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  • Spencer Bakalar standing outside.

    The Carolina Covenant paved the way for Tar Heel filmmaker

    Alumna Spencer Bakalar has made a career out of filming world leaders and newsmakers like Serena Williams and Oprah Winfrey. But before she first got behind a camera at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, the Carolina Covenant paved the way for her in Chapel Hill.

  • Tyrell Carter standing outside.

    The greatest entrepreneur of all time

    A Carolina Covenant Scholar and a first-generation college grad, Tyrell Carter ’21 aims to make it easier to start and run a business.

  • Whitney Noble by the Old Well.

    Stepping ahead

    Carolina Covenant Scholar Whitney Noble made her way to nursing school at UNC-Chapel Hill through her own hard work and a little help from C-STEP.

  • Kathy James standing outside.

    Dedicated to helping

    Whether it’s driving through a snowstorm to rescue a stranded nurse visiting from Malawi or supporting world-class infectious diseases faculty, 2021 Massey Award winner Kathy James is all about helping.

  • Jennifer Cooper in her office.

    Tar Heel mom celebrates her degree

    A mother of nine, Class of 2020 grad Jennifer Cooper balanced her academics with raising a family on her way to earning a college degree.

  • Jocleyn Rives in her cap and gown.

    ‘My hard work had paid off’

    Jocelyn Rives is eager to don her cap and gown this weekend to attend the Class of 2020 Commencement and celebrate the achievement of overcoming challenges and becoming the first in her immediate family to earn a college degree.

  • Marisa sitting on the of NBC Sports

    Class of 2020 alumna lives out dream career with NBC Sports

    Since earning her degree in May 2020, Marisa Rauwald has been a part of some of the world's biggest sporting events as a staff member of NBC Sports.

  • Paapa Berko holding his graduation cap.

    Alumnus Paapa Berko finds his voice through music

    For Paapa Berko of the Class of 2020, Carolina transformed his perception of music and what it could be.