The class of 2016 Levine Scholars has returned safely to campus from their three-week wilderness experience in Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountains. Like last year’s class, who also adventured in Alaska, the incoming class enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each other and prepare themselves for the exciting opportunities that await them on campus. They have seamlessly joined the sophomore and junior classes to form a strong and energized group of dedicated UNC Charlotte students. Now embedded on campus, the freshmen have begun their academic journey in majors across the University. They are looking forward to exploring the city of Charlotte, and are seeking opportunities to invest their time and talents in the community.
Seventeen young leaders from high schools across the United States, including 12 from North Carolina, were named Levine Scholars last spring. This is the third year for the prestigious merit scholarship program, which covers the cost of all tuition and fees, housing and meals, books, a laptop computer and summer experiences. Additional funding is provided to support community service work during the academic years; community service is a key distinguishing feature of the scholarship experience.
The value of the scholarship is estimated at $90,000 for each in-state student and $140,000 for each out-of-state student.
This year’s recipients were selected through a lengthy nomination and interview process. More than 1,500 high school seniors from 28 states were nominated by their schools. From those nominees, the selection committee chose 57 finalists, including 42 from North Carolina. The out-of-state finalists were from as far away as California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
To support their work in service to society, recipients will also have access to an $8,000 grant funded by The Leon Levine Foundation and distributed by the UNC Charlotte Foundation. The scholarships were made possible by philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine, who committed $9.3 million to UNC Charlotte for the merit scholarship program to develop community service leaders.