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Alumni and private investment in the Loyalty Fund provides transformative educational, service, research and global experiences. Giving opportunities to the Loyalty Fund include:

Annual Giving

Your annual Loyalty Fund gift provides funding to fulfill today’s greatest education needs. Each year, the Loyalty Fund supports student scholarships, teaching professorships, student enrichment and alumni engagement. The LOYALTY of our medical alumni inspires and impacts every student.

Your annual gift at any level advances medical education at UNC School of Medicine. The Foust Leadership Society recognizes academic-year giving at the following levels:

    • $10,000 Legacy Club
    • $5,000 1879 Club
    • $2,000 Dean’s Circle
    • $1,000 Associates
      • $500 Junior Associate – 6-10 years since graduation
      • $250 Junior Associate – 0-5 years since graduation

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Scholarships provide students the freedom to pursue their passions in medicine and help to recruit the best and brightest to our medical school. Last academic year, alumni investment generously provided more than 90 Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholarships.

Today, resident tuition and fees exceeds $35,000 annually. Thanks to private support, UNC medical students graduate with much less debt than their national peers.

Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholarship endowments are designed to support the cost of attendance at different levels, which includes tuition and fees as well as educational expenses and living expenses. The minimum commitment to endow a Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholarship is $200,000.

Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholarships may also be funded annually at $10,000 per year with a four-year commitment.


The Medical Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professorships honor mid-career faculty with a track record of substantial leadership in teaching medical students and educational innovation. Teaching professorships help faculty serve as agents of change within UNC School of Medicine and ambassadors for UNC School of Medicine, underscoring our commitment to national leadership and innovation in medical education.

The first Medical Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professorship was awarded in 1999. An endowment funded through the allocation of annual gifts to the Loyalty Fund over the years has funded these professorships. Selected faculty members hold these prestigious positions for a four-year period.

The minimum commitment to endow a Medical Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professorship is $250,000.

Planned Gifts

UNC’s Gerrard Society recognizes donors who will leave a lasting legacy for students and patients through a documented planned gift benefiting the UNC School of Medicine. If you have included UNC School of Medicine in your current estate plan, or would like to learn more about beneficial ways to include UNC School of Medicine in your estate plan, please contact Jeanine Simmons at 919.843.0846 or

Donate by Mail

To make a donation by mail, please send a check to the address below. Make the check payable to “UNC Health Foundation” and, in the memo line, please note the fund you wish to support.

UNC Health Foundation
PO Box 1050
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1050


To learn more about each of these opportunities, please contact:

Jeanine Simmons
Senior Executive Director of Development, Medical Education and Alumni