A garden for autistic children, lab coats for new nursing graduates and scholarships for legacy students are among the latest round of spring crowdfunding projects that the UNC Charlotte community can support. Crowdfund UNC Charlotte is an online platform that helps University faculty, staff and students fund unique projects.
The Cato College of Education is raising money to build the Polly Rogers Memorial Sensory Garden in the Botanical Gardens on campus. The garden will offer a therapeutic environment for children with autism and other disabilities, where they can engage and stimulate their senses through interactive play. The project is to honor Polly Rogers, a sophomore who was studying special education at the time of her death May 1, 2018.
The School of Nursing is raising money for its White Coat Ceremony, which celebrates new nursing graduates as they prepare to start their careers. The money will purchase lab coats, support awards given to these students and offset the cost of the ceremony.
The UNC Charlotte Alumni Association is crowdfunding for the 49er Legacy Scholarship to support legacy students, defined as those who have a parent, stepparent or grandparent who is an alumna/alumnus of the University.
Student Niner Media alumni are crowdfunding for the Maikranz Student Media Award. Named in honor of Wayne Maikranz, the longtime director of the Student Niner Media Department, the honor will be given to UNC Charlotte students working in that area.
Also, a group of alumni and community leaders are raising money to support the Ken Lambla Scholarship. Lambla is the founding dean of the College of Arts + Architecture.