2017 Cooke Prize Winner: UNC-Chapel Hill
Approximately 22 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill's 18,500 undergraduate students are eligible for Pell Grants. The university provides low-debt, full-need student financial aid and admits students on a need-blind basis. Its Carolina Covenant program provides debt-free financial aid for the lowest-income students. In addition to helping to pay for tuition, fees, and room and board, financial aid is available for travel, health insurance, personal expenses, books and supplies.
State University No More
Although the admissions practices of private selective colleges are frequently featured in media coverage, public flagship universities enroll seven times as many Pell Grant recipients. However, these "engines of social mobility" are increasingly crowding out high-achieving, low-income students.
Harold O. Levy at National Governors' Association Summer Meeting
Highlights from the 2015 Principal Convening
Can Excellence Gap in US Education Be Closed?
Harold Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, discusses his foundation's goal to close the "excellence gap" in grades K-12 through scholarships and grants for innovative initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students.