Student Success—$1 million
Scholarships provide the financial security of time—time to study instead of work, time to learn instead of worrying about how to pay for tuition, fees and books. Scholarships also provide access to study abroad programs and research experiences, which are critical for students’ growth as engaged global citizens.
The transformational opportunities that occur when studying abroad are invaluable for all students. However, students from underrepresented populations make up only a small percentage of all study abroad program participants. One-fourth of the university’s new freshmen in 2014–2015 were African-American or Hispanic, and many were North Carolina residents who have never traveled outside the country or state.
One way our college will address this gap is through the Harper-Thomas Legacy Endowment for Study Abroad. This endowment will be a perpetual merit-based award to support students’ international educational experiences, with preference given to self-identified first-generation college students from underrepresented populations.