The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has announced a $5 million pledge from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to increase the number of scholarships awarded through the Kenan Excellence Scholars program.
Established in 2005, the program is focused on first-generation and minority students and provides four-year scholarships that cover in-state tuition, room and board, and other fees. Made in honor of UNSCA chancellor Lindsay Bierman, the gift will support efforts to boost the number of scholarships awarded annually through the program from twelve to twenty.
"I am deeply moved and honored by this extraordinary contribution to our campaign, and proud of the impact it will have on generations of young artists," said Bierman, who is stepping down at the end of July. "The Kenan Trust's steadfast support for UNCSA has unleashed remarkable talent, launched countless strategic initiatives, and upheld the highest standards of artistic excellence. Such strong vision and generosity will drive the university's continued growth and transformation well into the future."