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Meet Brett, Spring 2017 Scholarship Winner

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three scholarships to part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Friday Adult Learner Scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a university education available to all citizens of North Carolina.
Funding for the scholarship comes directly from donor contributions. Read the story below from a spring scholarship recipient, and consider a donation to the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship to help students like Brett achieve their goal of getting back in the classroom and working toward their degree.

“My reasons and objectives for transferring and continuing my education at The University of North Carolina at this stage in my life are two-fold:

-to finish what I started many years ago by obtaining an undergraduate degree in Sports Administration, and

-to then further my education by pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, which will allow me the opportunity to reach my professional goals–to work within an athletic department at the collegiate level.

Life has presented me with many challenges which have afforded me the opportunities to learn a lot about myself along the way. Of all the challenges I have confronted, my greatest victory is over alcoholism. Maintaining my sobriety has allowed me the opportunity to refocus on what is most meaningful to me, and earning my degree is on the top of my list. I have learned a lot about myself and what I really want out of life.

Athletics have been an important part of my life since my youth. This passion for sports has afforded me to work in event management positions. However, at this point, my advancement into higher-level opportunities has been blocked due to the lack of a university degree and experience within a collegiate athletic department. Returning to finish what I started at the University of North Carolina will afford me the opportunities and the tools I will need to achieve my goals.

My battle with alcohol, at times, was overwhelming. At first I was taught to attack it one day at a time. I could not live the next day until I lived today first. Today, I am able to look beyond ‘one day at a time’ and have a clear picture of what I want my future to look like.

My choices, for better or worse, have shaped who I am and who I want to be. The lessons I’ve learned have carried over to […]

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Meet Owen, Spring 2017 Scholarship Winner

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three scholarships to part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Friday Adult Learner Scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a University education available to all citizens of North Carolina.
Funding for the scholarship comes directly from donor contributions. Read the story below from one of the recipients of the spring scholarship, and consider a donation to the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship to help students like Owen achieve their goal of getting back in the classroom and working toward their degree.

“My name is Owen. I’ve been a University employee for nine years (it will be 10 years in August 2017).
I’m nearly 50 years old, but back when I was a teenager and fresh out of high school, I attended what is now UNC-Pembroke on a degree track for a B.A. in English. My parents took out a personal loan to pay the tuition. At the end of that first year, my mother sat me down and sorrowfully told me that she and my father couldn’t afford to take out any further loans for my education. They would not be able to help me financially any further.
I was downhearted, but I didn’t give up. I got a job (well, a series of them) and paid my way through a few quarters at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, where I was living at the time. Eventually, however, I became disillusioned with the process and gave up. I tried once more and went to the Art Institute in Atlanta, but money issues again caused me to have to quit when the company I worked for laid a bunch of people off, myself included. I was only able to finish one year of the two-year associate’s degree program, and returned home to Charlotte. 
Recently, I decided to try to finish that long-languishing English degree and began work on attending UNC-Chapel Hill at the end of summer, just in time to enroll for the fall semester. While some of my ancient history followed me and garnered me some credits, I would love to be able to take two classes in the spring semester to begin knocking out some of the General Education requirements. Otherwise, it will take me much longer to complete my degree.
My hope is to take both German 102 and English 105 in the spring. The schedule works out and I […]

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Meet Allison, Spring 2017 Scholarship Winner

Each semester, the Friday Center awards three scholarships to part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Friday Adult Learner Scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a University education available to all citizens of North Carolina.
Funding for the scholarship comes directly from donor contributions. Read the story below from a spring scholarship recipient, and consider a donation to the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship to help students like Allison achieve their goal of getting back in the classroom and working towards their degree.

“Even as a first generation college student, I feel very much at home at UNC-Chapel Hill–all thanks to the Friday Center. The Part-time Classroom Studies program has made it possible to pursue a complete career change–merging my professional experience with an academic background in the natural sciences.
After high school, I knew I wanted to pursue higher education, but which field of study I would pursue was uncertain. I knew that working for a period of time between high school and college would provide not only professional experience, but also help shape my academic focus. I began my career in real estate management, and since have gained transferable skills that have proven invaluable as a student: adaptability, diplomacy, collaboration, and assertiveness. While working full-time, I’ve managed to feed my intellectual curiosity through self-education via MOOCs (massive open online courses) and diverse volunteer experiences, including the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.
My self-directed studies and volunteer work pointed me to the field of study I was most passionate about: the natural sciences. I’m fascinated by our Earth, and believe that my academic career at UNC will prepare me to help analyze the current obstacles and create ways to preserve it. I want to help further research in natural resource stewardship, empower companies to adopt environmentally sustainable practices, and educate the public so together we can make thoughtful decisions about how we affect and protect the Earth.
Once I heard about the Friday Center, I knew I was ready to move forward with my college education. At first, going back to school seemed a little daunting, but after a few semesters I realized how my unique experience has made me a highly motivated student with an eagerness to learn and a resourcefulness to get things done. Now, with this clear focus paired with UNC’s excellent professors and courses, I’m excited to continue my […]

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