A Historic Moment, An Extraordinary Future

The Campaign for Carolina

Thanks to the astounding generosity of the University’s donors, the Campaign for Carolina raised more than $5 billion, exceeding its $4.25 billion goal and becoming the first university in the South — and one of only 16 universities in the U.S. — to exceed $5 billion in a completed campaign.

Many gifts are already at work supporting Carolina’s key strategic priorities, while some donors have made pledges or established endowments that will provide a steady stream of resources in the decades to come.

  • $5.1 billiontotal dollars raised
  • $1+ billionfor scholarships and fellowships at Carolina
  • 980+new funds for scholarships and fellowships
  • $3.28 billionfor faculty, research and innovation
  • 17+major building and renovation projects
  • 230,000+donors from all 50 states and all 100 North Carolina counties

I am immensely grateful for the community of donors and volunteers who have supported us on this journey. Their generosity represents a strong affirmation of our mission of teaching, research and service. Reaching this milestone ensures that Carolina will continue to prepare generations of students and scholars to solve the grand challenges of our time.

Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz

I look back at all of the things I’ve been able to do at Carolina and know that’s not something I would have been able to achieve without a scholarship. When it comes to investing in the University as a scholarship donor, you’re giving students an opportunity to thrive. Investing in the future of students is only going to further the amazing work that everyone at Carolina is able to do.

Righteous Keitt, Carolina senior and Pogue Scholar

Campaign dollars in action

Gifts to the Campaign for Carolina are already strengthening our campus community.

UNC-Chapel Hill is passionately public and is committed to ensuring that every student who earns admission can come to Carolina and thrive. Campaign donations allow the University to provide scholarships and fellowships to ensure we meet that mission. The donations also allow Carolina to recruit and retain its world-class faculty, reward innovative teaching and target and support high-potential, high-reward research and scholarship through new and bolstered professorships and funds.

Continue reading for a glimpse of Carolina’s extraordinary future.

Creating opportunities to thrive

  • Whitney Noble by the Old Well.

    C-STEP: Whitney Noble

    Whitney Noble has long felt a calling to help people through the field of health care. While pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing from Wilmington’s Cape Fear Community College, Noble was drawn to the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program to make that goal a reality. C-STEP is a pathway for talented low- and moderate-income high school and community college students that has helped more than 1,200 students transfer to Carolina.

  • Alex Acosta

    The Carolina Covenant: Alex Acosta

    A native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Alex Acosta ’24 had two main goals after high school: 1) Get a good education, and 2) Don’t go into debt for that education. The Carolina Covenant is making that a reality for him and thousands of other Tar Heels. The program has helped more than 10,000 students graduate from Carolina debt-free through a combination of grants, scholarships and a work-study job.

  • Brenda Palacios Rodriguez

    Blue Sky Scholars: Brenda Palacios Rodriguez

    The Blue Sky Scholarship is helping Brenda Palacios Rodriguez follow her passions and partake in career-enhancing experiences such as studying abroad in northern Spain, where she took art classes and hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago. The Blue Sky Scholars Program gives students from middle-income, North Carolina families scholarship support, work-study employment opportunities, an enrichment award to support internship or study abroad opportunities, and access to academic, personal and career support.

  • A Place for ‘Dreamers and Believers’

    With a $10 million gift from Carolina alumnus and former board of trustee member Don Curtis, the Hussman School of Journalism and Media is providing Tar Heels a one-of-a-kind learning experience at the Curtis Media Center. Located adjacent to Carroll Hall, the nearly 13,000-square-foot building features a high-tech broadcast studio, a podcast studio, a makerspace and four state-of-the-art classrooms.

  • Students pose for a photo at Hooding ceremony.

    Securing graduate students’ future

    A $25 million gift will create fellowships for graduate students who teach or mentor undergraduate students in the classroom or a research setting. They will receive a stipend during the academic year and will be eligible for a summer stipend and funding to use for travel or to participate in academic conferences.

  • The chancellor speaking on stage.

    Funding the Future at UNC Kenan-Flagler

    In the fall, Carolina leaders celebrated the start of a transformative $150 million project. When completed, the new Steven D. Bell Hall will allow the Business School to admit 50% more students into its Undergraduate Business Program and modernize the learning environment for students in all of its top-ranked Undergraduate Business, Master of Accounting, MBA and Ph.D. programs.

Faculty scholars

  • Angling for Solutions

    Rebecca Fry’s lab is one of the first to study the effects of prenatal exposure to toxic metals as it relates to the epigenome — she has shown how behaviors and the environment can cause changes that affect the way genes function.

  • Seven people standing on the steps of SOuth Building.

    Building a rich intellectual community

    The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity prepares scholars from different backgrounds for faculty careers. CPPFD guides fellows through the academic career process and builds community among the cohort. It helps explain the tenure process and offers personalized career coaching and professional development.

  • People exercising in a gym.

    Power Hour

    Associate Professor Kara Hume coaches Power Hour, a fully inclusive adaptive fitness class for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. A new fund for faculty in the UNC School of Education is empowering Hume to pilot a study to examine the social and health impacts of Power Hour.

  • People standing together in a lab.

    Attracting Expertise

    Before joining the faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Owen Fenton studied under one of the world’s leading mRNA delivery researchers: Robert Langer, cofounder of Moderna. Getting Fenton from Massachusetts to Chapel Hill was a big win for the University. Fenton sees coming to Carolina as a win for his research interests, as well. An important tool in recruiting Fenton was Dean Angela Kashuba’s ability to access flexible, unrestricted funds from an endowment to help cover startup costs for his lab.


Researchers at Chapel Hill are addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time. The University’s collaborative culture and multidisciplinary research drives discoveries and innovative solutions.

Gifts to the Campaign for Carolina help support new innovations in research, service and patient care, enhancing our position as a leading global research university.