“Light the Way”: UNCG announces the first global campaign in 15 years with a target of 200 million dollars


GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – “Light the Way” is the theme of the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s fundraising campaign.

“This is our first campaign in several years, over 10 years,” Chancellor Frank Gillman Jr. said.

After being pushed back last year due to the pandemic, university leaders are hoping to raise $ 200 million. It’s a goal that isn’t far-fetched, according to the university’s website. They collected more than half of that amount.

$ 100 million will go to student scholarships, $ 60 million will go to new programs for the university, and $ 40 million will go to staff and faculty.

Organizers say the ambitious goal will help strengthen these three key areas. With half of the money raised for the benefit of current and future students of the university.

FOX8 spoke to current students about what the campaign means to them.

“The first thing that came to my mind was the opportunity. Many students do not have the opportunity to do higher education … so that they can do it for students who look like me, who don’t look like me, who come from the same background, or from a different background, I think that’s a beautiful thing, ”said graduate student Jaylen Ellis.

“As someone who hasn’t had a great life at home myself, it’s been really great to really benefit from these funds,” said Portia Washington.

A portion of the money paid to professors will be added to their salary when they are not under contract during the summer months.

Staff like Laurie Wideman say these funds will be used to reinvest in her students.

“It gives me the freedom to use this money for things that you can’t normally pay for students,” she said.

The campaign announcement comes just in time for University Founders Day. Students and faculty gathered for a celebration in the Cone Ballroom.

Chancellor Gillman Jr. said the campaign fundraising was a win-win situation for everyone in college and it was a way to put all students on an equal footing.

“We have a lot of Pell-eligible students who have great need, but we also have a lot of middle-class students who are falling in need and family money to pay. The idea is that we reduce student debt and that students leave here with as little debt as possible, ”he said.

The “Light the Way” campaign will continue over the next five years.

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