Scholarships Honoring Lanier Brown May

Established in 2015, the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Scholarship Honoring Lanier Brown May is a one-time, $5000 scholarship given to a first-year student based on merit and need. Recipients of the scholarship demonstrate leadership, citizenship and strength of character. The goals of the scholarship are to have ten recipients in each incoming first year class, creating a cohort of 40 students who will engage with the Council and remain connected as Carolina alumni, and to establish a $1,000,000 endowment.


Christa Bazemore '22

Christa Michelle Bazemore ’22 of Eure, N.C., is the second recipient of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Scholarship Honoring Lanier Brown May. “My family and I are very thankful for the scholarship funds that have been granted to help lift some of the financial complications of a college education.” For as long as she could remember, Carolina was Christa’s top choice for college. A three-sport athlete, volleyball, basketball, and softball, as well as a member of multiple clubs and organizations, Christa worked hard in high school to achieve the grades that would help her gain entrance into UNC. “I grew up a UNC fan, and it just seemed like my destiny to attend.” For Christa it is an honor to receive this scholarship. “If I had the chance to meet the donors in person, I would tell them how grateful I am for their support, and how much being a Lanier means to me. I would love to personally get to know the members and learn about their stories and backgrounds that led them to where they are today.”

Isabel Zhao '21

Isabel Zihan Zhao ’21 is the inaugural recipient of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Scholarship Honoring Lanier Brown May, a one-time award given to a deserving first-year student that recognizes both merit and need. A Carolina education has been a lifelong dream for Isabel, and thanks in part to the Lanier scholarship, she is well on her way. “I chose Carolina because of the superior quality of the education and the affordable cost,” she said. “Receiving the Lanier scholarship was such a wonderful surprise, and now I can pursue my goals with even greater confidence and security.” Like most Tar Heels, Isabel says the short time she has spent at Carolina so far has been some of the best. “The security and confidence this scholarship has provided has opened up so many new opportunities for me and allowed me to participate in activities that might not have been open to me otherwise,” she said. “I’m having the time of my life, and I hope to make even more amazing memories over the next few years.