The Bill Friday Award
Serving from 1956 to 1986, William Clyde “Bill” Friday was the first and longest serving President of the University of North Carolina system. Dr. Friday, a first-generation college student, devoted to public service worked to grow, unify, and desegregate the university system during a turbulent and politically contentious climate. He was a tireless advocate of providing high quality and affordable education to all North Carolina students. This award is presented by the Carolina Parents Council in honor of Dr. Bill Friday to a graduating first-generation college student.
If you have a student who shares Dr. Friday’s passion and commitment to public service and education, we encourage you to complete a nomination form.
Characteristics of Bill Friday Award winners:
- Demonstrates commitment to public service and higher education.
- Advocates for vulnerable populations in a respectful and tactful manner.
- Exhibits strong leadership qualities.
This award is facilitated in partnership by the Carolina Parents Council, the Office of New Student and Family Programs and the Office of Undergraduate Retention.