Through the Friday Center, learners from all walks of life have access to the University’s outstanding faculty, extensive knowledge base, and groundbreaking research. With your support, the Friday Center can continue to expand the reach and scope of these essential educational experiences.


William and Ida Friday Fund for Lifelong Learning

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education is named in honor of two North Carolinians who devoted their lives to enhancing and improving the lives of their fellow citizens through their work in education, the arts, and public health. During the 1989 Center groundbreaking, UNC President William Friday stated that “The Center is the citizens’ classroom. Day by day I hope it will draw hundreds of North Carolinians to this place for learning, for the experience of self-discovery and for the renewal of the spirit of Chapel Hill.” The William and Ida Friday Fund for Lifelong Learning is an unrestricted fund designed to make the Fridays’ hope a reality.

Friday Adult Learner Scholarship Fund

Each semester, the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship awards $750 to one or more part-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a University education available to all citizens of North Carolina. The scholarship can be applied to college expenses for the semester for either Carolina Courses Online or Part-time Classroom Studies. Funding for the scholarship comes from donor contributions.

Nanette V. Mengel Program Development Fund

The Mengel Fund is an endowed fund that supports the creation and development of new courses and enrichment programs.

Correctional Education Discretionary Fund

This fund helps expand the access and opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill instructors to teach inmates across North Carolina through on-site and distance courses.

Make a Gift Online

To make a gift online, visit the Invest in Carolina website. From the drop-down menu under “Please select a Fund,” select either William and Ida Friday Fund for Lifelong Learning, Friday Adult Learner Scholarship Fund, or Nanette V. Mengel Program Development Fund.

Send in a Gift By Mail

To send in a gift by mail, make your check or money order payable to UNC-Chapel Hill and write either “Friday Adult Learner Scholarship Fund” or “William and Ida Friday Fund for Lifelong Learning” in the memo section of your check. Mail it to:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of University Development
PO Box 309
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-9931

For details about specific programs and giving opportunities, contact:

Hilary Culbertson
Director of Communications and Marketing
Digital and Lifelong Learning
Campus Box 1020
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1020

The Friday Center greatly appreciates your support of our programs!