The Need

science-scholars_13-073-400x254The Chancellor’s Science Scholars program is modeled after the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which was created to train underrepresented communities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Originally focused on African-American males, the Meyerhoff program later opened to all extremely bright and motivated students while retaining its goal of increasing the diversity of students who continue on to STEM careers.

This initiative responds to the very real and urgent challenges facing the scientific community. Diversity benefits science. The more complex and difficult the scientific problems become, the more critical it is to have a diverse set of problem solvers. In order to sustain the nation’s scientific excellence, it is essential to recruit from the entire talent pool.

Today, about 30 percent of the U.S. population is African American, Hispanic or Native American, yet only nine percent of those in the scientific workforce are minorities. Unless it is addressed effectively, this disparity will grow rapidly. The U.S. population will become “majority minority” in 2042, and people who are 18 years old or younger—the country’s future talent pool—will become “majority minority” in 2018.

Gift Opportunity

Endow a nameable Chancellor’s Science Scholarship

An endowment gift supports students forever because your gift is invested, generating perpetual income.

Gift Amount

$500,000, payable over five years, creates a named endowment fund to support one scholar

Make Your Gift

Please contact Terri Hegeman, director of development for scholarships, student aid and access, at  terri_hegeman@unc.edu or 919-962-4385 to discuss establishing a nameable Chancellor’s Science Scholarship.

Questions?

Please contact Terri Hegeman.