Present and future UNC students may be able to attend the University because of the Campaign for Carolina, which was publicly launched in 2017.
One such student is junior Mikayla Goss, who is a part of the Carolina Covenant program. The campaign aims to raise support for this program, which gives eligible low-income students the opportunity to graduate UNC debt-free, among other scholarships.
Goss, from Newport, North Carolina, said her family is still paying off her sister’s college debt. Without the Carolina Covenant, she said she wouldn’t be able to afford to attend UNC.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to get the best education I can,” Goss said. “A college degree can really set you aside when applying for jobs.”
When it was publicly launched, the Campaign for Carolina was one of the largest fundraising campaigns in the country and the biggest in the school’s history, with a goal of raising $4.25 billion by the end of 2022. The campaign is over halfway completed, having raised $2.97 billion through over 175,000 donors.
The University wants to raise $1 billion for scholarships and fellowships in many areas, such as the Carolina Covenant and the Blue Scholars program for middle-income students.
“We know it’s not easy to get acceptance and admission to Carolina,” David Routh, vice chancellor for University development, said. “But, for anyone who does, we don’t want financial things to stand in the way of either getting here and staying here or being successful here.”
This is what the campaign calls The Carolina Edge initiative, which aims to eliminate financial barriers to a UNC education.
The Carolina Edge was one of three "Signature Initiatives" included in the For All Kind: Campaign for Carolina launch in 2017. The other two initiatives included Arts Everywhere and The Institute for Convergent Science.