In an effort to increase college completion rates for students from underserved communities, UNC has paired with the Knowledge Is Power Program.
KIPP is a public charter school program created to give students from low-income families a chance for success in college.
The program started with 47 students in Houston, Texas, and is now a network of 125 schools across the nation.
“KIPP is based on this idea that if kids work hard and dream big, then they can go to college and have great opportunities in life,” said Steve Mancini, KIPP’s director of public affairs.
“We want to see our kids have the same college completion rates as kids from more affluent backgrounds, and that’s why we’re forming these partnerships with universities.”
Nineteen of the program’s alumni currently attend UNC, and starting in the fall, the University will recruit and enroll five program alumni every year. UNC will cover all of their financial needs.
Tammi Sutton, executive director of the KIPP school in Gaston, N.C., said paying for college is one of the greatest challenges for her students.
“The partnership will benefit KIPP students by providing financial assistance, which is one of the biggest hurdles our students have to overcome,” she said.
Mancini said UNC will also provide mentorships with upperclassmen, which UNC students will be able to receive work study money for.