Janet B. Royster Scholarship

Janet B. Royster

Janet B. Royster

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster. Janet represented UNC-TV on the General Administration Staff Forum and was subsequently elected to the UNC Staff Assembly. She served as its first Parliamentarian until her untimely death in June 2011. This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.


The JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship provides one or more annual awards, based on the availability of funds. Scholarships provide assistance towards earning a degree or other professional certification.  Applicants are encouraged to describe how the educational program relates to the applicant’s career goals. Recipients are selected by a Selection Committee.

Award payments will be made directly to the school, provider, or vendor indicated in the applicants application. The scholarship can be applied to the cost of tuition, fees, books, or registration fees. The maximum award amount per academic year is $1,000. Awards are not automatically renewable from year to year. Interested parties must apply each year.

Some of the following factors will be considered by the committee in making selections:

  • The educational goals of the applicant
  • The financial needs of the applicant
  • The commitment of the applicant to his or her UNC employer institution
  • The relationship of the educational program to the applicant’s job

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be a permanent full-time non-faculty employee of the UNC system
  2. Submit a completed application
  3. Include information that will help the selection committee understand how the educational opportunity will benefit you and your UNC institution

Selection Criteria

The JRB Memorial Scholarship is designed to help a UNC employee become a more effective, in either the applicant’s current position, or to prepare the applicant for promotion within the UNC system. The selection committee will consider a variety of factors including, but not limited to:

  • How long has the applicant worked for the UNC system?
  • How will the educational opportunity help the applicant perform their job?
  • What skill sets will the applicant gain?
  • What are the long-term educational goals for the applicant?
  • What are the long-term career goals of the applicant?

Application Process

Application period begins on October 1 and runs through October 31 of each year.

Materials Required

  • Submit an essay that describes your career and educational goals. How will your participation contribute to your achievement of these goals? 
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Provide a copy of your resume
  • Provide information about the class or the training opportunity if appropriate

Application Form

The application period is closed.