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Opportunity Overview

North Carolina is unmatched in its diversity of natural environments, which provide wide-ranging environmental and economic benefits to the state. Threats to these systems and the benefits they provide are prevalent and pressing. In order to effectively advocate for conservation, restoration, and other positive environmental interventions, targeted natural and social science information is often required. The program would fund a cohort of students to gather data to improve environmental stewardship in North Carolina. This will include issues around climate change, natural systems, and pollution management.

A $1 million endowment will fund up to seven undergraduate students annually. A university-wide request for proposals will be distributed annually reflecting the resilience priorities determined by a program committee. The committee will review proposals and select the recipients. A stipend and funding for required materials and travel will be provided to each undergraduate student selected. At the end of each year, the donor will receive an impact report created by the student cohort on that year’s projects.