In a transformational gift to UNC School of Law, Greg Everett, a trustee of the Kathrine R. Everett Charitable Trust, delivered two checks totaling $2.7 million to the law school on June 21.
The first gift of $2.4 million will create an endowment to fund at least six full-tuition Everett Chancellors’ Scholarships for highly promising law students from North Carolina. A second complementary gift of $300,000 will establish the Everett Enrichment Fund, which will provide programmatic support of all students who are recipients of Chancellors’ Scholarships at UNC School of Law.
“With this gift, the Everett family continues its remarkable generosity to Carolina Law,” said UNC School of Law Dean John Charles Boger ’74. “We are deeply grateful to alumna Kathrine R. Everett '20, whose life as a pioneer in the legal profession continues in her death through her generous philanthropy.”
Brandon Wright, assistant dean for advancement, with Greg Everett, grandson of Kathrine R. Everett, and Emma Claire Everett, great-granddaughter.
Everett was a respected North Carolina lawyer whose career spanned seven decades. She was one of the first women to graduate from UNC School of Law, where she ranked at the head of her class, and the first woman to argue and win a case before the N.C. Supreme Court. She earned the top score on the state bar exam in 1920. She practiced law until age 97, and at her death in 1992, she designated UNC School of Law and Duke Law - on whose faculty her son Judge Robinson O. Everett taught for 54 years - as beneficiaries of a major portion of her estate.
“The Kathrine R. Everett Trust is proud to support UNC School of Law and its mission to serve the people of North Carolina,” said Greg Everett. “I know how much her alma mater meant to my grandmother, and it is an honor to support student scholarships in her name. She would be thrilled to know her gifts will serve to attract the very best and brightest students from the state to UNC School of Law and will contribute to the education of the state’s future lawyers and leaders.”
Read more about this gift in the Fall-Winter 2012 issue of Carolina Law.
-June 22, 2012