Federal Work-Study student employment opportunities are at a premium. These part-time jobs strengthen resumés, build skills and help students earn a part of their way through school. But they are declining. In recent years, federal and state funding for the program has been limited to about $1.8 million annually, with no hope of growth. We have since accommodated increasing student demand by bolstering the program with up to $2 million each year in institutional funds. But budget constraints have curtailed that. As recently as 2012-13, for instance, we were forced to eliminate nearly 400 jobs.
With Carolina Works, UNC will offer jobs for undergraduates who want to earn part of their college funding, gain new skills and prepare for life after graduation. Every year, hundreds of UNC students are turned away from the Federal Work-Study program for lack of funds. The University — through private fundraising and institutional support — wants to dramatically expand student work opportunities.
Establish a nameable Carolina Works Fund
An expendable gift can be spent immediately to help us cover a need in the near term; an endowment gift supports students forever because your gift is invested, generating perpetual income.
Expendable: $60,000, payable over four years, creates a named expendable fund supporting five jobs annually
Endowment: $60,000, payable over five years, creates a named endowment fund supporting one job annually; $300,000, payable over five years, creates a named endowment fund supporting five jobs annually
Make Your Gift
Please contact the Office of Development for Scholarships and Student Aid at SupportScholarships@unc.edu or 919-445-0933 to discuss establishing a nameable Carolina Works Fund.
Please contact the Office of Development for Scholarships and Student Aid.