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The Need

science-scholars_13-073-400x254The Chancellor’s Science Scholars program is modeled after the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, which was created to train underrepresented communities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Originally focused on African-American males, the Meyerhoff program later opened to all extremely bright and motivated students while retaining its goal of increasing the diversity of students who pursue STEM careers.

This initiative responds to the urgent challenges facing the scientific community. Diversity benefits science. The more complex and difficult the scientific problems become, the more critical it is to have a diverse set of problem solvers. To sustain the nation’s scientific excellence, it is essential to recruit from the entire talent pool.

Today, about 30 percent of the U.S. population is African American, Hispanic or Native American, yet only nine percent of those in the scientific workforce are minorities. Unless it is addressed effectively, this disparity will grow significantly. The U.S. population will become “majority minority” in 2042, and people who are 18 years old or younger—the country’s future talent pool—will become “majority minority” in 2018.

Gift Opportunity

Endow a Named Chancellor’s Science Scholarship

An endowment gift supports students forever because your gift is invested, generating perpetual income.

Gift Amount

$500,000, payable over five years, creates a named endowment fund to support one scholar

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 named Chancellor’s Science Scholarship.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Development for Scholarships and Student Aid.