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The Thomas W. Ross Fund
UNC Press has successfully met a $50,000 challenge grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, creating the $100,000 Thomas W. Ross Fund.
The Thomas W. Ross Fund was born out of the Press’s desire to thank UNC President Emeritus Ross for his pivotal role in the creation of the Press’s Office of Scholarly Publishing Services (OSPS) to better provide publishing expertise to all seventeen UNC System campuses. Now in its second year, the OSPS is fulfilling its mission of furthering academic publishing across the campuses through a financially sustainable fee-for-service model.
Demand for OSPS services is strong, and though not all projects need support, it is exceedingly helpful to have the Thomas W. Ross Fund to help those that do. The Ross Fund allows the Press to provide small grants that help UNC campus departments, centers, and libraries leverage their resources to publish scholarly material generated on their campus that might otherwise go unpublished.
The OSPS, greatly aided by the Thomas W. Ross Fund, is helping the Press more robustly fulfill its mission of disseminating scholarly content while more fully serving all seventeen campuses of the UNC System. And the OSPS and the Ross Fund are helping the Press, in partnership with the campuses, explore innovative ways to lower the cost of these educational materials for our students. Everyone benefits.