|Kathrine R. Everett Charitable Trust gives $2.7 million to UNC School of Law|
|Wednesday, June 27, 2012|
In a transformational gift to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Kathrine R. Everett Charitable Trust made two contributions totaling $2.7 million to the School of Law.
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 endow the Everett Enrichment Fund, which will provide program support of all students awarded Chancellors’ Scholarships at the law school.
“With this gift, the Everett family continues its remarkable generosity to Carolina law,” said John Charles Boger, dean of the law school. “We are deeply grateful to alumna Kathrine R. Everett, whose influence as a pioneer in the legal profession continues after her death through her generous philanthropy.”
Everett was a respected North Carolina lawyer whose career spanned seven decades. She was one of the first women to graduate from the School of Law, where she ranked at the head of her class, and was 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 the law schools at UNC and Duke University – 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, a trustee of the Kathrine R. Everett Charitable Trust and Kathrine Everett’s grandson. “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.”