymore ’15 has been named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, a new prestigious scholarship that fully funds graduate study in any field at Stanford University.
  • Min Yang ’15 is Carolina’s fifth and one of 142 worldwide to be selected to the Schwarzman Scholars program for graduate study at China’s Tsinghua University.
  • Alexander Peeples ’18 and Shauna Rust ’16 are Carolina’s sixth and seventh, and two of 12 Americans selected to receive George J. Mitchell Scholarships for graduate studies in Ireland.


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