NC State College of Education Sets Fiscal Year 2021 Fundraising Record, Enabling Even More Student Support
The North Carolina State College of Education received $ 14,006,877 in gifts and new engagements in 2020-2021, the highest amount of philanthropic investment the college has received in a single fiscal year since records have been preserved. The previous record of $ 13.4 million was set in 2017-18 when the college celebrated its 90th anniversary. Additionally, in 2020-2021, the college had its second highest number of donors, slightly behind the number of donors in 2017-18.
“I am deeply grateful to our donors for enabling us to solve educational problems and prepare extraordinary educators for North Carolina and beyond. Their investments in our college over the past year, as we have faced educational challenges like never before due to the pandemic, have been deeply inspiring and affirming, ”said Dean Mary Ann Danowitz of NC State College of Education.
“We are fortunate to have so many people and organizations who believe in our mission to improve the educational success of all learners. Specifically, they allow us to expand access to the State of North Carolina and provide more support to our students who will become extraordinary educators who will strengthen the lives of children, families and communities across Carolina. of the North and beyond. A gift to the College of Education is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Below is an overview of some of the development activities in 2020-2021 that contributed to the College of Education’s record year for giving and the impact of this donor support.
Prepare 100 teachers for eastern North Carolina
The NC State College of Education will establish the Transformational Scholarship Program and prepare 100 teachers for eastern North Carolina with a $ 7.25 million charitable grant from the Anonymous Trust.
The college will host a cohort of 20 transformational researchers during the 2022-2023 academic year and add 20 more per year in each of the following four years. The transformational researchers will be students with extraordinary potential to make an impact on education in eastern North Carolina.
Each Transformational Fellow will receive $ 10,000 per year in scholarships, professional development programs, and mentorship over four years as they prepare to become highly effective educators teaching in eastern North Carolina after graduation. graduation. For area educational leaders such as David Lewis, Principal of Wayne County Public Schools; Erica Shoulders-Royster ’12MSA,’ 20EDD, Principal of Franklin County Early College High School; and Rashard Curmon ’17MSA, Principal of the North East Primary School, the transformational scholarship program represents an opportunity to strengthen the teacher pool in the communities where they live:
Honoring Darla Buchanan, bridging the gap in teacher diversity
An anonymous couple from Raleigh donated $ 20,000 to establish the Darla Buchanan Fellowship to address the urgent need for a more diverse teaching and administrative staff in North Carolina and beyond.
The Equity-Focused Scholarship for Undergraduates is named after Darla Buchanan, a black teacher from Topeka, Kansas, who lost her position at the end of the 1952 school year- 1953 due to an unintended consequence of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision dispute.
The Raleigh couple heard about Darla Buchanan while listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast. Episode 3 of the season, titled “Miss Buchanan’s Adjustment Period,” featured a reading of Buchanan’s termination letter. This episode, the Raleigh couple said, opened their eyes to the injustices that took place as a result of school desegregation in the United States. In total, more than 40,000 black educators across the country, including Buchanan, lost their jobs after the Brown v. Board.
“It is extremely important to have a scholarship hosted at our college named Darla Buchanan, whose legacy will serve as a powerful reminder of the beginning of the teacher diversity gap and why it is more essential than ever for our college. Leading the way in improving education and preparing educators who are part of the solution to meet today’s challenges, ”said Dean Mary Ann Danowitz.
“It is exciting to represent a scholarship that supports the NC State College of Education’s commitment to preparing future teachers and / or leaders to serve children in all communities in North Carolina.”
—Carla Gibson ’25
The first recipients of the Darla Buchanan Scholarship are incoming student Carla Gibson of Belmont, North Carolina, and junior Eduardo Herrera-Rodriquez of Apex, North Carolina.
“To be named the recipient of the inaugural Darla Buchanan Fellowship is an honor for me. It is exciting to represent a scholarship that supports the NC State College of Education’s commitment to preparing future teachers and / or leaders to serve children in all communities in North Carolina, ”said Gibson. “It is a great privilege to receive a scholarship in honor of Darla Buchanan. Learning the history of the Darla Buchanan Scholarship is such an inspiration to keep in mind, and knowing that as a future teacher, I could help reduce the dropout rate among African American students.
Establish standards of excellence, create Dean’s Excellence scholarships
The College of Education received 487 gifts to its Excellence Fund on North Carolina State Giving Day in March 2021. This was the highest number of gifts made to a NC State Fund this that day.
Donations to the College of Education Excellence Fund support scholarships and student experiences, as well as initiatives related to educational equity and innovation.
Through investments made in the Excellence Fund over the past year, the college has created the Dean’s Excellence Scholarships, which will provide $ 40,000 over four years to an incoming student and $ 20,000 over four years to eight. incoming students and one transfer student. These students will also receive a study abroad allowance of $ 1,000 and $ 2,000 in professional development.
“Being a recipient of this scholarship and entering university makes me want to work even harder to be sure to keep this incredible title. It also makes me want to help others get the chance to receive this amazing scholarship. “
—Anyah Moore ’25
“It is such an honor to be named the Dean’s Excellence Fellow – knowing that the Dean selected me to be one of the thousands of nominations, makes me feel extremely blessed and honored,” said Anyah Moore ‘ 25, a Dean’s Excellence Fellow and new student from Charlotte, NC, who plans to major in elementary education with a dual specialized teaching license. “Being a recipient of this scholarship and entering university makes me want to work even harder to be sure to keep this incredible title. It also makes me want to help others get the chance to receive this amazing scholarship. “
In addition to awarding 10 Dean’s Excellence Scholarships, through donations to the Excellence Fund, the college has also named 11 incoming and transfer students as transformative leaders who will receive a study abroad stipend of $ 1,000, a paid internship of $ 1,200 and $ 3,000 in professional development.
Increase student support endowment, help increase student enrollment
Almost 60% of College of Education students are eligible for need-based financial aid. To lower financial barriers for them and help attract other promising students to college, the College of Education Board of Trustees created a Student Support Resolution to increase the Student Support Endowment to 12 million. dollars by December 2021 and offer at least $ 1 million in direct student support per year.
As of June 30, 2021, pledges and commitments to the scholarship endowment had already reached $ 11.89 million with six months to reach its goal, an increase of 66% from the 2018 figures.
“Our donors are a critical part of not only the success of these students or this college, but also the success of education in North Carolina,” said Matt Friedrick, executive director of college development. “Donors are lowering the financial barriers facing future educators, and in doing so, they are building a larger and stronger educator pipeline for North Carolina. “
Increasing the value of the endowment allows the college to increase support for students. In the past year, the college awarded 217 scholarships, 112 to graduate students and 105 to undergraduate students. In addition, the board has set a goal of increasing the annual amount impacting students to $ 1 million. This goal was achieved last year as students received assistance of $ 1,074,652, an increase of 99% since FY18.
217 scholarships or scholarships awarded to College of Education students in 2020-2021
“As the college awards more scholarships,” Friedrick said, “the college is able to attract and enroll more students.” This fall, the college plans to welcome its largest and most diverse group of incoming students in at least 10 years.
In addition to current student support this year, several donors, including 2020 College of Education Distinguished Alumnus Neill McLeod ’72, ’74EDD, have pledged to include the College of Education and the NC State Foundation in their plans. inheritance. Usually done through a documented bequest or retirement account beneficiary designation, they have chosen to create a scholarship endowment as a way to share their legacy with future generations of students, while also preserving their resources now when they need them.