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Serena Manigold ’14, Elementary Teaching with a Language Arts emphasis and Reading minor

I appreciate so much the scholarships I’ve received—our donors’ confidence in me is helping me fulfill my dreams.
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Bear Hugs for this UNC Family

In her dreams she sees her first day of school—as a teacher, that is.

Serena is earning her teaching degree to teach kindergarten. She’s also following the trail blazed by her mom, a UNC alumna near the end of her 30-year teaching career. And now we can call it a family tradition—Serena’s younger sister is a freshman at UNC this year also earning a teaching degree.

We know Serena’s future kindergartners will benefit from her ambition to keep learning and her dedication to making a difference in her students’ lives every day.

She and her three siblings are all currently attending college. The family unexpectedly lost their father several years ago. “Since my mom is a widow, our family has had financial difficulties. Financial aid has been a blessing because I would not have been able to attend school without it.”

We are so glad you’re here, Serena! Your fellow Bears believe in you!

Tim Huskisson ’15, Broadcast Journalism and Communication

Having a career and being able to provide for your family is a necessity of life, and you need a college degree to do it.
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Tim believes in family.

The youngest of five siblings, Tim and his family have struggled through tough financial times in the past and then his parents’ divorce.

But his success as a student-athlete at UNC has helped all of them. “This school brings people together.”

He’s inspiring his older siblings to finish their college degrees; his mom is glad her “baby” is being taken care of by very involved coaches and professors; and his dad’s communication and people skills have proven to be gifts that Tim shares. “I have a love for people. Hopefully, that shows.”

It does! Just ask his basketball teammates, fellow students, coaches, the local children he mentors, and the staff he works with to encourage donations toward student-athlete scholarships.

“I am so thankful for my scholarships—this is where I really need to be.”

We are thankful you’re here, Tim. Go Bears!

Rachel Bailey ’14, Journalism with an emphasis in News/Editorial

Through my writing, I’ve always wanted to do something that would make a difference.
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Rachel is already achieving her goal with stories she’s written for classes and internships.

Homeschooled with her five siblings, Rachel was nervous about doing well at UNC, even though her brother has a degree in Psychology from UNC. His experience motivated her to try it. Her worries were quelled when she received personal help from UNC staff in transferring credits from community college and applying for scholarships.

Since then, Rachel has pieced together the funds to pay her tuition and bills with scholarships, grants, loans and work-study jobs each semester.

This semester she was awarded a merit scholarship based on an essay she wrote, her GPA and her major. “Somebody thought I could do something with my education and my career. Being able to use my skills to educate others and create new connections is the reason I’ve dreamed of doing this work.”

Dream big, Rachel!  We can’t wait to read your stories.

Nicole Teti ’14, Elementary Education with a Reading minor

I wouldn’t be able to get the most out of my education without our donors’ support.
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Nicole’s scholarships have been especially valuable to her as she works her way through the teacher education curriculum.

Her parents are incredibly supportive of her and her siblings, but with two of the three in college, they can’t support Nicole financially.

This is a fairly common scenario for many UNC students. But what’s unique about Nicole’s scholarships is that they not only helped her pay tuition and expenses, they also enabled her to give back to the community immediately and directly.

Last year, instead of searching for a part-time job and working to make ends meet, Nicole had time to tutor primary elementary students at a lower performance Greeley school. Without scholarships and loans, she wouldn’t have been able to make a difference for the children in her after-school program.

"I wish there was a way to tell our donors how genuinely thankful I am for their gifts."

They hear you, Nicole! Your thanks speaks volumes.

Bear Tuesday, in conjunction with the national Giving Tuesday campaign, invites you to join a new movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the holiday season. Start on Bear Tuesday by making a gift to UNC.

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