Friends of UNCW

The Friends of UNCW Board of Directors is a non-profit volunteer board committed to enriching the lives and education of students and UNCW programs. The faculty and staff at UNCW have creative ideas for enhancing educational opportunities, community outreach and research. Through the generosity of our donors, we award annual grants to UNCW faculty and staff that help bring these ideas to life. 




Your gift to the Friends of UNCW Support Fund will enable us to provide grants to UNCW programs, leaving a lasting impact on students, alumni and community members. With your help, we can reach our goal of providing grants to areas across campus!


To support our project, we encourage you to make your gift online and immediately be counted toward our total. If you prefer to mail in your gift, please download our gift formDonors who give $250 or more, will also be recognized as part of the UNCW Society.


Last year, generous donors helped fund 15 grants making a difference for a variety of areas, including:

  • A grant to the Watson College of Education in support of BaFa' BaFa' face-to-face learning simulations which help prepare teachers to be effective educators in diverse, multicultural classrooms.

  • A grant to the Office of Military Affairs for supplies to be used in the new Military Resource Lounge opening in Veteran's Hall. This space will be used daily by our military-affiliated students - many of whom live more than an hour or two away from UNCW’s main campus.

  • A grant to the Department of Biology and Marine Biology to purchase a new vortex for the Center for Marine Science molecular teaching lab used by both graduate and undergraduate student

  • A grant for scholarships for students from underrepresented populations to participate in STEM programs through the Jr. Seahawk Academy.

  • A grant to the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences to provide signage for UNCW’s Henwood Nature Preserve that will educate students and visitors about eco-systems and wildlife.

For a full list of grant recipients from last year, please visit our website.


Every dollar raised makes a difference for programs such as these and puts us one step closer toward reaching our goal. Please consider making a gift today to support future opportunities for UNCW students and programs that expand the university's ability to teach, perform research and engage the community. 


We greatly appreciate your support!


Helen Wells, Community Engagement Committee Chair & The Friends of UNCW Board of Directors

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