GAA Scholarships Make a Difference
Your General Alumni Association serves Carolina’s students — past, present and future. These scholarships are supported by the GAA and our members:
• Carolina Clubs across the country have supported scholarships since 1994, with more than $800,000 awarded to 816 recipients.
• The Light on the Hill Society Scholarship honors Carolina’s African American graduates of the 1950s and 1960s by providing scholarships to current first-year African American students. Since 2005, the program has raised more than $2 million and has awarded 103 scholarships: 78 Light on the Hill Society scholars, 24 Peppers scholars and the first High Undergraduate scholar.
• The GAA Scholars program, established in 2001, and the Douglas S. Dibbert ’70 Scholars program, established in 2007, have provided more than $600,000. In academic year 2022–23, 16 students were named GAA Scholars and 4 students were awarded Dibbert Scholarships. We have also honored 11 Saunders Scholars through our J. Maryon “Spike” Saunders ’25 Scholarship.
• The Lt. Col. Bernard W. Dibbert Carolina Covenant Scholarship for Military Families was established in 2019 with a $2 million commitment by the GAA. An additional $1 million commitment was made by Vaughn D. Bryson ’60, former GAA Board Chair, and Nancy Faison Bryson ’60, in early 2021. Since fall 2021, we’ve welcomed 12 Dibbert Covenant Scholars.
You can make a difference.
GAA membership dues help support a wide variety student programs on campus. But before our aspiring students arrive, most need to put together a plan to pay for their education. Your tax-deductible gift toward a scholarship of your choice can make a significant impact on what is a crucial deciding factor for many when considering Carolina.
Your gift can support a student from your community or complement an area of more personal interest. Scholarships include: