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. Children of UNC employees do not receive a tuition break, and 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 require both one-time and ongoing contributions in order to sustain and grow this program. Faculty and staff can give to the program by completing the employee gift form. Be sure to select the Carolina Family Scholarship Fund. You can also give via check, credit card, stock or bank draft, and—if you are paid through University payroll—via payroll deduction. You can also make your gift instantly online at this secure link. All contributions are tax deductible.

Donations are not required to apply for the scholarship, nor do they affect the likelihood of receiving a scholarship.


Applications are accepted annually April 15 to June 1 at 11:59 PM.


To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Applicants must be children of UNC-Chapel Hill employees who currently work at least 30 hours per week. Children are defined as being dependent for income tax purposes and must reside with the UNC employee.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full time in any accredited North Carolina post-secondary public institution during the upcoming academic year.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and providing a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) as a supporting document along with their application. The SAR must include the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

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 academic standing 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 choice, provided that they remain academically eligible. The award is also contingent on the UNC employee parent remaining employed full time (at least 30 hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill.


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

Award Recipients


Gabriella Campana
Hayley Erb
Tamula Thwai
Kyle Whidbee
Makaela Whidbee


Brittany Blake, UNC–Charlotte
Natalie Charamut, UNC–Chapel Hill
Thomas Elliot, UNC–Chapel Hill
Zoe Gonzalez, UNC–Greensboro
Jordan Gray, UNC–Greensboro
Ye Htet, NC State University
Hannah Mathews, UNC–Asheville
June Seo Nam, UNC–Greensboro
Katherine Stegenga, Appalachian State University
Jonathan Stroud, Elizabeth City State University


Noveline Aung Min
Courtney Blake
Kevin Cheek
Kyle Cheek
Miranda Day
Kathleen Eakes
Keya Echols
Kevin Gunnels
Kimberly Miskow
Chris Oakley
Courtney Phillips
Kayla Rankin
Meredith Seagroves
Devon Sheridan
Alexandra Suitt

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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