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Graduate Students Awarded Veteran Assistantships

Three military veterans will begin earning their master’s degrees at UNC Charlotte aided by substantial awards provided by the University’s Graduate School. The funding, called assistantships, will cover tuition and health insurance, plus a $12,000 annual stipend. Total value of each assistantship is roughly $36,000. The awards require the students to aid professors in their departments with research and teaching.

Associate Provost and Graduate School Dean Tom Reynolds initiated the program that will select three military veterans each year to receive the two-year awards to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees. This year’s selected veterans represent the U.S. Army and Air Force; click here to learn more about the recipients.

Saxophonist Medals in International Competition

Saxophonist and UNC Charlotte alumnus Benjamin Still has won a gold medal in the 2015 Fischoff Competition as a member of the Mirasol Quartet. Founded in 1973, the Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the nation and the world. The Mirasol Quartet, one of 49 ensembles to enter this year's Fischoff Competition, is a saxophone quartet from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where Still is a student pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. The quartet received the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division, with a cash award of $3,500.

Still graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2013 with a B.M.in Music Performance, studying saxophone with Dr. Will Campbell. An inaugural member of the College of Arts + Architecture Honors Program, he graduated summa cum laude, with honors. Other recent awards include national finalist in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition and finalist in the 2015 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.