Keith honored as one of UNC's 'Bridge Builders'

After receiving nominations from the campus community and the general public, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt has named 19 scholarships for “Bridge Builders,” individuals whose work, advocacy and personal example helped forge a more inclusive, unified and aspirational Carolina community. One scholarship was named for Larry Keith, former assistant dean of admissions, associate director of the Office of Educational Development and director of special programs at the UNC School of Medicine.

Keith honored as one of UNC's 'Bridge Builders' click to enlarge Larry Keith

Keith served as the assistant dean of admissions and as director of the Medical Education Development (MED) program from 1992 until his death in 2010.

At Keith's memorial service, William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, summed up Keith's legacy in this way:

"Larry’s legacy is best seen in the hundreds of talented individuals who have succeeded in medicine and other health professions, due in large part to his belief in their value and importance, his hard work preparing them for the future and opening doors for them, and his unwavering dedication and devotion to them throughout their education and beyond.

"He created a nurturing community that has given previously disadvantaged students an equal chance to succeed – and his influence will be felt for many decades. Scores of students have told me of the overarching impact he had on their lives and careers – indeed, many speak of him as a father figure."

UNC's newly announced Bridge Builder Scholarships honor individuals whose work, advocacy and personal example helped forge a more inclusive, unified and aspirational Carolina community.

“By honoring these courageous Bridge Builders with scholarships in their name, we find new ways to represent and celebrate our diverse history,” Chancellor Carol Folt said. “These individuals helped strengthen our community with their advocacy, and we believe these scholarships will serve as motivation for our students to discover and thrive as they carve their own paths at Carolina.”

Read UNC's full announcement and find a list of all 19 Bridge Builders here.