The Carolina Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana) is a remarkably
resilient evergreen tree. Native to North Carolina, it can thrive after exposure to hurricanes and other storms. It symbolizes persistence
in the face of adversity.
The recipients of The Cherry Laurel Scholarship, like the tree itself, withstand all kinds of setbacks and persevere.
UNCP has long been a place where students can succeed. Caring, talented faculty and staff work closely with students both inside and outside the classroom, sharing knowledge, developing skills, and providing guidance students can use to reach their potential as readers, writers, and thinkers. To achieve this potential and graduate, however, these students often also need something else: perseverance. Indeed, when faculty were asked recently for one word of advice to give to incoming freshmen, that word—perseverance—came up again and again, far more than any other.
Named after North Carolina’s own resilient Cherry Laurel tree, known to withstand hurricanes and more, The Cherry Laurel Scholarship recognizes students who persevere, overcoming one or more significant personal obstacles during their first two years at UNCP.
Recipients receive scholarships and recognition at the annual awards ceremony sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. They also will have the opportunity to advise the UNCP administration on matters related to student success and mentor other UNCP students faced with obstacles.
The Cherry Laurel is an endowed scholarship; once the endowment is funded, the scholarship will exist forever. To help build this endowment, please consider supporting The Cherry Laurel Endowed Scholarship to recognize those students who do not let adversity keep them from achieving their goals.
To contribute to The Cherry Laurel Endowed Scholarship or obtain more information, contact The Office of Advancement at 910-521-6252.
Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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