Pay it Forward for Mikey

This campaign ended on May 31, 2019, but you can still make a gift to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by clicking here!

In October 2017, tragedy struck the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as a dear friend and PharmD classmate took his own life. His name was Mikey Nam, and he was someone who embodied positivity, joy, generosity, and truly believed in the motto “Pay It Forward.” His giving and selfless spirit has inspired students in the Kappa Epsilon Beta Mu fraternity on the pharmacy school’s Asheville campus to honor Mikey Nam through advocacy and support of activities that promote resilience, well-being and mental health for students, patients, communities and health care professionals.  

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has a goal of $25,000 to establish the KE Beta Mu Well-Being & Resiliency Endowment. This fund will support an annual award to recognize a pharmacy student who demonstrates strong leadership in well-being and resiliency and embodies the same core values as Mikey – inclusion, friendship, compassion, and joy. The fund will also support well-being and resiliency activities at the pharmacy school. 

With your help, we can make this endowment a reality and honor all that Mikey meant to so many by paying it forward to promote pharmacy well-being for years to come.



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23% Students

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Donor list

Vickie Dorn
Stephanie Holmes
Dr. Vivian Dembski
Taylor Galyean
Karen Gleason
Liw Panichakornkul
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Lori Peterson
Jessica Zeng
Jenna Caldwell
Virginia Bland
Julie Dunlap
Jen Hyson
Rebecca H Grandy
Alex Herran
Greg Gomez
Som Arphai
Nancy Arphai
Bre Lucking
Lindsay Sullivan
Kelsey Truitt
Kayla whitaker
Kennady Murray
Jacob whitaker
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Megan Tran
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Donna Steinbacher
Tyler Pasour
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Andrew Gebhardt
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Liz Alford Hall

Dean Dhiren Thakker matched $2,000
A group of donors, Dr. Greene Shepherd, Dr. Mollie Scott and Dr. Charlene Williams matched $9,416
Jordan Masterson photoJordan Masterson gave $1,000 because 50 donors made a gift in 37 days.

Donate $100 and you'll receive a handwritten thank-you card from the Endowment Committee.


Donate $250 and receive a hand-crafted white coat ornament.


Donate $500 and receive "What Can I Borrow From Little Taro?" - the official children's book of the endowment.

DONATE $1,000

Be one of the first five donors to donate $1,000 or more and you'll receive a craft stick clock. All other $1,000+ donors will receive two hand-crafted white coat ornaments and the children's book.