UNC launched “For All Kind: The Campaign for Carolina” today with a kickoff event in Polk Place. A fundraising campaign aiming to raise $4.25 billion by the end of 2022, Campaign for Carolina marks the largest campaign in the school’s history and the second largest among public universities in the country. Its goals are, among other things, to eliminate financial barriers to education and improve the arts at UNC.
Here’s how the fundraiser affects students.
The four key priorities of Campaign for Carolina
Campaign for Carolina aims to make changes in curriculum and teaching methods and provide access to global experiences and experiential learning; to support faculty to recruit and retain world class professoriate; and to increase innovation and impact to improve research and modernize buildings and spaces.
The fourth and final priority is the group of three pan-university “Signature Initiatives” that will be funded by the campaign: The Carolina Edge, Arts Everywhere and The Institute for Convergent Science.
Chancellor Carol Folt called The Carolina Edge initiative the biggest one of the campaign. It’s focused on eliminating financial barriers to education, and the University wants to raise $1 billion to go toward student scholarships.
The initiative would give money to both undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. It would also endow the Carolina Covenant and Chancellor’s Science Scholars programs and add to scholarships for middle-income students and merit-based scholarships. In addition, it would grow aid for athletes and graduate and professional students. Folt said Carolina is currently ranked third nationally in economic diversity, but they want to be first.
“We want to make sure that cost and debt are not limiting factors for any student to come to this special, exciting University,” Folt said.
The second initiative, Arts Everywhere, will bring the arts to all parts of campus both academically and physically. Folt said it is about increasing the visibility of arts on campus and integrating them into all departments of learning.