Blue Sky Scholars

Middle-income students make up the majority of North Carolinians who receive need-based aid at Carolina. For every low-income student eligible for the Carolina Covenant, there are two middle-income students supported by other forms of institutionally funded aid. That’s what motivated alumnus and former UNC System president Erskine Bowles to help launch the Blue Sky Scholars program.

Carolina will expand its commitment to access and affordability for North Carolina families with the new $20 million Blue Sky Scholars initiative to provide financial aid for middle-income undergraduate students from North Carolina. Launched with a $5 million gift from Erskine Bowles, the University aims to raise an additional $15 million to grow the program.

“Carolina has a rich history of serving the people and state of North Carolina,” Bowles said. “The Blue Sky Scholars program is designed to serve more North Carolinians. Not only are we helping prepare tomorrow’s leaders, we’ll help them hit the ground running in a modern workforce and without burdensome college debt.”

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