Chapel Hill, NC, United States (4E Sports) – UNC-Chapel Hill will start accepting applications Sept. 1 to a new program that will give scholarships to former athletes.
The program, dubbed Complete Carolina, will be funded by the booster organization known as the Rams Club and by the athletic department.
Former athletes who left the university in good academic standing are qualified to apply.
Athletic director Bubba Cunningham said the university graduates 90 percent of its student athletes but there are hundreds who didn’t earn a degree.
UNC-CH will add academic advisers, if necessary, and actively recruit athletes to return to campus, said UNC Chancellor Carol Folt.
Cunningham added that they will look at an educational trust fund so former athletes who could not come to Chapel Hill could finish their degree somewhere else.
The announcement comes at a time when the school is being probed for academic fraud and misconduct.
Earlier this year, former UNC basketball star Rashad McCants, a member of the 2005 national championship team, said he rarely went to class when he was a student-athlete.