Christy Shaffer Endowment Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the Christy Shaffer Endowment Scholarship, a new scholarship available to all students who identify as female and plan on attending UNC-Chapel Hill to major in STEM or Business. This year, the Scholarship Committee will award a one-time grant of $3,000 to two seniors who meet the criteria and submit outstanding applications.

A long-time supporter of NCSSM, Dr. Shaffer created the endowment to support NCSSM students in their pursuit of STEM or Business degrees. For her inspirational contributions to STEM fields, her professions, the state of North Carolina, and beyond, Dr. Christy Shaffer was recently welcomed into the NC Stem Hall of Fame. Dr. Shaffer is a general partner at Hatteras Venture Partners with 30 years of experience in the life science industry. She joined Hatteras following a career as a clinical scientist, international project leader, Associate Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Burroughs Wellcome Co., and President/CEO of Inspire Pharmaceuticals. She holds a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed her postdoctoral training at the Chicago Medical School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including as chair of the NCSSM Foundation Board of Directors and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Advisory Board.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship should complete the application, which is due no later than Friday, May 6 at noon. Late applications will not be considered.

Payment of the award will be made by the NCSSM Foundation in the winner’s name directly to your selected college or university.

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