Honoring Veterans: Bernard Dibbert Scholars

Lt. Col. Bernard W. Dibbert and his wife, Ann, and their five sons: front row from left, Charles, Michael and William; back row, from left, Bernard Jr. and Doug.

In 2019, the UNC General Alumni Association donated $2 million to support scholarships for military families in honor of Army Lt. Col. Bernard W. Dibbert who was killed in action on June 1, 1965, and his son, GAA President Douglas S. Dibbert. Vaughn Bryson ’60, who served on the GAA Board of Directors and as the board’s chair, and his wife, Nancy Faison Bryson ’60, donated an additional $1 million in 2021.

The Lt. Col. Bernard W. Dibbert Carolina Covenant for Military Families Endowed Scholarship Fund will aid military-affiliated students eligible for the Carolina Covenant, which provides UNC students from low-income families the opportunity to graduate without loan debt. The gift also was made as part of UNC’s For All Kind: the Campaign for Carolina and its Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge to support families of military veterans.