The Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC), the fundraising arm of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) received $3.9 million in cash and in-kind donations during its annual campaign which ended April 30, 2022. Of the $3.9 million, $2,401,493 will support NCICU programs, $1,022,669 came through in-kind gifts and services, and $508,496 was designated for scholarship support.
“I am excited about this year’s partnerships and the funds contributed for scholarships and student enrichment programs,” said ICFNC director, Colleen Kinser. “Thanks to the support of generous donors, NCICU will be administering new programs which address the significant challenges employers are facing in recruiting and retaining a diverse domestic and global workforce.”
One such program is the iBELONG MALE MENTORING PROGRAMSM, which was launched last fall, and is designed to increase the persistence, retention, and graduation rates of minority male students on campus.
Grant funding will also provide for a three-year Faculty-Student STEM Mentoring program which will launch in the fall of 2022. The program will seek to improve student retention and graduation rates among first generation college students, women, and students of color majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math.
In addition, grant funds will provide training and implementation strategies for faculty in the Science of Reading, a new legislative initiative impacting all Educator Preparation Programs in the state.
Program funds also support NCICU’s annual Ethics Bowl and numerous administrative group workshops provided each year for the 36 colleges and universities under the NCICU umbrella.
Hundreds of students will benefit from the scholarship funds, including 148 students who will receive named scholarships that have been established by donors.
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
- Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund Scholarship
- Broyhill Family Foundation Scholarship
- CIC/UPS Education Endowment Scholarship
- Clancy & Theys Construction Co. Scholarship
- Dominion NC Power Scholarship
- First Generation Scholarship
- ICFNC Advisory Board Corporate Scholarship
- Jeff and Jan Stoddard Scholarship for Hope
- North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Criminal Justice Scholarship
- Thomas & Ashley Varnadore Scholarship of Optimism in Future Generations
- Wells Fargo Scholarship
In-kind support received included Google Ad Grants and software support from SAS.