Giving More than Ever Before
Londoners help make a record year for club scholarships
From Seattle to London, Carolina alumni often gather to enjoy the entertainment hat their respective areas offer, or just to
watch the latest Tar Heels sporting event at the
local bar or pub. And while all those activities
help bring a little bit more of Chapel Hill to
some 85 areas across the country and world,
often overlooked are the ways that Carolina
Clubs boost UNC's academic prowess by
investing in future alumni.
One of the most enduring examples of
alumni generosity is the club scholarship pro-
"More clubs provided funds for student
scholarships this year than in recent history,"
said Linda Rainey ' 95 (MA), manager of
alumni activities of the GAA, "and we know
that even more clubs have an interest in pro-
viding funds in the future."
In fact, the London Carolina Club, which
was re-activated in September 2000, donated
its first scholarship of$550 to Robert John
Squire of South Wales, United Kingdom. All
told last year, 13 Carolina Clubs raised a
record $13,050 in scholarship money that will
benefit students from their area heading to
UNC this fall.
"The Forsyth County Carolina Club raises
money by raflling UNC door prizes and
signed men's basketballs, as well as asking for
donations to the scholarship," said Julie Keith
' 84, club chair. "This year our club also served
as bartenders for four downtown concert
series, and the tips we collected we will use
for our local student scholarship."
Other clubs, such as the Columbia, S.c.,
club, raise money via snail mail and e-mail,
according to club chair Patty Clark ' 81. That
club raised $1,450 through correspondence
alone and, with previous funds, are donating
$2,000 for two UNC students.
The University's scholarship and financial
aid office chooses recipients from the area of
the donating club to receive the funds, which
range from $500 to $1,000 per student.
The Atlanta Carolina Club donated three
scholarships of$500 each. Other donating
clubs included Forsyth County, with one $500
award; Greensboro, $1,000; Lake Norman,
$500; Puget Sound (Seattle), $500; Rhode
Island, $500; Tampa Bay, two $500 awards;
Dallas-Fort Worth, two $500 awards; Wake
County, two $500 awards; New York, one
$1,000 award; and Mecklenburg County, with
two $500 awards.
The General Alumni Association donated
an additional $500 toward the scholarship
funds of two clubs - Atlanta and Tampa Bay
Area. The GAA matches up to $500 for clubs
where 35 percent of the area's alunmi are
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