Light on the Hill Society Scholarship

More Than $84,000 in 24 Hours

Thanks to all who helped us #ShareTheLightOnTheHill by raising more than $84,000 in a single day during our inaugural 24-Hour Challenge on Sept. 26. We had a BIG goal for a BIG reason – to help deserving African-American students achieve their dream of graduating from Carolina. Make a difference.

Who Answered the Challenge?

The following alumni and friends answered the challenge!

Carol Allen
JC Alston
Larry Alston
Sibby Anderson-Thompkins
Alma Arrington
Sharon Artis
Marcus Atkinson
Joe and Sireatta Atwater
Sierra Atwater
Katrina and Elbert Avery
Martina Ballen
Fatima Bangura
Lisa Beers
Carol Ben-Davies
Nicole Bennett
Katrina Billingsley
William Bland
Caroline Bowers
Pamela Bradsher
Tonya Brady
Barry Brinkley
Gala Britt
Erika Brooks
Diamond Brown
Jaki Brown
Marcilynn Burke
Syvil and Clarence Burke
Jocelyn Byer
Wendell and Tiffenee Camp
Jade Chambers-Blair
Kelli Clancy
George Coates
Bernadine Cobb
Liz Corgnati
Joi Corrothers
Courtney Cox
Sofia Crisp
Alge Crumpler
Tyechia Culmer
DuVon and Karen Davis
Herb Davis
Rick Davis
W. Ashley Davis
Alonna Dawes
Lindsay DeShield
Doug and Debbie Dibbert
Linda Douglas
Chanda Douglas-Ward
Lorna Dove
Andrew C. Duncan II
Alison Durham
Dedra Eatmon
Laurie Elam-Evans
Kimberly Ellington
Lynn Fell
Lynda Finley
Jennifer Foery
DeAja Gaines
Tasha Gemma
Gina George-Greer
Kristen Gibson
Lisa Gillespie
Krystal Givens
Lisa Glover
Nikki Graves
Robyn Hadley
Kern Hairston
Sherry Haith-Clanton
Natalie Haith-Edwards
Ishna Hall
Tara Hammons
Courtney Hardy
Aleta Harper
Jim Harrell
Lori Ann Harris
Angie Harris Ramseur
C. Hawkins
Jaylen Hayward
Keith Hershey
Stacie Hewett
Scott Hicks
Joseph and Kathleen High
Fred Holding
Kraig Holt
Donnie Hoover
Maya Hoover
Helen Hunter
Tasha Isle Smith
Katherine Jackson
Walter Jackson
Erin Johnson
Melcheemoco Johnson
Camille Jones
Randall Jones
Rita Joyner
Dean Karras
Michelle Karras
Jenna Keith
Michaux Kilpatrick
W.H. Joe Knight
Summer Knowles
Christopher Lambden
Tom Lambeth
Sharon Lawrence Apostle
Simone Lawson
Marcie Leemore
Barbara Lesane
Melody Levy
Alicia D. Lindsay
Malcom Logan
Letonya Love
Judith Lynch
Clyde Mangum
Cherrel Manley
Sharoyn Marshall
Ashley Martin
Rosa and Reggie McAfee
Brian McBroom
Tanisha McClendon
Lauresa McCoy
Lisa McDonald
Janora McDuffie
Brittny McGraw
Jennell McIntosh
Rocky McKoy
Lesley-Ann Miller
Stephanie Miller
Corrin Morgan
Terri Morgan
Regina Newell Stephens
Catherine Nichols
Tammy Nicholson
Donna Nixon
Regina Oliver
James Overman
Wanda Page
Kiki Parker
Sandra Parker
Douglass Payne
Ni-Eric and Ijeoma Perkins
Ashley Peterson
Tanea Pettis
Jackie Pierce
Joseph Pillow
Chanda Pittman
Barbara Polk
Andrew Powell
Forsythia Powell
Casey Privette
Melissa Rasberry
Margaret Reader
Almer Reddick
Eric Rivera
Donta Roach
Lily Roberts
Dexter and Tiffany Robinson
Camille Roddy
Anitra Royster
Tanya Sample
Andrea Saye
Susan Scott
John Selden
Laura Sheppard
Frances Silva
Adreonna Simmons
Charis Simms
Bernetta Smith
Gail Smith
Herman Smith
Kristen Smith
Latonya Smith
Lindsay Smith
Janet Southerland
Rachal Springs
Kristin St. John
Tereon Stanley
Heide Starnes
Carmesia Straite
Kim Sutton
Rachel Tates
Gordon Thomas
Diana Thompson
Katie Thore
Evelyn M. Toliver
Damon and Deitra Toone
Kamala Uzzell Jones
Sherri Wallace
Anita Walton
Ayanna Webster
Al and Amy White
Andria Williams
Martina Williams
Stick and Teresa Williams
Laurie Willis
Harold Woodard
Laura Wright
Michael Zollicoffer


The Light on the Hill Society Scholarship effort began during the 2005 Black Alumni Reunion. Organizers challenged alumni to initially contribute $1,952 each – representing the 1952 class year of Harvey Beech, Carolina’s first African-American graduate – to become founding members of the scholarship fund.

Since 2005, Carolina alumni and friends have annually made tax-deductible gifts to the fund, ranging from a few dollars to several thousand, the largest being a $350,000 gift from NFL star Julius Peppers ’02.

This initiative serves as a tribute to Carolina’s early African-American graduates of the 1950s who integrated the University by providing scholarships to current first-year African-American students. These talented scholars demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding leadership abilities, community service dedication and have great potential to become involved and informed alumni. The scholarship is administered by the Light on the Hill Society Board of Directors and supported by the UNC General Alumni Association.

To date, the program has awarded 65 scholarships: 51 Light on the Hill Society Scholars and 14 Julius Peppers scholars.

Tanea Pettis '95
Manager of Affinity Activities Affinity/Special Interest Activities, Light on the Hill Society Scholarship
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Tanea has been a member of the GAA staff since 1998.  She currently serves as manager of affinity activities, overseeing affinity/special interest reunions, athletics, Homecoming, the Light on the Hill Society scholarship, local outreach and young alumni programming.  She’s a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., carries her NOOK with her wherever she goes and has a large collection of Coca-Cola bottles from across the world in her office.