Giving the Gift of Global Education

Susan Gravely and Bill Ross

On Christmas morning 2020, Bill Ross surprised his wife, Susan Gravely ’73, ’79 (M.S.R.A.), with a $530,000 donation in her name to the Office of Study Abroad in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The gift, called the Susan Gravely Study Abroad Scholarship, will fund scholarships to undergraduate students participating in College-approved summer, semester or year-long study abroad programs.

“I hope that many Carolina students will have their lives enriched by this gift,” said Gravely. “Then, I hope they will take the things that they learn through global experiences and focus on creating solutions to the problems facing our world.”

Carolina’s Global Guarantee was an important part of the inspiration for this gift. The Global Guarantee is the University’s commitment that a transformative global education is available to every undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“For us, this gift is an investment in the lives of young people,” said Gravely. “We want as many people as possible to have life-changing global experiences that can help them grow into the kind, thoughtful people the world needs.”

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