A Semester with Sarah Bischoff, Scholarship Recipient from UNCW Ofc of Univ Relations on Vimeo. Sarah Bischoff was an Honors College scholarship recipient.

Giving to the Honors College

The Honors College is fortunate to have donors who have made gifts specific to the students who have decided to become a part of this rich academic experience. Their scholarships allow these students an opportunity to do more, discover more, and uncover more while being less encumbered by the financial strain of increased student debt. The scholarship recipients return this investment through their achievement and excellence across disciplines and throughout the university experience, as well as through involvement and service to the community and university. Honors students are engaged, active and responsive, and we are grateful to our donors for providing so many opportunities to see these high ability students soar.

Gifts to the Honors College:

  • Provide merit and need-based scholarships for some of UNCW's most curious and interdisciplinary student leaders. 
  • Fund research, field work, service learning, and other applied learning practices through Honors initiatives and courses.
  • Enable programming for students--like outings to Wilmington cultural gems, Spring and Fall Break enrichment travel, visiting lecturers, and social activities. 

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Featured Donor 

Dr. Richard Corbett and Emma Powers smile while sitting together at a table.

Dr. J. Richard Corbett

In 1995, Dr. J. Richard Corbett founded the Emmett & Gladys Corbett Merit Scholarship in honor of his parents, who were dedicated to helping students in their quest for higher education. His parents believed in the philosophy "You don't pay it back, you pay it forward." In his own life, he has lived by this philosophy with great success.

Dr. Corbett practiced medicine for more than 50 years, or as he joked, "I'm not practicing anymore, I'm pretty good at it now." He completed his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest College when it was still located in Wake Forest, then received his M.D. from the university's new location in Winston-Salem. Dr. Corbett specialized in radiology and spent many years working with medical students at New Hanover Medical Group, teaching them how to read X-rays. Dr. Corbett once retired in June of 1990, but was back to work by September of that same year.

This dedication to contributing to society illustrates his overall character. Dr. Corbett was active with the Boys and Girls Home and the Burlington Boys Choir. He spent time on the UNCW Nurse Advocate Board, and established a grant for faculty within the School of Nursing. He also published a number of historical articles.

Dr. Corbett believed that honors students are the ones who teach the others. He appreciated this collaborative attitude, that "Sharing is elevating yourself." 

Dr. Corbett passed away in 2019, but he spent many years meeting the recipients of his Honors College scholarships at Donor Appreciation Dinners and other UNCW events. His legacy continues today in the form of many students who receive Corbett Scholarships.