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The Carolina Family Scholarship fund was established in 2004 to provide need-based scholarships to the children of employees attending any of the 16 UNC campuses or community colleges in North Carolina. Some employees on our campus are hard-pressed to meet the challenge of helping their children enroll in our community colleges or state universities.This fund creates a sense of community among UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff by working toward a common goal–furthering the education of employee children.

We are in need of funds in order to sustain and grow this program. We ask that you consider giving what you can to this worthwhile initiative. Faculty and staff can give to the program by completing the employee gift form. You can also give via payroll deduction, check, credit card, stock or bank draft. Be sure to select the Carolina Family Scholarship Fund. You can also make your gift instantly online at this secure link.



By contributing you are increasing the educational opportunities of the children of your colleagues — all the more urgent since many employees are faced with similar income issues. You will be making a statement that the educational needs of your colleagues’ children are important. And you will be leaving a legacy for future Carolina employees.
That would be nice, but our children pay the same costs as any other student attending UNC.
Yes! Your child(ren) can be awarded an undergraduate scholarship for any accredited North Carolina public post-secondary public institution. That includes any of the 16 institutions in the UNC system, as well as local community and technical institutions.
The scholarships will be need-based, and will be awarded by a committee of faculty and staff, assisted by the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Each year the committee will determine what percentage of the available funds to use for the current year scholarships and what percentage will be transferred to an endowment fund for long-term growth of the scholarship fund.
Anyone who is paid through the University payroll (i.e., not the UNC Hospitals or other organizations with their own payroll system.)
Yes! All contributions are greatly appreciated!
No, a contribution is not required. We do suggest you consider making a contribution because more contributions mean more students can be given scholarships.
No. The selection process will be need-based. The number of scholarships awarded will depend on available funds, and is not based on whether you contributed to the scholarship fund.


Applications will be available April 15 were due annually on June 1 at midnight.  APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.  Renewal applications are still being accepted.

Who is eligible? 

  • Children of UNC-Chapel Hill employees who work at least 30 hours per week. Children are defined as being dependent for income tax purposes and must be domiciled with the UNC employee.
    Applicants to any accredited North Carolina post-secondary public institutions. Preference is given to incoming first-year students.
  • Scholarship is contingent upon acceptance and subsequent full time enrollment at one of these institutions.
  • Individuals who evidence financial need. Applicants must file the necessary financial aid forms with the institution they wish to attend and notify the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid at UNC-Chapel Hill with the contact information for that institution’s financial aid office, as well as provide a detailed summary of the financial aid package offered by that institution.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff. The number and amount of awards will vary according to fund availability, and recipients must verify their enrollment and financial aid eligibility at the institution they will be attending and provide this as part of the application. Recipients are eligible to receive the UNC Family Scholarship for eight semesters (not during summers) of full-time enrollment at the NC public institution of their selection, provided that they remain academically eligible. The award is contingent on the parent-UNC employee remaining employed full time (at least 30 hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill.

To renew, use the link below:

Renewal Applications 

Contact for more information:

The Employee Forum
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
134 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Office: (919) 962-3779
Fax: (919) 843-1843

2016 Recipients

Brittany Blake is a first-year student from Snow Camp who will attend UNC-Charlotte.

Natalie Charamut, a third-year student from Mebane, continues her studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Thomas Elliot is a second-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He hails from Chapel Hill.

Zoe Gonzalez attends her third year at UNC-Greensboro.  She is from Mebane.

Jordan Gray begins her first year of college at UNC-Greensboro.  She is from Burlington.

A resident of Chapel Hill, Ye Htet will attend her second year at NC State University.

Hannah Mathews will venture from her hometown of Chapel Hill to her first year at UNC-Asheville.

A Chapel Hill resident, June Seo Nam returns to her second year at UNC-Greensboro.

Katherine Stegenga will enter her first year at Appalachian State University.

A fourth year student at Elizabeth City State University, Jonathan Stroud hails from Apex.

In the News

‘Dear future me’ (UNC, September 2016)

Hard-working twins benefit from Carolina Family Scholarship (University Gazette, August 2015)

Cheek family believes in paying it forward (Employee Forum inTouch, July 2015)

Employee Forum agrees to champion Carolina Family Scholarship (University Gazette, December 2014)

Carolina Family Scholarship may move to Employee Forum (University Gazette, November 2014)

Carolina Family Scholarship fund college dreams (University Gazette, August 2012)

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