The Freedom To Dream

Corinne Light ’20 almost wasn’t a Tar Heel, but it wasn’t for lack of talent or initiative. Unlike many of her classmates in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, who thought they wouldn’t get in to Carolina or that it was too much of a financial stretch for their families, Corinne knew she wanted to go to college.

The daughter of a former Navy SEAL and the middle of five children, she is a first-generation college student and the first in her family to attend a four-year university.  

Corinne arrived in Chapel Hill as a Carolina Covenant Scholar; a Steve and Debbie Vetter Military Families Scholarship, among the first awarded to students from military families, further opened the door to opportunity. She received work-study funding which afforded her the opportunity to go to Honduras with the school’s Global Dental Brigade over her spring break.

“I knew I had found exactly what I wanted to do,” she said, “[to] travel and serve.”

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This is story number 127 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.

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