This scholarship and community belongs to all of us.

Please help by reaching out to at least one other alumni who isn’t already on the donor list. We’ve even drafted some email templates to make the process that much easier for you.


Dear [Name],

I wanted to invite you to join me and a group of fellow UNC Journalism alumni in building an endowment to support current students and recent graduates.

The Visual Storytellers Community Fund is a new endowment for photo and video journalism students to participate in the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop. After the endowment is established, student recipients will receive a $1,000 grant and mentorship from UNC alumni during and after their project.

It is entirely funded by alumni and friends of the UNC-Chapel Hill Visual Communication program, especially young alumni and former CPJW participants from the past 11 years. We’ve raised more than $11,000 so far and have until 2018 to meet our goal of $25,000.

We would love for you to join us in establishing this first-of-its-kind scholarship funded by visual communication alumni for students to pursue work in photo, video and multimedia journalism.

To find out more or pledge an amount, visit

Or you can reach out directly to Jessey Dearing and Lauren Frohne who founded the scholarship at


[Your Name]


Hey [Friend]!

I wanted to invite you to join me and a group of fellow UNC Journalism alumni in building an endowment to directly support current students and recent graduates working in visual communication!

Here’s the nitty gritty: we are raising $25,000 over the course of 5 years to create an endowed (sustained) $1,000 scholarship. We’ve raised more than $11,000 so far! It is a need and merit based scholarship that will fund one student to attend the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop each year and connect recipients with mentors from our alumni network as they finish the program and set out into their career.

Go to our scholarship website to make a pledge and donate. Also, you should check to see if your employer matches your donation! The money is donated directly to the school and it is tax-deductible! This is an alumni sourced scholarship!

We are also asking you to reach out to other visual journalism alumni this year and spread the word. If you are not sure who has been contacted, just ask us, or check out our donor page (link).

Thanks and I hope you’ll join us!

[Your name]