The Shuford family wanted to make a difference. With an $18 million donation, the entrepreneurship program will certainly feel that difference.
On Thursday afternoon, an event celebrating the Shuford’s donation was held in the Student Union’s Great Hall. The event was intended to expand UNC’s entrepreneurship minor.
According to executive director Bernard Bell, the program has four major initiatives - double the size of the entrepreneurship minor by 2020, realign the curriculum toward a real-world understanding of entrepreneurship, increase strategic partnerships and broaden the student experience through internships, increased diversity and other means.
“It will allow us to increase our entrepreneur residencies, it’ll allow us to add some academic fellows so that we will have more teachers, it’ll allow us to expand our internship program, it’ll allow us to expose our students more with an away program in Silicon Valley, London, New York City and Shanghai," Bell said.
The grant money will go to eager students like McNair Mitchener, who expressed eagerness over the diversity of students that would be brought into the program. Mitchener said the entrepreneurship minor has been one of his defining experiences at Carolina and it has helped him grow as a person.