The UNC College of Arts & Sciences received a $25 million gift from an anonymous donor meant to benefit graduate students across the school's many departments in upcoming years, the school announced Wednesday.
The large donation will be split into fellowships to directly fund graduate student research, projects, study abroad programs and other academic opportunities, Terry Rhodes, interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, said.
Funding graduate work is important, Rhodes said, because it can have an expansive impact across the school, state and nation.
“We have outstanding graduate students,” Rhodes said. “We think this gift is going to help us in terms of competing to maintain that excellence in the graduate students we bring in.”
According to U.S. News & World Report, nine graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences rank in the top 30 programs in the nation. The endowment can help maintain those programs' success, Rhodes said, by allowing students to reach their full potential.