James Payne at graduation
Four years later
The UNCG Guarantee lives up to its name
By Beth English '07 MALS, UNCG magazine editor
Photography By Chris English, Photography Editor, and David Wilson, Assistant Photography Editor

It started as a gift.

Six million dollars — the largest in UNCG's history. The donor remains a mystery, but the results are clear. This May, the first full class of UNCG Guarantee scholars graduated.

The Guarantee, established by that donation and sustained by others who have given an additional $3 million so far, allows bright students who come from families at or below the poverty level an opportunity to graduate from UNCG with little to no debt.

From day one, the Guarantee has been more than a scholarship program. The Guarantee makes it easier for students to succeed. Workshops. Mentors. Living-learning communities. Leadership training. Study abroad. Service.

In the fall of 2010, several members of that inaugural cohort shared their hopes and dreams as they arrived on campus. Four years later, they have been changed by their time at UNCG. Read about their experiences and learn what's next on their path.

Above all, read their gratitude.

Thank you, mystery donor.

Want to help?

Visit guarantee.uncg.edu/give
and make a gift that supports more bright students like James, Breanna, Robyn and Sydney.

Think you could make a contribution as a mentor?

Visit guarantee.uncg.edu/mentor
and invest your time with an extraordinary Guarantee scholar.

Quick facts

125 current Guarantee students

21 percent concurrently enrolled in the Lloyd International Honors program

100 percent take part in a learning community during their freshman year

88 percent retention rate for UNCG Guarantee scholars

196 donors who have supported the program

109 mentors since the program began

About that graduating class…

The Class of 2014 had a 35 percent higher graduation rate than other freshmen who started at UNCG in 2010.

17 percent have been inducted into an honorary society

34 percent have been involved with the Lloyd International Honors College at some point during their academic careers

30 percent have participated in the UNCG Leadership Challenge

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