University Advancement & Alumni Relations

Donor Stories

UNCW donors are heroes to our Seahawk community that stretches across the globe. Every day, gifts to UNCW are making a difference and we invite you to discover why these donors wanted to get involved.

Heather McWhorter and Susan Bales

Since receiving a $100,000 Ecosystem Partner Grant from NC IDEA Foundation last fall, the UNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship's team-based mentoring program has grown to 110 mentors and has helped 14 startup ventures.


Daniella Murray

Daniella Murray ’15M gives back to the places where she’s worked because she has gained and grown so much from those experiences. more ››

Steve Reilly & Larri Short

Planned Giving Donors Steve Reilly ’89 and Larri Short believe education and philanthropy go hand in hand. more ››

Herbert Fisher

Herbert Fisher funded scholarships, along with multiple UNCW initiatives, because he believed so strongly in the importance of education as a path to success. more ››

Linda Upperman Smith

An advocate and philanthropic partner for over 20 years, Linda Upperman Smith's vision created everlasting support for diversity scholarships. more ››

Elwood and Mary Walker

Mary and Elwood Walker’s ability to create a positive community impact is inspired by the assistance they received when students themselves. more ››

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