Friends of UNCW

The Friends of UNCW is a volunteer organization that formed in December 1963 to help Wilmington College (now UNCW) increase the library's holdings from 11,000 to 50,000 volumes — a minimum requirement at the time for accreditation as a four-year institution. The Friends have been steadfast UNCW supporters for more than 50 years.

Gifts to the Friends of UNCW Support Fund enable us to provide a merit scholarship and special projects based on proposals from UNCW faculty and staff. The Friends of UNCW play an active role in Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, leaving a lasting impact on students, alumni and community members.


Elizabeth Dunn Friends of UNCW

My job on these boards is to be a part of keeping the university vibrant, and on the map.

Read more about Elizabeth Dunn, Friends of UNCW & Board of Visitors Member  »


Current Members



Koula Katsikis


Allison Graham

Vice President

Happy Clark


Cynthia Boylan


Louise Gorham ’59

Honorary Life Member

Board of Directors


Nan Caison '83

Kathey Craig

Julie Fisher '83

Margaret Freeman

Amber Harris '04

Karen King '94

Meredith Lewis

Jane Maloy

Linda Miles

Christian Miller

Jeffrey Newell '71

Kelli Queen '04

Nancy Rau

Lindsay Smith

Claire Stanley

Kay Warren

Beth Woodruff


To speak with someone about the Friends of UNCW, contact:

Stephanie Borrett
Development Specialist for Boards Management
(910) 962-3592


Grants Awarded

Each year, the Friends of UNCW awards grants from the support that they have raised. View some examples of the awards provided to students, faculty, campus and programs, or see all of this year's awards from the full list below.

Support for BaFa’ BaFa’ face-to-face learning simulations which enhances understanding of cultural differences so that teachers can better reach students.

Provides kitchen supplies for the new Military Resource Lounge to open in Veteran’s Hall.

A new vortex for the CMS molecular teaching lab used by both graduate and undergraduate students.

Support for the Coaction Lab, a collaborative faculty research initiative within the Digital Arts program.

Scholarships for students from underrepresented populations to participate in the Jr. Seahawk Academy and increase their interest in STEM programs.



Child with UNCW tutor in Betty Stike Education Lab kitchen

Grants Awarded Spring 2024

    1. Grant to the Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy & Special Education (EEMLS) Department to foster an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to STEAM education through an engaging, arts-based social-emotional learning toolkit.
    2. Grant to the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CESTEM) to support science and engineering practices with STEM Story Time and expand the resources available in CESTEM’s Technology Loan Program (TLP) that are appropriate for PreK – Grade 2 students that connect literacy to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
    3. Grant to the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education to support scholarships and equipment for the Junior Seahawk Academy, a platform for middle school aged students from economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations to develop interests in STEM, health and education careers.
    4. Grant to the Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory to fund the Kitchen Classroom Kit Project and provide learning resources to children from the community who are tutored in The Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory by a UNCW future teacher in Watson College of Education.
    5. Grant to the School of Health & Applied Human Sciences - Recreation Therapy program to increase the accessibility, inclusion, representation, and visibility of and for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities at UNCW and the broader community through adaptive recreation and sport programming.
    6. Grant to the Department of Biology and Marine Biology to eliminate participation barriers by purchasing materials to facilitate equitable student learning opportunities and community education impact of the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program.
    7. Grant to the Department of Biology and Marine Biology to purchase an analyzer for high-enrollment classes to quantify hemoglobin-oxygen affinity to support student understanding of a basic biological function.
    8. Grant to the Department of Biology and Marine Biology to train students on techniques in calibrated biological photography for the purposes of data collection, course development, scientific communication and community engagement.
    9. Grant to the Department of Anthropology to expand the Hominoid Cranial Cast Collection to show the evolution of humans through the inclusion of important specimens currently lacking in the collection.
    10. Grant to the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts (CHSSA) Dean's Office to support our diverse student population by creating an educational library focusing on the profession of academic advising to support the professional growth of our advising team.
    11. Grant to the Department of World Languages and Cultures to purchase eight Dry Erase Whiteboard Film Surfaces to encourage a collaborative environment, increase participation, and foster communication in our language classrooms.
    12. Grant to the Department of Art and Art History to help teach beginning and intermediate figure drawing and figure painting by purchasing plaster models which depict the muscular systems and help students visualize the human form.
    13. Grant to the Department of Art and Art History to purchase a new electric kiln for the ceramics studio to facilitate small runs and which is better suited to the specific demands of studio practice in a wheelchair.
    14. Grant to Randall Library to create a sensory-friendly study space tailored to the needs of neurodivergent and low-sensory students, faculty, and staff to position Randall Library as a welcoming and supportive hub for all members of our university community.
    15. Grant to Campus Life to purchase and install two pieces of student art in the Ann Flack Boseman Art Gallery, allowing Campus Activities & Programs to grow their student art collection in Campus Life Facilities
    16. Grant to University College to purchase study materials for UNCW's Pre-Law students to promote and increase the acceptance rate into Law School.
    17. Grant to the UNCW Recycling to purchase a Storm Drain Litter Trap to capture debris escaping UNCW's public Recycling Facility to help protect the Bradley Creek and Hewlett's Creek watersheds as well as the nearby Intercoastal Waterway.